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.
Learn to Sail
The Learn to Sail Class from J World Sailing School 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:
•Points of sail
•Tacking and gybing
•Sail shape & trim
•Seamanship skills, including:
– Crew-Overboard Recovery
– Docking Under Sail
•Yacht design essentials
•Reading the wind
•Safety practices and equipment
•Tides and currents
•Rules of the road
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 holds true of sailing schools. So what are the primary differences between J/World’s Learn to Sail Course and other sailing schools?
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 a learn to sail class doesn’t mean you should have a beginning instructor… in fact, quite the opposite!
J/World has been teaching sailors for 35 years, and much longer than 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. See below to read some of our customers testimonials to read why we have been selected as the “Best in the Business” for over 19 years running. And please ask sailors and do lots of web searches… we feel confident that the more you ask around, the more great things you will hear about us and the more likely you will come to J/World!
Learn-to-sail right. Learn-to-Sail quickly.
Learn-to-sail with the top rated sailing school in the country, J/World
Learn 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 to Sail – Certifications
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.
Learn to Sail – Price
Includes course materials, US Sailing Certification, and a one year membership to US Sailing.
Standard: $1095 per person
Alumni: $985 per person
Member: $876 per person
Visit our pricing page for full details.
US Sailing Certified
J/World is a US Sailing Certified educational facility. While most of our courses offer certification, we also pride ourselves in delivering a curriculum that far exceeds the base standards. We have been teaching sailing longer than anyone has been offering certifications. Our goal is to make you a confident and competent sailor. Many colleges offer Bachelor’s degrees, but we all know they are not equal. The same holds true for sailing schools. If you really want to learn, come to J World.
We had an absolutely fantastic time and achieved one of my life long goals – learning to sail! The Instructors were truly great and we appreciated their very professional and friendly teaching style. We’ll be back for sure! Thank you for a great experience, J/World. Please send our regards to everyone….
Just wanted to say thank you for a great week taking the Performance Cruising class at J/World. Sailing the J80 was mucho fun and that J105 is a rocket! Both of my instructors are super talented and I definitely learned more in that one week than I have in quite a while. I’ll be in touch to do more sailing with J/World!
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip and the experience of a lifetime. I was and remain extremely impressed with all the preparation and hard work that you put in to make this trip a success. I took from this experience not only a great deal of knowledge on ocean sailing, but also increased confidence in my ability as a sailor.
[Our instructor] did an incredible job of ensuring that we both had a positive experience. I have been an educator for almost 30 years. Currently I am Superintendent of Schools for a jurisdiction of over 10,000 students with 1050 staff. I can assure you that [our J/World instructor] is a natural teacher with a broad range of skills.
I just wanted to take a minute to express my appreciation for this weeks class, and to let you know I was really impressed with [my instructors]. You have a great team there! I certainly got everything I’d hoped for… and more. The J/80 was a blast, and the time on my own boat was invaluable. The Friday race was the perfect end to an excellent week…
Absolutely exceeded my expectations in every dimension. The boats were exceptional… new modern and in good shape. The instructors were awesome. It was hard to believe you could get that level of experience and accomplishment and at the same time have great teachers. Thanks you J/World Team!
As someone who’s been teaching and evaluating teachers for a quarter of a century, I’m writing to tell your instructor is one of the best I’ve seen. He’s tremendously skilled at communicating knowledge and also has the rare talent of being able to tell what his students do and don’t understand.
San Francisco Bay