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Discounts are available for multiple course combinations and couples or groups.

See our Notes for Sailing Courses, Bareboat, Skippered Charters & Cruises for further details. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information regarding course schedules, pricing and availability. We can design a customized course for your needs and quote a package price based on your goals, level of experience, and timing.

We offer a wide range of sailing courses and boats to fit your needs.

Bluewater Sailing offers an entire spectrum of group sailing courses and private lessons from beginning to advanced; racing, ocean crossing skill development; and boat sizes ranging from 14' to 50+'. Our comprehensive collection of choices is designed to provide our friends with a wide variety of interesting, enjoyable and challenging sail and power options throughout their time on the wonderful waters (usually warm and sunny) of Southern California.

AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION
GROUP COURSE INFORMATION

ASA sailing school CaliforniaBluewater Sailing, an ASA Gold Star School, offers certification and membership by the American Sailing Association (ASA). This certification provides you with a tangible means of representing your skill level in a charter checkout situation. It also furnishes you with a universally recognized standard of measure for your own confidence. The certification package includes: an official logbook to record certification levels and experience achieved; reference materials; special Bluewater Sailing supplemental training materials. Membership may also offer discounts on first-time charters with organizations such as Sunsail, Moorings, or Sun Yacht Charters.

INTERNATIONAL YACHTMASTER® TRAINING

ASA
Bluewater Sailing offers certification by International Yachtmaster® Training. We are the first school on the West Coast to offer IYT courses.

All course, book & certification prices, as well as terms and conditions subject to change without notice.

BASIC KEELBOAT

These essential fundamentals form the solid foundation for a lifetime of safe and enjoyable sailing.

Introductory course includes sailing theory and extensive practice; terminology and parts of the sailboat; sail trim / adjust / shape; points of sail, rudder control & commands; rigging for sail; docking and undocking under sail and power; basic seamanship; knots; crew coordination; safety skills including rules of the road, federal equipment, lights, crew overboard prevention and recovery techniques.

Basic Keelboat also provides an introduction to sail shaping, the international navigational buoyage systems, lights and anchoring.

This great course is specifically designed for individuals with little or no prior sailing or boating experience and for those people who may be a bit 'rusty' or have never had prior formal training.

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Discounts Available for
     Course Combinations!

    (  please contact us for details )
a)   Multiple Courses     and / or
b)   Multiple People


Please Note:
a)   50% Non-Refundable & Non-Transferrable deposit requested to reserve class times or schedule charters.
b)   Once scheduled, classes may not be changed or canceled without loss of deposit or all other payments, unless we can fill your spot in the course.
c)   If class is rescheduled:
       1)  we fill your spot => full credit ( no refund ) for future activity
        2)  we do not fill your spot =>  loss of deposit or all other payments 
d)   Please see Bluewater's Deposit Policy for more details.
e)   Prices, terms, conditions subject to change without notice
f)    Please contact Bluewater for up to date information

ASA Level 101  ·  BK
Prerequisite:

None;  No Prior Experience Required!

Trip Advisor:    "Friendly knowledgeable Sailing School in Marina del Rey"
"My family recently took sailing classes at Bluewater Sailing in Marina del Rey, CA  (along the coast of Los Angeles). 

The experience was incredible and our captian / instructor was very knowledgeable.

Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

Target Skill Level:

Safely Skipper or Crew a 14' - 25' sailboat in familiar, near shore or protected waters and fine weather with light to moderate winds / sea conditions without supervision.  Prepare yourself for marina sailing or boating in the blue pacific in fair winds!


Trip Advisor:    "Best Sailing Course Ever"
"I recently took a basic keelboat class at Bluewater Sailing in Marina del Rey, CA. I've had other sailing classes, but this one was by far the best ever. My instructors (two different ones during the two weekends of the course) were both very patient and very knowledgeable.

The class was small: only 4 people, and this made it easy for the instructors to really give each of us some specialized instruction where needed. When I finished the course I felt confident that I was truly competent to take a sailboat out into the ocean."

Training:

Classroom and ( mostly ) On The Water.
20 hours over 3 - 4 days.
•  Regular: four 5-hour days
     --  typically a Saturday and Sunday
            of one weekend, and a
            Saturday and Sunday
            of the subsequent weekend
•  Intensive: three 7 hour days
      --  typically a Saturday, Sunday,
              and Monday over a
             3 day holiday weekend
•  Notes: 
a)  Each Course has enough time
        to become comfortable & safe
        out on the water
b)  Each Individual Class Session
         is long enough to accomplish
         significant training
         out on the water

TUITION  INCLUDES:

  1. 23 Hours of Instruction 
    ( only 3 - 4 persons per group class )
  2. One Year Membership in Bluewater's Bareboat Charter Club.
  3. Access to Bareboat Rentals during membership!
  4. First Weekday 1/2 Day Rental F r e e ! 
       ( within 2 weeks after course, please call for details )
  5. One Year Membership in American Sailing Association
       ( with ASA certification )

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Bluewater Sailing's Instructors average more than 20 years experience on the water.
  2. Bluewater was the first facility in the world certified to both American Sailing Association ( ASA ) and International Yacht Training ( IYT ) Standards.
  3. Bluewater is one of the very few ASA schools qualified to teach  at ALL FUNDAMENTAL ASA LEVELS from Basic Keelboat to Celestial Navigation and Offshore Passage-Making with on-site personnel / Bluewater employees.
  4. No Monthly Dues ! !

Take some Vacation Time
   out on the Water in
      Southern California !  !

Tuition: $ 669
Textbook: $ 25 ( if provided by BWS )
Testing and Certification Fee: $ 100 ( optional )

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FAST CLASS
after ASA 101  ·  FAST
Prerequisite: Some prior sailing experience (ASA 101 equivalent)
Target Skill Level: Sail Trim and better boat balance on a small responsive boat
Training: Five (5) hours, all on the water, 22' boat
Tuition: $ 150
Textbook: none
Testing and Certification Fee: none

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BASIC COASTAL CRUISING

Intermediate program, which builds upon Basic Keelboat skills and knowledge to enjoy longer trips North & South along the coast under stronger wind conditions & preliminary navigation.

Includes advanced sail trim; intermediate boat handling at buoys, docks and slips; anchors and anchoring; small craft warnings and heavy weather sailing; reefing; fog conditions; crew coordination; gasoline outboard and diesel inboard engine operation; docking and undocking under sail and power; boat handling at buoys, docks & slips under the “5 forces”; fuels & refueling procedures; boat systems; operation of tiller and wheel; introductory navigation, compass and charts; radiotelephone; emergency procedures, flares and hypothermia.

This class includes and prepares you for longer trips / navigation North and South along the coast of Santa Monica Bay.

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ASA Level 103  ·  BCC
Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat Certification
Target Skill Level: Skipper a 25' - 31' sailboat with auxiliary power / diesel inboard in near shore, coastal waters and good weather with moderate winds and sea conditions. Cruise safely in local and regional waters up and down the coast as both skipper and crew.  Prepare yourself for California sailing!
Training:

Classroom and on the water.
24+ hours over 3 - 4 days.
• Regular: four 5-6 hour days
( typically a Saturday and Sunday of one weekend, and a Saturday and Sunday of the subsequent weekend )
• Intensive: two 8-hour days and one 8+ hour day
( typically a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over a 3-day holiday weekend )

TUITION, TESTING & CERTIFICATION  INCLUDES:
1.   One Year Membership in Bluewater's Bareboat Charter Club.
2.   Access to Bluewater Sailing Charter Rental Fleet.
3.   National registry with American Sailing Association.

PLEASE NOTE:
Discounts Available for Combinations!
(  please contact us for details )
a)   Multiple Courses     and / or
b)   Multiple People

Tuition: $ 789
Textbook: $ 28
Testing and Certification Fee: $ 85 ( optional )

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DOCKING ENDORSEMENT The majority of sailors feel they can improve their close quarters boat handling skills. This on-the-water course provides extensive practice in very difficult, slow speed situations. The goal is to have you confidently controlling a large vessel in a wide variety of circumstances. Never fear docking, picking up a mooring, or maintaining control in a narrow channel while hovering the boat.
ASA Level 118  ·  DE
Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Cruising
Target Skill Level: Docking your boat in unfamiliar situations successfully.
Hands on practice in a variety of situations, slips, side ties, and different wind conditions. Spring line use, crew training and more. 
Training: One 8-hour session
Tuition: $339
Testing and Certification Fee: $85 (optional)

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BAREBOAT CHARTERING

This course prepares you for bareboat chartering live aboard by learning about larger, heavier boats with more complex mechanical and electronic boat systems and equipment packages.

Includes large boat handling and seamanship; trip planning; packing and provisioning; meal preparation and sleeping aboard; maintenance procedures; passage making and standing watches; coastal navigation & landfall at sea with bearings, fixes and time, speed distance calculations; making landfall, mooring and anchoring. Also covers fresh water, sewage, electrical, through-hulls systems, entry into foreign ports; diesel engine maintenance & troubleshooting; large bot handling & seamanship; mooring & anchoring.

This live aboard course and the Coastal Navigation class are virtually a requirement for anyone who wishes to go vacation cruising to Tahiti, the Caribbean or elsewhere.

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ASA Level 104  ·  BBC
Prerequisite: Basic Cruising Certification required and 5 days logged as skipper.
Coastal Navigation suggested.
Target Skill Level: Skipper up to a 40' sailboat in near coastal waters and weather below small craft advisory level, traveling to overnight destination before returning to home port.  Multi-day or multi-week live - aboard sailing vacation in Southern California are or at some exotic tropical destination.
Training:

At the dock and underway. 36 + hours over 4 days, including:
• Planning:  Pre-Departure Trip Planning Session ( evening )
• Sailing:  3 day / 2 night trip to Catalina Island with two overnights on mooring or at anchor.

TUITION, TESTING & CERTIFICATION  INCLUDES:
1.   One Year Membership in Bluewater's Bareboat Charter Club.
2.   Access to Bluewater Sailing Charter Rental Fleet.
3.   National registration through American Sailing Association.

INTERNATIONAL PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE ( IPC )
Bluewater is proud to offer the first International Proficiency Sailing Certificates available in the United States.

This certificate may be useful when chartering in European / Mediterranean waters.  It can serve as additional proof of bareboat charter competency for international chartering companies, some of whom may require the proficiency informatation in a different format than seen in the ASA Log Book. 

As countries differ in their requirements, travelers should always check witheir destination prior to attempting to charter.  In addition, the IYT Coastal course automatically includes similar certification / qualification.

IPC Prices:
$   95      When added to Combination III 
   ( BK, BCC, CN, BBC ) discount package
$ 125     If taken any Bluewater On the
    Water ASA Course ( no package )
$ 145     Purchased if Not taken any
     Bluewater Sailing On the Water
     ASA  Course

PLEASE NOTE:
Discounts Available for Combinations!
(  please contact us for details )
a)   Multiple Courses     and / or
b)   Multiple People

Tuition: $ 899 ( year round ! )
Textbook: $ 40 ( if provided by BWS )
Testing and Certification Fee: $ 85 ( optional )

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COASTAL NAVIGATION

Navigate North and South
along the beautiful coast
To / From Marina del Rey,
Los Angeles, Malibu,
Santa Monica, Venice,
Playa del Rey,
Manhatten Beach,
Redondo Beach,
Long Beach and beyond ! !

This Coastal Navigation Course covers position determination and plotting, advanced coastal and navigational piloting skills, deduced reckoning; chart symbols, running fixes; tide and current sailing; set and drift, compass deviation as well as GPS and other electronic aids.

Our goal is for you to be able to demonstrate and consistently apply the navigational theory required to safely navigate sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. We utilize special course materials uniquely designed by Bluewater Sailing which provide real world plotting challenges within Southern California waters.

We start with the fundamentals of paper charts and hand bearing compasses but also include GPS module.

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ASA Level 105  ·  CN
Prerequisite: Basic Cruising Certification preferred but not required.
Target Skill Level:

Coastal Navigation  and  Coastal Piloting:
Navigate safely in Santa Monica Bay, Southern California, Carribbean, Tahiti or any other nautical environment along the coast.
   ( Please see Our Celstial Navigation
       Courses for navigating offshore ! )

Training:

Classroom plus At Home Work Package.
16+ classroom instructional hours over
four ( 4 )  days


Topics Include:
Charts & Chart  Reading
Plotting  /  Fixes
Running Fixes
Estimated Position
Bearings and  Danger Bearings
Compass Variation & Deviation
Set and Drift  /  Leeway
Tides  /  Currents  /  GPS

TUITION INCLUDES:

  • Option to take course a Second Time
    **  " Pay Once / Take Twice ! ! "     **
    ( please call for details )

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is an instructional course,  
              with experienced teacher,
              NOT just home study.
  • Bluewater utilizes a unique work package
    Specifically Taillored to
    Southern California,
    not simply a 'canned'  course.

 

PLEASE ALSO NOTE:
Discounts Available for Combinations!
(  please contact us for details )
a)   Multiple Courses     and / or
b)   Multiple People

Tuition: $ 440 (Pay Once/Take Twice!)
Textbook: $ 65 (optional)
Testing and Certification Fee: $ 100 (optional)

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ADVANCED COASTAL CRUISING / INTERNATIONAL YACHT TRAINING - COASTAL

This  is designed to polish the skills of experienced sailors as skipper and navigator. It covers advanced seamanship and navigational techniques, wide spectrum of weather conditions, day and night sailing further offshore, additional emergency procedures and boat engineering. Additional experience is developed with trip planning, safety equipment, advance procedures, provisioning, boat systems and personal gear necessary for longer offshore, ocean passages.

 This course is offered through our partner, Compass Rose, Inc. which is the parent Company of Bluewater Sailing.

This is a high end course for serious recreational sailors and can also be utilized for entry level into professional sailing.

See International Yachtmaster Training for more information.

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ASA Level 106 / IYT Coastal  ·  ACC / IYT
Prerequisite: Bareboat Cruising Certification required and Coastal Navigation preferred.
• 30 Days at Sea
• 800 Miles at Sea
• 12 Hours Night Sailing
• 2 Days Watch Captain
(* Some of these skills may be accomplished during the course)
Target Skill Level: Ability to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet. This is a day and night time course in coastal and inland water, in any weather. Coastal piloting and navigation in all conditions.
Training:

• Classroom Instruction; 
    2 Full Days includes: 
    Advanced Navigation
    Detailed Rules of the Road
    Extensive Weather
•  Sailing / Underway Instruction: 
     3 - 4 Days:  Day and Night
    sailing with navigation,
    casualty drills,
    night landfall and
    crew overboard training
• Full Day: Underway
   On the Water Evaluation
   by an Outside IYT Examiner

P L E A S E    N O T E:
a)  Bluewater is the first facility in the World qualified to offer both American Sailing Association ( ASA ) and International Yacht Training ( IYT ) certified courses.

Tuition: $ 1,999 (IYT)
Textbook: $ 65
Testing and Certification Fee: IYT: Included ASA: $ 80 (optional)

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CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

These exciting classes are designed to introduce you to the joys of navigating by the stars. Electronics, GPS or batteries can fail, whereas humans have been steering their vessels while utilizing these beacons in the sky for thousands of years. Learning to understand the "clockwork of the heavens" is a profoundly satisfying experience in addition to providing an extra level of navigational safety and confidence. We utilize a combination of classroom theory, use of a sextant, nautical almanac, HO 249 Volume I and II Tables as well as calculation of sample problems and sextant sightings with subsequent sight reductions via HO 249 and plotting lines of position. Emphasis is on the practical application of taking sextant sightings and reducing them to a navigational position utilizing, simple forms developed exclusively for Bluewater Sailing.

Celestial Navigation I: Sun Lines, Local Apparent Noon (Sun), Moon Shots
Celestial Navigation II: Stars, Planets, Polaris

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ASA Level 107  ·  CELESTNAV
Prerequisite: Coastal Navigation
Target Skill Level: Demonstrate Celestial Navigation theory required to safely navigate a sailboat on an offshore passage.
Training:

Classroom and Practical Sextant Sightings on the beach.
Celestial  I:  Sun & Moon     
       15+ hours
        4 Evenings + 1 Mid-Day
Celestial II:  Stars, Planets, Polaris
        15+ Hours
          5 Evenings
Celestial Combined:  Celest. I & II
         28+ Hours
         7 Evenings + 1 Mid-Day
Celstial Intensive:    Celest. I & II
         28+ Hours
          4 Days and Nights

PLEASE NOTE:
Bluewater is one of the very few facilities which offers Celestial Navigation Training for both Students and Instructors.

Tuition: $ 182 per day
Textbook: Multiple: Please Call
Testing and Certification Fee: not available

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OFFSHORE PASSAGE-MAKING / INTERNATIONAL YACHT TRAINING - OFFSHORE

This course is designed to polish the skills of experienced sailors as skipper and navigator. It covers advanced seamanship and navigational techniques, wide spectrum of weather conditions, day and night sailing further offshore, additional emergency procedures and boat engineering. Additional experience is developed with trip planning, safety equipment, advance procedures, provisioning, boat systems and personal gear necessary for longer offshore, ocean passages.

Bluewater Sailing is the first facility in the United States certified to both ASA and IYT Standards. 

See International Yachtmaster Training for more information.

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ASA Level 108  ·  OPM
Prerequisite: All prior previous ASA Keelboat and Navigation Standards or equivalent experience.
• 50 Days at Sea
• 3,000 Nm at sea
• 30 Hours Night Sailing
• 2 Passages as Watch Captain
• 5 Passages with Rhumb lines exceeding 60 Nm
• Current medical exam & eyesight
Target Skill Level: Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel on offshore passages requiring celestial navigation.
Training: •  7 Days Shore-Based Theory including rules of the road, navigation, stability, power plants, maritime law, pre-departure trip planning.

• 5 Days STCW ( USCG Standards of Certification & Watchkeeping ), including personal safety & social responsibility, basic fire prevention & fire fighting ( with live fire training ), personal sea survival (including in pool life raft training and first aid)

• 4 + Days Underway Instruction: 24 hours / day.

• 1+ Day Underway On the Water Evaluation by an Outside IYT Examiner.
Tuition: $3,899 (IYT)
Textbook: Please Call
Testing and Certification Fee: IYT: Included; ASA:$ 80 (optional)

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INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION CLINICS

A very special group of sailors feels the need to share their knowledge and love of sailing with others through instruction. In the past, a good sailor became a sailing instructor simply by beginning to teach and declaring himself or herself an instructor.

The American Sailing Association was organized to establish national standards for instructor certification in the United States. We take experienced instructors and expert sailors and give them the tools they need to become certified instructors.

ASA Instructor clinics test existing skills and knowledge while teaching a structured curriculum and proven presentation techniques. ASA certified instructors have proven they measure up to a national standard which is used by more than 90% of the commercial sailing schools in the country. Take the challenge and attend an ASA Instructor Certification Clinic.

This is an opportunity to continue with additional certifications as well as establish a potential career as a professional sailor.

IQC
Prerequisite:

ASA member in good standing;
Significant sailing experience;
Prior teaching experience or can demonstrate an aptitude for clearly communicating sailing concepts to the novice to intermediate level sailor.

Target Skill Level: Capable of safely performing the standards described within the ASA International Log Book at the appropriate level under all conditions.
Training:

Evaluation of Instructor Skills, including:
   Classroom Teaching
   Written Examinations
   On the Water Instruction
   Solo Sailing
3 - 7 days ( depending on teaching level to be achieved ).

P L E A S E   N O T E:
Bluewater Sailing is one of the few ASA schools certified to offer Instructor Qualification Clinics ( IQC ) at all instructional levels with on-site staff who also teach students at all levels.

Tuition: Please Call
Textbook: Chapman's, USCG Rules, ASA, Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Testing and Certification Fee: Please Call

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ADVANCED SAIL TRIM
all levels  ·  AST
Prerequisite:

For all levels of experience.

Target Skill Level: Nearly everyone can benefit from practicing their sail trim. This class focuses on how to make your boat more efficient and sail faster in light to moderate wind.
Training: How to get the most out of your sails. Fine tune your sail trim for speed and stability.
Tuition: $ 168
Textbook: none
Testing and Certification Fee: none

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BIG BOAT FAST
Bcc extension  ·  BBFAST
Prerequisite: ASA 103  or above
Target Skill Level:

This sailing session will give you an opportunity to practice your skills and ask questions. The idea is to allow you to get more fun out of all of your charters, sail faster and have more time at the helm. Each session is different and will add to your skills.

Training: Learn to sail further off shore and in a wider variety of conditions
Tuition: $ 168

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NIGHT SAILING (PRACTICAL NAVIGATION) We will set sail late in the afternoon and return to the harbor after dark.
ASA 105  ·  PN
Prerequisite: None
Target Skill Level: Practical navigation skills, Limited visibility navigation
Training:
Tuition: $168
Textbook: none
Testing and Certification Fee: not available

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