East Coast Sailing School offers full, practical, hands-on training that covers all applicable sailing skills and theory.
Introduction to Sailing: One day practical on-the-water.
Basic Keelboat (ASA 101): Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn 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. Two days.
Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103): Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship. Two days.
Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104): Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more. Three days.
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105): Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters.
Private Group Instruction: The school's boat and an instructor is available on a per-day basis (plus the cost of certification). You may bring up to 4 people on the boat.
Why choose East Coast Sailing School?
Gone are the days when new sailors learned how to sail by spending thousands of dollars on an intense three-day classroom and sailing marathon, where only a small amount of the information is retained. At East Coast Sailing School our boat is your classroom. Our fun and innovative learn-by-doing approach will enable you to learn more, in less time.
Sailing Theory vs Hands-on Experience
At East Coast Sailing School, we are here to ensure your success. We believe a solid foundation is built on both sailing theory and hands-on practical experience or “experiential learning”. We simplify the theory through discussion and demonstration in actual conditions, thus combining both aspects to ensure that our students are confident, competent, and knowledgeable sailors. Our goal is to give you the skill level and confidence to handle a boat safely and get the maximum enjoyment out of sailing. Call us to schedule an introductory sail at a reduced price. You’ll take the wheel the first time out and discover for yourself why so many boaters enjoy sailing.