The freedom of the water allows sailors liberties that can't be taken on land, such as gambling on knife fights or naming a dog a swear word. Float above the law with this Groupon.
$245 for a Basic Keelboat Sailing I Class (Up to $490 Value)
During two-day Basic Keelboat Sailing I classes, novices learn the basics of boat handling through hands-on training with experienced staff. Apart from the 30-minute lecture that begins the course, students spend nearly all their time on water. By the end of the first day, they'll have learned how to set up a sailboat and steer; by the end of the second, they'll be considered competent to sail the bay waters as crew members. This class forms the first half of the American Sailing Association certification process, which is continued in Basic Keelboat II.
This Groupon is valid for classes that take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on two consecutive days: Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, or Saturday and Sunday.
San Francisco Sailing Company
With its impenetrable fog, gusty wind, and rough currents, San Francisco Bay is known the world over as one of the most challenging places to sail. It's for this very reason that the San Francisco Sailing Company's Sailing School has set up shop here: "If you can sail the San Francisco Bay," they declare on their website, "you [can] sail anywhere in the world." The seasoned instructors instill what they know thoroughly and quickly. In fact, after completing just two two-day classes, students at the school earn their ASA certification and the confidence to sail the Bay on their own. The school offers loftier training, as well, providing the know-how needed to charter a multiday cruise on a big boat or navigate out on the open water.