Sailing Classes

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.

Certification Courses

ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat

Cost: $595

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

Cost: $595 | Purchase with ASA 101 for $1,080

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.

ASA 104: Basic Bareboat Cruising

2018 Pricing Coming Soon

Island bound? This course prepares you to operate a 30′-45′ sailboat, including provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more. ASA 101 and 103 certifications are required before enrollment in this course.

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Other Courses

Refresher Course

Cost: $100

It all comes back quick, we promise.  If you need a refresher on the water or want to 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.

Try Sail

Cost: $100

If you ask us, there is nothing better than SAILING.  Think your loved one or 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!


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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.