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ASA 101 & 103: 5-Day Course Package


ASA 101 & 103

Join us for a Basic Keelboat and  Basic Coastal Cruising Combination Course!

In this combination course, we will teach you the fundamentals of sailing and seamanship, go over knots, sail theory, and other topics to give you the skills and confidence you need to safely skipper and crew a 30′-32′ monohull sailboat in light to moderate wind and sea conditions on lakes or other protected bodies of water. We will then expand your sail training, coaching you in how to skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 32′-36′ during daylight hours in moderate to strong wind and sea conditions. 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 continue on to take our Bareboat Course to refine their skills and become certified to charter vessels worldwide.

Topics Covered

Sailing Theory Wheel Steering
Safety Gear
Points of Sailing
Tacking & Jibing
Crew Responsibilities
Helmsmanship & Commands
Getting Underway & Making Sail
Sail Trimming
Securing the Boat
Nautical Terminology
Finding & Reading the Wind Direction
Mechanics of Rig & Sail
Navigation Rules
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

Included in the Certification Package:

Textbooks – Sailing Made Easy – $25.00 & Coastal Cruising Made Easy- $30.00

Log book: $30.00

ASA exams: $30.00 each

Student Registration Fee – $39.00

Total Value – $184.00 

This is an accelerated course and not for students without previous sailing experience.

Please come prepared by reviewing the 101 and 103 textbooks prior to the course and doing the practice quizzes attached to the confirmation email. Textbooks can be picked up at the office during business hours or mailed by request.


  • $1418 per person
  • 5 consecutive days
  • Monday-Friday
  • 9:30am-4:30pm

ASA 101 course instruction will be held Monday through Wednesday. There will be a water skills and 100-question multiple choice test on Wednesday afternoon.

ASA 103 course instruction will be held Thursday-Friday. There will be a water skills and 100-question multiple choice test on Friday afternoon.

Prerequisite: No certifications are required, but previous sailing experience is required. This is an accelerated course and moves at a very quick pace.

*Please note that we need at least three 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.

ASA CERTIFICATIONS: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat & ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising