Welcome to Northern Virginia Sailing School

Northern Virginia Sailing School is located at Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, VA and is less than an hour from Washington, DC.  The school has been operating at this location since 2010, graduating hundreds of students in their American Sailing Association certification.  We have sailboats available to rent, captains available to take our your group, and specialized classes to for all levels of sailing expertise.  Our most popular sailboat, used for introductory lessons and rentals, are Catalina 22s with outboard motors.  Click here to meet some of our top-notch instructors!

We are passionate about the maintaining only the best in quality sailing education.

"....it is obvious they enjoy sharing their passion and knowledge of sailing.
After instruction, I rented their boats for pleasure sails on the Potomac."

- Facebook Review

"...very well done and I can assure you that not only have you taught
me what I needed to know concerning sailing in a safe
and expert manner, you have also created a
life long relationship from a very grateful student!
- Google Review

The Potomac River is a large, wide river that is three miles across from Virginia/the park to Maryland at Northern Virginia Sailing School. And, there is only a short motor from our dock to immediately raise your sail!  Take a breath of fresh air at one of Northern Virginia's most popular parks while cruising in the sunshine!  While you are here, be sure to take a walk down Leesylvania State Park's path along the shore to read about the park history and understand why our sailing school has such an iconic and historical significance here on the Potomac River.

 We are open from April 2021 through October 2021.  Please feel free to explore our site and learn more about sailing, the American Sailing Association, and answer any questions you may have about the school or our sailing classes.

Let's Go Sailing

TRY IT first

Get your feet wet with a fun, introductory course that gets you at the tiller!

REFRESH my knowledge

Already Certified? Relearn everything you need for that sweet summer sail!


American Sailing Certification that builds sailing knowledge and skills

Freedom of TRAVEL

Lifetime certification accepted for charters! Hop on a sailboat anywhere in the world!

RENT a sailboat

Rentals available to all ASA 101 certified sailors at competitive rates!


New to sailboat ownership? We can help you learn to live-aboard.

 Our Sailing Community

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Currently we are limiting class sizes due to COVID19 restrictions.  Normally scheduled sailing events such as Friday Night Floats and Mother's Day sails are impacted.