Sailing Classes

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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.

Certified Courses - What will you learn?


ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat

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 instruction and ASA 103 text book.


Non-Certification Classes - Other Ways to Learn


Refresher Course

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.  Hone specific skills like docking or heeling.  Start sailing again like a pro! Courses are tailored to individual needs.  Available to current ASA certified sailors only.

Try Sailing Class

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 a feel for the boat.

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.

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Address: Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA

Arrival Directions: PLEASE TELL the contact station you are headed to the sailing school!  After entering the park, go under the bridge and look for the large parking lot with the Breakwater Store in the center.  We are by the water, to the left of the Breakwater Store when facing the river.