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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: It is possible to bring one non-MIT guest, but there is no guarantee there will be space since they will generally not be pre-registered. Non-MIT guests will not be confirmed registrants, so will be fit in only if space is available. Note that immediate family are considered part of the MIT Community and should register as such, not as guests. It is recommended that you learn to sail and then take out your non-MIT guests and teach them directly!
    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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