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Here are Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions from Prospective Students

If you have any additional questions, just ask by sending an e-mail to john@sailnashville.com.

When are sailing course scheduled?

Our courses are generally offered Friday through Sunday, from April through early November depending on the weather. 

We offer Individual and Couples courses during the week, primarily on Tuesday-Wednesday.

What sailing courses do you offer?

We offer the following courses from the American Sailing Association:

  • ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing (every weekend April through November)
  • ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising (the second weekend of the month (third weekend if the month has five weekends) April through November)
  • ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising (the last weekend of the month April through November)
  • ASA 110 Basic Small Boat Sailing will be offered every week during the month of July on a Tuesday-Wednesday or Saturday-Sunday schedule.
  • ASA 111 Sailing Review (by appointment)

The core ASA courses of ASA 101, ASA 103, and ASA 104 will enable you to progress from:
1) a beginning sailor,
2) to one who can safely and competently cruise along the U.S. coastal areas,
3) to one who can skipper their own bareboat charter anywhere around the world. 

ASA 110 Small Boat Sailing is ideal for younger sailors and those who simply love small, fast sailboats. It teaches you many of the same skills as ASA 101.

Can I take all three classes at one time?

Not with SailNashville. 

Sailing is a skill, and like any other skill it requires practice. 

There is a significant amount of material to cover in each class. It is difficult to effectively absorb too much material in too short a period of time. ASA recommends at least 24 hours of sailing time between ASA 101 and ASA 103. 

Our experience shows us you will learn best if you take your courses one step at a time and build your sailing skills in between. 

What if I've never been on a sailboat before?

Not a problem. Our Basic Keelboat Sailing course is designed for those with no or little experience on a sailboat. 

You will learn the fundamentals of sailing correctly from the beginning.

What are the hours for the courses?

Our class schedule is from 9:00am to 5:00pm over three consecutive days. Most of our courses are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But we will schedule weekday classes if we have sufficient students, usually Tuesday-Wednesdays. We also offer our Individual and Couples courses during the week.

Approximately 45% of our time will be spent in the classroom learning the concepts of sailing, the rest of our time will be out on the water practicing the skills you are learning.

On the third day you will take a 100-question exam in the afternoon. Depending on the time required for the exam, we may finish early.

Do you offer individual lessons?

We do. These can be taught in two-days, usually Tuesday-Wednesdays.

We also offer classes for couples, which are also offered in two-days, also Tuesday-Wednesdays. 

Do you offer family courses?


We are glad to teach your entire family if you desire. We can take up to four students in our courses, at least one must be a parent. 

What sailboats do you teach in?

Our teaching platform for the introductory ASA 101 Sailing Made Easy course is the Catalina 22 Sport. The Catalina 22 Sport is one of the most popular sailboats ever produced. The 22 Sport is a very stable, comfortable, easy-to-sail keelboat. We currently have two new Catalina 22s, hull #15,786 and #15,792. 

For our ASA 103 course we teach on a new Catalina 275 with an inboard auxiliary engine.

We plan on offering our ASA 104 course in a Beneteau 32s.

For our ASA 110 course we use new Catalina 16.5 dingies.

What about the weather?

Your safety is our first concern. We do not sail in heavy rain or when there is lightning in the area.

Before each class day we will check the weather and notify you if we need to adjust our schedule for the day. 

While we try to balance classroom time with on-the-water exercises each day, a rainy day may require us to stay inside one day, then make-up the sailing time the next.

SailNashville reserves the right to cancel or delay courses due to weather conditions and staff or equipment issues. If a class is canceled by SailNashville , arrangements will be made to make up the class or give full-course credits to be used by the student at a later date.

What level of physical conditioning do I need to be able to take the course?

Our courses are not strenuous, only requiring moderate physical activity. But you will need to be able to move about the sailboat as part of our training exercises.

If you have special needs, please feel free to contact us about them. We will make every effort to accommodate you.

Do you offer racing lessons?


But we will be glad to recommend someone who does.

What do I need to bring to the course?

Most importantly bring a desire to have fun!

A Desire to Learn: READ your textbook BEFORE the class!

Your Clothes: You should dress for the temperature. Wear comfortable fitting clothing to protect you from the sun and the wind. You may also want to bring a light windbreaker or rain jacket.

Your Head: You will want a hat, ball cap, or sun visor. You will also want sunglasses with safety straps. Bring plenty of sunscreen and lip balm. And you may also want a pair of sailing gloves.

Your Feet: Wear non-skid deck shoes or tennis shoes with a light-colored sole,closed-toe, -- no sandals, flip-flops, or bare feet.

Your Personal Safety Device: If you own a PDF, you may use it. It must be USCG-approved. But we will have PFDs available for everyone. It must be worn at all times you are on the sailboat or on the docks.

Your Lunch: While there are a few restaurants nearby, you may want to bring a lunch. And you may want to bring a cooler to keep it cold. We will take breaks during the day as needed and of course at lunch. We will have water and snacks available.

Can I rent a boat from SailNashville?


But we have established SailAcademy where graduates of our courses can continue their learning experience with access to our instructors and our sailboats. It’s a way for you to sail more, learn more, and pay less.

We would be happy to provide you with more information. Just ask.

Once I've completed the introductory course, what should I do next?

That is of course up to you. But the on thing you should do is practice your newly learned skills to become an even better sailor by going sailing. 

As we mentioned above, we have established our SailAcademy program where our graduates can have access to our instructors and our sailboats.

SailNashville is also the Tennessee dealer for Catalina Yachts and Com-Pac Yachts. We can help you find the right boat when you are ready to buy. There are choices from 12.5-feet daysailers to 54-feet cruisers with a lot of options in between.

How far in advance do I need to book my course?

To ensure you get to take your courses when you wish, we encourage you to schedule your course as far in advance as possible. You also need sufficient time to receive and read your textbook prior to your class.

Our course schedule changes sometimes daily as students reserve their place in class. Email us for a current schedule.

Courses are limited to four students.

Cancellation, Rescheduling Policy

In order to ensure the operation of the sailing school, SailNashville requires immediate notification of any requested change to scheduled courses. Notification should be made by phone and by e-mail. Every effort will be made to reschedule your course on a space available basis to fit your schedule. 

The following cancellation/rescheduling policy will apply:

Cancellation or Delay of Course by School

SailNashville reserves the right to cancel or delay courses due to weather conditions and staff or equipment issues. If a class is canceled by SailNashville , arrangements will be made to make up the class or give full-course credits to be used by the student at a later date.

Cancellation or Rescheduling by the Student

The following will apply to cancellations/re-scheduling by the student:

More than 30 days from scheduled class date:
• 75% refund or 75% credit towards future course. *

More than 14 days less than 30 days from scheduled class date:
• 50% refund or 50% credit towards future course. *

Fourteen (14) days or less from scheduled class date:
• 0% refund or 0% credit towards future course. *

Only one rescheduling per student will be permitted.

Rescheduled dates are at the discretion of SailNashville.

Any refund or administrative change will incur a minimum $25.00 processing fee.

*Prices of courses are subject to change over time.

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