PICK A DATE ON THE CALENDAR AND CHOOSE YOUR CLASS

Learning to sail can be (and should be!) an exciting and rewarding experience. When done properly, it results in a new sailor who is both confident and safe.

There are two main pathways for getting your certifications and achieving your goals: Group Lessons or Private Instruction. You can book a Group Lesson on the calendar below, or contact our experts for more information about Private Instruction.

But before you head out on your first-ever voyages, take a look at the pre-board checklist below to ensure you are fully prepared for your time on the water.

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Group Lessons

Group lessons are typically scheduled well in advance and require that you have a block of time. You will share the boat and instructor with 3-5 other students. The boat is selected by the company, typically starting on a small boat (with tiller and outboard motor) and graduating to a slightly larger one (with wheel steering and inboard engine).

Pros:

  1. Very cost effective
  2. Some benefits from watching the others

Cons:

  1. You learn at the rate of the slowest person
  2. Limited “hands-on” time
  3. Fixed schedule
  4. No choice of boat

Private / Semi-private instruction

With private instruction you charter a boat and pay hourly for the instructor. You and the instructor can choose a boat to develop a program that is best suited to what your goals are. You can usually include a friend and/or family member at no additional cost.

Pros:

  1. Learn at your own speed
  2. Make use of previous experience and knowledge (you don’t have to start from scratch)
  3. Learn on your own schedule
  4. Learn on the boat of your choice
  5. Dramatically more “hands-on”, especially at the helm
  6. More opportunity to optimize your learning experience

Cons:

  1. Typically more costs
  2. No opportunity to learn from others

ASA 101 – Basic Keelboating

Prerequisites:
None

Description:
Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required.

ASA 103 - Basic Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) Certification
  • ASA103 certification requires demonstration of ASA101 knowledge and skills standards.
  • ASA recommends a minimum of 24-40 sailing hours before undertaking ASA 103.

Description:
Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet in length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety and seamanship.

ASA 104 - Bareboat Cruising

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) certification.
  • ASA 104 certification requires demonstration of ASA 101 and ASA 103 knowledge and skills standards.
  • ASA recommends a minimum of 80 sailing hours before undertaking ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising.

Description:
Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation

Prerequisites:
None

Description:
Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard and practical application of this Sailing Knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.

ASA 106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Keelboat Sailing
  • Basic Coastal Cruising
  • Bareboat Cruising
  • Coastal Navigation Certification in Los Angeles

Description:
Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

ASA 114 - Cruising Catamaran

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Keelboat (101)
  • Basic Coastal Cruising (103)
  • The Bareboat Charter Standard (104)

Description:
An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull.

Courses packages

  • ASA 101 / ASA 103 / ASA 104 - Basic to Bareboat Cruising
  • ASA 101 / ASA 103 / ASA 104 / ASA 114 - Basic to Catamaran Crusing
  • ASA 104 / ASA 114 - Cruising Catamaran and Bareboat Chartering