Norton’s Sailing School – Frequently Asked Questions

I have no sailing experience. Can I still learn to sail?

YES! Approximately 40% of our students have no experience. They come with a desire to learn and desire to begin a lifelong dream of sailing, and that’s all you need.

 What should I bring to Sailing School?

You should bring your class packet, a cooler with drinks and snacks, and a positive and fun attitude.

Am I really going to learn how to sail in just 2 weekends?

Absolutely! With a maximum of four students per class, each student receives a lot of hands on time. How well you handle the boat, is part of your grade, so your instructor is going to make sure you are comfortable with what you are doing.

Is there a minimum or maximum age for Sailing School?

There is no upper limit. Sailors 14 – 18 years of age may be accepted after a personal interview. Younger sailors are accepted only as a family group. Parents are strongly encouraged to arrange child care for children under 10 years of age. The school reserves the right to refuse instruction and/or certification to any minor if the instructor feels it is necessary.

What is the American Sailing Association?

The American Sailing Association instruction is the oldest and in our opinion, the best sailing instruction available. In addition, upon certification, ASA credentials are recognized worldwide. This enables you to sail with major charter companies, many of which offer discounts to ASA members. A sailboat owner with ASA certification is offered reduced premiums by most all insurance companies…let your agent know that you have certification.

Why should I choose ASA certifications over any other system?

The American Sailing Association is the oldest and by far the largest certification system in America offering a full range of credentials from Basic Sailing through Offshore Passagemaking. Years of experience and constant refinement have produced a system that is simply the best available.

What type of vessels are used for training?

Norton’s uses late model Hunter sailboats or Jeanneau sailboats with inboard power and wheel steering. The new (or nearly new) vessel is well equipped with equipment and Coast Guard (CG) requirements. Boat sizes range from 28 to 34 feet.

Is advanced study required?

Absolutely! After receiving your deposit, the text(s) and other pertinent information. Students should read and come to class prepared to learn.

Will you teach me on my boat?

Yes! We are happy to provide instruction on your boat, however, you are responsible for having all safety gear as required by the CG, and the boat will need to be checked out in advanced by one of our instructors. Norton’s does not charge dockage during sailing school when the boat is docked at Norton’s Marina.

How will weather conditions affect my training?

We do sail in the rain, however, safety is always our first consideration. We will not sail in conditions that threaten the crew or vessel. The captain has the final word in this regard. If we are unable to sail, instruction will carry on in the classroom until weather permits sea time.  If the captain must scrap a day on the water as a result  of  dangerous weather, the class will be made up. Safety first!

What methods of payment do you accept?

VISA, Mastercard, personal check, Travelers Checks or cash. Checks should be made payable to Norton’s. 50%  deposit required. Balance due in FULL the 1st day of class.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a scheduling problem should arise Norton’s must be notified 30 days in advance or your deposit will be forfeited. There are only 2-4 students per class and when 1  drops out, it impacts the rest of the class.  Work schedules, sitter schedules, and other like schedules are to be worked out in advance of signing up.  If Norton’s is notified outside of the 30 days and you wish to keep your books, Norton’s will refund your deposit less the cost for materials.