Intermediate Coastal Cruising


$400 per person | 9:30am-4:30pm Saturday - Sunday



*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.


Format: two consecutive days (Saturday & Sunday), 9:30am to 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Cruising or special permission from Pacific Yachting Staff.


The goal of this two-day (14 hours total) course is to introduce the student to the traditional techniques of Coastal Navigation and to refine the skills learned in Basic Coastal Cruising. The Intermediate Coastal Cruising Course is the second half of the Basic Coastal Cruising Course.

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 ASA101 & ASA103 Certifications written exams.


Optional Certification Package:

Logbook: $30.00

ASA 101 & 103 Exam: $30.00 each

*Please keep in mind that there is a one time mandatory $39.00 ASA Membership fee that is not included in your class. (ASA membership for 1-year).


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.