Adult Learn-to-Sail

Learn to sail at the Concord Yacht Club! Our basic Learn-to-Sail classes are designed for adults with little or no sailing experience. The only pre-requisite is that you must be able to swim 50 yards without a life jacket (a swimming test is conducted on the first night of class). Adult Learn-to-Sail is the adult sailing educational program run by Concord Sailing Center (CSC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Course

The Basic Keelboat Certification is the first stepping stone in US Sailing’s Keelboat Certification System.

The course will be taught in Catalina 22s by certified US Sailing instructors and will include evening instruction. One additional day (a Saturday) at the conclusion of the course will include a written test, knot-tying test, and sailing skills test. Students who successfully complete US Sailing’s basic keelboat certification class will be able to responsibly skipper and crew a daysailing keelboat in familiar waters in light to moderate wind conditions.

Skills taught during the course will include:
  • Rigging and de-rigging the boat
  • Starting, stopping, and controlling boat speed while sailing
  • Leaving and returning to the dock under sail or outboard, as appropriate
  • Using sail controls
  • Tacking, jibing, and getting out of the no-go-zone
  • Sailing around a set course
  • Basic navigation rules
  • The heave-to maneuver
  • Depowering sails
  • Overboard recovery methods
  • and more…

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited based upon the availability of instructors and boats, so please register early. If space is available, you will receive an email confirming your place in class when we receive your registration materials. No refunds will be made for students who cancel less than two weeks prior to the first night of class.


2018 Classes

Two classes are scheduled for 2018. The first will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning May 8 and concluding May 31. The second class will also be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning September 4 and concluding September 29 (the final class will be on a Saturday).

Cost: $450

Per person


The 2018 fall class is full (limit is nine persons). Any additional registrations will be placed on a wait list and filled first-come if spots open.

Sign up and payment

Please fill out the registration form and mail your check (payable to Concord Sailing Center) to:

Sandra Ford-Johnson
9453 Westland Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee  37922

Registration Form

Please include a printed version of your completed form with your payment. You will receive the printable form via email after completion.

2018 Spring Class

4 weeks beginning May 8
The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Final testing for those seeking US Sailing certification will be during the final class session

2018 Fall Class

4 weeks beginning September 4
The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Final testing for those seeking US Sailing certification will be Saturday, September 29.


Sandra Ford-Johnson
865.599.0751 (If no answer, please leave message.)