- Types of sailboat rigs and hull shapes, including sail configurations and standing rigging
- Wind and water forces affecting sailboat stability and balance
- Sail shape and tuning the standing rig
- Steering and helmsmanship
- Sailing upwind, downwind and spinnaker handling
- Heavy weather sailing and storm conditions
- Boat operations including docking, anchoring and safety issues
Course completion is usually accomplished in nine two-hour sessions, followed by a closed book exam.