Lanier Sailing Academy – Lake Murray
Columbia, South Carolina (803) 317-9070

Lanier Sailing Academy on Lake Murray helps sailors achieve their sailing dreams. Lanier Sailing Academy offers sailing courses and a sailing club in a fun environment. Skippered sails round out the sailing adventures provided.
Located in the heart of South Carolina, Lake Murray is just minutes from downtown Columbia. Lake Murray offers 50,000 acres of open water to explore! Lanier Sailing Academy makes its home at Southshore Marina on Hwy. 378, west of Lexington.
Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Coastal Navigation classes are offered on the lake. 

The Happy Sails Club provides an economic way for basic keelboat graduates to develop their newly acquired skills.  Members can sail Lake Murray, as often as they like, on any of our 22-25 foot boats.  For our coastal qualified sailors we have a larger boat available. Other club events include moonlight sails, clinics, and flotilla socials.
Our most popular skippered cruise, a 2 ½ hour sunset sail, is a great way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or just relax with friends or family.

ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
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 111, Sailing Review
ASA 111, Sailing Review
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.

Other Services Offered

  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Sunset Cruises

Contact Information

Lanier Sailing Academy – Lake Murray

Address South Shores Marina3072 U.S. 378ColumbiaSC29070United States
Phone (803) 317-9070
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