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ASA Approved Training & Certifications in the United States

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Whether you own a boat or do not own one, American Sailing Association (ASA) has developed a great curriculum to start your sailing journey through its Learn to Sail programs which are fun, challenging and if you plan for a career, rewarding too. The American Sailing Association (ASA) affiliated schools provide much more than teaching you how to sail. They also provide you with in-depth understanding of the environment, safety (the most important factor in any adventure sports), mechanics (technical training) and skills to become a seasoned sailor.

ASA provides standards for progressive sailing certification programs, including Keelboat, Small Boat and Multihull. The standards are intended to be a minimum set of requirements. ASA affiliate sailing schools and instructors may choose to include additional requirements if they wish to emphasize knowledge or skills appropriate to local waters, conditions or practice vessels.

European / Mediterranean Chartering Certificates: ASA also provides International Proficiency sailing certificate in the USA. The certificate is useful for enthusiasts who wish to charter in European or Mediterranean maritime waters. It provides a documentary proof of Bareboat Charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies.

US-Sailing Approved Courses and Programs

US SAILING is another agency which provides guidelines and courses nationwide. They organize several events and programs throughout the year such as One-Design Sailing Symposiums, Safety at Sea Seminar, National Championships and National Sailing Programs. They also certifies race officials, judges, and umpires and by ensuring standardized rules and sailing instructions. US SAILING provides rating certificates such as IRC and ORR to enable boats of various sizes to compete against each other.

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Online Sailing Schools

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 from the following sailing schools 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..

Boat & Marine Electrical Courses Online

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BOATHOWTO - Boat Electrical & Advanced Marine Electrics Courses Online for Owners and Operators, Engineers, Installers, Technicians, and Other Professionals - BOATHOWTO provides technical knowledge for sailors and boaters around the world. The boat and marine electrics programs aim to empower boaters with the knowledge and skills to manage and maintain marine electrical systems..

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Top Sailing Schools in the U.S.

North East Sailing Schools


  • American Sailing Academy - New London
  • Sound Sailing Center - Norwalk
  • Brewer Pilots Point Marina Sailing School - Westbrook
  • Longshore Sailing School - Westport
  • Norwalk Sailing School – Norwalk
  • Sailaway Sailing School - Bridgeport
  • Read more on Connecticut Sailing Schools


  • BHYC Sailing Academy - West Boothbay Harbor
  • Maine Boat Company – Rockland
  • Sebago Sailing - Sebago Lake
  • South Portland Sailing Center - South Portland
  • MDI Community Sailing Center - Southwest Harbor
  • Old Quarry Sailing School - Stonington
  • SailMaine Community Sailing - Portland
  • Woodenboat School – Brooklin
  • Read more on Maine Sailing Schools


  • Black Rock Sailing School - Boston
  • Boston Sailing Center - Lewis Wharf Boston
  • Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) - East Boston
  • Sail Buzzards Bay - Fairhaven Harbor
  • Duxbury Bay Maritime School (DBMS) - Duxbury (No Certification)
  • Read more on Massachusetts Sailing Schools

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New Jersey

  • Barnegat Bay Sailing School (BBSS) - Harbor Inn Rd., Bayville
  • Manhattan Sailing School - Liberty Harbor Marina, Jersey City
  • New Jersey Sailing School (NJSS) - Pier 281 Marina, Brick
  • Tracey Sailing School - Highlands NJ
  • Raritan Yacht Club (RYC) - Water Street, Perth Amboy
  • South Shore Marina Sailing School - Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt
  • The Sailing School - Delran
  • True North Sailing School - Jersey City
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New York

  • Atlantic Yachting Sailing School - NYC
  • City Island Yacht Club Sailing School - City Island NYC
  • Croton Sailing School - Croton-on-Hudson NYC
  • Great Hudson Sailing Center - West Haverstraw NYC
  • Griffin Sailing School - Connelly NYC
  • New York Sailing Center - City Island NYC
  • Navtours-Lake Champlain Sailing School - Plattsburgh
  • Port Sailing School - New Rochelle& Port Washington
  • Sailors NYC - New York City Area
  • Sail Buffalo - Buffalo, Western New York
  • Sag Harbor Sailing - Sag Harbor, Long Island
  • Sail Long Island ASA Sailing School - Greenport, Long Island
  • Sail Montauk Sailing School - Montauk, Long Island
  • Read more on New York Sailing Schools


  • Liberty Sailing School of Philadelphia - Philadelphia
  • Nockamixon Sailing School - Quakertown
  • The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia - Essington (No Certification)
  • The Philadelphia Sailing Club (PSC) - Bala Cynwyd (No Certification)
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Rhode Island

  • Black Rock Sailing School (BRSS) – Warwick
  • Narragansett Sailing School - Brewer Cove Haven Marina, Barrington
  • New England Sailing Center (NESC) - Long Wharf, Newport
  • Rob Swain Sailing School (RSSS) – Newport
  • Bristol Yacht Club (BYC) - Bristol Harbor, Bristol
  • East Bay Sailing Foundation (EBSF) – Bristol
  • Edgewood Sailing School – Cranston
  • Newport Sailing School - Goat Island Marina, Newport
  • Sail Newport - Fort Adams State Park, Newport
  • Read more on Rhode Island Sailing Schools

Sailing Schools - US West


  • Afterguard Sailing Academy - Oakland
  • Blue Pacific Boating - Marina Del Rey
  • Delta Sailing School
  • Marina Sailing - Long Beach
  • Monterey Bay Sailing School - Monterey
  • Newport Beach Sailing School - Newport Beach
  • Pacific Yachting & Sailing - Santa Cruz
  • South Bay Sailing - Redondo Beach
  • Spinnaker Sailing School - Redwood City
  • Tradewinds Sailing School and Club - Richmond
  • Read more on California Sailing Schools


  • Dillon Marina Sailing School - Dillon
  • Nautilus Sailing - Crested Butte
  • Peaks & Tides Sailing School - Two Rivers Marina, Navajo State Park, Arboles
  • Victoria Sailing School (VSS) - Denver
  • Windrider of the Rockies - Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco
  • Community Sailing of Colorado (CSC) - Greenwood Village & Boulder (Non Certification)
  • Read more on Colorado Sailing Schools


  • Honolulu Sailing - Honolulu, Waikiki and Oahu
  • Sail Hawaii International - Honolulu and Oahu
  • Waikiki Sailing School (WSS) - Honolulu
  • Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron - Oahu
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - Student Recreation Services (SRS) - Honolulu
  • Science & Sea Sailing School (MCBH Kaneohe Marina) - Kaneohe Bay Marina, Kailua
  • Hawaii Yacht Club - Honolulu
  • Read more on Hawaii Sailing Schools


  • City of Eugene Sailing School - Eugene OR
  • Island Sailing School - Portland OR
  • Passion Yachts - Tomahawk Island Drive, Portland OR
  • Oregon Women's Sailing Association (OWSA) - Portland OR
  • Portland Sailing Center (PSC) - Portland OR
  • Willamette Sailing Club - Portland OR
  • Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (YBYC) - Newport OR
  • Read more on Oregon Sailing Schools


  • Anacortes Yacht Charters (AYC) Yachting & Sailing School - Anacortes
  • Bellhaven Yacht Sales & Charters Sailing School - Bellingham
  • Chariot Adventures Sailing School - Bellingham
  • Gig Harbor Sailing Club & School (GHSC&S) - Gig Harbor
  • Island Sailing School - Kirkland, Gig Harbor, and Olympia
  • Puget Sound Sailing Institute (PSSI) - Seattle, Tacoma & Gig Harbor
  • San Juan Sailing - Bellingham
  • Seattle Sailing Club - Seattle
  • Read more on Washington Sailing Schools

Mid West Sailing Schools


  • Chicago Sailing Charters - Chicago
  • Chicago Sailing - Belmont Harbor, Chicago
  • Chicago Yacht Club Sailing School - Chicago
  • Fairwind Sail Charters - Riverside
  • Sail Chicago - E Monroe Ave, Chicago
  • Sea Safaris Sailing School - Chicago, Wilmette, and Waukegan
  • Seabreeze Charter - Chicago
  • Sheridan Shore Sailing School (SSSS) - Wilmette
  • Carlyle Sailing Association (CSA) - Carlyle Lake, Carlyle
  • Clinton Lake Sailing Association (CLSA) - Clinton
  • Northwestern Sailing - Campus Drive, Evanston
  • Pinnacle Yachts - Chicago
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  • Great Lakes Sailing Co. ASA Sailing School - Traverse City
  • GT Sailing School - Hudsonville
  • Halcyon Sailing - Port Sanilac
  • Lake St. Clair Sailing School - St Clair Shores & Harrison Township
  • American Sailing Institute (ASI) - Lake Orion
  • Fair Wind Sailing School - Bingham Farms
  • Michigan State University (MSU) Sailing Center – Haslett
  • North Cape Sailing School (NCSS) - La Salle
  • Read more on Michigan Sailing Schools


  • Lake Calhoun Sailing School (LCSS) - Minneapolis
  • Lake Minnetonka Sailing School (LMSS) - Wayazata
  • Northern Breezes Sailing School - New Hope
  • Sail Away Sailing School & Upper Minnetonka Sailing School - Shorewood
  • Wayzata Community Sailing Center (WCSC) - Wayzata
  • GEM Sailing - Lake Pepin
  • Read more on Minnesota Sailing Schools


  • Jacomo Sailing School (JSC) - Kansas City
  • Odyssey Sailing School - St. Louis
  • Ozark Yacht Club Sailing School - Lake Ozark
  • St. Louis Sailing School - Earth City
  • Stockton State Park Marina Sailing School - Dadeville
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Southern Sailing Schools


  • Florida Sailing & Cruising School - North Fort Myers
  • Offshore Sailing School - Fort Myers
  • Reef Runner Sailing School - Panama City & Key Largo
  • Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School - Saint Petersburg
  • Flagship Sailing School - St. Petersburg & Ruskin
  • Windward Sailing School - Fernandina Beach
  • Read more on Florida Sailing Schools


  • Dunbar Yachts - Saint Simons Island
  • Lanier Sailing Academy (LSA) - Buford
  • Lord Nelson Charters - Buford
  • Sunrise Sailing Academy - Gainesville
  • Windsong Sailing Academy - Hoschton
  • Read more on Georgia Sailing Schools


  • Annapolis Sailing School - Annapolis
  • Baysail School & Yacht Charters - Havre de Grace
  • Blown Away Sailing - Rock Hall
  • Cruise Annapolis - Annapolis
  • Delmarva Sailing School & Charters - Rock Hall
  • J World Annapolis - Annapolis
  • Mid-Atlantic Sailing School - Baltimore
  • Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship - Rock Hall
  • R&R Charters and Sail School - Grasonville
  • Sail Solomons - Solomons
  • Sailing Academy at the Inn at Perry Cabin - St. Michaels
  • The Sailing Academy - Tracey's Landing
  • Read more on Sailing Schools in Maryland


North Carolina

  • Bow To Stern Boating - Oriental
  • Cape Fear Sailing Academy (CSFA) – Southport
  • Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing - Durham, Raleigh & New Bern
  • Grace Harbor Watersports – Oriental
  • Orientals School of Sailing - Oriental
  • Wrightsville Performance Sailing - Wrightsville Beach
  • Carolina Sailing Foundation (CSF) - Chapel Hill
  • Lake Norman Community Sailing (LNCS) - Huntersville
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  • Austin Yacht Club - Austin
  • Bay Area Sailing School - Kemah
  • Islandbound Adventures - Grapevine
  • Learn to Sail Texas - Corpus Christi
  • Let’s Go Sailing School - Seabrook
  • Magellan Sailing Center (SailDallas) - Dallas
  • North Texas Sailing School (NTSS) - Heath
  • Outbound Sailing - Lakeway
  • Sail Ventures Sailing School - Clear Lake Shores
  • Windward SeaVenture Charters - Kemah
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Southwestern Sailing Schools