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 at the Clinton Lake Marina.

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: $199.00, plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor.

To register for this three week course, click here: Spring Intro to Sailing Registration

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

  • Monday, May 21st & Tuesday, May 22nd
  • Monday, June 4th & Tuesday, June 5th
  • Monday, June 11th, Tuesday, June 12th & Wednesday, June 13th

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

  • Monday, July 30th & Tuesday, July 31st
  • Monday, August 6th & Tuesday, August 7th
  • Monday, August 13th & Tuesday, August 14th

Cost and format are the same as the Spring Session. To register, click here: Late Summer Intro to Sailing Registration

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