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.
Summary of courses
Competent Crew Endorsement™
Gain knowledge and skills to support qualified sailors
Basic Keelboat Certification
Learn fundamental principles of safe, confident day sailing
International Bareboat Cruising Certification™
Gain knowledge to successfully bareboat charter cruising yachts
Accelerated Bareboat Certification™
Fast-track course to successfully bareboat charter cruising yachts
Coastal Navigation Certification
Learn to safely navigate a sailing yacht in coastal or inland waters
Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification
Learn to skipper a sailboat for passages at least 50 nautical miles upon coastal waters
Offshore Passagemaking Certification
Learn to skipper a sailboat for passages 600-800 nautical miles upon coastal waters
Learn basic radio theory and VHF radio operator and communications methods
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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.
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.
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 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.