Chesapeake Bay Marinas | Tides Inn

Premier Sailing School

Learn to sail while in residence at the Tides Inn. Recognized as Virginia’s top sailing school near the Chesapeake Bay, Premier Sailing has earned its reputation by offering top quality instruction in a safe and fun environment. Guests are invited to learn how to sail a Catalina 30 or a J24 and will receive their US Sailing Basic Keelboat certificate. Through the program, you will become more comfortable with steering a sailboat and trimming the sails, as well as learning how to pick up a man overboard, dock with confidence and more professional sailing tips.


Sailing for Families

Families have an amazing opportunity to learn to sail together through Premier Sailing. Learn as a group in one large boat or individually in a smaller boat. It’s a wonderful family experience to cherish. Parents can choose to take a keelboat course while the kids take a small boat course.

Sailing Camps for Kids & Teens

Lessons are available throughout the summer for children ages 6 to 18. Premier Sailing is famous for the quality of their Young Sailors program. Call in advance to set up lessons for your kids – it can be as short as a half day, or as long as a 5 day camp – your choice.

Virginia Safe Powerboating Courses

In addition to becoming more confident in your boat handling skills, Premier Sailling offers education to obtain your Boaters Education certificate, which is mandatory in most states. One and two-day courses are available for adults and children ages 12-17.

Skippered Charter

Book a sailboat with a skipper for a three-hour sail or a full day at sea. Sit back and enjoy the art of sailing while taking in views of the Chesapeake wildlife and local area. Grab-and-go items from Fish Hawk Oyster Bar make for the perfect meal while out on the sea.

For more information, or to make a sailing school reservation, please contact the Tides Activity Department at (804) 438-5000.