How We Learn | The Women and Cruising Blog
Women and Cruising contributors tell us how they have learned the skills
they need to sail and cruise. They discuss buying and learning to maintain a
new boat, taking classes and getting a captain's license, learning to handle
the boat alone after a husband's death.
Admiral's Angle #3: Getting Started
Examples of how (and when) some experienced cruisers got started show you don't have to be a life-long sailor to take off cruising.
Admiral's Angle #22: Engine Room
Gwen Hamlin looks at what women need to know about their engine rooms and boat systems and why.
Admiral's Angle #45: Tools in Your Toolbox
Not the mechanic's corner, this column is about stepping forward and learning new skills.
The American Sailing Association is dedicated to training, teaching and certifying schools, sailing instructors and sailing enthusiasts. find a course or an affiliated school through the site.
Water Sailing School
Offers Basic, Bareboat, Advanced and Offshore courses in Fort Lauderdale, FL, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Newport, RI, and the Bahamas
Fair Wind Sailing School provides sailing instruction and ASA lessons
in the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, in the Great
Lakes, and on the Chesapeake. They offer Basic Sailing, Bare
boat Chartering, Advanced Sailing, Catamarans Sailing, Coastal
and Celestial Navigation.
Jack Klang's seminars, demonstrations at boat shows and DVDs are excellent ways to improve your docking and boat-handling skills.
Learn to Sail! with Multimedia! Cdrom, by Linda S Cullum
This CD ROM was recommended by our reader Lori Shay: "It is written by women and is very good. It is like a book with moving pictures and I had a nice feel to it with the narration. It is very extensive, meaning it took me a long time to go through the wole thing and the quizzes were very helpful. Their website: learntosailonline.com"
John and Amanda Neal have been teaching and sharing knowledge with sailors. An instructional passage aboard Mahina Tiare gives participants the skills to sail anywhere on their own.
Narragansett Sailing is an ASA certified sailing school in Rhode Island focussing on equipping cruising sailors with basic as well as advanced knowledge to fulfill their dreams of going cruising.
They have just introduced their All Women's Program, which allows women to obtain ASA certifications in an all female environment until they are ready to tackle more advanced topics that are part of their Cruising School. While certification is always optional, they also offer Women-only classes on diesel engines or boat systems to name a few.
OCSC Sailing School
OCSC Sailing is a San Francisco Bay sailing school and sailing club offering sailing lessons, sailboat instruction, US Sailing Certification, sailboat charters, club membership, corporate teambuilding events, and bareboat vacations. Courses range from beginner sailboat lessons, to offshore training, to spinnaker sailing, to world cruising preparation.
Safety at Sea Seminar
This day-long seminar prepares you to head offshore with a knowledge of safe seamanship, heavy-weather tactics, and boat preparation. See safety equipment demos and crew-overboard-recovery techniques.
U.S. Coast Guard approved courses for your charterboat Captain's license.
Seven Seas U
The educational branch of Seven Seas Cruising Association. Offers a variety of webinars (live seminars on the web), in subjects such as Safety at sea, Medical issues, SSB/Ham radios, Home schooling, Women's issues, Anchoring, Docking, Diesel engines, Weather, Watermakers...All you need is Internet!
and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School
Offshore provides sailing courses certified by US Sailing, from day sailing and coastal cruising to ocean sailing to live aboard blue water sailing and offshore passage making training.
United States Power Squadrons
Organized in 1914, USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. USPS has some 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization.
Sailing courses for women
Girls for Sail
A British company that specializes in organizing sailing holidays and RYA sailing courses for women, including "Learn to Sail" amd "Improve your skills" weeks in the Caribbean. The company was founded on 3 main principles - that sailing should be fun (without the shouting), there's no such thing as a silly question; and we are all one team, there to look out for each other
Her Ladyship Sailing
Her Ladyship is a program within Sunshine Coast Adventures, an American Sailing Association school. They offer women and couples sailing courses in private and group programs in the USA, Canada and Caribbean.
How to Sail on Fast Lane
Racing can be a great way to become a proficient sailor. Sherry (Beckett) McCampbell of Soggy Paws honed her skills racing her sailboat Fast Lane with an all women crew. She even wrote a manual for her crew "How to Sail on Fast Lane" which is available as a free download on the webpage she created for her boat and crew.
National Women's Sailing Association
The mission of the National Women's Sailing Association is "to enrich the life of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing". They offer programs such as Take the Helm, all-women sail flotillas, and small workshops which include introduction to navigation, celestial navigation and hands-on diesel engine.
Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar
Women teach women about sailing. Great resource for women in the Northern California area.
Orange Coast College
The School of Sailing and Seamanship at Orange Coast College offers specialized classes for women including Women's Keelboat, Women's Cruising, and Catalina Island and Channel Islands Cruises for Women. The Alaska Eagle offers opportunities to gain offshore sailing experience while crossing oceans or exploring the world's most spectacular coasts and islands.
Sea Sense, the Women's Sailing and Power boating School, is owned and operated by professional women boaters. They teach in Florida, New England, Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, the Pacific Northwest and along the Intracoastal Waterways, plus international classes.
Sisters Under Sail
Sisters Under Sail provides teenage girls the opportunity to sail a tall ship in a safe learning environment where they can push themselves to try new things they had never done before.
Sistership Sailing School
Sistership, a sailing school for women, couples, and families, offers the opportunity to learn the sport of sailing in a positive, relaxed, supportive environment. It is based in Tortola in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.
Tethys Offshore Sailing for Women
Earn International Sail and Power Association (ISPA) certification while cruising in Pacific Northwest waters. Founder Nancy Early led two all-women circumnavigations aboard Tethys. Nineteen women joined her on the first circumnavigation and 34 on the second.
US Sailing - Women's Sailing Associations
A directory of women's sailing associations in the US and in Canada
Womanship is a sailing school designed by women, for women. Courses offered in 18 locations. Nobody yells ... Everybody learns.
Women for Sail
Tania Aebi and Jill London run 7-14 day learn-to-sail flotilla vacations, casual combinations of fun and instruction, usually for just women, a couple of times a year in different countries around the world.