New England Sailing Center (NESC)

New England Sailing Center

Jr Sailing Program

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  • Description:

NESC’s Jr Sailing Program teaches the fundamentals of sailing in a fun, dynamic training environment that combines a short classroom session with on the water training each day.

We have a maximum of four students per boat.

Please visit our course and certification information page for more information on pricing. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

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  • Recommended Ages: 12 and older
  • Total Course Enrollment: 4 students per boat
  • Duration: Three days
  • Prerequisites: None

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

  • Dates: Monday-Wednesday; 10:00-3:00
  • Location: The course will start and finish at our Conanicut Marina location.
  • Training Boat: J22

The J22 is 22 feet with a tiller. It is a responsive, safe training boat that can comfortably accommodate 4 training.

  • Certification (Optional): ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

The American Sailing Association 101 Basic Keelboat certification is available to those completing the full 3 day training program. There is reading required before sitting for the exam. The exam is a 100 question multiple choice test that can be completed in 60-90 minutes. The ASA 101 exam fee of $95pp includes text, logbook, certification exam fee and membership to the American Sailing Association.

  • What to Bring:

Drinking water, extra sunscreen and a hat with a leash are recommended. Sailing gloves are very helpful and are available for purchase in our office if you do not have time to shop for them. Swim shorts are recommended along with a long sleeve, light colored cotton shirt and windbreaker. For footwear, sneakers or sandals with a heel strap. Flip flops or slides are not recommended. Please send your child with lunch money or a packed lunch.

Inflatable pfd provided.

  • Options:

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification option.

  • What You’ll Accomplish:

Through the course, students will learn basic boat handling skills, seamanship skills, sailing language, man overboard drills, and other safety procedures, how to moor and anchor.

  • Curriculum:

Day 1:

Classroom On the Water
Parts of the boat Tacking
Parts of the sail Gybing
Points of sail Heave to
Rules of the road Rudderless

Day 2:

Classroom On the Water
Man overboard Review of basic boat handling
Mooring Man overboard
Safety Sailing in small areas

Day 3:

Classroom On the Water
VHF usage More boat handling
Reefing Sail onto mooring
101 Test Review (optional)
Sit for Test (optional)