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Basic Coastal Cruising

$850 per person | Two Consecutive Weekends 9:30am-4:30pm Saturday - Sunday

***We have extended our ASA 103 class to two consecutive weekends to give you more time out on the water!!***



*Please note that we need at least 3 students signed up to confirm a class. Private instruction is available, please call our office at 831-423-7245 to discuss options. Students must be at least 18 years old or must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.



Format: Two Consecutive Weekends (Saturday & Sunday), 9:30am to 4:30pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break each day.

Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat or special permission from Pacific Yachting Staff.


The goal of this two-weekend (28 hours total) course is to introduce the student to the traditional techniques of Coastal Navigation and to refine the skills learned in Basic Keelboat.

At the conclusion of the course, the student should be able to read a nautical chart and identify corresponding landmarks and aids to navigation, determine the vessel’s location, plot a course to steer, properly dock the vessel under motor power, take appropriate precautions when sailing under reduced visibility, and successfully recover an overboard victim. We recommend that students follow-on to take our Bareboat Course to refine your skills and become certified to charter our yachts and vessels worldwide.

Topics covered:

•Wheel Steering
•Maneuvering Under Power
•Docking and Tight-quarters
•Plumbing and Electrical Systems
•Steering systems
•Diesel engine operation
•Managing Heel & Weather Helm
•Sail selection and shape
•Emergency Tiller Usage
•Crew Overboard
•Recovery Procedures
•VHF Marine Radio Usage
•Safety Equipment Regulations
•Safety Gear Use
•Anchorages and anchoring
•Review points of sail
•Gybing and Tacking review
•Reefing Underway
•Navigation Rules
•Reading a Nautical Chart
•Rules of the Road
•Determining position and plotting a course
•Heavy weather techniques
•Heaving To
•Diesel Engine Operation and Troubleshooting


Optional Textbook: Coastal Cruising Made Easy, By ASA- $30.00 before tax.

The textbook can be purchased in our office or on the: American Sailing Association’s Website.

A digital copy of the textbook can also be purchased on iBooks.

Please Note: Completion of this class prepares you to take the ASA 103 certification written exam.


Optional Certification Package:

ASA 103 Exam: $30.00



About Us

Pacific Sailing is an accredited American Sailing Association sailing school and yacht charter company with a fleet of 10 sailing yachts from 27-46 feet. We offer all levels of sailing instruction, Team Building Regattas, Skippered Charters, and Bareboat Charters.