Adult Courses (14)

Advanced Sportboat (12 Hours)

Prerequisites: Courageous Green Flag Rhodes 19 or
J/22 rating; passed Basic Sportboat checkout
Regular Price: $345
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If you're an experienced, confident sailor with sportboat experience, Advanced Sportboat may be your next step. Taught in a J/80, a comfortable, highly responsive 26 foot keelboat with a planing hull and asymmetrical spinnaker, this 12-hour (2 day) course builds on the skills honed in the Basic Sportboat course and adds in the thrill of flying an asym with a team! Learn how to perform all the crew positions for the perfect spinnaker run, tweak your sail shape for maximum efficiency, and (with some cooperation from the wind) get the boat up on a plane. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you’ll have ample opportunity to get the attention and practice you need to take your skills to the next level. Students who pass the course will be ready to become Performance Fleet members with a spinnaker endorsement. Expect to spend at least one day of the course in the outer harbor.

What you’ll learn in Advanced Sportboat -- the second half (12 hours) of Sportboat Complete

  • Theory and practice of adjusting sail shape
  • Roll tacking
  • Rigging and packing an asym. spinnaker
  • Setting, flying, jibing, and dousing an asym. spinnaker in all crew positions
  • Coordinating a team to perform spinnaker maneuvers
  • Broach recovery
  • Weight placement
  • Racing mark roundings
  • Note: Advanced Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for a spinnaker endorsement to Performance Fleet membership.

 

Sportboat Complete (24 Hours)

Prerequisites: Courageous Green Flag Rhodes 19 or J/22 rating
Regular Price: $645
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If you're an experienced, confident sailor looking for new challenges in an exciting, high performance boat, Sportboat Complete is your next step. Taught in a J/80, a comfortable, highly responsive 26 foot keelboat with a planing hull and asymmetrical spinnaker, this 24-hour (4 day) course will cover the skills you need to become a Performance Fleet member with a spinnaker endorsement. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you’ll have ample opportunity to get the attention and practice you need to take your skills to the next level. Learn how to maneuver this incredibly fun boat under sail and under outboard power, fly an asymmetrical spinnaker, and tweak the sail controls for maximum performance.

Sportboat Complete, which combines Basic Sportboat and Advanced Sportboat, often runs on two consecutive weekends, Saturday/Sunday/Saturday/Sunday from 10-4:30 each day. An all Saturday or all Sunday schedule is also available. Expect to spend at least one or two class days in the outer harbor.

What you’ll learn in Basic Sportboat--the first half (12 hours over two days) of Sportboat Complete:

  • Rigging and outboard overview
  • Leaving the dock under power
  • Perfecting sail trim and crew coordination on basic maneuvers
  • Winch use
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Crew overboard recovery under sail and power
  • Docking under sail and power
  • Reefing; adjusting sail plan and sail controls for different wind conditions
  • Intro to sail theory
  • Securing the boat to the dock and derigging properly
  • Note: Basic Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for Performance Fleet membership. 

What you’ll learn in Advanced Sportboat--the second half (12 hours over two days) of Sportboat Complete:

  • Theory and practice of adjusting sail shape
  • Roll tacking
  • Rigging and packing an asym. spinnaker
  • Setting, flying, jibing, and dousing an asym. spinnaker in all crew positions
  • Coordinating a team to perform spinnaker maneuvers
  • Broach recovery
  • Weight placement
  • Racing mark roundings
  • Note: Advanced Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for a spinnaker endorsement to Performance Fleet membership.

 

Basic Sportboat (12 Hours)

Prerequisites: Courageous Green Flag Rhodes 19 or
Regular Price: $345
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If you're an experienced, confident sailor looking for new challenges in an exciting, high performance boat, step it up with Basic Sportboat. Taught in a J/80, a comfortable, highly responsive 26 foot keelboat with a planing hull, this 12-hour (2 day) course will cover the skills you need to become a Performance Fleet member; it is the first 2 days of the Sportboat Complete course. With a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, you’ll have ample opportunity to get the attention and practice you need to take your skills to the next level. Learn how to maneuver this incredibly fun boat under sail and under outboard power, sail with a team, and get comfortable with the basics. 

Basic Sportboat often runs on two consecutive weekend days, from 10-4:30 each day. An all Saturday or all Sunday schedule is also available. 

What you’ll learn in Basic Sportboat -- the first half (12 hours over two days) of Sportboat Complete

  • Rigging and outboard overview
  • Leaving the dock under power
  • Perfecting sail trim and crew coordination on basic maneuvers
  • Winch use
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Crew overboard recovery under sail and power
  • Docking under sail and power
  • Reefing; adjusting sail plan and sail controls for different wind conditions
  • Intro to sail theory
  • Securing the boat to the dock and derigging properly
  • Note: Basic Sportboat includes an on-the-water checkout to certify qualified graduates for Performace Fleet membership.

 

US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling

Prerequisite: None
Course Fee: $145
Suggested Age: 12–adult
Certification(s) Earned: NASBLA certificate, MA boating education certificate, Safe Powerboat Handling certificate.

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US Coast Guard & NASBLA Approved

This 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills on actual boats.

The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a state boating safety education certificate. Students will learn:

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Anchoring
  • Steering a range
  • Proceeding to a destination
  • Person in Water rescue

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Registration & capacities
  • Equipment requirements
  • Prep & fueling procedures
  • Navigation rules of the road
  • Aids to navigation
  • Environment regulations

 

Private Charter

Rhodes 19: $95/hour (up to 4 passengers)
J/22: $125/hour (up to 4 passengers)
Cruising Boat: $150/ hour (up to 6 passengers)
 
Members receive 50% discount on all private charters. 2-hour minimum. 
 

A private charter is a fun opportunity for a group of up to 3-5 people to get out on Boston Harbor in a sailboat, with no need to worry about planning a thing! Experience the fantastic views of the city from the water, learn some sailing skills or take the helm if you’d like, check out some Boston landmarks, or just sit back and enjoy the ride.  An expert instructor will be there every step of the way, and will be happy to customize the lesson or cruise for you.  We have a variety of boats available for charter, including Rhodes 19s (comfortable 19-foot keelboats), J/22s (faster, more responsive keelboats), and our cruising boats, which can fit 4-5 and are suitable for longer trips around the Harbor Islands.  Feel free to bring a picnic or snacks for the sail (note that alcohol isn’t permitted before or during sailing).  Life jackets are provided. 

To book your charter, please email frontdesk@courageoussailing.org, or call us at 617 242 3821.

Courageous can also accommodate private groups requiring 2 or more boats. See our Corporate Functions page for more information.

Course + Membership Combos

Courageous offers a number of discounted membership and lesson combinations to encourage those who know they want to jump right in! Learn (or review) the basics with a course, and then put your new skills to good use with a one-month or one-year membership. For many, the Basic Keelboat Complete plus Full Membership combo is the perfect way to get started.

For combinations purchased during the sailing season (May 1 - October 31), your membership will begin when you finish your course, and run for either one calendar year or one month from the date you activate, depending on the membership you choose. Memberships expire October 31 if the combination is purchased before May 1.

Check out the appropriate course and Core Memberships sections for more information.  You can see a list of available course dates by clicking the Book Now button on the appropriate course page. After you purchase your combo, you'll receive an email containing a voucher code enabling you to book your course; you may also schedule by phone.

Basic Keelboat Complete + Rhodes 19 Full Membership

 
This combo deal, designed to make your first year of sailing affordable, is the perfect way to get started.  Learn the basics with our popular 24-hour course and sail all season long!
 
 

$995  Save $395!

 

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Basic Keelboat Part 2 + Rhodes 19 Full Membership

 
For those with previous sailing experience, Basic Keelboat Part 2 is a chance to review the basics and build the skills you need to sail as a Courageous member all season long. 
 

$795  Save $275!

 

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Basic Keelboat Complete + Rhodes 19 One-Month Membership

 
Learn the basics with our popular 24-hour course and follow it up with one month of sailing on Boston Harbor! 
 
 

$775  Save $170!

 

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Basic Keelboat Part 2 + Rhodes 19 One-Month Membership

 
For those with previous sailing experience, Basic Keelboat Part 2 is a chance to review the basics and build the skills you need to enjoy one month of sailing as a Courageous member.  
 
 

$475  Save $170!

 

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Basic Keelboat Part 1 (12 hours)

Prerequisite: None
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Regular Price: $325
Boat Show Special, February 13-21: $295  10% off!
 
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Our Basic Keelboat Part 1 course covers the fundamentals of sailing. We’ll teach you how to rig and unrig the boat, leave and return to the dock safely with a bit of guidance, and adjust your sails and rudder to make the boat go where you want it to go. This is the first half of the complete course, and perfect if you just want to try out sailing without committing to a 24-hour course, you prefer a more relaxed pace, or your schedule can’t accommodate two consecutive weekends. Basic Keelboat Part 1 tends to follow a consecutive Saturday/Saturday or Sunday/Sunday schedule, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break, but can also be taken in one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or in 3-hour intervals on weekday evenings.

In twelve hours, you’ll learn enough to get you off to a good start, and you’ll probably find that you can sail with confidence with just a little bit of help from an instructor.  Please refer to the Basic Keelboat Complete description for more information.


Basic Keelboat Part 2 (12 hours)

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Part 1 or equivalent experience
Included text: US SAILING Basic Keelboat
Regular Price: $345
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This course picks up where Part 1 left off. It is the next step for those who already know some of the basics, or for Part 1 graduates who are ready for more. In Part 2, we review the basics like tacking and jibing, and continue with the rest of the Basic Keelboat Complete curriculum, including docking under sail, crew overboard recovery techniques, and refining your boat handling skills. Basic Keelboat Part 2 tends to follow a consecutive Saturday/Saturday or Sunday/Sunday schedule, from 10-4:30 each day, with a half hour hour lunch break, but can also be taken in one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or in 3-hour intervals on weekday evenings.

By the end of the twelve hours, you arrive at the same place as those who take the 24-hour complete course, eligible for a Courageous skipper rating (which means you can sail without an instructor!) and US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification. Please refer to the Basic Keelboat Complete description for more information.

We offer great discounts on Basic Keelboat Part 2 combined with a membership; check out Membership and Lesson Combos for more information.

Coastal Navigation

Prerequisite: None
Included text: US SAILING Coastal Navigation
Regular Price: $400, Member Price: $360
 
We do not currently have a Coastal Navigation course scheduled. Please contact us directly if you'd like us to notify you when a course is available.
 
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Even in an age of GPS and electronic chartplotters, the material in our Coastal Navigation course is valuable for every sailor. Graduates will be able to plot routes and chart their own courses with confidence. Whether you are a Basic Keelboat grad itching to explore every nook and cranny of the Harbor Islands, or you are a long-time cruiser grown too attached to your GPS and not sure if you'd be ready to plot a quick fix and course to steer should the batteries die and the fog roll in, this is the course for you.

The knowledge you will gain (including dead reckoning, running fixes, set and drift calculations, danger bearings) not only exceeds the standards for the Coast Guard "Six Pack" Captain's license, but is crucial for any real navigator. Your tools (provided for classroom use) will include pencils (and erasers!), paper charts, parallel rulers, dividers, and a hand bearing compass, all of which can be purchased inexpensively  for those who would like to take their tools home at the end of the course. Course size will be limited to 12 students to ensure everyone gets as much personal attention as possible.

Note that unlike other Courageous courses, this is primarily a classroom based course. There's a lot to cover and the classroom is the best place for most of it.  However, navigation practice cruises to put your new skills to work will be highly encouraged and can be scheduled separately.

 

Group Practice Classes (3 Hours)

Price: $30, $25 for members

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On alternating Saturday and Sunday mornings, join other members and students looking for extra practice, coached one of our senior instructors. This is a great way to build from Red Flag to Yellow Flag, earn your Red Flag (if your instructor has given you specific skills to work on), gain more confidence, or to get back into it if you haven't been sailing in a while.  The class starts with an on-shore chalk talk on topics requested by participants, so come prepared with questions.  Students will be paired up to sail together in Rhodes 19s (unless you really want to practice single-handing with some supervision!), while the instructor coaches from a motorboat.  The class might focus on particular skills, like docking or crew-overboard recovery techniques, or on drills to improve general boat handling--let the instructor know what you’d like to work on.  Maximum of 12 participants.

Private Lesson

Prerequisite: None
Rhodes 19: $95/hour; 2 hour minimum  Boat Show Special, February 13-21: 2-hour Rhodes 19 lessons are half price!
J/22: $125/hour; 2 hour minimum
Cruising Boat: $150/ hour; 2 hour minimum
 
Courageous members receive a 50% discount on all private lessons. 
 
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You’ll be amazed by how much you can learn in just a few hours! Let us know what you'd like to focus on, and we can tailor a lesson or series of lessons for you at any level. Lessons are most effective for 1-3 participants, and total beginners are welcome. Private lessons are a good choice if you're working towards a particular rating here at Courageous, prefer one-on-one coaching, need more scheduling flexibility than our group courses offer, or want to bring a group of mixed ages or experience levels. Most lessons are taught on a Rhodes 19; if you'd like to sail on the slightly larger, higher performance J/22, please contact us directly to buy or schedule your lesson.

If a leisurely cruise or harbor tour is more your style, great! Or combine a little bit of both for a fun, unique experience. Just let your instructor know what you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to make it happen!


Private Cruising Lesson

Want some coaching on how a cruising boat handles?  If you’d like the chance to get comfortable with one of our cruising boats before taking out the boat on your own or get some pointers in preparation for a charter of your own, take a private lesson with one of our most experienced instructors.  Lessons can be taught on our Erickson 28, CS 30, Pearson 34, Tartan 27, O'Day 240, or J/24, all of which fit from 4 to 5 students.

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