CSC 100 - Sailing Fundamentals

CSC 100 - Educational Objectives

This is the first certification level in the CSC series and  has been specifically designed to provide the fundamentals of boating safety and “on the water skills.” It provides the foundation for future learning and is geared toward those individuals who are new to sailing as well as experienced sailors with no prior formal

training. Through the  Chapman School unique “Learn at the Helm”™ teaching, students are able to combine elements taught in the classroom with underway practice onboard one of Chapman School’s fleet training vessels. 


Please contact the Registrar or Student Services
for class availability at 772-283-8130.

Course Description

Training includes classroom and  underway sail boat handling. This intensive 16 hour course may be taken as a stand alone program and is a prerequisite for the CSC 200 Sailboat Handling program.


Legal Requirements & Regulations

· Boat Registration

· Hull Identification

· Safety Equipment


Getting Underway

· Preparation

· Float Plan

· Leaving the dock or pier

· Captain/owner’s responsibilities


Operating Your Sail Boat

· Basic Rules of the Road as pertain to sailing vessels

· Sail terminology

· Points of sail

· Vessel Right of Way

· Aids to Navigation


On the Water Skills

Sailboat skills and boat handling

practice utilizing the skills learned in the classroom setting.



· Choosing location

· Selecting anchors


Special Topics

· Marlinspike (knots & lines)

· Weather

· Environmental Issues

Program includes 6 hours of class room and 10 hours of on-the-water skills practice onboard a mono hull sailing vessel.



Students who successfully complete the course and pass the CSC written exam and  the boat handling skills test given at the conclusion of the program will be awarded a “Certificate of Completion” from the Chapman School of Seamanship. 


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