The Lake Champlain Sailing School, the designated sailing school for Navtours in the United States, offers a fully comprehensive range of yacht sailing courses, designed to cater to every level of ability and previous experience.
Our cruising grounds of Lake Champlain offer plenty of open water perfect for sailing. Wooded islands, secluded coves, parks, and recreational areas make the lake a cruiser’s delight. Our location is known for being one of the premier freshwater sailing destinations in the United States.
Our dedicated team of instructors, who are US Coast Guard licensed Captains and ASA certified, are committed to a high standard of training. Their expert instruction of ASA certification classes will provide you with the skills needed to safely charter a yacht on Lake Champlain, in the Bahamas – or anywhere in the world.
Each of our sailing courses is carefully designed to develop and build upon sailing skills and theory, and each flows progressively through the ASA standards. We keep our classes private limited to just you, your family and friends ranging from 2 to 4 participants – to ensure each student receives plenty of personal attention, quality experience and valuable time at the helm. Our courses include Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104), and Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) offered as an independent study.
Immaculately maintained, our fleet of four training keelboats are easy to control and a pleasure to sail. The training keelboats used for our courses, are chartered from Navtours by the students according to their preferred dates and boat size. Students enjoy sleeping aboard their charter boat after instruction to give them a chance to relax and experience life on board in a private, serene setting.
Larger sailboats and catamarans from the Navtours fleet may also be chartered for sailing classes providing a perfect platform for more advanced bareboat training.
The Lake Champlain Sailing School operates from mid-May to mid-September. During the winter months, please consider completing ASA certification courses at the Bahamas Sailing School, the designated ASA sailing school for Navtours in the Bahamas.
Our ability to work with you and provide personalized instruction to your exact requirements for training means you can rely on us throughout your sailing continuum.
Whether you are a beginning sailor or have years of experience, we are here to help you acquire or improve the skills you need to handle a sailboat safely, knowledgeably, and confidently.
We look forward to you spending some time with us on the lake very soon!
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review. Student receives a written, personalized Recommended Plan suggesting steps for continued improvement in knowledge and skills proficiencies after the review is completed. This review may be taken multiple times.
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
Other Services Offered
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
- Vacation Charters
Navtours-Lake Champlain Sailing School
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