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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 hourly, private sailing instruction (minimum 4 hours and up to 6 hours at the hourly rate).
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.
Upcoming Group 101 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
Have a question? Contact us at 619-316-6430
BASIC KEELBOAT SAILING (ASA 101)
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.
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…
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.
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.