Sailing course Optimist

Optimist courses at 3 levels

The best way to learn how to sail is by practice. For younger children, age 8-12, an Optimist is the perfect boat. This lightweight boat with one sail responds directly to the wind and rudder. Therefore, young sailors will almost automatically discover the basics of sailing. The younger you start with sailing, the more easily you become familiar with the water.

Optimist level 1, 2 & 3

Level 1
This training is designed for children who have never sailed before. During this training, the principles of sailing will be thought systematically. The diploma includes the very basic skills, such as rigging the boat, steering, operating the sails and tacking. Next to that, the theory of safety and a number of navigation rules on the water will be thought as well.

Level 2
After completed level 1, you can start with level 2. The diploma encompasses the earlier mentioned basic maneuvers and more complex maneuvers such as tacking and arriving at windward shore, accompanied by the necessary theory.

Level 3
After completed level 1 and 2, you can join the experience sailing course. The diploma includes basic and advanced maneuvers, such as arriving at a windward shore and lee shore. Furthermore, special techniques and the principles of racing will be discussed.

No sailing experience needed

8 weeks

1 weekly training

Watersportcentrum Sloterplas
Christoffel Plantijngracht 4
1065 DA Amsterdam
Kaart & Routebeschrijving

We hope to set up a new course for the Optimist in Spring 2023! Keep an eye on our website, or make sure to receive our newsletter so you don’t miss a thing!

First lesson
Please note that participants, after changing in your sailing kit, need to report at the bar, where the instructor is waiting for you 10 minutes before the start of the lesson. 
There are changing rooms with showers and toilet available at the location. Safes are available for all your valuables. The café Steiger 4 has a uniquely situated, often sunny terrace at the waterfront were you can sit afterwards and have drinks and food. With the heart of Amsterdam just around the corner, you can easily get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a relaxing sailing lesson.
It is recommend to bring an extra set of dry clothes (and a towel) and to wear functional clothes. If it rains, bring rain gear, and especially dress warmly. The lesson always continues.

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