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ASA & US-Sailing Certified Sailing Schools in South Carolina

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Coastal Carolina Sailing School - Hilton Head Island SC

coastal carolina sailing school Located at Hilton Head Island area in South Carolina, Coastal Carolina Sailing School is one of the top ASA certified sailing school and offers sailing instructions to beginners to advanced sailors. The school also offers day cruises on Catalina 36-foot sailboat on the Intracoastal Waterway with nearly year-round schedule.

ASA Courses

  • Basic Sailing
  • Coastal Cruising
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Bareboat Cruising
  • Costal and Bareboat Cruising
  • Docking Endorsement Standard


Cruise Programs

  • All Day
  • Half Day
  • Sunset
  • Custom

Lanier Sailing Academy - Lake Murray, Columbia SC

lanier sailing academy Established in 1969, Lanier Sailing Academy on Lake Murray is located in the heart of South Carolina just minutes from downtown Columbia, offers sailing courses and a sailing club in a fun environment. Lanier Sailing Academy offers American Sailing Association certification classes from beginner to advanced level and the Happy Sails Club provides an economic way for basic keelboat graduates to develop their newly acquired skills. The locations include Atlanta, Pensacola, and Columbia in South Carolina.

ASA Programs

  • Basic Keelboat Certification
  • Basic Coastal Cruising
  • Bareboat Cruising
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Advanced Coastal Cruising
  • Private Instruction


Other Programs

  • Atlanta’s Passport Sailing Club
  • Lake Murray, Columbia, SC’s Happy Sails Club
  • Pensacola’s Buccaneer Sailing Club
  • Sailboat Rental

Myrtle Beach Sailing School - Little River SC

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Established in 2013, Myrtle Beach Sailing School is an American Sailing Association affiliate and offers year-round sailing certification instruction for individuals or couple/friends. Myrtle Beach Sailing School is located in Little River, SC, just north of Myrtle Beach offers learn to sail programs and also prepares for coastal cruising in the Intracoastal Waterway. Sailboats include 39′ Beneteau 390 Bohemian Blue and a 32′ Morgan 321 Island Song.

ASA Certification Courses

  • ASA 101 Basic Keelboat - 3 Days/2 Nights or 4 Days/3 Nights
  • ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising - 3 Days/2 Nights
  • ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising - 4 Days/3 Nights
  • ASA 105 Coastal Navigation - Flexible Schedule Home-Study Format
  • ASA 101 or 103 Challenge - 1 Day
  • ASA 101/103 (Combo 1) - 6 Days/5 Nights
  • ASA 103/104 (Combo 2) - 6 Days/5 Nights
  • ASA 101/103/104 (Advanced 1) - 7 Days/6 Nights


Non-Certification Courses

  • Non-Certification Lesson - 7 Hours
  • Introduction to Sailing - 5 Hours
  • Student/Instructor Practice - 7 Hours

Other Programs

  • The Cruising Couple
  • Sailing Charters

Charleston Sailing School - Charleston SC

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Charleston Sailing School is an affiliate of the American Sailing Association and offers offer a series of internationally recognized sailing certifications. The school also specializes in creating unique yachting adventures and offers a fleet of sail and power yachts available for Sailing Lessons, Private Yacht Charters, and Bareboat Charters. Charleston Sailing School is the only operation in South Carolina offering Private Yacht Charters and Bareboat Charters aboard a variety sail and power yachts. Charleston Harbor provides an ideal setting for our customers to relax, learn, and enjoy the sport of sailing.

ASA Certified Courses

Individual Courses

  • Basic Keelboating (101) - 2 Days
  • Basic Coastal Cruising (103) - 2 Days
  • Bareboat Chartering (104) - 3 Days
  • Coastal Navigation (105) - 1 or 4 Day
  • Advanced Coastal Cruising (106) - 5 Days
  • Cruising Catamaran (114) - 2 Days

Combo (Beginner) Courses

  • 4 Days/3 Nights - 101/103
  • 7 Days/6 Nights - 101/103/104

Combo (Intermediate) Courses

  • 5 Days/ 4 Nights - 103/104
  • Days/6 Nights - 103/104/105
  • 7 Days/6 Nights - 103/104/114

Combo (Advanced) Courses

  • 5 Days/4 Nights - 104/114
  • 6 Days/5 Nights - 104/105
  • 7 Days/6 Nights -105/106


Other Programs

  • Yacht Charters
  • Brokerage and Sales
  • Yacht Services

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Ocean Sailing Academy - Mount Pleasant SC

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Ocean Sailing Academy (OSA) is located at Mount Pleasant overlooking Charleston Harbor and offers sailing year round and a US Sailing Accredited School in South Carolina. With experienced U.S. Coast Guard licensed instructors and widespread fleet OSA offers year round flexibility for traing sailing enthusiasts basic to advanced level courses.

US Sailing Courses

  • Basic Keelboat
  • Basic Cruising
  • Bareboat Cruising
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Coastal Passage Making
  • Ocean Passage Making

Big Water Sailing School - Lake Hartwell, Starr SC

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Established in 1983, Big Water Marina is a self service facility complete and offers boat brokerage, boat storage, slips, a launch ramp, gas dock, repair yard, active sail club, and rental boats for fun filled adventures on Lake Hartwell. The ASA affiliated The Big Water Sailing School at Big Water Marina is held to national and international standards of sailing excellence and offers all levels of ASA courses for the boating and sailing enthusiasts.

ASA Courses

  • Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101)
  • Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
  • Introduction to Sailing Non-Certified
  • Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104)
  • Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
  • Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)
  • Cruising Catamaran
  • Docking Endorsement


Other Programs

  • Sailboat Rental
  • Hire Our USCG Captain
  • Challenge the Standard

Lake Murray Sailing Club (LMSC) - Chapin SC

lake murray sailing club Founded in 1969, Lake Murray Sailing Club (LMSC) promotes sailing through an active racing schedule, cruising events, and instructional programs. LMSC offers Sailing for Fun, in partnership with US Sailing's First Sail program, Learn Sailing Right basic sailing instruction for beginning sailors, an adult small boat instruction program leading to possible US Sailing certification, and a summer Youth Sailing Certification Clinic. Facilities include two deep water launch ramps, 58 slips, and parking areas for more than 100 boats.

Sailing Programs

  • Sailing for Fun
  • Learn Sailing Right
  • Make Your Scot Fly
  • Cruiser Performance
  • Shaping Sail
  • Cruiser Safety Training

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