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ASA Sailing Classes

Learn the skills to take the helm of your own bareboat.

Sailing Association certifications are internationally recognized and ensure the student a proven curriculum in a professional, supportive learning environment under the direction of a certified instructor.

Why Choose AYC?

  • ASA Sailing School options available to fit your individual needs.
  • Anacortes Yacht Charters extensive fleet allows the benefit of the best boat choice for each course.
  • The San Juan Islands are ideal for new boaters to develop their skills as they explore the areas’ many anchorages. These sheltered waters offer a variety of conditions to further your confidence and enjoyment.
  • Anacortes Yacht Charters is offering those who attend our ASA Sailing School an immediate membership in our Captain’s Club. As a Captain’s Club member you will gain special discounts on AYC charters as well as other great benefits.

ASA 101/103/104

Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising & Bareboat Chartering

AYC offers the popular ASA 101, 103 and 104 courses combined in a 4-day/ 3-night curriculum. Course instruction begins on Day 1 with a half day classroom of 101 and progresses to your assigned sailboat for “hands on” skills for the balance of the day. Day 2 through Day 4 continue your training on your floating classroom for 103 & 104 certification aboard a 30-40′ sailboat with ‘hands on’ skill building while focusing on weather, duties of skipper and crew, seamanship, boat handling under power and sail, docking, anchoring, safety, VHF usage, and more. Your home study package is sent well in advance for your pre-class preparation.


Not for the novice. Basic Keel Boat Certificate or equivalent is recommended, but not required. Certification for each section must be passed before testing for the next certificate.

Course Descriptions

101 – Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

103 – Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 32 to 40 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

104 – An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 32 to 40 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

Course Schedule

Classes are held from Thursday 9am to Sunday 4pm

Month Dates
April 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
May 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30-Jun 2
June 6-9, 13-16
July Summer Classes Now Available On request
Sept 19-22, 26-29
Oct 3-6, 10-13

Course Fee: $1,900 per person, plus $20 per ASA certificate, $39 ASA required fee.
Required Material: Sailing Made Easy, $29.95; Coastal Cruising Made Easy, $34.95; Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, $44.95 (plus S&H), plus study materials provided by AYC. Please have your study material completed prior to class to the very best of your ability.
Group Class Schedule: Bring a group of 3 or more students and we will make every effort to schedule class dates to meet your needs. Contact one of our friendly Charter Agents for details.
Graduate Perks: All students will immediately become eligible to receive a 5% discount off the Yacht Rate of their next charter within two years.
Cancellation Policy: We will be unable to offer refunds for any reason if cancellations occur within 45 days prior to class. For cancellations outside 45 days, 50% of the total amount will be forfeited.
AYC reserves the right to cancel or change a class due to minimum enrollment requirements. Prices subject to change without notice.