Today's Open/Close Times based on tide predictions

DateClub TimelineSunsetLow Tide
Wed May 29 Late Open2:18 PM to 7:55 PM8:25 PM-0.6 @ 11:13 AM

red means the Club will be closed. Note that current low tides are around 0.1 feet higher than predictions.

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Dinghy Sailing Instructor Resources

The Club doesn't teach to a standard, and it is different in this way from most other sailing schools. Each instructor needs to figure out how they can best instruct the students they get. This has advantages and disadvantages, of course. The biggest advantage is that for many things, there just isn't one right way to do things. There are several possibilities, and the instructor and student need to figure out what works best for them. Being exposed to different techniques can be confusing, but in the end it can be very liberating.

Here are some documents on instructing that can help. There is also a Slack channel in the Cal Sailing workspace for dinghy instructors to discuss all aspects of instruction. Contact the Rear Commodore to be invited to the channel.

Paul Kamen's approach from almost 20 years ago is still very useful and well worth reading:

Cal Sailing Club Basic Instructing Syllabus

Mike Sherrell's guide on instructing for new Juniors:

How to Teach Dinghy

Steve Burt's land school workshop on body position and tiller management. An incredible workshop focused on important things that are difficult to teach on the water.

Workshop on Body Position and Tiller Management

These are John Bongiovanni's notes for an Instructor's Workshop in 2016:

Handout from Aug 2016 Instructor Workshop

Basic outline for teaching Ground School on Saturday morning lessons to beginniing students:

Beginner Ground School

Comprehensive outline for teaching Ground School on Saturday morning lessons. Includes topics for more advanced students:

Ground School Teaching Outline

If you have information to contribute, contact the Rear Commodore.