ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing


This American Sailing Association course provides the skills you'll need to be able to participate as a crew member on a sailing vessel.

In this course, you'll gain 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.

You'll be able to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds (up to 15 knots) and sea conditions.

ASA 101 is the prerequisite course for the American Sailing Association and is a great introduction to the world of sailing. Students will learn the parts and pieces of the boat, how to move the boat through the water, and most importantly, how to do it safely.

The course consists of:

  • classroom time
  • 3-4 hours of time on the water
  • review for the written exam
  • water-proficiency evaluation on the water

Schedule (Approximately 10 Hours total)
Saturday: 4pm - 8pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm; 1-hour break for lunch (not provided) 3pm - 6pm on the water

Must be 18 or older to book.

2 people minimum, 4 people maximum

Please note: If the minimum number of course participants (2) is not met, we will reach out to reschedule.

Upon successful completion of the ASA 101, you will be ready for the ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising course.