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ASA 101 - Basic Keelboat Sailing

Learn the Fundamentals of Sailing

Our Basic Keelboat course is all new this season. We have structured the full certification course into three parts, allowing you to schedule the course conveniently. We’ve also expanded the curriculum to further support what we’ve always emphasized – more time with an instructor, more time on the water to practice individual skills, and encouraging sailing as often as possible. Our new training programs change how you will learn to sail. Ultimately, we are going back to how people always learned to sail, by sailing often. People learn new things one way, by practicing!

Prerequisites: None                Location: Marina Del Rey, CA

Basic Keelboat - Part 1

Fundamentals of Sailing

You’ve made the decision to learn to sail! Whether you’ve been crew on someone else’s boat or have no prior experience, this class is for you. If you like being outdoors, you’ll love sailing. You’ll be in the fresh air and learning something new with other interesting people.

Sailing requires good observation skills and an understanding of how the boat works. BK Part 1 will start you on a path to loving sailing by becoming a competent crew … plan on being amazed!

Day 1 topics: Wind & boat awareness, sailing instructions, how the wind interacts with the boat

Day 2 topics:  Sailing in the ocean, rules of the road, practice good communication and anticipation skills

Tuition also includes an additional 4 hour community sailing session. See the description of our EZCrew sessions for more information.

Length of course: Two 5-hour sessions, plus a separately scheduled EZCrew session.

Part 1 Pay As You Go Tuition: $1190 per person. Discounts are available.

Schedule a BK Part 1 Session

Your first step to getting certified! Pick a Basic Keelboat session that works for you. All BK Part 1 sessions run from 9:30AM – 2:30 PM.

Private Lessons also available. We can schedule your Basic Keelboat course on dates that work for your schedule. See below for Private Lesson pricing and details.

And don’t forget to sign up for your EZCrew session! One session is included in your tuition! Choose the date that works best for you.

Basic Keelboat - Part 2

Skippering Skills

Sailing will change your life. The goal of this two-day session is to begin your transformation from crew to skipper. During two five-hour sessions, you will learn how to prepare the boat for sailing, train your crew to help you sail the boat, and get back to the dock safely.

Day 3 topics: Getting the boat rigged and docking fundamentals, boat check, crew training, skipper checks, engine use, docking maneuvers, and skipper/ crew communications

Day 4 topics: Precision sailing, buoys and local knowledge, hat overboard drills, putting it all together

Tuition also includes an additional 4 hour community sailing session. See the description of our EZCrew sessions for more information.

Length of course: Two 5-hour sessions, plus a separately scheduled EZCrew session

Part 2 Pay As You Go Tuition: $1790 per person. Discounts are available.

Schedule a BK Part 2 Session

Once you’ve completed Part 1, continue your training with Part 2. Pick a session that works for you. All BK Part 2 sessions run from 9:00AM – 2:00 PM.

Private Lessons also available. We can schedule your Basic Keelboat course on dates that work for your schedule. See below for Private Lesson pricing and details.

Your BK Part 2 session comes with an EZCrew session! Choose a session that works best for you.

Basic Keelboat - Part 3

Checkout Day!

Checkout sail and Basic Keelboat certification (ASA 101)

The program will prepare you to safely sail a boat with less experienced crew. During the checkout sail, you’ll prove you’re ready to begin chartering boats. Certification requires successfully passing an on-the-water competency check and written exam. Once complete, you are ready to start practicing by bareboat chartering. Free sailing time and a one-year membership is included with your tuition.

Day 5 topics: Review Navigation lights, boater safety rules, charts, sailing limits, and certification testing

Length of course: One 4-hour session plus testing

Part 3 Pay As You Go Tuition: $890 per person. Discounts are available.

Schedule a BK Part 3 Session

Your last step to certification – Checkout day! Schedule a session when you are ready. All BK Part 3 sessions run from 10:00AM – 2:00PM.

Private Lessons also available. We can schedule your Basic Keelboat course on dates that work for your schedule. See below for Private Lesson pricing and details.

EZCrew

Join the crew! 

The Basic Keelboat program includes community sailing time. Schedule one after each section of the program.

EZCrew – our community of learners

EZCrew sessions are community sailing sessions reserved for our students. Crewing with students who are focused on the “art of sailing” propels the learning experience. These practice sessions are not instructor led, but opportunities to learn with other students. Everyone participating is a student and the conversation aboard is about sailing.

Think of this as free study time! You will join two or three other students and go sailing for four hours. The skippers are more advanced students. These sessions are always fun. We recommend taking advantage of several sessions prior to scheduling an on-the-water checkout. Each session is 4 hours.

Tuition fees are included in BK Part 1 and BK Part 2. Additional sessions: $60 per person

Basic Keelboat Pricing & Details

Covid-19 Guidelines

As of June 2021, the CDC has issued guidelines for wearing face masks on public transportation, which includes the guidelines for passengers aboard vessels.

  • The CDC has announced that it does not require passengers to wear a mask in outdoor areas of transportation, which includes outdoor areas of vessels.
  • However, the CDC continues to recommend wearing of masks in these areas by people who are not fully vaccinated.

Or call +1 (310) 823-5545 for more information.