J World Sailing School Club and Teambuilding and Charters - San Francisco and Puerto Vallarta

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Learn to Sail Class with J World Sailing School, San Francisco Bay and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Learn To Sail - Course Description

LTS: Learn to Sail in Four Days

The Learn to Sail Class from J World Sailing School and Club is designed to provide the essential foundation of sailing skills. This class is conducted at our San Francisco Bay Sailing School, our San Diego Sailing office, and our Puerto Vallarta Sailing Center.

Offered as a four day (Monday-Thursday) sailing course, or as a two-weekend learn to sail class, this course gets the complete beginner started out right, or builds upon previous experience. Using the modern J/80 as our teaching platform, we begin on Monday with basic boat-handling and terminology, and progress rapidly through an extensive curriculum.

This course is extremely comprehensive.  We spend more time on the water in one day than many schools do in an entire class...  we believe strongly that the best way to learn how to sail is by actually sailing!  And with a maximum of four sailors per boat (and the courses often run with fewer), all attendees are certain to receive plenty of personal attention.  Participants gain extensive hand-on experience, building the sailing skills and knowledge to pursue sailing endeavors on their own, with confidence.

Really Learn to Sail: Confidence through Competence

Without question, this is the ultimate course for learning how to sail.  If you are going to invest the time and the money, make sure you get the most of both, so that you can get the most out of sailing.  Our J World curriculum, continually refined over 30 years of teaching sailors, far exceeds any other schools' or organizations' criteria for 'basic' level sailing courses.  We'll readily admit that there are sailing programs which profess to offer effective learn to sail courses and take less time, and cost less money.  But you get what you pay for, and we will put our sailing instructors, boats, and curriculum up against any in the world.

 Topics in the Learn to Sail class include:

  • Terminology
  • Points of sail
  • Tacking and gybing
  • Sail shape & trim
  • Seamanship skills, including:
    - Reefing
    - Heaving-To
    - Crew-Overboard Recovery
    - Docking Under Sail
    - Anchoring
    - Mooring
  • Sailing dynamics
  • Yacht design essentials
  • Nomenclature
  • Knots
  • Reading the wind
  • Safety practices and equipment
  • Tides and currents
  • Basic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Spinnaker fundamentals

Our ultimate goal in the Learn to Sail class is that by the final day of class, each student feels competent skippering a small keelboat without instructor input. If the midweek program doesn't fit into your schedule check out our Learn to Sail in 2 Weekends course.

What makes the J/World Learn to Sail Course different from the average sailing school?

Numerous seemingly small differences in a learn to sail course can result in a dramatically different overall experience.  You can get a degree from many, many universities, but we all know that all colleges are not created equal...  and the same hold true of sailing schools.  So what are the primary differences between J/World's Learn to Sail Course and other sailing schools?

  1. Our Boats - we teach on the latest generation of sportboats: more comfortable, safer, faster, and better learning platforms.  Offshore rated, yet nimble and responsive, these boats have huge cockpits, high booms, and are extremely well balanced.

  2. Our Staff - most of our team are full-time, year-round professional sailing coaches...   not just seasonal, part-timers.  All J/World instructors teach everything from these beginning sailing courses to private cruising classes and race coaching.  Just because you are a beginning sailor in ea learn to sail class doesn't mean you should have a beginning instructor...  in fact, quite the opposite!

  3. Our Curriculum - J/World has been teaching sailors for 30 years, and much longer that ANYONE has been certifying them.  We teach our own curriculum which have been proven successful and launched thousands of sailing adventures.... 

More time sailing.  More course days.  Exceptional boats.  Phenomenal instructors.  But don't just take our word for it.  Click here to read some of our customers testimonials, or click here to read why we have been selected as the "Best in the Business" for over 19 years running!

Learn-to-sail right.  Learn-to-Sail quickly.  Learn-to-sail with the top rated sailing school in the country, J World Sailing School and Club.

Learn How to Sail - Requirements

No previous experience necessary! This course is also appropriate for those who have some experience, but are not comfortable sailing on their own.

Learn How To Sail - Certification Available

The J World Learn to Sail course includes the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, as well as a US Sailing Logbook, and a one year membership to US Sailing.


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Learn to Sail Class with J World Sailing School, San Francisco Bay and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Learn to Sail with J World Sailing School in San Francisco Bay and Puerto Vallarta

In our survey of sailing schools, J World won the highest ratings for its fleet of new, high quality boats, their challenging courses and adept instructors. Eight years later they are still the best in the business.

"I truly felt like I was attending the Top Gun of Sailing Schools. It was worth every penny I paid,' said Karl F. Beaster, a Wisconsin native. J World's Jahn Tihansky said his company's recipe is for good coaches, good boats, and lots of time on the water.

J World's customer satisfaction record was perfect. Every former student who reported was satisfied with his experience on the water and in the classroom. All felt that J World's program was worth the money. That is a distinction no other large school achieved.



In our sailing lessons, we spend more time actually sailing than any other sailing school...  six hours per day on the boat!

J World's Guarantee
We are confident that the
J World Sailing School and Club's Learn to Sail Course will exceed your expectations. But if, for any reason, it does not and you are dissatisfied with the course you have taken, you may retake it tuition free. We at J World, all share your desire to improve your sailing performance. That's absolutely guaranteed.

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