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ASA 101: Basic Keelboat


Learn Basic Keelboat Sailing in Santa Cruz!

This keelboat sailing course prepares you to sail and cruise safely in local waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary-powered sailboat of about 25-32 feet during daylight hours in moderate to strong wind and sea conditions. You will acquire boat handling, safety, and seamanship skills. This keelboat sailing course prepares students for the Basic Coastal Cruising Course (ASA 103).

Topics covered:

  • Wheel Steering
  • Maneuvering Under Power
  • 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 – $30.00

Log book: $30.00

ASA exams: $30.00

Student Registration Fee – $39.00

Total Value – $129.00

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.


  • $1044 per person
  • 2 consecutive weekends OR 4 consecutive weekdays
  • Saturday-Sunday (x2) OR Tuesday-Friday
  • 9:30am-4:30pm

Prerequisite: none.


*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 Certification: ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat Certification