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From dreams to reality. For over 40 years Bluewater Sailing has been successfully teaching beginners to worldwide coastal cruisers the art and science of sailing. Welcome Aboard!

Learn from the experts

For over forty years Bluewater Sailing has been committed to delivering educational excellence at every level of sailing instruction.  That begins with a staff of instructors that are unique – professional mariners credentialed by the USCG, as well as highly gifted teachers.  You’ll find good humor, a supportive environment, and good fun as you build your sailing skills.

Enjoy an easy learn-by-doing process

Our instructors excel at making the process of learning fun.  Bluewater’s goal is to increase your confidence on the water with as much hands-on-the-wheel experience as possible.  You’ll find that the extra time on the water we provide combined with a fun ASA certified step by step process builds both the “muscle memory” and intellectual knowledge you’ll need to set sail with confidence.

Build skills aboard our fleet of vessels

Bluewater maintains its fleet of coastal cruising sailboats in the largest man-made marina in the world located in Marina Del Rey, CA.  Depending upon the Bluewater course you take, you’ll sail aboard one or a number of different vessels ranging from 22 to 36 feet in length.  Bluewater is unique in that we only charter our boats to students.  Our goal is to provide you with vessels after you have completed class in order to support your continued education.

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ASA 101

Basic Keelboat Sailing

New to sailing?  Start here!

Four fun sessions on the water

Meet other sailors

Get 22′ charter boat privileges

ASA 103

Basic Coastal Cruising

Build your sailing experience.

Sail and motor on bigger boats

Sail farther offshore

Get 30′ charter boat privileges

ASA 104

Bareboat Cruising

Get set for your vacation charter.

Take a 3 day voyage to Catalina

Learn to manage boat systems 

Get 36′ charter boat privileges

More Courses

View Our Full Course Catalog

The full range of ASA courses

Advanced seminars on the water

Racing clinics with a spinnaker

Year round, seven days a week