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ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising


Learn Coastal Navigation with our Basic Coastal Cruising!

The goal of this two-weekend (26 hours total) course is to introduce you to the traditional techniques of coastal navigation and to refine the skills you learned in our basic keelboat course.

At the conclusion of the coastal navigation course, you 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 you follow on to take our Bareboat Chartering course to refine your skills and become certified to charter 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

Included Certification Package:

Textbooks – Coastal Cruising Made Easy- $35.00

ASA exams: $30.00

Please stop by our office to pick up your books prior to your course’s start date or provide us with your mailing address so we can mail them to you.


  • $1129 per person
  • Two consecutive weekends
  • Saturday-Sunday
  • 9:30am-4:30pm

Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat.

*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.

ASA Certification: ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising Certification