Our certified sailing instructors love what they do. From Basic Keel Boat (22'-25' sailboat certification) all the way to Bareboat Cruising (30'-45' sailboat certification), we will help you prepare for your next adventure. Northern Virginia Sailing School has outboard and inboard monohull sailing crafts from 22 feet to 30.
How old do you need to be to sail?
Anyone can sail! We are only able to give ASA certifications to sailors 16 years of age or older. An adult must accompany all minors at all times, but we do teach children 12 and over sailing as well.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your sunscreen, hats, and lots of water! Wear boat shoes or rubber-soled shoes will prevent scuffs on the boat surface. Please check the weather before you come and give us a call at 571-331-0901 if you are unsure. The weather on the water can be 10 degrees warmer on hot days with no wind and can be 10 degrees cooler on windy, wet, or overcast days. Pack accordingly to make your experience a positive one!
How do I get into the park?
We are located inside Leesylvania State Park. Enter the park and tell the contact station you are headed to the sailing school. Drive in until you see the boat ramps and large parking lots on your right. Turn into this and head to the far boat ramp (on the far side of the building). You will see the sailboat masts!!
I have a sailing certification but it is not ASA, can we start with advanced courses?
ASA courses are tailored to build a foundation of sailing safety, knowledge, and practical application. They are sequential and we cannot take shortcuts or offer certain sailors special privileges not available to others. You must start with ASA 101 if you are not certified.
Do you offer private classes?
We highly recommend learning in a group! With group classes you are able to watch others and learn from their mistakes and questions as well as your own. All of our classes are group classes. Private classes are available for additional fees and you must schedule them directly by phone or email (not on our booking platform).
Can I bring a friend with me?
Unfortunately, there are only a certain number of seats on our vessels, and we book as many as we can. You can take your friend with you once you are certified on one of our vessels without the instructor on board!
If I decide I do not want to get certified, can I have my money back?
If you are unsure if sailing certification is for you, please book a Try Sail class to try it first. None of our ASA certifications are refundable once you begin your classes. Teaching certification classes is expensive and our class materials and expenditures are invested in your success.
Do I need to finish my classes this year/season?
We recommend scheduling your classes without any large gaps to get the most out of your purchase. Our certification courses should really be completed in the season they are begun. If you are unable to complete, you must pay additional administrative fees and may need to purchase additional classes at the discretion of your instructor.