Sailing Courses and Classes
A little about us...
Our certified sailing instructors are committed to making sure you learn about sailing and have a fun time too! From the American Sailing Association's classes Basic Keel Boat (22'-25' sailboat certification) to Bareboat Cruising (30'-45' sailboat certification), we will help you prepare for your next adventure by teaching you the skills and knowledge to ace your exam. Northern Virginia Sailing School has monohull sailing crafts from 22 feet to 30, all equipped with outboard motors or inboard engines.
What will you learn?
ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat
American Sailing Association certifications are lifelong and globally recognized for charters – just in case you were looking for an adventure. Good for sailboat charters with 20′ – 27′ sloops and includes knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. The class is 10 hours long and is four segments of 2.5 hour instruction that is hands-on and on the sailboat. This class comes with an official ASA logbook and ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat textbook.
ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 101 certification is required in order to enroll. This course prepares you to operate a 25’-35’ sailboat, including cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship. The course includes ten hours of on the water and classroom instruction and ASA 103 text book.
Do you offer non-certification courses?
If you ask us, there is nothing better than gliding across the water with only the wind behind you (or beside you - more on that on your lesson!). Think you, your loved one, or a buddy would love to sign up for sailing lessons but want them to try it first? Sign up for a try sailing package, a two-hour excursion on the water where they will get some basic instruction, a feel for the boat, and even take the tiller! Feel free to ask about our Basic Keelboat Certification course to learn more about what you will learn and how to prepare. There is so much to learn!
Are you already certified but have not been on the water in awhile? Perhaps you received instruction at one point but would like to get more practice with an instructor before your next solo. It all comes back quick, we promise - hone specific skills like docking or heeling. Start sailing again like a pro! Courses are approximately two hours long and tailored to individual needs. Available to current ASA certified sailors only.
Boat Owners Classes
Bought a sailboat and wondering what that thing-a-ma-bobber does? Want an extra hand onboard the first few sails? Yup, we do that to. Depending on your location and circumstances, we might even be able to come to you. Please call us for availability and pricing, as this may vary depending on your location and needs.
Do you offer any discounts?
YES! SAVE $110 when you sign up for ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat and ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising at the same time for discount value of $1080. When booking, scroll down to packages and deals and select (or just click the link provided here) Discount ASA 101 & 103 Class Package.
VETERANS and ACTIVE MILITARY DISCOUNT: Navigate to this form to register as a veteran with the American Sailing Association. After you register, please bring your discount code with you when you sail. Registered veterans that bring their discount code receive $50 off their ASA 101 classes!