Nashville, Tennessee
| (615) 974-0100 |

Whatever your dream — whether it’s sailing across the lake or through the British Virgin Islands, SailNashville can help you live your dream.

Learn to sail in just three days!

In just three days, our introductory course, ASA 101 you will give you the knowledge and skills to competently skipper a 20 to 27-foot sailboat. Whether you are a beginner, or just wanting to sail better, this is the place to start.

Complete our three courses—ASA 101, ASA 103, and ASA 104—and you will have the ability to charter a sailboat up to 45 feet anywhere in the world.

SailNashville offers its classes from Hamilton Creek Marina on Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tennessee.

Percy Priest Lake is a 14,200-acre U.S. Army Corp. of Engineer lake providing some of the best sailing in the entire mid-South region. The Corp prohibits development along the shoreline making Percy Priest Lake a green oasis adjacent to a large, vibrant metropolitan city.

There is also no commercial boat traffic on Percy Priest Lake, making it an ideal classroom setting for beginner sailing lessons.

Our classes offer 24 hours of instruction both in the classroom and on the water over three days.

Our classes are limited to four students. You never share a class with more than three students. This allows every student more hands-on time on the tiller and move personalized instruction.

Our ASA 101 course is taught on a new Catalina 22 Sport. The Catalina provides a very stable, but responsive sailing platform for beginning students.

Our Regular ASA 101 courses are scheduled every weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April through November. We also offer Individual and Couples classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Our ASA 103 and ASA 104 are offered once a month. Our ASA 110 Small Boat Sailing course is offered by appointment. Our ASA 111 Sailing Review is also by appointment.

SailNashville Sailor Guarantee

  • We are so confident in the quality of our courses; we guarantee you will be a competent sailor after you complete them.
  • We are willing to spend the extra time with you individually to ensure you feel confident skippering your sailboat.
  • If you fail to pass the examination for certification, you may retake the course at no additional cost, except for the re-testing fees charged by ASA.
  • Bottom line, SailNashville is committed to making you a competent, confident sailor.

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, Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, 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 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing
ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing
Learn to sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.
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.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Sunset Cruises


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. SailNashville is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

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Address Hamilton Creek Marina2901 Bell RdNashvilleTenessee37217United States
Phone (615) 974-0100
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