Introduction to Sailing

Introduction to Sailing

Sailing can bring you relaxing days on the water, adventurous family fun, or challenging competition. You can choose how you want to enjoy recreational sailing and this class will help as you practice and gain experience. In this three-week introductory class, you will learn the skills to build your confidence and ability to sail. This class is ideal for new sailors. The class is being held in cooperation with Heartland Community College and the Clinton Lake Sailing Association using the fleet of small sailboats.

The textbook portion of the Introduction to Sailing Class topics include: what to wear, safety, points of sail, tacking, jibing, and how to rig boats. During the hands on portion of the class, sailors will learn how to leave and return to shore, rig boats, recover from a capsize, recover a man overboard, complete basic sailing maneuvers, and sail on all points of sail.

Course Fee: $199 + $15 materials fee

To register for this three week course, click here: Heartland Community College Course Registration

The Spring Intro to Sail class dates are from 6pm to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 20th & Tuesday, May 21st
  • Monday, June 3rd & Tuesday, June 4th
  • Monday, June 10th, Tuesday, June 11th

The Late Summer Intro to Sail classes are from 6pm to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 5th & Tuesday, August 6th
  • Monday, August 12th & Tuesday, August 13th
  • Monday, August 19th & Tuesday, August 20th

Cost and format are the same as the Spring Session. Link to registration coming soon as registration is open through Heartland.

If you have questions regarding the Introduction to Sailing Course please contact our Education Coordinator, Gerry Christman at or call 309-212-6136.

Gerry Christman


Erin Bauer