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Looking to learn how to sail?

WE CAN HELP! Any sailor, experienced or new, can learn the art of sailing with confidence and ease by attending one of our sailing courses. The Sailing School at Big Water Marina is held to national and international standards of sailing excellence which demand the very best possible sailing instruction be provided. Once you've completed all the courses, you can improve your sailing resume further by earning your USCG license and the official title of Captain.

Instructor and Students at Big Water Marina ASA Sailing School—Lake Hartwell
Why Big Water?

There are two main reasons Big Water Marina is the perfect place to learn the beautiful art of sailing.
First, Big Water Marina has been a certified ASA (American Sailing Association) teaching facility since 1999.  And since our founding, our niche market has always been the sailor. We will strive to better facilitate your search to sail just as we have for our customers for the last 20 years.
Secondly, no one can beat our location. Big Water Marina is located in a beautiful wooded cove along the southern end of Lake Hartwell, South Carolina only two miles from the Lake Hartwell dam. We enjoy the largest open expanse of water on Lake Hartwell which provides sailors with excellent open water conditions for great sailing. Lake Hartwell itself is located on the South Carolina/Georgia line and offers 56,000 acres of water and 962 miles of shoreline.  Hartwell offers plenty of open water (perfect for sailing). Wooded islands, secluded coves, parks, and recreational areas make it a cruiser’s delight.

Instructor Buddy Price with Students at ASA Sailing School at Big Water Marina

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Captain Buddy Price-ASA Sailing School Big Water Marina

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Captain Buddy Price-ASA Sailing School at Big Water Marina

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Instructor Buddy Price with Students at ASA Sailing School at Big Water Marina

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Our Staff

Our Director/Instructor is Captain Buddy Price, a USCG licensed Master Captain with sail endorsement and a certified American Sailing Association Instructor.  He has been sailing for over 35 years with experience ranging from local lakes and small boat sailing to blue water ocean yacht deliveries to and from exotic destinations.  Captain Buddy is an experienced skipper with an easy going personality and is a great teacher for sailors of all abilities.

Captain Buddy Price, Instructor of ASA Sailing Classes at Big Water Marina on Lake Hartwell


For more information, call us at (864) 226-3339.


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Big Water Marina

320 Big Water Road,  Starr, S. C. 29684 -- Phone 864-226-3339,  Fax 864-226-0079

E-mail: – Captain direct: 864-275-6040

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