Basic Cruising Certification (ASA 103)

$799 per person (plus taxes/fees)

$100 discount for our Heavy Air workshop grads

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ASA 101; Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification

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

This course qualifies for ASA 103 Certification!

After successfully completing this course you will be certified to rent or charter a 30-35 ft. sailboat locally or in the Caribbean.


  1. Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification (ASA 101)
  2. Sailing experience, as skipper, aboard a
    20-25 ft sailing vessel is highly recommended.

Course Description:

This course introduces the additional skills required to skipper a 30-40ft auxiliary sailboat on local lakes (such as Lewisville or Texoma) or in simple coastal waters (such as parts of the Caribbean).

This 3 day course includes one day of classroom (or two evenings) and two days on the water.

This course is a very different from other North Texas sailing courses with a similar name. In fact, it is similar to most Bareboat courses offered locally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! After completing this course you will be certified to charter a comparable vessel locally or in the Caribbean.

Beneteau 32 day charter
Beneteau 32 day charter

Standards include:

  • Sail Trim
  • Balancing the Helm
  • Figure-8 Over-Board Recovery
  • Under Power, Confined Areas
  • Under SAIL, Confined Areas
  • Selecting an Anchorage
  • Navigation & Charts
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Basic Boat Systems
  • Safety Equipment
  • Boat Inventory Checklist
  • Minor Emergencies
  • Intermediate Knot Tying
  • Chart & Symbols
  • Dock Lines (Spring/Breast)
  • Docking Under Power
  • Engine Failure Procedures
  • Steering Failure Procedures
  • Running Aground & Recovery
  • Marine Weather Forecasts
  • Basic Anchoring
  • Right-of-Way Rules
  • VHF Radio Procedures
  • Sail Power Theory
  • Apparent vs. True Wind
  • The Ships Compass
  • Introduction to Fire Fighting
  • Boating Etiquette
  • Use of Day Shapes
  • Use of Sound Signals
  • Navigation Rules (1-19)
  • Introduction to Towing
  • Dinghy Operation


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising Certification.

Course Length:

This course spans a total of 3-to-4 days:

  • 1day (or 2 evenings) of classroom seminar,
  • 2 days aboard a 30 to 35 foot auxiliary Sailboat.

Pricing & Scheduling:

$799 per student ($100 discount for graduates of our Heavy Air workshop). Taxes/fees extra.  Additional fees may apply for those needing additional instruction.

Price includes:

  1. The Basic Cruising Course (as described above)
  2. Text reference book
  3. ASA’s Basic Coastal Cruising Certification