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.


2020 Spring Classes

Currently ALL Sailing Classes are cancelled due to COVID-19 this includes Spring of 2021.  There may be a Fall Class for 2021 but currently there are no dates or details. If the Fall class is able to go forward we will post dates and open registration at that time. Best advice is to check this page mid-summer.


$500 Per person

Sign up and payment

Please fill out the registration form linked below 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.


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