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Learn-to-Sail FAQ

  1. When do the lessons start?
  2. Do I need to sign up in advance for a Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
  3. I'm an MIT student. Can I bring a guest for the Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
  4. What are the requirements?
  5. What should I wear to the lessons?
  6. Can I reserve a spot?
  7. When should I show up?
  8. What's next?
  9. Can I go sailing outside of class?
  10. If I have already taken the Wednesday Class 1, can I just take the second half of the Sunday class?

 

  1. Q: When do the lessons start?
    A:
    • Wednesday lessons start early May. See the schedule for details.
    • Sunday lessons start mid-May. See the schedule for details.

    Last edit by: mbwall
  2. Q: Do I need to sign up in advance for a Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
    A: Depends on which type of class:
    • Wednesdays: Preferred that you pre-register, especially for Class 2.
    • Sundays: Limited space, so you should pre-register in the week prior to the class. Priority will be given to confirmed registrants, then overflow pending registrants, then walk-ins.

    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  3. Q: I'm an MIT student. Can I bring a guest for the Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
    A: Yes, you may bring one guest. However, on Sundays non-MIT guests will not be confirmed registrants, so will be fit in only if space available.
    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  4. Q: What are the requirements?
    A: Learn-to-Sail classes are available and free for the MIT Community. You need:
    • Valid MIT ID (student, faculty, staff, alum, or affiliate (including spouse))
    • Meet the swimming requirement, although no certificate is needed. But everyone sailing must know how to swim.

    Last edit by: mbwall
  5. Q: What should I wear to the lessons?
    A: Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet! And remember that it's usually colder on the water than inland. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes with a good rubber sole (preferably sneakers). Because there is always the chance you may capsize, you may want to bring along a dry change of clothes. If you wear glasses, please tie them on with string from the front desk or with your own sports leash. (Learn-to-Sail lesson 1 does not go in the water, so you can wear any clothes for that one).
    Last edit by: alvarso
  6. Q: Can I reserve a spot?
    A: Depends on which day you're interested in:
    • Wednesdays: Encouraged that you pre-register. If you do not show up on time, walk-ins will take spots available on a first-come first-serve basis.
    • Sundays: Limited space, so you should pre-register in the week prior to the class. Priority will be given to confirmed registrants, then overflow pending registrants, then walk-ins.

    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  7. Q: When should I show up?
    A: Show up at:
    • Wednesday: Between 5:00pm. and 5:15pm.
    • Sunday: Lessons start at 9:00am. But normally the class is over-subscribed, so we suggest you show up by 8:45am to check in. Pre-registered students must show up no later than 8:55am to retain their spots. Don't show up before 8:30am, since nobody will be around!

    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  8. Q: What's next?
    A: Please see the What next? page...
    Last edit by: theodric
  9. Q: Can I go sailing outside of class?
    A: You need to get a Sailing Card so that once you learn to sail (usually after Lesson 2 or the Sunday All-in-one), you can practice on your own, and ultimate to take friend with you, outside of class. The Sailing Card section of the site has full information.
    Last edit by: theodric
  10. Q: If I have already taken the Wednesday Class 1, can I just take the second half of the Sunday class?
    A: No
    Last edit by: theodric

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Updated: 2014/04/22 09:21:28
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Updated: 2014/04/22 09:21:28