Introduction To Sailing

Students learn to sail a boat approximately 30 feet in length in moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. No prior experience is required to take this class. Course Content: Getting Underway, Boat Balance, Docking, Securing the Boat, Points of Sail, and Crew Overboard Drill. This is...

ASA-101 Basic Keelboat

Students learn to sail a boat of 26 feet in length in moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. No prior experience is required to take this class. Course Content: Getting Underway, Boat Balance, Docking, Securing the Boat, Points of Sail, Tacking & Jibing, Sail Trim, Controlling Angle...

ASA-103 Coastal Cruising

Students will learn the skills to perform as skipper and crew of a 30-40 foot boat by sailing on Mobile Bay. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate the ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered keelboat. This course will consist of more hands on experience with 101 course...

ASA-104 Bareboat Cruising

This course is structured along the lines of an actual charter: students will learn to pilot a sloop-rigged keelboat 30 to 40 feet in length during a multi-day cruise on inland or coastal waters. Topics to be covered include provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance, advanced...

Private Sailing Class

A 4-hour lesson to experience the power of wind in the sails and learn the basics of sailing. We can customize topics and techniques on the day since it is two students with one instructor. Book Now

Maritime Counseling

Unlike traditional counseling, this class covers the maritime aspects of a relationship when together on the water. Book Now

Crew Competency

Make sure the crew is competent and confident by taking this class together. Book Now

Diesel Clinic

Diesel engines explained so that you understand the basics and know how to care for it. Book Now

Know, Know, Know Your Boat

A 4 or 8-hour course, depending on the boat, covers every aspect from bow to stern and top of the mast to the bilge.  Before you leave the dock, it's critical to know, know, know your boat! Book Now

Knot Sure

A 1-hour course, offered at the dock, covers the basic but most important knots for any sailor.  Initially not sure, you will be “knot sure” when you graduate from this course. Book Now

School of Hard Knots

Continue your education in the School of Hard Knots where you will be introduced to more complex and specialized knots for any situation. Book Now

Full Day Cruise

Full day cruise aboard Happy Ours, a brand new 2022 Beneteau Oceanis 401.  Welcome aboard! Book Now

Sunset Cruise

Captain and Deckhand Included! + Approximately 2 Hours + Up to 6 Guests Enjoy the sunset aboard Happy Ours, a brand new 40' luxury Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 sailboat. SailTime Alabama provide charters aboard modern cruising class boats equipped with roller-furling sails and modern electronics. If your dream is to sail...

Morning Sail

Start your day right and sail approximately 3 hours aboard Knot On Line, a Colgate 26 sailboat. No experience is required as you will have an experienced captain at your side. Price is for the boat regardless of the number of people in your party, up to 6 people. This...

Afternoon Sail

Enjoy an afternoon sail of approximately 2 hours aboard Knot On Line, a Colgate 26 sailboat. Trim the sails and hold tight the tiller as you sail with an experienced captain at your side. Price is for the boat regardless of the number of people in your party, up to...

ASA-103-104 Combo Course

It often makes sense for students to combine two or more ASA certifications into one extended class. Additionally, we can save experienced sailors time and money by allowing moderately experienced sailors to test-out of a lower certification. Alternatively, for those with limited time away from work, you can earn multiple...

ASA-105 Coastal Navigation

During this 4-day class, students will learn the theory and hands-on skills needed to safely navigate a vessel in near coastal or inland waters with a focus on real-world, practical navigation. Students move from dead reckoning to more advanced piloting incorporating currents, leeway, and GPS navigation. Students learn to use...

ASA-106 Advanced Cruising

Students will learn how to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailboat 30 to 50 feet in length in near coastal and inland waters, in any wind and weather conditions. Course syllabus includes: Proper selection of sails, local weather, “heaving to”, towing and using a dinghy, understanding boat...

ASA-118 Docking Endorsement Class

This 1-day course is designed to teach docking in high wind situations. It covers the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury. After reviewing study materials earlier, students will spend an entire day on the boat practicing...

Introduction To Sailing

Students learn to sail a boat approximately 30 feet in length in moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. No prior experience is required to take this class.

Course Content: Getting Underway, Boat Balance, Docking, Securing the Boat, Points of Sail, and Crew Overboard Drill.

This is a 3-hour, hands-on course introduces the basics of sailing and boat handling on a 26’ sailboat. Max of 4 students per class.

Prerequisite: None

ASA-101 Basic Keelboat

Students learn to sail a boat of 26 feet in length in moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. No prior experience is required to take this class.

Course Content: Getting Underway, Boat Balance, Docking, Securing the Boat, Points of Sail, Tacking & Jibing, Sail Trim, Controlling Angle of Heel, Heaving to, Reefing, Crew Overboard Drill, Solo Checkout, & Written Exam.

This is a 3-day, hands-on course covering the basics of sailing and boat handling on a Colgate 26 sailboat. Max of 4 students per class.

Prerequisite: None

ASA-103 Coastal Cruising

Students will learn the skills to perform as skipper and crew of a 30-40 foot boat by sailing on Mobile Bay. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate the ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered keelboat.

This course will consist of more hands on experience with 101 course topics, and additional content includes: Boat Systems & Battery, Electrical Panel & Engine, Prop Walk & Docking, Rules of the Road, Sound Signals, Buoys, Lights, VHF, Cruising Tips, Navigation, Chart Problem, Safety Systems, Heavy Weather Sailing, & Written Exam.

This is a 3-day course. Students will learn the fundamentals of large boat cruising in preparation for skippering on larger bodies of water. Max of 4 individual students or 2 couples per class.

Prerequisite: ASA 101 (test-out option for qualified sailors)

ASA-104 Bareboat Cruising

This course is structured along the lines of an actual charter: students will learn to pilot a sloop-rigged keelboat 30 to 40 feet in length during a multi-day cruise on inland or coastal waters.

Topics to be covered include provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting & GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, dinghy/tender operation, and how to work with charter companies when setting up your bareboat charter vacation.

This is a 3 day and 2 night live-aboard course. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class.  Two students enrolling together, or a student and ridealong companion, share a cabin.

Prerequisites: ASA-101 and ASA-103

Private Sailing Class

A 4-hour lesson to experience the power of wind in the sails and learn the basics of sailing. We can customize topics and techniques on the day since it is two students with one instructor.

Maritime Counseling

Unlike traditional counseling, this class covers the maritime aspects of a relationship when together on the water.

Crew Competency

Make sure the crew is competent and confident by taking this class together.

Diesel Clinic

Diesel engines explained so that you understand the basics and know how to care for it.

Know, Know, Know Your Boat

Beneteau 30.1 sailboat in marina viewed from port stern - port side

A 4 or 8-hour course, depending on the boat, covers every aspect from bow to stern and top of the mast to the bilge.  Before you leave the dock, it’s critical to know, know, know your boat!

Knot Sure

A 1-hour course, offered at the dock, covers the basic but most important knots for any sailor.  Initially not sure, you will be “knot sure” when you graduate from this course.

School of Hard Knots

Continue your education in the School of Hard Knots where you will be introduced to more complex and specialized knots for any situation.

Full Day Cruise

Full day cruise aboard Happy Ours, a brand new 2022 Beneteau Oceanis 401.  Welcome aboard!

Sunset Cruise

Captain and Deckhand Included! + Approximately 2 Hours + Up to 6 Guests

Enjoy the sunset aboard Happy Ours, a brand new 40′ luxury Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 sailboat.

SailTime Alabama provide charters aboard modern cruising class boats equipped with roller-furling sails and modern electronics. If your dream is to sail a new luxury yacht, this is the place to do it. Beverages and food are not included. You can bring it along, or we can arrange for an additional charge.

Morning Sail

Start your day right and sail approximately 3 hours aboard Knot On Line, a Colgate 26 sailboat. No experience is required as you will have an experienced captain at your side.

Price is for the boat regardless of the number of people in your party, up to 6 people. This is a private charter, so we will not add other passengers to the boat.

Afternoon Sail

Enjoy an afternoon sail of approximately 2 hours aboard Knot On Line, a Colgate 26 sailboat. Trim the sails and hold tight the tiller as you sail with an experienced captain at your side.

Price is for the boat regardless of the number of people in your party, up to 6 people. This is a private charter, so we will not add other passengers to the boat.

ASA-103-104 Combo Course

It often makes sense for students to combine two or more ASA certifications into one extended class. Additionally, we can save experienced sailors time and money by allowing moderately experienced sailors to test-out of a lower certification. Alternatively, for those with limited time away from work, you can earn multiple certifications in a shorter period.

ASA 103/104 is a 5-day, 4-night course covering the material of both ASA-103 Basic Coastal Cruising & ASA-104 Bareboat Charter.

The course is structured like a short charter vacation and is great for families or couples interested in chartering in the Caribbean. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class.  Two students enrolling together, or a student and a ridealong companion, share a cabin.

Prerequisite: ASA 101

ASA-105 Coastal Navigation

During this 4-day class, students will learn the theory and hands-on skills needed to safely navigate a vessel in near coastal or inland waters with a focus on real-world, practical navigation. Students move from dead reckoning to more advanced piloting incorporating currents, leeway, and GPS navigation. Students learn to use tide and current tables, light lists, Chart No. 1, Notice to Mariners, and other tools.

 Prerequisite: None

ASA-106 Advanced Cruising

Students will learn how to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailboat 30 to 50 feet in length in near coastal and inland waters, in any wind and weather conditions. Course syllabus includes: Proper selection of sails, local weather, “heaving to”, towing and using a dinghy, understanding boat limitations, emergency preparedness, nautical customs and courtesies, and night time man-overboard drills.

Prerequisites: ASA 101, 103, 104, and 105

ASA-118 Docking Endorsement Class

This 1-day course is designed to teach docking in high wind situations. It covers the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

After reviewing study materials earlier, students will spend an entire day on the boat practicing what they learn. Topics to be covered include forces that act on the boat, engine & rudder control, properly securing mooring lines, spring lines, safety, and crew responsibilities.

Prerequisite: None

SailTime Alabama invites you to discover and enjoy the finest sailing training in our area. We are an American Sailing Association (ASA) affiliate offering unparalleled excellence in sail training.

Our goal is to give you the confidence and competence to safely skipper your own vessel, whether it’s a SailTime yacht or a keelboat. Boating lessons are geared for all experience levels, from first-time sailors to seasoned salt, we can help you take your sailing abilities to the next level.

We offer small class sizes (typically 2 to 4 students) to maximize helm time and accelerate your skills development.  We believe that experiential education is the best way to learn, so nearly all course time is spent on the boat.

book-live-big-redAll of our instructor-captains are USCG-licensed and ASA-certified

SailTime supports the national recreational boating education standards as recognized by the United States Coast Guard.

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May 12th, 2022

Winter is finally over, and the weather is perfect to smell the fresh breeze and go sailing with friends and family. Or better yet, learn how to sail and take control of the helm! 

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