Black Rock Sailing School – Warwick
Warwick, Rhode Island
| (401) 773-9990 |

Having earned national recognition as “ASA Outstanding School” 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (every year that this award was offered since we opened our doors in 2008) and “ASA Outstanding Instructor” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (x2), we feel that it is safe to say that we are “New England’s Foremost Sailing School!

At Black Rock Sailing School, we focus on quality – not quantity! Our small team of talented instructors provide courses that specialize in daysailing, coastal cruising, bareboat charter certification, women’s-only courses, docking, navigation, performance cruising, and “adventure cruising” experiences along the New England coastline and beyond.

Our multi-media classroom and sailing school fleet are conveniently located in the picturesque Brewer Yacht Yard, Cowesett – only seven minutes off of I-95, thirty minutes from the Connecticut border, and fifteen minutes south of downtown Providence.

Our marina provides instant access to the protected waters of Greenwich Bay – just a short sail out into the larger waters of the renowned Narragansett Bay.

We offer ASA 101 and 103 courses EVERY Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Saturday, Sunday out of our Rhode Island and Massachusetts locations May – October. More advanced certification courses are available throughout the year in both New England and in the Virgin Islands (see our schedule).

While our competition teaches aboard 30 year old boats that were never intended to be teaching vessels, we teach ASA 101 aboard a mint condition 2011 Colgate 26. This award winning, purpose built training boat has been chosen by the US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, and a few of the best sailing schools in the country, for their training needs.

The Colgate 26 is quick & agile, impossible to capsize, and packed with safety and comfort features that make this design the ultimate boat for novices to learn on!

Our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat curriculum has been fine-tuned by our staff for over twenty years, and provides our students with at least 24 hours of instruction over three consecutive days. We guarantee that you will learn how to sail!

Unlike our competition, our ASA 101 graduates enjoy a FREE 30 day membership in our sailing club to practice their new skills aboard our boats – with the option to join as an annual member at a 20% graduate discount!

We teach ASA 103 & 104 aboard a beautifully equipped, Hunter 356 up here in New England and our partnership with CYOA Yacht Charters down in the Virgin Islands provides us access to their amazing fleet of 41 – 50 foot monohulls and catamarans during the winter months.

In Warwick, our small sailing club is designed to provide our customers with inexpensive boat access aboard boats that you will be proud to sail. You can enjoy day sailors and moderate sized cruising yachts capable of extended trips along the coast – at a fraction of the cost of ownership. Higher levels of membership provide access to all smaller boats as well!

If you are serious about learning how to sail, or are looking to join a high quality sailing club in Narragansett Bay, we are confident that Black Rock Sailing School should be your choice!

Since 1991, Black Rock’s founder has been mentored by leaders in the sailing school industry, and since 1995, he has managed or owned award winning sailing schools in New England and in the Caribbean year-round. This experience and knowledge is passed along to members of this already talented staff each year.

We have never lost our focus, and will always be a sailing school first! We are not a yacht brokerage firm and/or charter company disguised as a sailing school trying to ultimately sell more boats.

Please visit our website to learn more about our program!

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
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.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
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.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
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.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
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.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
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.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises
  • Sail Trim Courses
  • Spinnaker Courses


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. Black Rock Sailing School – Warwick is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • 'Ultimate, quintessential, ideal, can choose any superlative and stick it in front of 'sailing instructor.' Brenton has the DNA for the job!'

    D.C. of Norwalk, CT - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • 'I have wanted to sail for a very long time. After my husband took the ASA 105 course with Brenton, he came home and immediately said, 'Honey, I have found your teacher!' I just learned more in one day than I have after five years (of sailing)!'

    M.R. of Boston, MA - ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1

  • Having been an instructor in the past, I like to know when I see a real pro. Brenton is on a whole other level. He possesses that rare talent of knowing what works when it comes to instruction - whether to a 7 yr old or a 70 yr old.

    J. C. of Manchester By The Sea, MA - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

  • Your knowledge and experience are astounding, and the way you’re able to bring it to our level made us both feel confident and secure in the process. We could not have imagined a better instructor or nicer person to spend a week with!

    M.M. & J.M. - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

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Black Rock Sailing School – Warwick

Address 1 Masthead DriveWarwickRI02886United States
Phone (401) 773-9990
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