Learn to sail on San Francisco Bay. Tradewinds stands apart from other sailing schools. Stop by and visit our sailing school and club. Our ASA course offering prepares you for sailing the Bay or anywhere in the world. Sailing schools on San Francisco Bay.

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Sailing School

Check Out

In addition to having the proper ASA certifications to use boats in each fleet, members must also attend our free Checkouts on each boat before they can reserve that particular boat.

Schedule & Crew

This is a two-hour course, with up to five students and one instructor aboard.


Members are already checked out on boats they used during their classes, so everyone is checked out on the Capris after attending Basic Keelboat (ASA 101).

For the remainder of the Bronze Fleet and Silver Fleet boats up to 34', members must have completed Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103).

For Silver Fleet boats 35' and over, members must have completed Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104).

For Gold Fleet boats, we also require Advanced Docking & Motoring (ASA 118).


During a checkout, members have an opportunity to spend 2 free hours with an instructor going over systems specific to the boat becoming familiar with how a particular boat handles under power. We encourage members to take notes during checkouts. Our membership system is designed to make members as self-sufficient as possible when using the boats. Attending checkouts and getting the most out of them will help avoid having to call for boat systems help on your sailing days. We also enjoy pointing out that it is free docking & maneuvering practice with a Tradewinds instructor!

Here is the checkout schedule.


Last modified on: Friday, 16-Dec-2016 23:05:45 UTC