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ASA 106 - Advanced Coastal Cruising

Advanced Seamanship Training Further Off Shore.

Is your goal to be a safer sailor? Plan and safely sail an extended coastal voyage? This is an invitation only course, that will significantly improve your voyage planning, seamanship, emergency handling and crew training skills. It is geared for sailors who are serious about safety, have cruising experience and the desire to test their decision making further from shore.

The emphasis of this course is safety. We will plan and execute a coastal voyage and discuss the Captain’s responsibilities for crew management, boat preparation, equipment selection, balanced sailing in larger seas and emergency procedures.

Our seven day ACC course is longer than many other school’s programs. We will be sailing day and night, teaching eight to ten hours a day. The first part of the course is taught from Marina del Rey, which is a perfect venue for practicing emergency boat handling like, crew overboard recovery. We will review the coastal navigation problems and weather issues. You will plan the voyage, and after a complete safety inspection including night navigation drills, prepare the boat and get underway.

We will plan a four-five day adventure, sailing to several destinations making landfall and departing anchorages at night. Sailing at night and vessel identification is new to many sailors and ultimately these skills will give you greater awareness of safety at sea, good seamanship decisions, and emergency preparation and response.

If you are not a student of Bluewater Sailing, please email your sailing resume to: and call to schedule a follow up.

We only offer this group course a few times a year.

Prerequisite: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising
Prerequisite: ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

Location: Marina Del Rey, CA


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

106 Details

Our Advanced Coastal Cruising course will prepare you to skipper a larger 40’+ vessel with a more experienced crew out of site of land, offshore and in overnight conditions. Included in your tuition is:

  • 60+ Hours of on-the-water instruction
  • Membership in our Bareboat Chartering Club—As long as you remain a student you will always receive chartering privileges. This is a value of $300 per year.
  • With an American Sailing Association certification (optional) you’ll receive their official log book, certification documents, monthly publication and more.
  • Weather
  • Seamanship
  • Engineering
  • Advanced Boat Handling
  • Emergencies
  • International customs
  • Towing
  • and much more

Group classes typically take place over eight consecutive days.

Private courses are also available.  Contact us for more details.

* Textbook and ASA certification and processing are optional 
ASA certification and processing:($85)*