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Sailing Instruction

Learn to sail with the finest Sailing Instruction in Newport, RI. Our Sailing School offers courses for all levels of experience, and our curriculum is designed to provide the ultimate sailing instruction in the shortest period of time. 

About Our Sailing Lessons

Sailing Lessons depart from the beautiful Goat Island Marina in Downtown Newport, RI next to Newport Harbor Island Resort

Newport Sailing School is a proud local leader in sailing instruction since 1971. With our experience to guide us, we have created successful courses tailored to various levels of experience to allow everyone to experience the thrill of sailing. Whether you are a beginner or have well established sailing skills, our Sailing School will introduce you to the art of pure sailing and hep you experience Newport, RI like a true local. We are currently offering  introductory courses, an ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification course, an intermediate course, and an advanced course. 

Introduction Courses

Sailing Instructions include: Nomenclature, Points of Sailing, Rules of the Road, Seamanship, Proper Tacking Procedure, Gybing-quickest and safest method, Proper Landing Procedure, Water Safety, Essential Knot Tying, Essential Equipment, Rigging, Tides, Man-over-board Drills, Heaving To, Leaving Dock or Mooring, Sailing a prescribed course.

Intro Sailing Course (75 minutes) 
75 Minute On Water Session
Rate: $100*/pp
Intro Sailing Course (5 Hours) 
1 Hour Dockside Classroom, 4 Hour On Water Session
Rate: $495*/pp

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification Course

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification
15 hours (3 days)
Offered Friday- Sunday, 8am-1pm
Rate: $1395*/pp, max 4 people
Intermediate Course

Sailing Instructions include: Review of Basic Skills, Basic Tuning, Tidal Flow, Sail Controls, Sail Shape, Traveller, Sail Set and Trim, Weight Distribution, Reefing, Backstay Adjustment, Landings, Wind Shifts.

Intermediate Course (1 Day) 
1 Hour Dockside Classroom, 4 Hour On Water Session
Rate: $495*/pp max 4 people

Call to Book:


* Non-Refundable Policy: No refunds, no exchanges, no exclusions. Rain checks issued due to severe or inclement weather based upon Newport Sailing School and Tours discretion day of scheduled tour.

  • Discount for children under 12

  • Gratuity to Instructor Customary

  • Private Lessons available upon request

Essentials for Sailing Lessons:

Basic Sailing Manual ($25)

Boating Shoes/No Skid Sole

Comfortable Clothing, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat/Visor, Rain Gear

Beverages/Snacks to bring aboard

Wondering what course is the best fit for you? Give us a call!
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NSST will also provide arrangements for private corporate sailing charters and team building events. For more information please call.

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Customer Testimonial:
"this was the highlight of our whole vacation!"
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