ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification

Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn 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.

We offer the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course in a two-weekend, Learn-to-Sail format.

Our Classroom is usually taught on a weekday evening (usually Tuesday), beginning at 6:30pm.

The on-the-water portion of the class consists of three half-day classes.  Each half-day class is 4 hours (8am-noon or noon-4pm). This format is very effective.  Many studies have shown that the human brain is only efficient at absorbing new information for approximately 4 hours.  After that, retention drops rapidly.  Learning is much better if you sleep on it and come back another day to repeat and then absorb new information.

This class also includes the check-out sail required to rent our sailboats.  We rent our boats on an hourly basis as well as several different membership programs.

OUR BOATS:  We teach this course aboard the famous J/24 sailboat.  We have a fleet of EIGHT J/24’s, some available for rent after you’ve completed this course.  The J/24 is a responsive yet very stable platform on which to learn to sail.  …and it meets the requirements set by the ASA for this course.

WE DON’T CROWD THE BOAT:  For most of the on-ther-water classes we have maximum of two students per boat (for families or groups, we can modify, if you’d prefer).


Pricing:

  • $649 per student.

Prerequisites:

No prior sailing experience necessary.  You need only the desire & commitment to learn!

Course Description:

This is the entry level sailing course for the beginner or novice sailor. Sailing Skills are taught to the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification standard. You will develop basic boat handling and sailing fundamentals.

Learn to Sail!
Learn to Sail!

Standards include:

  • Rigging and Unrigging the Boat
  • Basic Sailing Terminology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Points of Sail
  • Fig-8 Over-Board Recovery
  • Crew Coordination
  • Basic Knots
  • Safety Equipment
  • Sailing in confined areas
  • Docking Under Sail
  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Rigging and Unrigging the Boat
  • Local Sailing Considerations
  • Outboard Motors
  • Docking under Power
  • General Review

Course Length:

Our standard format is a total of 16 hours: 4 hours in a classroom setting and 12 hours on the water in three separate 4-hour sessions.  Private or semi-private lesson format may vary slightly.

Certification:

Upon successful completion you will receive the ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification (ASA 101).

Scheduling:

Standard format is only 2 students per boat.

For scheduling, click here

Telephone: 214-215-SAIL (7245)


The ASA Certified course qualifies for the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard as a recognized Safe Boating Course. As such, it meets all requirements for mandatory education and licensing for every state in the United States. For boat owners, many insurance companies offer discounts for successful completion of a Safe Boater course.


Intermediate Keelboat Sailing Seminars (Sailing 102)

…Already know how to sail? After completing your Learn-to-Sail course or if you already know how to sail, we invite you to rent/lease our J/24’s, sail with us, and develop your sailing skills! Call us at 214-215-SAIL (7245) to discuss your options.

After developing fundamental sailing skills in your ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing course (ASA 101), you build on that foundation. We offer several short, targeted, Intermediate Keelboat Sailing Seminars. Each Seminar costs $199 each. They consists of approximately 4 hours on the water, no classroom is required. These Seminars include:

Scheduling:

For scheduling, click here

Telephone: 214-215-SAIL (7245)