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ASA & US Sailing Certified Sailing Schools in Rhode Island

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ASA or US Sailing Certified or Other Sailing Schools without Certification at Warwick, Barrington, Newport, Bristol, and Cranston in Rhode Island..

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.

NauticEd Online Sailing Education

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Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEdwith two free sailing courses and sailing resume, and then use the skilled in-house sailing instructors from the NauticEd affiliated sailing schools in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia & around the world 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..

Black Rock Sailing School (BRSS) - Warwick RI

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Black Rock Sailing School (BRSS) is an ASA approved sailing school and its main office is located at Fan Pier Marina in South Boston MA. The BRSS has more branches in the New England region at Marblehead MA, Warwick RI, and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The instructors are not only experienced professionals, they also care about your goals and progress. The school teaches few students at a time on some excellent training boats, offering an extremely high level of instruction. BRSS has a full-service sailing school in Warwick RI. BRSS new multi-media classroom and top-notch marina facilities at Brewer Yacht Yard, Cowesett are located in the heart of picturesque Narragansett Bay. Narragansett Bay is renowned for its dependable winds, numerous scenic and protected harbors, and relatively light boating traffic.

ASA Courses at Warwick

  • ASA 101, 103, 104

Narragansett Sailing School - Brewer Cove Haven Marina, Barrington RI

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ASA Courses, Advanced Cruising Courses and Boat Charter at Brewer Cove Haven Marina, Barrington RI - Narragansett Sailing (NS) offers Sailing Lessons in the RI Sailing School, plus Bareboat Chartering and Fractional Sailing with the charter fleet. Starting as a sailboat dealer years ago, NS has seen customers struggle with the dilemma of having the desire to get into sailing, but could not justify spending the money to buy a boat without knowing if it was something the family would enjoy, not to mention not having the knowledge base to make an intelligent decision. Narragansett Sailing offers a multitude of different paths to sample sailing without making a big financial commitment.

ASA Courses

  • Taste of Sailing (2 hours)
  • Women Only Courses
  • To Challenge a Course (ASA 101,103, and 104)
  • ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 118


The Cruising School Courses

  • Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Boat Systems Course (2 days)
  • Diesel Engine Course (2 days)
  • Marine Electrical Systems
  • Cruising Trips
  • Private Lessons

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New England Sailing Center (NESC) - Long Wharf, Newport RI

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New England Sailing Center (NESC) is an accredited US Sailing training facility offering beginner through advanced sailing certification courses. NESC offers introductory courses as well as accelerated curriculums. Group courses are held weekly with a maximum of four students per course to ensure ample hands on training for each student. Private courses are also available for individuals, couples and families. Private courses for individuals provide the maximum one-on-one instruction and hands on experience. Each student can determine the level of instruction they want during their sailing experience including a ride along, becoming competent crew or certification.

US Sailing Programs & Certifications

  • Competent Crew Endorsement
  • Basic Keelboat
  • International Bareboat Cruising Certification (IBCC)
  • Accelerated Bareboat Certification (ABC)
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Coastal Passage Making
  • Offshore Passage Making
  • VHF Certification


Other Programs

  • Intro to Cruising
  • Cruising Day Sail
  • Yacht Charters
  • Plus more

Rob Swain Sailing School (RSSS) - Newport RI

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Rob Swain Sailing School is an accredited training facility of the foremost sailing associations in the US, offering sailing certification courses. RSSS also offers the International Bareboat Skipper’s Certification for both sailing and powerboating. Founded more than 23 years ago, Rob Swain Sailing School also operates in British Virgin Islands.

ASA Courses

  • Intro To Sailing
  • Basic Keelboat (Learn to Sail)
  • Live Aboard Cruising (Certifications: Basic Cruising; Bareboat Cruising)
  • Cruising Catamaran
  • Fast Track to Bareboating (Certifications: Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising)
  • Coastal Passage Making/Advanced Coastal Cruising (Certification: Coastal Passage Making)
  • Coastal Navigation (Coastal Navigation certification)
  • Check ASA Course Descriptions 

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Other Sailing Schools in Rhode Island (Without Certification)

Bristol Yacht Club (BYC) - Bristol Harbor, Bristol RI

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Founded in 1899, Bristol Yacht Club (BYC) sits in the west side of Bristol Harbor in the old Red Crest Estate in Rhode Island. Membership at BYC offers a wide variety of boating activities and social functions to enhance your yachting experience. BYC’s competitive but friendly Wednesday race series often draws more than 40 boats on the line and also BYC is active in the NBYA (Narragansett bay Yachting Association), MOHOSA (Mount Hope Sailing Association), and Newport to Bermuda races. BYC annual Sid Clark Offshore Race dates back to 1904 and may well be the oldest distance race in the country. Participants in the sailing classes have access to Bristol Yacht Club docks and house of during and immediately after lessons.

Adult Sailing Lessons

  • Learn to Sail Beginner
  • Intermediate Sailing Class
  • Advanced Sailing Class
  • Cruising
  • Women's Sailing

East Bay Sailing Foundation (EBSF) - Bristol RI

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The East Bay Sailing Foundation (EBSF) is a non-profit sail training program offering classes for all ages. The eight week summer programs are open to the public. The Adult Mercury Program accommodates all knowledge levels. Beginning classes are an introduction to sailing with no experience necessary, having an instructor in every boat at all times. The Intermediate class is for people with some sailing experience desiring to improve boat handling skills, and introducing new skills not covered in the beginner class. The Advanced classes are for experienced sailors who wish to continue sharpening their skills. The finer points of sail trim and boat handling are covered, as well as an introduction to racing, strategy, and spinnaker handling. Safety on the water is a large focus in all classes. The Adult Sailing Program is provided in 8 week sessions of 1 day a week.

Adult Programs

  • Adult Beginner Learn to Sail (3 hours, 8 weeks)
  • Adult Intermediate (3 hours, 8 weeks)
  • Monday Night Women’s J-22 Sailing (6 weeks)
  • Advanced J-22 Program (8 weeks)
  • Adult Cruising (3 hours)
  • US Powerboating Safe Power Boat Handling (16 hours)
  • J-22 Charters

Edgewood Sailing School - Cranston RI

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The Edgewood Sailing School is located on the historic campus of the Edgewood Yacht Club, in the Edgewood section of Cranston, RI. Edgewood Sailing School Adult program offers sailing lessons for families and for individuals of all ages on a well maintained fleet of Rhodes 19 keel boats. Classes or individual lessons are scheduled during the summer on weekdays or weekends, during the day or in the evening. A new sailor starts with basics, presented in very small groups or individually - but from there on she/he moves on at their own pace: options for training, social sailing, racing, day-long cruises, or on-shore for tactics, navigation, or the traditional seaman's arts.

Sailing & Other Programs

  • Beginning Sailing
  • Beginning Sailing "For Women Only"
  • Harbor Sailing
  • Intermediate Boat-Handling
  • Night Sailing
  • Recreational Sailing
  • Narragansett Bay Sail (Afternoon Picnic Sail)
  • Sunfish Sailing
  • One-Design Racing Practice
  • Spinnakers (Sailing & Racing with Spinnakers)
  • Volunteers (Hauling & Launching Rhodes 19s)

Newport Sailing School - Goat Island Marina, Newport RI

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Newport Sailing School and Tours offers daily sailing cruises of Newport harbor and Narragansett Bay as well as the in sailing lessons and instruction. The school is located at downtown Newport, RI. The daily sailing tours will take you sailing past scenic downtown Newport’s charming waterfront, yachts of the rich and famous, seaside estates, Fort Adams, lighthouses, and many other spectacular sights. For more than 50 years, Newport Sailing School and Tours has been introducing people to the joy and art of pure sailing. You can also take advantage of our successful basic, intermediate or advanced sailing courses. The curriculum is designed to provide the ultimate sailing instruction in the shortest period of time.

Sailing Instructions & Other Programs

  • Sailing Lessons - Basic Course (5, 9 or 13 hour programs)
  • Sailing Lessons - Intermediate Course (5, 9 or 13 hour programs)
  • Daily Sailing Tours (75 Minutes)
  • Sunset Sailing Tours (90 Minutes)
  • Corporate Charters / Team Building
  • Private Lessons

Sail Newport - Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI

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Founded in 1983, Sail Newport is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization and is home to New England's largest public sailing center. Sail Newport is considered Rhode Island's premier public sailing site.Award winning instructional programs, fleets of rental boats and a prime one-design sailing facility equipped with hoists are just some of Sail Newport features. Dinghy docks, ramp-launching, summer and winter storage, on-shore conveniences and ample free parking round out Sail Newport’s assets to recreational sailors. Located at picturesque Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Sail Newport offers easy and affordable access to sailing.

Sailing Classes & Programs

  • Adult Learn-To-Sail Classes
  • Adult Intermediate Classes
  • Adult Advanced Classes
  • Weeknight J22 Racing
  • Sailboat Rentals (J/22 and Rhodes 19)
  • Plus more

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