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Sail 1: Introduction to Sailing

Learn to sail in a fun, relaxed environment!  Introduction to sailing is a group class for beginners taught on 14-ft. single-sail Zest boats.  This class covers the basic concepts of sailing including safety, rigging, knots, points of sail, capsize recovery and boat handling.  Each session will have a brief lecture followed by on-the-water sailing practice.  Commitment to attend all 4 class dates is highly encouraged.  

Limited to 10 students per session. Classes fill up fast, so we recommend you register early.

  • Prerequisites:
    • No prior experience required.
    • Open to all adults (18 and older) and Juniors (ages 12 to 17).
    • If you have physical limitations and are not sure if they will affect your ability to participate in this class, please contact the Sailing School Director with any questions or concerns.
  • Cost:
    • Adults: $225, Juniors $150 (Cost includes US Sailing Instruction Manual.)
    • The Iowa State Parks require non-Iowa vehicles to pay a $5/day parking fee or have an annual Lake Manawa permit ($40). Find out details here.
  • How to Register:
    • From the main Sailing School page, locate the session you are interested in attending and click the link in the Session column.
    • Complete the required information, checkout and pay.
    • You will receive a confirmation email when your request has been processed along with information about the class.
    • You will be contacted two weeks prior to your scheduled class with additional details.

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