Basic Training

The Basic Training Course is offered twice a year, starting in April and July. The cost is $250. The cost includes the NIH Sailing Association Membership Fee. Students must be NIH/NOAA employees, patients, or on-site contractors, and must have a current annual Preferred Membership of the NIH R&W Association.

The course is comprised of 6 evening classroom sessions, a Saturday morning orientation at the marina, and 4 sessions in the Club’s Flying Scots on the South River near Annapolis, including an on-board exam. The onboard class size is kept small, with two students and one instructor per boat. Students completing Basic Training qualify to sail the Club’s Flying Scots for very low charter fees.

For more information about training, or to reserve a space in the next class, contact the NIHSA Training Coordinator.

July 2019 Basic Training Class

Registration for the July 2019 Basic Training Class is now closed. The onboard class size is kept small, with two students and one instructor per boat and thus limits class size.

Onboard Coaching

Just like our onboard classes, the refresher training groups will be kept small, with two students per coach. The coaching program is geared toward people who have completed the class, but don’t feel comfortable to charter at this point. Did you miss a sailing season or two? Then this program is for you! The price of $20 per person per sail includes your part of the charter fee, and a nominal fee for the refresher sail. Contact the NIHSA on-board coaching coordinator to arrange a time.

Advanced Training

NIHSA Advanced Training offerings vary from year to year based on available instructors and club interest. It has included a hands-on big boat cruising course (The Big Boat Experience), celestial navigation, piloting courses, and various clinics and seminars.

Work With Us and Learn!

On Saturday mornings in March, the club works on the boats to get them ready for launch. If you would like to meet club members and gain experience in maintaining the boats, you are welcome to come and help. Check the calendar on the homepage for exact times and dates.

Also, did you know that current NIHSA members can attend the six classroom sessions of the basic training class for free? Contact the NIHSA training team if you are interested.

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