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Beneteau Oceanis 37’ Platinum Edition

Non-liveaboard Courses & Private Sailing Instruction

Non-liveaboard Courses & Private Sailing Instruction

  • Are you local to San Diego or prefer to say in a hotel nearby?  We offer private non-liveaboard options for all of our courses.  Contact us for availability.
  • When our primary vessel, our 37’ Beneteau Oceanis platinum edition is booked, we also offer our sailing courses on sailboats ranging from 22’ up to 47’. Pricing for some of our courses may be increased based on the size of the vessel requested.
  • We also offer private sailing instruction (typically 6 hours).

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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, you may be refunded minus the cost of the course books, shipping, and credit card transaction fee.
  • 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 deposit.

Any postponements must be made at least 30 days in advance of your course or you will loose the deposit. If our students request a schedule change it affects our instructor’s schedule and our boat schedule, so we request advanced notice if you need to change your dates. 

Upcoming Group 101/103 Courses

If you prefer the group option to a private course, save 25% off the individual rate when you book a group course! Minimum 2 students, maximum 4 students


April 20-21

May 25-26

June 15-16

July 20-21


April 20-21

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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