Camp Allatoona Aquatics Base
Preparation for Florida Sea Base Sailing
What to Bring Prerequisites Registration

After this FUN prepatory weekend for sailing at Sea Base you’ll know:

    • How to rig and sail a large sail boat
    • Introductory coastal navigation
    • Simple weather (cloud formations)
    • Sailing terminology and basic commands
    • Points of sailing
    • Anchoring, mooring and docking procedures
    • Basic knots used at Sea Base
    • What gear to take & how to pack it
    • Buddy system and why it is used
    • Man overboard procedure

Arrive Saturday morning no later than 8:30 am. Report to the main pavilion for:

1. Registration - last minute payments
2. Physical recheck
3. Swim certification or swim check

Course runs through 12:00 pm Sunday

Crew size:  12

What to Bring:

Remember, storage space onboard a sailboat is very limited. Small drawstring bags work best for stowing personal items and equipment. Please limit your carry-on to one small bag or duffel, and do not bring backpacks with frames. The items you need to bring are shown in the gear lists below:

The basics:

    • Shorts, T-shirts, hat
    • Swim suit, towel, deck shoes
    • Sleeping bag or blankets and sheets
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm (Chap Stick, Blistex, etc.)
    • 6-foot piece of line to practice knots
    • Small flashlight with extra batteries
    • Foul weather gear (rain suit)
    • Sweatshirt or windbreaker/jacket, depending upon the time of year
    • Personal items (toothbrush, etc.)

Do NOT bring the following:

    • Black soled shoes
    • Poncho
    • Personal CD players, radios or stereos
    • Liquid fuel stoves or lanterns
    • Sheath knives, spear guns or fire arms
    • Signal flares or fireworks
    • Personal watercraft (wave runners)

The Base will provide:

Use of crew quarters (tent site with tents, cots, covered cooking area, table and propane cook stove with fuel).

Your crew should bring:

    • BSA patrol cook kit & chef tool kit
    • First aid kit
    • Food (remember to include enough extra for the captains!)
    • SMALL ice chest and extra ice for the ice chest onboard the boat
    • Electric lantern (propane may only be used off the boat)
    • Water container
    • Trash bags
    • Toilet paper
    • Paper towels, cups and napkins
    • Games for use below deck (magnetic checkers/chess, playing cards, etc.)
    • Inter-faith worship materials and song books
    • Astronomy merit badge book for star study at nigh)

Optional Items:

    • Camera and Film
    • Binoculars
    • Personal floatation devices (also available at the base)
    • Fishing gear and bait (don't forget fishing licenses)


    • Current BSA registration
    • Scouts are required to pass the standard BSA swim test for swimmer the morning of the class in order to participate.
    • Must meet Sea Base age requirement (13 yrs old) to participate
    • Familiar with the procedures in the Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge book
    • Adults must be certified in Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.


Select the date below on which you'd like to participate. You'll be taken to that date entry on the Atlanta Area Council calendar. Note that you may see multiple CAAB programs listed for the desired date. Select the registration button at the bottom of the page.


Updated 04/16/18
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