Taken from Practical Homeschooling Magazine, September/October 2013 issue
The list of “things you can learn at home” just got a bit longer.
Offshore Sailing School and the BoatUS Foundation have put together – wait for it – an “Online Learn to Sail” course.
The narrated curriculum includes “easy-to-comprehend video, animations, and Offshore Sailing School instructors teaching aboard the Colgate 26.” The curriculum distills “best practices learned over nearly 50 years of Offshore Sailing School instruction.”
While it won’t teach you the muscle memory and reactions necessary to keep from, say, knocking yourself into the water when you come about, it is designed to help you learn the new terms and definitions that recreational sailors need to know.
The cost is $75, but the course will be available for a limited time at the introductory price of $55. It can be found at www.BoatUS.org/offshoresailing.
The school has educated more than 130,000 students since 1964 and is ranked #1 by Practical Sailor in both instructors and curriculum. For more information, go to www.offshoresailing.com.
The BoatUS Foundation offered the first free online boating safety course in 1997. Since then over a million boaters have taken their online courses. Funded primarily by members of BoatUS, it offers only free online, NASBLA-approved boating safety courses recognized by 33 states. The Online Learn to Sail course is the first of many more advanced online learning courses the Foundation plans to offer. Fore more information, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.