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Learn-to-Sail FAQ

  1. When do the lessons start?
  2. Do I need to sign up in advance to take a Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
  3. I'm an MIT student. Can I bring a non-MIT 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:
    • Mid-week 1-2-3 lessons start every other week in April and more regularly in May. See the schedule for details.
    • Sunday lessons start mid-May. See the schedule for details.

    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  2. Q: Do I need to sign up in advance to take a Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
    A: Yes, you must register online for the particular class (or set of 1-2-3 classes) you plan to take.
    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  3. Q: I'm an MIT student. Can I bring a non-MIT guest for the Learn-to-Sail Lesson?
    A: No. Unfortunately due to high demand, we cannot generally accommodate non-MIT guests. Note that immediate family are considered part of the MIT Community and can register as such. It is recommended that you learn to sail and then take out your non-MIT guests and teach them directly yourselves!
    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))
    • Ability to meet the swimming requirement, although no certificate is needed. But everyone sailing must know how to swim.

    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  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: Yes, you must register online, typically 1 or 2 days prior to the class.
    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  7. Q: When should I show up?
    A: Show up a few minutes early to check-in and practice knots:
    • Mid-week 1-2-3: Up to 15 minutes prior to the stated time.
    • Sunday: Lessons start at 9:00am. Suggest you show up by 8:45am to get your boat assignment and practice knots. 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 even take a friend with you outside of class. The Sailing Card section of the site has full information.
    Last edit by: egibber@alum.mit.edu
  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