Learn to sail on San Francisco Bay. Tradewinds stands apart from other sailing schools. Stop by and visit our sailing school and club. Our ASA course offering prepares you for sailing the Bay or anywhere in the world. Sailing schools on San Francisco Bay.

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ASA Sailing Courses

The American Sailing Association (ASA) is the world's foremost organization dedicated to training, teaching and certifying schools, instructors and sailing enthusiasts. When you learn with an ASA certified school, you know you're getting the most rigorous, safety-first education and the best sailing instruction available.

Tradewinds offers you a seven-stage ASA Sailing Certification Program:

BKB - Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

  • 3 days of instruction, includes Sailing Fundamentals textbook, study guide, and ASA Log Book

Taught on Catalina Capri 22s, this is the course for the sailing novice or those not comfortable sailing on their own. You learn the basics of sailing--how to get the boat moving, terminology, basic rules of the road, docking, and more.
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BCC - Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

  • 3 days of instruction

Taught on 27' to 34' boats, both tiller and wheel steering, with inboard diesel engines. More advanced sailing, docking, anchoring, rules of the road, navigation, weather, and more.
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BBC - Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104)

  • 3 days including an overnight aboard

Taught on 34' to 36' boats, you will learn techniques on a smaller boat and then use these skills on a larger boat. The course covers advanced sailing, high wind sail handling, dual anchoring, navigation, boat systems, and more.
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CON - Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

  • Home Study

A home study course on charts and navigation, with a test administered in our office. This is more difficult than it sounds and is a requirement before taking the Advanced Coastal Cruising class.
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  • Instructed - 1 evening + 2 days

The same material and test as the home study course above, but taught by an instructor. If charts and plotting and current set and drift are at all confusing for you, this is the way to go.
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ACC - Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)

  • 3 days of instruction and 2 nights on-board

Taught on a large ocean yacht, this class covers advanced ocean sailing, including navigation, standing watch, night-time man overboard, and much more. You will typically go out the Golden Gate and turn left, spend a night in Half Moon Bay, sail around the Farallones, anchor the second night in Drakes Bay, then sail back under the Golden Gate Bridge to home.
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CEL - Celestial Navigation (ASA 107)

  • 2 evenings and 4 days

Learn Celestial Navigation theory required to safely navigate a sailboat on an offshore passage. The practical application part of this course is conducted in the Offshore Passagemaking course.
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OPS - Offshore Passagemaking (ASA 108)

  • 4 days and 3 nights

    Learn to safely act as skipper or crew in a sailing vessel on offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Act as skipper and crew on an offshore passage of no less than 72 hours and 100 NM without touching land.
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