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ASA Liveaboard Courses

All liveaboard package prices are for 2 students (not per person).  Contact us if you are interested in our non-liveaboard rates.
If there are more than two students in your group, you may include additional friends or family at a cost of $500 per additional person for the 101 course.  $700 per person for the 101/103 course and $900 per person for the 101/103/104. (Maximum number of students aboard is 4)

3 Day ASA 101/103 Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising

(best suited for students with prior sailing experience, and can “test out” of the ASA 101 Course)


3 Day Learn to Sail for Two

4 Day ASA 101/103 Basic Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising


4 Day Learn to Sail for Two

4 Day ASA 103/104 Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising

(prerequisite: ASA 101Basic Keelboat)


4 Day Learn to Sail for Two

6 Day ASA 101/103/104 Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising


6 Day Learn to Sail for Two

We also offer the following certifications:

  • ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
  • ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising
  • ASA 107 Celestial Navigation
  • ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran
  • ASA 117 Basic Celestial Endorsement
  • ASA 108 Offshore Passagemaking
  • ASA 118 Docking Endorsement

Please call for scheduling and pricing.


What to expect:

  • Our prices include course books, logbooks, shipping to one address, and port taxes/marina fees.  Provisions are not included.
  • The boat has a fully equipped galley including a small fridge, stove/oven, microwave, cookware, dishes, and utensils to prepare meals. There is an electric tea kettle,  and a french press. You can expect to anchor for lunch.
  • If you prefer not to cook, several excellent restaurants are within walking distance.  Our marina also has a great deli serving breakfast lunch and dinner.
  • We provide linens and bath towels for your stay.  You will have access to the marina locker rooms, showers, and laundry room during your stay.
  • If scheduling permits, you may be able to stay aboard the Beneteau Oceanis 37’ Platinum Edition the night before, or the night after your class begins or ends.
  • If you prefer to stay in a hotel, our marina is within walking distance of the Sheraton Harbor Resort and Marina

Cancellation Policy:

If for any reason you need to cancel, all cancellations need to be in writing or email.

  • More than 60 days before your class, a $100 per person charge will be made to cover the cost of books, shipping, etc.
  • From 30 days to 60 days before your class, a fee equaling 25% of the full cost of the class will be charged.
  • Less than 30 days will result in loss of your 50% deposit.

If we are able to rebook your course, we will issue a full credit for money paid to apply to a future booking.

Have a question? Contact us at 619-316-6430


Prerequisites: None
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.

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Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) Certification
Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds 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…

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Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA103) certifications.
Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if the 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.

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Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

Prerequisites: None
Able to apply the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.

There is no sailing skills requirement to this standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising standard.

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Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104), and Coastal Navigation (ASA 106) Certifications
Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in any conditions. This course is only offered as a liveaboard course to meet the requirements of a minimum of 48 hours of coastal cruising including night sailing.  The typical timeframe required for completion is 3 days.

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Celestial Navigation Basic Endorsement and Certification (ASA 117/107)

Prerequisites: None. However we recommend you complete the following prior to your course: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104), and Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

Able to apply celestial navigation theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in offshore waters. On-water celestial navigation skills elements are demonstrated in ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking.

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Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat (101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (103). The Bareboat Charter Standard (104) is also a prerequisite and can be attained either by itself prior to BBC Multihull (114) or in conjunction with BBC Multihull (114). In either case, all material in both standards (104 & 114) must be taught and tested before 114 can be awarded.

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Docking Endorsement (ASA 118)

Able to safely and efficiently dock an auxiliary powered (single inboard or outboard engine) sailboat. Knowledge of basic auxiliary power theory, engine and steering controls, proper use of dock lines, crew communication and safety.

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The ASA “Challenge”

Knowledgeable and experienced sailors who have reviewed the ASA standards and consider themselves proficient in each area are invited to “challenge” the standards at an ASA certification facility.  Each certification must be challenged successively, with corresponding prerequisites met at each level.

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International Proficiency Certificate

ASA is proud to offer the first International Proficiency sailing certificate available in the United States.

Once you have completed your 104 course and your tests scores have been submitted, you can apply for the International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) through the American Sailing website.  The current cost is $49 and be prepared to upload a passport quality photo.

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