New England Sailing Center Course

Sailing Courses & Certifications

NESC is pleased to offer sailing instruction and certifications out of beautiful Jamestown, RI and in the British Virgin Islands(BVI). Contact us to check availability and to schedule your sailing course.

New England Sailing Center (NESC) is an accredited ASA training facility offering beginner through advanced sailing certification courses. Our certified instructors and team members provide support and guidance to ensure you gain sailing knowledge, experience and confidence while also enjoying your time on the water. We offer introductory courses as well as accelerated curriculum options. Group and private courses are available to align with your learning preferences.

Group courses are held weekly with a maximum of four students per course. We limit the size of our courses to ensure ample hands on training for each student. Group course provide you with an opportunity for camaraderie and support as you train with students that have similar interests and abilities.

Private courses tailored to your objectives are also available for individuals, couples and families. Customized courses for individuals provide the maximum one-on-one instruction and hands on experience. Private courses can also be tailored to meet the needs of couples and families wanting to share the experience of learning together while also enjoying a holiday. Each student can determine the level of instruction they want during their sailing experience whether it be a ride along, becoming competent crew or formal certification.

Few sports provide the sense of pride, confidence and feeling of accomplishment that you gain with sailing, while being able to enjoy the experience with friends and family. Learning and mastering sailing skills will provide a lifetime of fun and enjoyment individually as well as shared with others.
 

Our Courses

Competent Crew

Overview / Rates

Basic Keelboat

Overview / Rates

Bareboat Cruising

Overview / Rates

Accelerated Bareboat

Overview / Rates

Coastal Navigation

Overview / Rates

Advanced Cruising

Overview / Rates

Offshore Passage

Overview / Rates

VHF Communications

Overview / Rates

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Summary of courses

Competent Crew Endorsement™
New England Sailing Center Course
Gain knowledge and skills to support qualified sailors
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

NESC developed the Competent Crew Endorsement for students and family members wanting to experience sailing without the in-depth training and certification. Participants can be as hands on as they would like.

This instruction level is most common for couples and families that have varying interest levels but want to experience sailing together. Students completing the Competent Crew Endorsement instruction level can gain sufficient knowledge to support certified sailors for recreational sailing during daylight hours and within sight of land.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: None
  • Duration: Consistent with individual training courses
  • Cost: Consistent with individual training courses
  • Curriculum:

Consistent with individual training courses but in a more relaxed manner

Visit our Competent Crew Endorsement Overview for more information on this course.

Basic Keelboat Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Learn fundamental principles of safe, confident day sailing
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

In our two day Basic Keelboat (BK) course you will learn the fundamental principles of sailing. You will experience a mix of classroom and on the water training that will enable you to skipper an 18 to 27 foot keelboat in a safe, confident manner.

The two day certification course combines classroom and three to four hours of on the water training each day. Classroom time focuses on terminology, parts of the boat, knots and theory followed by on the water training. Following the water training session on day two you have the option to take your Basic Keelboat certification written exam as a conclusion to the BK course.

We offer this course weekly with a maximum of four students in each course. You can extend your training to include an optional third day for more time on the water practicing and refining your skills. The BK course is taught on a J22 or J24 boat that are two of the most popular keelboats for day sailing in the world. See the J22/J24 description in the Frequently Asked Questions below. Private lessons are available.

This course meets ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification standards. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

There are no prerequisite certifications required. The only requisite is your desire to learn sailing.

  • Certification: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification

Students may choose to complete the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum. The ASA certification fee is $85.

  • Duration: Two days

Training can be extended to include an optional third day for more time on the water practicing and refining your skills.

  • Cost: $425 per person for the two day course

The cost is $525 per person if you would like to include the optional third day.

  • Options:

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification ($85)

Third day for skills mastery ($100)

Incorporation into the Accelerated Bareboat certification program (see description below)

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes parts of boat, terminology, personal floatation devices and safety gear, safety at sea including right of way and commands, knots, points of sail, tacks and jibes, basic sail shape and trim, sail raising and controls, docking, man overboards and proper boat put down.

Visit our Basic Keelboat Certification Overview for more information on this course.

International Bareboat Cruising Certification™
New England Sailing Center Course
Gain knowledge to successfully bareboat charter cruising yachts
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Cruising can range from day sails to living aboard longer trips of several days or more, to extended sails with offshore passages.

NESC has developed a five day International Bareboat Cruising Certification (IBCC) course. The curriculum can be completed within a Monday through Friday consecutive course with live aboard format, or it can be split over weekends into a two day session and a three day session. With a three day weekend course students add in a Friday or Monday to complete their final weekend session.

Your classroom will be a Beneteau 39 cruising yacht. Training will cover both theory and skill requirements for the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising standards. The first two days will cover the skills for Basic Coastal Cruising with the option for ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification. The final three days will cover the skills for Bareboat Cruising with the option for ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification. Completion of your training will qualify you to sail a cruising yacht up to 54 feet. Testing for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications will provide you with International recognition of your qualifications.

We have a maximum of four students in our group courses. Private lessons are also available for individuals, couples and families. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat certification

If certifying, students must have completed the Basic Keelboat course or have comparable training to challenge the certification.

  • Certification: ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certifications

Students may choose to complete the ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum.

Students may choose to complete the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification exam after completing the sixth day’s curriculum.

  • Duration: Five days
  • Jamestown Cost:
  • Monohull
$1,995 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,195 per person
  • BVI Cost:
  • Monohull
$1,995-$2,195 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,495-$2,695 per person
  • Tuition Includes:
  • Night of arrival sleep aboard
  • Course texts and exam fee
  • Boat fuel
  • Yacht damage insurance
  • Provisioning onboard: breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks and starter kit
  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

Visit our International Bareboat Cruising Certification Overview for more information on this course.

  • Provisioning:
  • NESC provisioning service
Online_Form or PDF
  • Personalized shopping
Email or 401-619-1697
  • Self-provision online
Peapod
  • In-store shopping
Stop & Shop, 250 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI (map)

 

Accelerated Bareboat Certification™
New England Sailing Center Course
Fast-track course to successfully bareboat charter cruising yachts
New England Sailing Center Course

  • Description:

Cruising can range from day sails to living aboard longer trips of several days or more, to extended sails with offshore passages. NESC developed the seven day Accelerated Bareboat Certification (ABC) course so that motivated students complete a fast track program that advances them from beginner to bareboat certification through our comprehensive course that combines all skill requirements for the ASA Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications.

This course is structured as a combination of classroom and on the water training. You will learn on a J22 or a J24 for the Basic Keelboat training and a Beneteau 39 cruising yacht for the Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising courses. The accelerated pace supports an immersion into the sport of sailing.

The first two days will cover sailing fundamentals and skills for Basic Keelboat with the option for ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification. Days three and four will cover the skills for Basic Cruising with the option for ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification. The final three days will cover the skills for Bareboat Cruising with the option for ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification. Completion of your training will qualify you to sail a cruising yacht up to 54 feet. Testing for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications will provide you with International recognition of your qualifications.

We have a maximum of four students in our group courses. Private lessons are also available for individuals, couples and families. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

There are no prerequisite certifications required. The only requisite is your desire to immerse yourself in learning to sail.

  • Certification: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat, ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certifications
  • Duration: Seven days
  • Jamestown Cost:
  • Monohull
$2,595 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,895 per person
  • BVI Cost:
  • Monohull
$2,595-2,895 per person
  • Catamaran
$2,895-$3,095 per person
  • Tuition Includes:
  • Saturday night hotel stay
  • Sunday evening sleep aboard
  • Course texts and exam fee
  • Boat fuel
  • Yacht damage insurance
  • Provisioning onboard: breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks and starter kit
  • Curriculum:

Curriculum includes parts of boat, terminology, personal floatation devices and safety gear, safety at sea including right of way and commands, knots, points of sail, tacks and jibes, basic sail shape and trim, sail raising and controls, dock leaving and return, and proper boat put down. The course also includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Cruising topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

Visit our Accelerated Bareboat Certification (ABC) Overview for more information on this course.

  • Provisioning:
  • NESC provisioning service
Online_Form or PDF
  • Personalized shopping
Email or 401-619-1697
  • Self-provision online
Peapod
  • In-store shopping
Stop & Shop, 250 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI (map)

 

Coastal Navigation Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Learn to safely navigate a sailing yacht in coastal or inland waters
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Coastal Navigation is a classroom only navigational theory course that will teach you how to safely navigate a sailing yacht in coastal or inland waters. A combination of traditional techniques and electronic navigation systems will be covered.

It is common today for most sailors to rely on electronic navigational equipment such as a differential GPS or radar. The intent of this course is to expand on these modern systems to teach you how to confidently and safely navigate using a minimum of resources and traditional methods. Upon completion of this course you will have the insight and feel of a seasoned navigator. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: None

NESC recommends that students have completed their Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising certifications to ensure familiarity with standard yacht and sailing terminology.

  • Certification: ASA 105 Coastal Navigation Certification
  • Duration: Eight hours
  • Cost: $295

The cost includes text, materials and exam fee.

  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes Aids to Navigation, the Mercator chart, understanding use of a navigation log, safe inshore pilotage, weather information integration, navigational strategies, fog safety precautions, variation and deviation, plotting tools, and benefits and limitations of navigation systems.

Visit our Coastal Navigation Certification Overview for more information on this course.

Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Learn to skipper a sailboat for passages at least 50 nautical miles upon coastal waters
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Advanced Coastal Cruising is for advanced sailors looking for experience of at least 50 nautical miles upon coastal waters.

Advanced Coastal Cruising challenges those students who have taken Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation or have the equivalent qualifications. Everything you learned from these courses will be used along with new skills you master through this course. Some of these skills include night time approaches to anchorages, night time man overboards, full on navigation, lights at night, standing watches and safety items one must know when sailing out of sight of land.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation

If certifying, students must have completed the Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation courses or have comparable training to challenge the prerequisite certifications.

The Coastal Navigation course prerequisite is offered in conjunction with this course. Tuition is discounted from $295 to $250 when taken in combination with Advanced Coastal Cruising.

  • Certification: ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights course
  • Cost: $2,195 per person (maximum 4 students)

Tuition includes the Advanced Coastal Cruising text, night of arrival sleep aboard, provisioning for 5 days (4 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 2 dinners; snacks and starter kit) and the ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising certification fee. Not included in the tuition are drinking water and other beverages, dinners ashore, instructor’s gratuity. A minimum deposit of 50% of total package is due at the time of the booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to the course start date.

  • Curriculum:

Advanced Coastal Cruising graduates will have successfully demonstrated their ability to responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during passages on coastal waters, in all weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night.

Visit our Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification Overview for more information on this course.

Offshore Passagemaking Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Learn to skipper a sailboat for passages 600-800 nautical miles upon coastal waters
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

Offshore Passagemaking graduates will have successfully demonstrated the ability to responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat to any destination worldwide. Students will prepare a plan for an open ocean passage of at least 600 nautical miles of which a minimum of 250 nautical miles must be sailed at least 50 nautical miles offshore; demonstrate a comprehensive check of the vessel, her rig and equipment; develop a primary and alternative watch schedule and duty roster for the skipper, navigator, crew and ship’s maintenance for the passage; demonstrate a plan of advanced weather forecasting: global weather patterns, high and low pressure systems, fronts, storms, squalls, gales, hurricanes and various fog conditions; and more.

  • Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation and Advanced Coastal Cruising Certifications

Documented equivalent experience for the Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Advanced Coastal Cruising levels may be submitted if petitioning to challenge prerequisite levels.

  • Certification: ASA 108 Offshore Passagemaking Certification
  • Duration: Varies. Dependent on scheduled passage.
  • Cost: $2,395-2,595 per person (maximum 4 students)

Tuition includes course text, night of arrival sleep aboard, provisioning on board, corresponding certification fee, Customs fees. Not included in the tuition: beverages, instructor’s gratuity. A minimum deposit of 50% of total package is due at the time of the booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to the course start date.

  • Curriculum:

Coastal Passagemaking graduates will have successfully demonstrated their ability to responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during passages on coastal waters, in all weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night.

Visit our Offshore Passagemaking Certification Overview for more information on this course.

VHF Certification
New England Sailing Center Course
Learn basic radio theory and VHF radio operator and communications methods
New England Sailing Center Course
  • Description:

A six to eight hour course offered in one day, covering general rules for the use and operation of VHF radios, SARTs, and EPIRBs. Every crew member needs to know how to operate a marine radio as well as what to do in case of an emergency. This course also covers an introduction to other marine communications.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Certification: VHF Radio Operator Certificate
  • Duration: six to eight hour course
  • Cost: $195 per person

Includes the course manual, exam fee, laminated certification card, training logbook. Retake fee $25.

  • Curriculum:

A written exam will be administered at end of classroom session. A grade of 70% or higher is required to pass. Should a candidate fail an examination, a re-take exam will be allowed for an additional fee.

Visit our VHF Certification Overview for more information on this course.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


  • Where are you located

We are located at 47 Conanicus Ave, Jamestown, RI Please see the Getting to Us page for a map and directions.

  • American Sailing Association (ASA) certification benefits

Students that successfully complete their course certification exams will receive American Sailing Association (ASA) certification. ASA certifications have International recognition, so you’ll be able to sail throughout the world based on your certification.

The ASA system has eight primary levels of student certification from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passagemaking. Whether your goal is to skipper a bareboat charter in the Caribbean or to crew confidently on a short weekend sail, the ASA’s sailing-education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel safely and within the law.

By establishing national standards for sailing education, the ASA has provided a way for more people to take part in the sport safely, with the proper training and respect for their responsibilities as boaters, ensuring that sailing will be safer, smarter, and more fun for everybody.

  • Scheduling courses

Contact us to discuss your sailing course objectives and we’ll review our schedule and openings with you. Email us at sail@NESailingCenter.com or call us at (401) 619-1697.

  • Cancellation / change policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. A $195 per person processing fee is charged on all cancellations. No refunds or transfers are allowed for defaults or cancellations less than 60 days prior to the start date of the course.

  • Gratuity rates for instructors and skippers

A gratuity for your instructor or skipper is a most welcome expression of your satisfaction. Typical gratuity rates are 10-15% of the event list price. NESC appreciates your recognition of our team’s efforts.

  • Group versus private lesson differences

NESC offers both group and private courses to align with your learning preferences. There is a maximum of four students in each group course to foster an efficient teaching and learning environment. This also ensures that each student gets ample hands on experience. Private courses are good for individuals, couples and families wanting a custom course experience or additional one-on-one instruction. Families often enjoy private sessions that are tailored to provide a mix of sailing instruction and holiday activities.

  • Instructors

NESC instructors focus on providing you with the knowledge, experience and confidence outlined within the course content. Our instructors are certified through the stringent standards of the ASA instructor training program to ensure that students receive an exceptional sailing education.

  • NESC boats and yachts

NESC teaches and charters on J22 and J24 sailboats and Beneteau 39 and Beneteau 43 cruising yachts.

The J22 and J24 are designed and built in New England. They offer strength, stability and speed unmatched in keelboats of their size. The J22 and J24 are tiller driven to enhance the boat’s reaction time and the large rudder provides a light feel, translating into a forgiving and precise helmsmanship. The J22 and J24 also have a sail plan that gives the boat speed in light to medium wind but that can easily be reefed if the winds increase.

The Beneteau 39 is a beautiful yacht that ensures exceptional stability and comfort at sea. These yachts are spacious, solidly built and move very well in all wind conditions. Serenity offers great space above and below deck with three spacious cabins equally sized and two heads. Other features include helm cockpit, large bimini and spray hood. Serenity is idea for a family of six or 2-3 couples, but with the convertible settee this yacht can sleep eight. This is a beautiful yacht model that you will truly enjoy cruising on.

The Beneteau 43 is a beautiful yacht that ensures exceptional stability and comfort at sea. These yachts are spacious, solidly built and move very well in all wind conditions. No Regrets offers great space above and below deck and was built for comfort and performance. There are two steering stations with navigation instruments nearby for ease of handling. The layout features 3 cabins and 3 heads, a roomy saloon to starboard, and a practical galley to port with plenty of work space. No Regrets is ideal for a family of six or 2-3 couples, but with the convertible settee this yacht can sleep eight.

  • Looking for an alternative certification

Are you looking for an alternative certification? NESC is pleased to have partners that can provide certification and validation for other sailing institutions including the US Sailing and International Yacht Training (IYT). Contact us to discuss your certification objectives and we will provide guidance on the options available to you.