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Ground School

We really don't want to scare anyone away with the term "school," and we promise not to give you a test at the end. These FREE lessons are an introduction to the club's, layout, safety rules, instruction program, and fun, social events. While attending a Ground School is required for members prior to their first lesson, Ground Schools are open to non-members as well - so be sure to bring a friend!

After a brief video presentation, your friendly and knowledgeable instructor will guide you on a tour of the facilities and lakefront, highlight certain aspects of our programs, and answer any questions you may have. The club offers Ground School lessons about three or four times per week during the peak season.

For a quick introduction to sailing with the club check out the video below!

  • Due to our new pier system we are in the process of updating our Ground School Curriculum. We will be scheduling new Ground School sessions soon.

If you have already completed ground school and have paid for your new membership, check the Lessons Page for available lessons. Don't forget, new lessons for the following week are posted on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Still have questions, please contact the Vice-Commodore at vc@hoofersailing.org.

Dinghies

After completing the Ground School Lesson, and signing up, the next step in learning how to sail dinghies (the smaller boats, less than 20 feet) starts with the Techs. The goal of the Tech lessons is to get your Light Tech Rating so that you can start taking 420, Laser, Byte, Scow and Sloop Lessons.

Keelboats

If members do not wish to begin with dinghies but would prefer to jump right into the Keelboat Fleet, the next step would be to sign up for an Intro to Keelboat Sailing lesson. Don't forget, new lessons for the following week are posted on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Still have questions, please contact the Vice-Commodore at vc@hoofersailing.org, or one of the Keelboat Captains at j-fleet@hoofersailing.org and heavykeelbaots@hoofersailing.org.