Each semester, current CSULB undergrads have the option to take beginner sailing instruction as a for-credit course through the university’s Recreation and Leisure Studies Department.
REC 121A is a 1.0 unit, semester-long class designed for those with little or no prior sailing experience.
Two sessions of REC 121A are offered each Fall and Spring semester. Students may register for [Friday 10:00am to 12:40pm] OR [Friday 1:00pm to 3:40pm] sessions.
All students must first pass a swim test or provide acceptable documentation that proves their ability to swim. (No exceptions.)
What you will learn.
Students receive instruction from U.S. Sailing-certified instructors using Capri 14-foot dinghies.
- Foundational knowledge
>>>>Basic sail theory; Nautical terminology; Weather, tides & currents;
- Boat and equipment
>>>>Parts of the boat; Knot tying; How to rig & down-rig the boat;
- Boat handling skills
>>>>Launching; Docking; Tacking & jibing; Steerage with/without tiller;
- Boat safety
>>>>Right-of-way rules; Capsize procedure; Man overboard procedure.
For those students who wish to continue sailing with the CSULBSA, the club offers an optional “skipper checkout” test following REC 121A.