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~ A Cut Above ~


~ A Serious School for Serious Sailors ~

 "The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship boasts an impressive staff of offshore-savvy instructors and is notable for its high level of organization and dedication to real ocean sailing." ~ Blue Water Sailing Magazine 

At the Maryland School of Sailing and Seamanship, helping people become exceptional sailors is our passion. That's why our reputation as a serious school for serious sailors follows our students wherever they go.

We don't cut corners or compromise safety to sell certifications. We simply offer the best sailing instruction and turn out the finest sailors found anywhere.

Since 1991, we've completed more than 280 long distance ocean training cruises and are known worldwide for our advanced program. However, like all pursuits, achieving a standard of excellence requires a thorough mastery of basic skills, and this is what we do best.

Contrary to what you may hear from other schools, there are no shortcuts to true success or safety when sailing. We donít believe in the fast track mindset, nor do we teach on small boats designed for daysailing or racing.

Our beginning level ASA101 live-aboard course is a full four days in length. And, like all of our courses, it is taught aboard rugged Island Packet cruising yachts by only the most skilled Coast Guard Licensed Captains in the industry. 

At the Maryland School we know what it takes to make a cruising sailor and we adhere to this philosophy from the beginning through the advanced levels. 

Compare our program to schools offering abbreviated courses. We think you'll find that the Maryland School is an excellent educational choice, with a good return on your investment and a lifetime of benefits. 

Come and sail with us!   


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