Live-aboard Offshore Sailing (7 days / 6 nights)

Whether you are considering sailing certifications or just want to learn to sail, our 7 day/6 night sailing program is the way to go. This live-aboard program has a five student minimum and the tuition includes the following with no hidden costs:

  • A full seven day/six night cruise.
  • ASA Captain/Instructor fees & daily instruction.
  • Provisions for entire cruise.
  • 1 nights dockage.
  • All ASA textbooks (sent to you in advance), exams and certification seals for the two levels for which you qualify if you choose to train for ASA certifications.
  • No collision damage waiver fee or additional deposits.

Practical Information

Offshore Sailing Payments

A $880 non-refundable deposit is due with the Enrollment Application. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you written acceptance along with course study materials and itinerary. The non-refundable tuition balance of $915.00 is due no later than 45 days prior to the day of departure. We do not  recommend that you purchase non-refundable transportation until we confirm the required minimum of five students has been met.


Offshore Sailing Description

The course begins on a Saturday at 3:00 PM at the Ft. Lauderdale location. The cruise will be in the waters of South Florida and the Florida Keys. Should the vessel become weathered in, the Chapman School will provide sufficient provisions until the vessel returns to her home port of Ft. Lauderdale. Students taking this course should fly into Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. Classes for the Offshore programs start at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday.


Orientation and Vessel Preparation - Students meet to get acquainted with each other, their instructor and the vessel that will be their home throughout the program. A voyage plan will be made, crew responsibilities assigned and safety requirements reviewed.
Except for the first night, and one dinner while alongside the dock, all provisions are provided by the Chapman School and will be aboard the vessel in sufficient quantity to feed everyone. When completing the Registration Form, please note any dietary restrictions so that menus can be planned appropriately. When at dockside, the student may choose to dine ashore.
On board Review & Dockside Procedures - All hands will help prepare the vessel for departure following a pre-departure checklist. The checklist will include all maintenance systems and equipment. Safety equipment will be inventoried, its condition checked and storage locations noted. Immediately prior to departure, a review will be conducted of all safety procedures, rules of the road, watch assignments and crew control. A review will be conducted of regulations and rules governing the handling of waste products, potential pollutants and other materials damaging to the marine environment. Procedures for handling lines, fenders and leaving the dock will be reviewed, then executed as the trip begins.
Underway Procedures & Activities - Throughout the voyage, all hands will stand helm watches. They will review and practice authorized radio procedures, boat handling and helmsmanship, hoisting and furling sails, reefing for heavy winds, sail trim and balance, tacking and jibing, chart reading, navigation and safety procedures, man overboard exercises and other activities related to the chosen ASA level(s) of study.
Final Review and Testing for those seeking ASA certification:

Offshore Sailing - Students may elect to take up to two levels of ASA certification, at no additional cost, during the Offshore Sailing cruise. Prior to arrival back at Chapman School, the captain will review the information and then administer the ASA written exam(s). Upon successful completion of both the practical and written exam(s), students will be approved for the ASA certificate.

For complete details on ASA certifications, please refer to the American Sailing Association (ASA) brochure.
Clothing and Equipment
Day Sailors - Hat, water, shorts, T-shirt, sunblock, rain gear and boat shoes.
Offshore Sailors - Each student should bring clothing of a type suitable for shipboard living and sufficient to last for the duration of the trip. ONLY SOFT LUGGAGE WILL BE PERMITTED aboard the training vessel in the form of one large or two small duffel or flight bags.
Recommended Clothing & Other Personal Items:

Boating shoes and warm socks.
Sweater and warm jacket.
One semi-dress outfit for dinner or R&R ashore.
Washcloth and large beach towel.
Aspirin or equivalent.
Bathing suits and sun block.
3 or 4 pairs of shorts and T-shirts.
Foul-weather gear.
Seasick medication.
Prescribed medications and prescription bottles with the user's name on the label.