Adult Sailing

So many people dream about learning to sail, or owning a boat some day. And many eventually do. We understand this and we understand that, when you book a course with us, it is our responsibility to make your dream become a reality. We teach you to be in control of a boat. We help you to overcome your anxieties. Or, for those of you with no worries who want to do it all as fast and as full as you can, we will move at your pace and push you as hard as you want to go. We will not “overboat” you with strange terminology. We do our best to make learning to sail a pleasant, positive, if sometimes challenging experience. Our basic sailing course takes four full days and can be done over two weekends if desired. We start at 9.30 and finish at 4.00 and lunch is taken at anchor somewhere. Although highly structured, the courses are intensively practical and are aimed at getting you out on the water and independent as quickly as possible. Our group size is usually 4 students which ensures that you get lots of personal attention and lots of hands on sailing experience.

Recent quotes from happy customers:

“Thanks for facilitating such a wonderful week of sailing for us. Both Dave and Graham were excellent instructors and a pleasure to have been with. You run a first class operation. ” Matt & M Spring 2021

Hello Arabella, Attached are a couple of pictures from last week. We had a wonderful time with Bill. Zach and I learned a lot and had so much fun. Happy Easter! J.

“Dear Arabella, I cannot think of words to express my gratitude for your choice of a captain for our three days at Premier Sailing School. It was PERFECT!!” Barbara, Fall 2019

Dear Arabella, Such a patient, competent, good natured group of people to learn from and get to know in an idyllic part of coastal Virginia. MC May 2021

Adult Sailing Programs

Available at The Tides Inn, Irvington, VA

We are a US Sailing recognized sailing school and teach the US Sailing Keelboat certification program. For more detailed information on this program visit the US Sailing education website on WWW.SAILINGCERTIFICATION.NET.

Basic Keelboat

This course includes such things as leaving and returning to the dock, sail handling, general good seamanship, anchoring, rope work, safety procedures, sailing theory and points of sailing, tides, weather forecasts, right of way rules, sail trim, and more.

Intro to Sailing

This course is essentially the same as taking the first two days of the Basic Sailing course and is intended for people who are unsure or unable to commit to a 4 day course.

Sunfish Sailing

If you plan to sail a small boat like a sunfish rather than a big boat, you can take our sunfish sailing courses. These range from one day to fives days.

Three Hour Lesson

This quick lesson is ideal if you are short on time, or if you need a chance to see if you like sailing before committing to a longer course.

We offer this for a minimum of two people, and it can be morning or afternoon.


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