Learn to Sail with SEAS
Whether you’re a first-timer, or an experienced sailor in need of a refresher, our $269 Basic Sailing Course is a great, affordable way to learn the basics and get on the water! You'll receive SIX hands-on sailing classes, with all equipment provided, and instructed by nationally-certified Basic Sailing instructors:
- 4 Evening Classes: Learn sailing terms, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, points of sail, sail trim, rigging, launching, mooring, rules of the road, boat handling and boating safety. We'll provide in-classroom training via interactive sessions, instructional videos, models and actual boats, a required swimming test, and of-course, knot-tying exercises!
- 2 Weekend Sailing Classes: Put sailing theory into practice on the water! You'll rig (set up) sailboats and experience the concepts of wind-powered boating. At all times, instructors supervise from motorized safety boats, with experienced members sailing alongside for on-the-water coaching. All equipment provided — sailboats (Sunfish, Phantoms, Laser), rigging, life-jackets.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sailing, even with our fleet of small Sunfish & Phantom boats, is a physically demanding experience. Everything taught in our course provides the skills to sail a small boat, preparing you for a larger craft. Sailing classes are held at Kingsland Point Park, Kathryn Davis Pavilion, in beautiful Sleepy Hollow, NY.
Here's a preview of a typical sailing instruction (usually Saturday 8-6pm):
- Morning Setup (8-10am): Students arrive early, meeting your instructors for a morning briefing. Partner with fellow classmates to carry boats and equipment from our boathouse a short distance to the river shore. There you'll be responsible for rigging the boats, tying knots, and raising sail - either on the beach, or in the water, depending on water conditions. Instructors and water assistants will be on-hand to help and provide guidance, but you'll be expected to "learn by doing." Boats are carried into the water and anchored onto floating moorings, after which the entire class also assists in carrying the motorized safety boats into the water.
- Begin Sailing (~10am-1pm): Swim out to and board your sailboat, casting off with your fellow students and instructors. Students catch wind, make sail into the river channel, and navigate through a morning of sailing instruction (tacking, jibing, stopping, general maneuvering with the wind) and various safety drills (capsizing, man-overboard). You'll get stuck in irons (no wind!) and capsize (fall off your boat into the river) - and be expected to maintain control of, and turn your sailboat upright. But you'll hopefully learn a lot and get the hang of it! For 2-3 hours straight, you'll be on the water, and in-the-sun (water and sunscreen are a must!), riding alongside your fellow students, with the coaching of your instructors nearby in motorized safety boats.
- Break (~1-2pm): Sail your boat back to shore, anchoring to the water mooring, and swim back to the beach. Take an hour to grab your packed lunch and share a bite with your classmates at the tables of Kingsland Point park, comparing notes on your day. But make sure you give yourself 30 minutes to digest before getting back on the water!
- Afternoon Sailing (~2-4:30pm): Swim back to your sailboat, drop your daggerboard in, raise sail, and cast-off for an afternoon back on the water! Practice your sailing, mastering the wind, and general boatmanship through various instructor-led drills (tacking, jibing, stopping, maneuvering). Hopefully the wind, river, and sun are friendly!
- Afternoon Takedown (~4-6pm): Sail back to shore, anchoring to the water mooring. Get out of your boat and into the river, where you'll de-rig your boat - loosening your lines (sailing rope), taking down your sails, removing your daggerboard and rudder. You'll partner with your fellow classmates to carry all equipment back to the boathouse, including the sailboat hulls for a cleaning before placing on the racks. Everyone will push the motorized safety boats out of the water and assist in the cleaning. These are critical "character-building" tasks for every sailor to keep our fleet ship-shape for your fellow SEAS mates!
- 6pm+ (optional): Compare notes and grab a drink with your fellow sailors, and rest up for your next day on the water!
Age & Physical Requirements: Students must be 18 years or older, in reasonable physical condition and able to swim. Students 13-17 years old must weigh at least 65 pounds (minimum safe weight to pilot our Sunfish), and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times - in the classroom and on the boat - who are also registered for the course.
SEAS annual membership: Your course fee also includes SEAS annual membership, which gains you access to summer-long “open sails” on available weekends and evenings (once you’ve passed the course), as well as year-round events with your fellow sailors (see below calendar). For experienced sailors and returning students, we offer an affordable annual membership fee.
Each SEAS course includes 6 classes: 4 evening classroom-sessions and 2 weekend full-day water-sessions (dates subject to change with weather). Register now!
- Course A @ Kingsland Point, Sleepy Hollow, NY): Wed 5/16, Wed 5/23, Wed 5/30, Sat 6/2 (water), Wed 6/6, Sat 6/9 (water)
- Course B @ Kingsland Point, Sleepy Hollow, NY): Tue 6/5, Tue 6/12, Tue 6/19, Sat 6/23 (water), Tue 6/26, Sat 6/30 (water)
- Course C @ Kingsland Point, Sleepy Hollow, NY): Thu 7/12, Thu 7/19, Thu 7/26, Sat 7/28 (water), Thu 8/2, Sat 8/4 (water)
- Course D (@ Kingsland Point, Sleepy Hollow, NY): Wed 8/1, Wed 8/8, Wed 8/15, Sat 8/18 (water), Wed 8/22, Sat 8/25 (water)
SEAS Basic Sailing Course includes:
- 4 evening classroom sessions (weeknights), ~2.5 hours each — includes swimming test.
- 2 full sailing/training days on the Hudson River (Saturdays), building your sailing skills — additional sailing/training sessions as necessary to complete coursework
- Sailing textbook
- Final testing and sailing certification
- All equipment usage (Sunfish/Phantom sailboat, sailing rigging, lifejackets)
- Current year’s membership (upon course completion) - allows you to join “open sails” for duration of the season, and attend social events.
SEAS members participate in summer-long "open sails" — on weekends and weeknights. We also host year-round social events, speaker sessions, fleet maintenance/instruction and larger sailing outings. Schedule is frequently updated (see calendar below), Sign up for notifications via email and Facebook
- Open Sails: TBA; Typically held on Saturdays and Sundays, with after-work "sunset" sails held on summer weeknights
- Instructors' Lunch: TBA April/May 2018 (Sunday); Our instructors and experienced sailors prepare to train the next generation of SEAS sailors. Want to help? Contact us!
- Fleet Maintenance/Instruction: TBA; From prepping new boats, laying down moorings, to testing/organizing gear, come learn from experienced members about the inner-workings of sailing and boats
- Tarrytown Farmer's Market: TBA (Saturday); We'll bring a sailboat to Patriot's Park to share our SEAS experiences with the Community and get new members!
- Information Sessions: Tarrytown & Croton TBA; Sharing our experience with local communities for new members!