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Sailing at MBAC

Learn to sail in one of our group sailing lessons.  The protected waters of Mission Bay, San Diego, offer a fun water playground to learn to sail. We offer a small boat sailing program as well as a keelboat sailing program.  Both routes will teach you the basics of sailing and you will progress to become an experienced sailor confident to sail on your own.

After completing a small boat sailing class, you can become eligible to rent that sailboat out on your own. If you choose the Keelboat Sailing program, once you complete all three levels of Keelboat Sailing you can choose to become a certified sailor by passing the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification test. If you want to progress even farther as a sailor, you can then complete our US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification Course. Completion of this sailing course will earn you your US Sailing Basic Cruising Certification which is recognized by sailing  charter companies such as The Moorings, and at exotic destinations throughout the world!

Regardless of which sailing option you choose, our qualified instructors will teach and guide you to becoming a skilled sailor in no time.

You can save with packages!

Sailing Classes & schedules

FIRST SAIL

An introduction to keelboat sailing with a focus on understanding terminology and concepts.  Participants will get on the water in a keelboat with a sailing instructor.  The First Sail Experience features basic sailing hands-on learning that will cover topics including how a sail works, parts of a sailboat, points of sail, and important safety guidelines.  This two-hour course is perfect for those who want to experience sailing before committing to a full-length course.

First Sail is a nationwide initiative developed by US Sailing. The goal of First Sail is to educate the public on the benefits of sailing as a fun and exciting recreational activity for people of all ages and abilities and connect them with opportunities to get involved. 
 

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$69.00$49.00
View the FIRST SAIL schedule
FIRST SAIL SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/21/2017 1 F 4:00PM-6:00PM Enroll!
8/18/2017 1 F 4:00PM-6:00PM Enroll!
9/23/2017 1 Sa 3:00PM-5:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

BASIC SAILING

This class is the perfect introduction to sailing. Through classroom instruction and on-the-water practice you will learn how to skipper your own single-handed Sabot sailboat.  Plenty of practice time will give you confidence and a solid foundation in sailing to prepare you for sailing larger, more advanced boats.  

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$155.00$125.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the BASIC SAILING schedule
BASIC SAILING SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/17/2017-7/26/2017 4 M W 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
7/22/2017-7/23/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/1/2017-8/10/2017 4 Tu Th 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
8/5/2017-8/13/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
8/5/2017-8/13/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/14/2017-8/23/2017 4 M W 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
8/19/2017-8/20/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/17/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/17/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/23/2017-9/24/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/15/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/15/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/21/2017-10/22/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/12/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/12/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
11/18/2017-11/19/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
12/2/2017-12/3/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

ADVANCED SAILING

Take the next step on your sailing journey and learn to work together as part of a team on a 14-foot Holder sailboat. New topics in this course include the use of a jib sail, tiller extension, hiking straps, crew overboard recovery, balance, and teamwork.

Prequisite: MBAC Basic Sailing, or MBAC Keelboat Sailing Level 1, or equivalent.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$155.00$125.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the ADVANCED SAILING schedule
ADVANCED SAILING SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/18/2017-7/27/2017 4 Tu Th 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
7/31/2017-8/9/2017 4 M W 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
8/5/2017-8/13/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
8/15/2017-8/24/2017 4 Tu Th 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
8/26/2017-8/27/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/17/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/15/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/12/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
12/9/2017-12/10/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

LASER SAILING

Develop the skills to sail the fast and responsive Laser, an Olympic class racing sailboat. This class is ideal for solo sailors that would like to improve their technical sailing skills and enjoy a physical challenge. Instruction will include rigging, launching, proper body positioning, and making the boat go fast.

Prequisite: MBAC Advanced Sailing or equivalent.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$155.00$125.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the LASER SAILING schedule
LASER SAILING SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/22/2017-7/30/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/19/2017-8/27/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/23/2017-10/1/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/21/2017-10/29/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

HOBIE CAT SAILING

The Hobie Getaway is a fast and versatile multihull sailboat that is ideal for sailing on Mission Bay. Sailors will work together to learn rigging, launching, steering, and control of this thrilling ride. Upon meeting qualifications, sailors will be checked off to rent the Hobie Cat for an afternoon of sailing on the bay.

Prequisite: MBAC Advanced Sailing or equivalent.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$155.00$125.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the HOBIE CAT SAILING schedule
HOBIE CAT SAILING SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
8/5/2017-8/13/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/17/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/15/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/12/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 1

This class introduces the fundamentals of sailing on a comfortable and stable J/24 sailboat. Through a combination of classroom and on-the-water practice you will learn the fundamentals of sailing a small keelboat on Mission Bay. Topics include tacking, jibing, crew coordination, navigation rules, and basic chart reading. Conditions permitting, this class culminates with an ocean sail. After students have completed this class they have the option of taking Advanced Sailing or Keelboat Sailing Level 2. 

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$245.00$195.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 1 schedule
KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 1 SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/17/2017-7/26/2017 4 M W 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
7/22/2017-7/23/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/1/2017-8/10/2017 4 Tu Th 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
8/5/2017-8/13/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
8/5/2017-8/13/2017 4 Sa Su 12:00PM-3:00PM Enroll!
8/14/2017-8/23/2017 4 M W 3:30PM-6:30PM Enroll!
8/19/2017-8/20/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/17/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/17/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/23/2017-9/24/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/15/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/15/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/21/2017-10/22/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/12/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-12:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/12/2017 4 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
11/18/2017-11/19/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
12/2/2017-12/3/2017 2 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 2

The second Basic Keelboat course builds upon the sailing fundamentals learned in Basic Keelboat Sailing. Topics include sail theory, docking, mooring ball pickups, and anchoring. 

Prequisite: MBAC Basic Keelboat Sailing Level 1 or equivalent.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$155.00$125.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 2 schedule
KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 2 SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/29/2017 1 Sa 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/5/2017-8/6/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/26/2017 1 Sa 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/9/2017-9/10/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/30/2017 1 Sa 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/7/2017-10/8/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/28/2017 1 Sa 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
11/4/2017-11/5/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
12/9/2017 1 Sa 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 3

The third and final Basic Keelboat course introduces heavy weather techniques and covers emergency situations. Topics include reefing, heaving to, and crew overboard recovery. After completing this class students are eligible to take the written exam to obtain a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.

Prequisite: MBAC Basic Keelboat Sailing Level 2 or equivalent

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$155.00$125.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 3 schedule
KEELBOAT SAILING LEVEL 3 SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/30/2017 1 Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/12/2017-8/13/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/27/2017 1 Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/16/2017-9/17/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/1/2017 1 Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/14/2017-10/15/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/29/2017 1 Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
11/11/2017-11/12/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
12/10/2017 1 Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

US SAILING BASIC KEELBOAT CERTIFICATION

After you have completed the Basic Keelboat Sailing Series you can take the certification test to become certified by US Sailing.  The cost for the exam, study book, and materials is $150. 

For more information on the certification, check out the U.S. Sailing website: click here.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$150.00$150.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.

BASIC CRUISING CERTIFICATION COURSE

The Basic Cruising graduate will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat, during daylight hours, within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions. Topics of the course include: weather forecasting, coastal navigation, systems check, docking and mooring procedures, anchoring, boat handling in confined waters, heavy weather sailing methods, safety and emergency procedures, VHF marine radio operation, and operating an outboard engine. This course fulfills the US Sailing requirements to attain the Basic Cruising Certification.

Prequisite: US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$525.00$425.00
Save $$ by purchasing this class as part of a package! See packages below.
View the BASIC CRUISING CERTIFICATION COURSE schedule
BASIC CRUISING CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
7/22/2017-7/30/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
8/19/2017-8/27/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
9/23/2017-10/1/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/21/2017-10/29/2017 4 Sa Su 9:00AM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

COASTAL NAVIGATION

Learn the art of traditional navigation techniques while integrating the use of modern electronic navigation tools in this classroom-based course. Coastal Navigation graduates will be able to determine their position with a high degree of accuracy and confidently navigate a vessel to a location beyond the horizon. Other topics include aids to navigation, compass use, plotting, correcting a course for leeway and current, and navigational strategy. This course culminates in a written test that will allow you to obtain your US Sailing Coastal Navigation certification.

 

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$245.00$195.00
View the COASTAL NAVIGATION schedule
COASTAL NAVIGATION SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
10/11/2017-11/15/2017 6 W 5:00PM-7:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

SPINNAKER CLINIC

In this exciting class you will learn the art of flying a spinnaker. Spinnakers are colorful sails often used on both racing and cruising sailboats to gain extra speed when sailing downwind. Often perceived as complicated and intimidating, during this course you will see just how easy and fun flying a spinnaker can be. Topics include rigging, hoisting, trimming, jibing, and dropping a symmetrical spinnaker.

Prequisite: MBAC Basic Keelboat Sailing Level 1 or equivalent experience.

Rates

Fee SDSU/UCSD Students Fee
$135.00$105.00
View the SPINNAKER CLINIC schedule
SPINNAKER CLINIC SCHEDULE
Class Runs # of Sessions Day(s) Time Enroll Online
8/19/2017-8/20/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
10/21/2017-10/22/2017 2 Sa Su 1:00PM-4:00PM Enroll!
Advance registration required. Please register online using the Enroll link or call (858) 488-1000 to register by phone.

SAVE WHEN YOU PACKAGE!

SMALL BOAT SAILING PACKAGE

Package price includes Basic Sailing, Advanced Sailing, and choice of Hobie Cat or Laser Sailing.

$355.00 Package Fee
$285.00 SDSU/UCSD Student Fee

KEELBOAT SAILING PACKAGE

Package price includes Keelboat Sailing Level 1, 2, and 3. May also purchase Basic Keelboat Certification for additional $150.

$435.00 Package Fee
$345.00 SDSU/UCSD Student Fee

KEELBOAT AND CRUISING CERTIFICATION PACKAGE

Package price includes Keelboat Sailing Level 1, 2, and 3, US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification, US Sailing Basic Cruising Course and certification.

$999.00 Package Fee
$799.00 SDSU/UCSD Student Fee