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
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.
BCC - Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
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.
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.
CON - Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
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.
- 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.
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.
CEL - Celestial Navigation (ASA 107)
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.
OPS - Offshore Passagemaking