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ASA, US-Sailing & NauticEd Certified Sailing Schools in North Carolina

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ASA & US-Sailing Certified Schools and Other Sailing Programs at Oriental, Southport, Durham, Raleigh, New Bern, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, and Huntersville in North Carolina..

USCG Captain's License Online

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MARINERS LEARNING SYSTEM (MLS) ONLINE- USCG Approved Online Captain's and Masters License Study Packages, Home Study Guides & FCC Online Tests - Located in Pennington NJ, Mariners Learning System provides U.S. Coast Guard Certified Licensing Courses with their flexible online training. Auxiliary Sailing & Towing endorsements are also available.

The Charted Life - Beaufort, NC

Affiliated with NauticEd International Sailing School

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Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEd, with two free sailing courses and sailing resume, and then use the skilled in-house sailing instructors to gain practical sailing experience and confidence. Once you pass the courses and practical training, you'll be awarded with a NauticEd Sailing Certification with Verified Practical Competency. Yacht Charter Companies worldwide accept and acknowledge the NauticEd Sailing Certification. Read more..

Bow To Stern Boating - Oriental NC

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Located at Oriental NC, Bow To Stern Boating offers sailing lessons for those sailors who want to improve their skills but do not need certifications and, ASA approved courses to all levels for those who want a certification. Adult programs will get you comfortable with boating and on the water and group programs include Corporate and team building events and Collegiate Sailing Team training. Bow To Stern also offers rentals, charters and memberships for the sailing enthusiasts.

Adult Programs

  • Open Sailing
  • Non-Certification Instruction
  • Personalized Instruction
  • ASA Certifications (110, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 114)


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Cape Fear Sailing Academy (CSFA) - Southport NC

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Located at Southport NC, Cape Fear Sailing Academy is rated as one of the best sailing academy by American Sailing Association (ASA) and 1 of 5 schools named worldwide in Coastal Living Magazine. Cape Fear Sailing Academy serves the greater Brunswick County area and charter sailing excursions from Myrtle Beach all the way to northern Wilmington. Also the Cape Fear Sailing Charters includes the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, and a turn on the Atlantic and, offers captained sailboats for corporate off site and social chartered events.

CSFA Courses & Programs

  • Sailing Charters
  • Corporate Events
  • Sailing Club
  • ASA Certifications

Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing - Durham, Raleigh & New Bern NC

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Carolina Mainsheet is an American Sailing Association Affiliate School teaching adult basic and advanced courses from beginning sailing small boats on lakes to keel boats from 23' to 38' on the coastal waters of the Neuse River and Pamlco Sound. The school also offers some of the best education in coastal navigation, chart reading for the sailors and power boaters. Serving Central and Eastern North Carolina for over 10 years, Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing offers sail training in Durham, Raleigh & New Bern NC. Students come from as far away as Atlanta, Charlotte, Norfolk, Richmond, and Washington DC.

Sonar Programs

  • Basic & Advanced Courses
  • ASA 110 & 101 (Weekday or Weekend)
  • ASA 103, 104, 105, 118

Grace Harbor Watersports - Oriental NC

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Located at Oriental NC, Grace Harbor Watersports offers courses for beginners to experienced sailors looking for professional qualifications With sailing locations in Oriental, NC and Miami, FL you can combine vacation, fun and enhance your skills to take your sailing up a notch. All of the locations offer beginning sailing instruction through bareboat charter sailing lessons and advanced sailing lessons in a relaxed, easy going environment while you live aboard or take more casual day sail instructions. The Miami, FL location offers catamaran sailing lessons in the winter.

ASA Courses & Programs

  • Group Classes
  • Couples Cruising Classes
  • Women’s Classes
  • Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)
  • Lease Share


Other Programs

  • Sail Greece
  • Skippered Charters
  • Guided Tours
  • Yacht Concierge
  • Yacht Brokerage

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Orientals School of Sailing - Oriental NC

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Established in 1980, Oriental's School of Sailing located in historic Oriental NC which sits at the cross roads of the North Atlantic amid some of the best sail training grounds in the world. Nestled at the opening of the Neuse River and perched on the vast Pamlico Sound, it is home to the best breezes, longest sailing season and by far and away the best sailing port of call in the Country. Oriental School of Sailing program of instruction can teach you more in a week than you might learn in several years of sailing on your own. The school has bareboat charter boats also available.

US Sailing Programs

  • Basic Keelboat Certification


Other Programs

  • Bareboat Cruising
  • Safe Powerboat Handling I (Outboard)
  • Introduction to Boating

Wrightsville Performance Sailing - Wrightsville Beach NC

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Established in 2014, Wrightsville Performance Sailing operates from Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Beach is just minutes from Wilmington NC with numerous hotels, and restaurants. Wrightsville Performance Sailing offers both private sailing lessons and certification in Basic Keelboat through US Sailing on the J/80 at Wrightsville Beach. All private lessons are one-on-one or with your private small group of friends, colleagues or family.

Sailing School Programs

  • Private Keelboat Lessons
  • US Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification


Other Programs

  • Cruise & Tour (2 hours)
  • Part Day Captained Charter (3 hours)

Other Sailing Programs in North Carolina (Without Certification)

Carolina Sailing Foundation (CSF) - Chapel Hill NC

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The Carolina Sailing Foundation offers sailing lessons, sailing classes, and racing opportunities for sailing in central North Carolina. The foundationr mission is to assist all sailors in learning to sail safely, participating in the sport of sailboat racing and improving sailing and racing skills through the sailing classes. Adult sailing lessons are taught in Flying Scot sailboats and class material is geared for sailors with little or no experience sailing. CSF's sailing lessons and coaching sessions are held at Jordan Lake and Lake Crabtree.

Adult Sailing Instruction

  • Learn to Sail on Jordan Lake (Day Sailing)
  • Sailing Classes at Lake Crabtree (6 hours)


Other Programs

  • Racing
  • Regatta
  • Camps

Lake Norman Community Sailing (LNCS) - Huntersville NC

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North Carolina Community Sailing is a nonprofit organization doing business as Lake Norman Community Sailing. All sailing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and rowing activities operate out of Blythe Landing Park. LNCS operates with paid and volunteer staff and has a fleet of more than 70 boats. The sailing fleet includes Flying Scots, keelboats, Sunfish, 420s and Optis including a growing fleet of SUPs and kayaks.

LNCS Adult Programs

  • Learn to Sail (LTS)
  • Cruising/Keelboat Program
  • Social Sail (Racing format)
  • Open Sailing

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