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2017 Sailing Classes

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Our sailing school specializes in private sailing classes. Private sailing classes mean that you and your spouse, friends or family will be the only students in your class and living aboard your yacht. It also means that we schedule your class based on your schedule, not our schedule. Our class size is usually two - often a couple, but we also teach friends and family members who want to share the experience.

When family members or friends are training together, and require it, we will increase the class size. If you anticipate a class size greater than two, please call or send us an email so that we may discuss how to customize your class. We also allow ride-alongs.

All of our classes (except 105) are live-aboard - all of our boats have air conditioning. We encourage our students to board the night before class begins - at no additional cost. To see our boats, please click here.

Returning students always receive our 10% "Welcome Back" discount.


Note: When choosing a sailing school, please be sure to compare our prices to other schools' Private prices.

ASA 101 Sailing Made Easy Textbook for Basic Keelboat

Basic Keelboat

General Description: 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.


ASA Course Number: 101


Prerequisites: None


Length: 3 days


Price for 2: $1,800


ASA Standard
In addition to the ASA standard, class includes docking using an auxillary motor and lodging aboard yacht.


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ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising Textbook

Basic Coastal Cruising

General Description: Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.


ASA Course Number: 103


Prerequisites: ASA 101


Length: 3 days


Price for 2: $2,100


ASA Standard


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ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Textbook

Bareboat Cruising Certification

General Description: Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.


ASA Course Number: 104


Prerequisites: ASA 101 & 103


Length: 4 days


Price for 2: $2,800


ASA Standard
In addition to ASA standard, class includes overnight anchorage, navigation to and docking at an unfamiliar marina, and dinghy with outboard handling procedures.


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ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising Textbook

Cruising Catamaran Certification

General Description: Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.


ASA Course Number: 114


Prerequisites: ASA 101,103, & 104


Length: 2 days


Price for 2: $2,200


ASA Standard


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ASA 105 Coastal Navigation & Piloting Textbook

Coastal Navigation

General Description: Learn the 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 ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.


ASA Course Number: 105


Prerequisites: None


Length: 3 days


Price for 2: $950


ASA Standard


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ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising Textbook

Advanced Coastal Cruising

General Description: Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.


ASA Course Number: 106


Prerequisites: ASA 101, 103, 104, & 105


Length: 3 days


Price for 2: $2,500


ASA Standard
Includes night navigation of Pensacola Pass.


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We require a 50% deposit to reserve your class.

Please note that deposits are used to secure commitment, and thus are not refundable. We certainly recognize that events can change even the most well intentioned plans. We are happy to re-schedule or transfer the deposit to another class, captained charter, or bareboat charter (if applicable) or to other sailors. If we need to cancel your class due to events beyond our control (weather, illness, equipment failure), we will completely refund your deposit deducting for products or services already provided. This refund is limited to the actual fees collected from you by ECY.

For combined class descriptions and pricing, click here.

To register for your private, live-aboard class, click here.



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