The Basic Keelboat Online Course

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Compete your dryland training in 3 simple steps:


Study the Course

Learn the vocabulary, parts of the boat & sailing theory.


Pass the Online Exam

Prove your new found knowledge.


Go Sailing!

Locate your nearest US Sailing training center and set sail!

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Everything you need to know before you set sail

From bow to stern, we put you at the helm. Build confidence and increase your skills before you even step on board. Gain a true understanding of every part of the boat, what they do, and how to handle yourself out on the water.

Raise the mainsail, get comfy, and get started!

From setting sail...

Learn the parts of your boat and rigging.

setting the sail

to sailing like a pro...

Tacking and jibing, like an old sea dog.

sailing on water

and back to shore safely.

Ready to take on the challenge for real!

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Detailed illustrations make sailing theories clear

Incredibly detailed illustrations capture and focus key learning objectives. Theories that would appear complicated or unclear in real-life, in real-time, are located in ways that show exactly what's going on.

Get started and see for yourself!


What are you waiting for?

Start the Course!

Climb aboard today!

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You control the experience, you control the pace

Take all the time you need, or sail right through. Having a tough time? Take a break, and come back to it fresh later. Log back in and complete a section on the bus, while you’re waiting in line, at home or wherever you have the time and can get connected.

Take control and get started.

This study guide is all thumbs. And it's click-friendly too!

From smartphone to desktop, this study guide was designed to be seaworthy at any size. Whether you take the study guide on your mobile, tablet, desktop, or take a turn with each, you'll find safe harbour on any device.

Get clicking, thumbing and tapping today.

US Sailing Association Course on tablet
course narrated

Sit back, relax, and let the fully narrated course fill your sails

Have the narration guide you, or turn it off and read on your own. The choice is yours. Get active and read yourself, or listen as the voiceover carries you along like a well timed gust of wind.

Grab the mainsheet and get going!

SEE the wind & sails move, through the power of animation

Animated illustrations show you exactly how the wind and sails behave like never before! Wind is the heart of sailing, and showing you what that wind is doing is at the heart of this course.

Let our your sails and see the effect.

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