Most gear will be provided by the school; bring your own sunglasses and hat, and straps to keep both on in windy conditions. Sailing gloves protect your hands, and white rubber-soled shoes keep you from slipping. Wear plenty of sunscreen.
OCSC Sailing-San Francisco Bay $790 for a 40-hour course. 800/223-2984.
Honolulu Sailing Co. $445 for an 8-hour course. 800/829-0114.
LONG BEACH, CA
United States Sailing Center $900 for a 48-hour course. 562/433-7939.
Windworks Sailing Center. $640 for a 24-hour course. 206/784-9386.