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Sailing Courses

Come Sailing With Us!

As a community sailing program, one of our goals is to create accessible opportunities for individuals to get out on the water. We do this through group outing programs and through guided sails and courses.

Sailing Experiences

First Sail

We offer one sailing experience, First Sail — Explore the Elizabeth River with friends or family on a 2-hour introductory sail with an experienced instructor. Part of US Sailing’s First Sail Experience, learn the basics of sailing in a safe and relaxed setting. Enjoy Downtown Norfolk from a different viewpoint as you discover your passion for sailing.

US Sailing Certification Courses

Earn U.S. sailing certifications led by skilled instructors. Explore current offerings below:  

Earn a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification with this weekend course. You will learn the foundations of sailing through instruction and practice.

Coastal Navigation, US Sailing’s Coastal Navigation Certification Course, is 2 weekend classroom introduction to pilotage and coastal navigation using traditional methods.

Group Outings

Sailing is a transformational experience. Whether you’re looking for a 3 hour team-building experience or a week-long overnight, we can craft a program to suit your needs. We have programs available on both our Harbor 20s and on the Schooner Virginia.  

  • Ideal for groups of 6-20 people. Teams of up to 4/boat learn to navigate their vessel safely before competing in a mini-regatta. Through this engaging activity, participants hone communication and leadership skills.
  • Starts at $375/per boat for a 3-hour clinic
  • Our 120-foot schooner is ideal for groups of 20-50 people. Set sail on an action-packed cruise. Select from a list of activities designed to emphasize collaboration and demonstrate how critical thinking and conflict resolution empower group dynamics.
  • Starts at $4,000 for a 3-hour charter