Sailing Course Descriptions

Island Packet 440 Charter in the BVI
Island Packet 440 Charter in the BVI

Our sailing curriculum is designed to develop competent sailors. We strongly believe in developing fundamental sailing skills prior to progressing to intermediate & advanced certifications. To ensure unsurpassed instruction. We are a comprehensive ASA Certification facility.

Our Basic Sailing courses are taught on Lake Lewisville at Pier 121 Marina.

After this course you will want to practice before moving on to the next level of certification, our J-24’s are available to our graduates for lease or rent.

The next certification level (Basic Cruising) is also taught on Lake Lewisille at Pier 121t Marina. We use a 34 foot Cruising Sailboat. After completing this second certification this course, the same boat may be available for you to charter for a day or for the weekend.

Our Bareboat Courses & Advanced Sailing Courses are only taught on the ocean. You can not conduct a quality bareboat course on local lakes in North Texas. We simply refuse to do it!

Those sailors already holding a current ASA certification may Challenge the other standard and pursue a dual certification path. Refresher courses are available for those sailors with experience but wanting a little brush-up on their skills.

Certification Levels at a Glance:

Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification

Responsibly skipper and crew a simple day sailing keelboat in familiar waters with light to moderate wind and sea conditions.

Basic Cruising Certification

Responsibly skipper, crew or Bareboat charter an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat within sight of land to a port or an anchorage during daylight hours in moderate to strong wind and sea conditions. This certification is for those sailors with cruising experience.

Bareboat Certification

Responsibly skipper and crew an auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during daylight hours within sight of land in moderate wind and sea conditions.

Coastal Navigation Certification

Properly use traditional navigation techniques and electronic navigation for near coastal passage making.

Advanced Coastal Passage Making Certification

Responsibly skipper and crew an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat for coastal or offshore passages in strong to heavy conditions, including zero visibility and nighttime, in unfamiliar waters out of sight of land.

Celestial Navigation Certification

Navigate using celestial techniques and integrating celestial and traditional navigation.