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Education


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Education


We believe education is the foundation of a safe and enjoyable boating experience. We seek to create accessible and affordable pathways for our community to learn about everything our lakefront can offer them. We firmly believe that impactful education will continue to grow Sheboygan’s longstanding tradition of utilizing on-the-water activities to build well-disciplined, conscientious and critical-thinking leaders within our community. To achieve this, SEAS presents a variety of educational  programming from safe boat-handling, race skills & techniques, maritime history and conservation awareness. We provide US Sailing and US Powerboating certified instructors for all on-the-water courses and bring in experts for year round educational opportunities. 

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Sailing Courses


Sailing Courses


These are our available weekend adult certification courses.

For basic weekday instruction for youth and adults check out our partner, the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center

Accelerated Keelboat Fundamentals

SEAS and Sheboygan Youth Sailing partner to present this weekend class on Keelboat Fundamentals. The course is comparable to the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center Adult Level 1 course packed into one weekend. SEAS instructors are US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certified Instructors and this course will have a maximum 4:1 Student to Instructor ratio to ensure the most attention possible while on the water.

Basic Keelboat

SEAS is offering the Basic Keelboat Class with the curriculum created by US Sailing. Those who take this course will learn how to properly prepare a boat to sail, leave the dock/mooring, control a boat in confined waters, navigation rules and tips, control a boat in open waters, heavy weather sailors, safety and emergency procedures and more. Those who pass this class will receive a Basic Keelboat Certificate from US Sailing.

First Sail

The First Sail Experience is a two-hour lesson offered to anyone through a growing list of First Sail Locations, comprised of community sailing centers, sailing schools and yacht clubs around the country. This unique opportunity offers beginners an introduction to sailing in a casual setting and is designed to provide a memorable experience that will motivate newcomers to continue sailing. The First Sail Experience features basic sailing hands-on learning that will cover topics such as, how a sail works, parts of a sailboat, points of sail, and important safety guidelines.

 

For a list of upcoming sailing courses visit our EVENTS page.


SAILING Education Partners

Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center

SEAS is a proud partner of the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center (SYSC).  Together, we provide certified instructors that can teach anyone to sail from age 5-85.  At any age, at any level, SYSC is open to the public and will provide you with the tools necessary for safe boat handling, operation and even racing.  Classes run from June to August.  Click here for a complete listing.

Sea Scout Ship 50

The Sea Scouts Ship 50 is a co-ed venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America. Membership, advancement and achievement is open to all high school-age youth! Their program is chartered by the Sheboygan Yacht Club to provide a safe environment for venturers to experience and learn lifetime friendship and boating skills by sailing, racing and kayaking. Ship 50 provides the opportunity to appreciate and respect safe boating on Lake Michigan and the Sheboygan River.

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Powerboat Classes


Powerboat Classes


Powerboat Training Center

SEAS/Sail Sheboygan is proud to be the only US Powerboating Powerboat Training Center in Wisconsin. With multiple instructors certified by US Powerboating’s National Standards and a great fleet of Edgewater 17 powerboats, we are able to provide exceptional powerboat training to beginners and experienced boaters alike.

 

 

Classes

Safe Power Boating

This 16-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills. No previous experience is required! The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and an increasing number of states have recognized it as meeting their requirements for a State Boating Education Certificate. These national and state approvals call for the course to include a total of six to eight hours of classroom sessions covering required education topics.

Accelerated Safe Power Boating

This 8- to 12-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who has taken a classroom boating course but needs experience to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boathandling skills. Students will be expected to study the course materials at home to challenge and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigations, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies. This course focuses on hands-on application of all skills, consequently it is NOT approved by the U.S. Coast Guard or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting requirements for a state boating safety education certificate in Wisconsin.

Safety & Rescue

This 8-hour hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who will be using powerboats to perform safety and rescue functions. It is designed for regatta personnel, marine patrols, police and fire rescue personnel, park rangers, and on-the-water sailing instructors and coaches. 

Markset

This hands-on, on-the-water course is for anyone who will be operating a mark-set boat for a race, regatta or event. An operator of a mark-set boat is expected to be able to perform safety, rescue and mark-setting operations.

 

For a list of upcoming powerboat courses visit our EVENTS page.

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Workshops


Workshops


SEAS offers workshops and seminars on various boating related skills and techniques.

Knot-Tying

A good sailor can tie many knots, including those that are purely decorative. In this workshop, we'll go over a wide variety of useful knots for sailing and onshore activities alike. We typically end this workshop with a more complex, decorative knot like a Monkey's Fist or Turk's Head that can be made into a keychain or ornament to bring home!

Splicing

In this workshop, you'll learn a variety of different splicing techniques on several different types of line. We’ll go over proper whipping and seizing procedures, how to make an eye splice in 3-strand line (dockline/anchor lines), double-braid line (many halyards and sheets) or 12-strand line (high-tech lifelines, control lines, sheets).  This is a useful skill for those who sail any type of boat at any level!

Crew School

SEAS works with some of Sheboygan’s most experienced skippers to put on a Crew School for people looking to gain more basic sailing knowledge in order to be a valuable crew member. Over the course of five weeks, a variety of skippers teach classes and workshops on topics like sail trim, basic sailing terminology, safety, sail care and how to work effectively as a team on the race course. The final evening is a party to provide an opportunity for skippers at SYC to find enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew members for the upcoming racing season!

Winch and Block Maintenance

Learn how to fix that annoying squeaky block or the winch that doesn’t work quite right. In this workshop, the SEAS Team will show you how to take apart your winch (and put it back together!) to keep it in good shape each year, along with how to properly maintain the other small moving parts on your boat. Maintaining the equipment on your boat will both improve its performance and extend its life, saving you seconds on the race course and keeping money in your pocket.

 

For a list of upcoming workshops visit our EVENTS page.