ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification


  • One Student: $999 (Private: +$200), includes taxes/fees
  • Two Student: $849ea (Private: +$100ea), includes taxes/fees
  • Three (+) Student: $799ea (Private: +$50ea), includes taxes & fees

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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.

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 two or three half-day classes.  Each half-day class is approximately 4 hours (ie: 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 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 try to keep the student count low.


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 14-16 hours: 3-4 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.


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


Standard format is only 2 students per boat.

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Telephone: 214-215-SAIL (7245)