Basic Sailing Fundamentals Course  

(with new optional online learning & certification)

Learn to Sail on Salem Sound!

Open to adults and teens, this is a comprehensive basic sailing course that includes three days on the water with an optional online-based instruction of sailing theory.  In addition, students will have the option of receiving a US Coast Guard-backed certification.  Your sailing class will be based out of the West Shore in Marblehead with easy access to the beautiful Salem Sound!

Whether you have never sailed before, or sailed quite a bit and feel you could use more instruction, this extensive curriculum provides a strong foundation for wherever your sailing dreams may take you.

Curriculum Includes:

  • Sailing Terminology

  • Sailing Theory – How a boat sails

  • Basic Boathandling 

  • Basic Sail Trim

  • Rules of the Road

  • Basic Navigation Rules

  • Essential Sailing Knots

  • Preparation and Safety

  • Mooring/Anchoring Maneuvers

  • Crew Overboard Drill (Don't worry, no one goes in the water)


The course is taught aboard Satori, our safe and comfortable Capri 22' sailboat, shown in above image. This same design is used by many sailing schools since ideal for teaching.  More info click here

A maximum of 3 students per class for maximum attention 


  • Friday - Saturday - Sunday  

  • 10am - 1130pm - Morning Land-Based Classroom

  • 12:00- 5:00pm - On-the-water - Salem Sound - Meet at Village Street Pier Marblehead

COST: $749 per person*

(Includes launch transport fees)

 * Private one-on-one lesson pricing upon request

Additional Details:

Instructors are fully licensed and insured to operate as sailing charter and school. Read other qualifications here.

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Gain your Basic Keelboat Certification in one weekend! Your weekend class will include a written test and practical assessment.

Why choose this option?

  • Gaining certification will enhance your competence and will provide you with a roadmap to achieve your sailing goals..

$50 additional cost per person to class fee

Private Lessons

Get maximum attention with private lessons aboard Satori, our Capri. We'll cover tacking, gybing, rules of the road, sail trim, safety and much more! We will customize the training just for you.

COST:​ $100/hour*
*2 hour minimum

Optional Online Learning 


Sail Satori’s on-the-water sailing courses, when combined with NauticEd's ranking and licensure program is a powerful combination that will ensure you gain the sailing skills to make your dreams come true!

 Why Nauticed?

  • Enhance your learning and competence with comprehensive online lessons

  • Verify your competence with USCG approved certifications

  • Gain an international sailing license to charter your own boat anywhere in the world

  • Whatever you sailing dreams, this curriculum can get you there