Keelboat Sailing Level 3 | Mission Bay Aquatic Center, San Diego, CA
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The third and final Basic Keelboat course introduces heavy weather techniques and covers emergency situations. After completing this class students are eligible to take the written exam to obtain a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification

What Will I Learn?

This class builds upon the topics learned in Basic Keelboat Levels 1 and 2 on a J/24 sailboat. New topics introduced in this course include:

  • Reefing
  • Heaving to
  • Crew Overboard Pickups

After completing this class students are eligible to take the written exam to obtain a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification, which is included in the course fee.

Is this the right class for me?

Basic Keelboat Sailing Level 3 is the right class if you have completed Basic Keelboat Level 2 and wish to continue in the MBAC Basic Keelboat series. If your goal is to obtain the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification you must complete Basic Keelboat Sailing Levels 1, 2, and 3 and pass a written test.

You may also consider Advanced Sailing if you wish to become eligible to rent sailboats from MBAC.

If you have some sailing experience but have never taken a formal sailing class, we suggest starting with Basic Sailing or Basic Keelboat Level 1. Our experience has shown that people who learn to sail informally often have gaps in their knowledge that are best addressed by completing an entry-level class.


  • Prerequisite: MBAC Basic Keelboat Sailing Level 2 or equivalent experience.
  • This class is open to all participants aged 14 and up.
  • A general liability waiver is required to participate. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Participants must acknowledge that they are water safe (able to swim 50 meters and comfortably tread water).

How to Prepare

Wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers. The temperature can feel much cooler than expected once you are on the water, so it is a good idea to bring a jacket, even on warm days. We suggest comfortable closed-toed shoes and sunglasses and a hat are highly recommended. Lifejackets are provided.

It is unlikely that you will end up in the water while sailing during this class, but you may get a little bit wet from small splashes, handling wet lines, etc. anytime you go on a boat. 

Bring sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, and snacks or lunch (for all-day classes). MBAC has a water bottle refilling station and there are a number of restaurants nearby, but keep in mind that food and drink are not available for purchase at MBAC.

Parking can be a challenge at MBAC, especially during the summer months. Please visit our parking page for more information.


Course Fee: $210.00
UCSD/SDSU Student Fee: $160.00
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What's Next?

Upon successful completion of Basic Keelboat Sailing Level 3 you will be ready for Basic Cruising

You will also be eligible to take a written test to obtain the US Sailing Basic Keelboat certification.

sailing Discounts!


Package price includes Basic Sailing, Advanced Sailing, and Hobie Cat Sailing

$470.00 Package Fee
$315.00 SDSU/UCSD Student Fee