Lessons For Beginners
If you're completely new to sailing or windsurfing, you're in good company. Most CSC members have no sailing and windsurfing experience when they first join, and the club members who volunteer to teach can still remember being complete newbies.
Our lessons emphasize safety, self-reliance, and foundational techniques to help you succeed.
Beginning Windsurfing Lessons are given on Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings during the season (Apr-Oct) except when tides are too low to open the club. We offer three beginning level windsurfing classes:
- Novice Windsurfing Lesson
First-time windsurfers and windsurfers without a CSC windsurfing rating (you will typically earn your Novice rating as part of this class)
- Advanced Novice Windsurfing Lesson
For Novices ready to dig into some of the finer points of windsurfing fundamentals
- Clinic: Windsurfing Equipment Inspection
For Novices, an introduction to key aspects of windsurfing equipment, how they work, and how to inspect for damage, and what to do if you encounter a problem
Register for the appropriate class here to get started. Since these are popular classes and often have a waitlist, please remember to cancel your registration if your plans change.
Wetsuits are available to borrow at the club, or you can bring your own.
Intermediate and Advanced Lessons
More advanced windsurfing classes are given periodically and cover such topics as sail rigging, board repair, high wind sailing stance, waterstarts, fast tacks, planing jibe, foiling, light wind freestyle, among others. These are listed when advanced members volunteer to give lessons and are often scheduled a week in advance. Please join the windsurfing email list to be notified about these clinics as they are scheduled.
CSC is a wonderful and safe place to learn sailing and windsurfing. All instruction includes training on key safety equipment and practices before getting on the water.
You don't need to be a strong swimmer, as you will be wearing a life vest (PFD) any time you are near the water, including walking on the dock. The self-rescue test requires paddling while laying on your board, but, otherwise, little swimming happens during a typical windsurfing lesson. You should be comfortable in the water with a PFD, since you will fall in a lot.