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Seattle Yachts Sailing Academy, an American Sailing Association (ASA) affiliate school based in Anacortes, WA, can help you realize your dream of learning to sail, whether you are a beginner or experienced sailor.

Our friendly instructors have been certified by the ASA and are licensed as Captains by the US Coast Guard. They have a passion for passing on their love of sailing to students and have many years of experience teaching sailing.

BASIC KEELBOAT (ASA 101) Evening Course

4 Evening Lessons- 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday  Each evening students learn to sail on a Beneteau/ASA 22 designed specifically for ASA 101 courses. No prior experience is required for this course. You will sail in moderate wind and sea conditions and learn how to rig a sailboat,...

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

2 Day Lesson – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day Students learn to sail on a Beneteau ASA 22, designed specifically for ASA 101 classes. You will sail in moderate winds and sea condition. No prior experience is required to take this class. You will learn how to rig...

Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

2.5 day lesson – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. day 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. days 2 and 3 Students will learn to skills to perform as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat by sailing in coastal waters. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate the...

BareBoat Cruising (ASA 104)

3 day, 2 night lesson Students will learn to pilot a sloop rigged keelboat, 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise on inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and seas. Topics to be covered include provisioning, galley operations, boat systems,...

Cruise and Learn (ASA 103/104)

5-day, 4-night lesson It often makes sense for students to combine 2 or more ASA certifications into one extended class.  We can save experienced sailors time and money by allowing moderately experienced sailors to test out of a lower certification.  Or for those with limited time away from work, you...

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) Evening Course

4 Evening Lessons- 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday  Learn to apply navigational theory and practices for safe piloting of a vessel in coastal and inland waters. This is a classroom-only course and no prior experience is required. On-the-water practice will be applied in the 101, 103, 104 and...

Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)

3 day, 2 night lesson Students will learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45 feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (Up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Topics to be covered include knowledge of...

Cruising Cat ASA 114

3 day, 2 night lesson Students will learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45 feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (Up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Topics to be covered include knowledge of...

Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor (ASA IQC 201)

2.5 Day Course  9:00am – 5:00 pm Day one and Day Two 9:00 am – 1:00pm Day Three   This two and one -half day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor. The format includes a review of sailing theory, boat handling abilities, and...

Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Instructor (ASA 203)

1.5 Day Course  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Day one 9:00 am – 5:00pm Day Two  This one and one-half day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Instructor. You will learn to teach your students the skills to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary...

Bareboat Cruising Instructor (ASA 204)

1 Day Course  9:00 am – 5:00pm  This one-day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA Bareboat Cruising Instructor. You will learn to teach your students in a 3-day, 2 night lesson how to pilot a sloop rigged keelboat, 30 to 45 feet in length during a...

Coastal Navigation Instructor Qualification Clinic (ASA 205 IQC)

One day Course 1 full-day Clinic- 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ASA Coastal Navigation 205 candidates certify to teach the application of navigational theory and practices for safe piloting of a vessel in coastal and inland waters. (ASA 105 is the classroom-only student level course. On-the-water practice will be applied...

Docking Endorsement Instructor (ASA 218)

1 Day Course  9:00 am – 4:300 pm   This one-day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA 218 Docking Endorsement Instructor. You will train to teach basic docking skills on boats with single inboard or outboard engines and teach the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to...

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) Two-day Course

2 full-day Lessons (8-hours per day)- 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Learn to apply navigational theory and practices for safe piloting of a vessel in coastal and inland waters. This is a classroom-only course and no prior experience is required. On-the-water practice will be applied in the 101, 103, 104...

Advanced Cruising (ASA 106)

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...

Docking Class (ASA 118)

1 day class – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This 1 day course is designed to teach docking in many 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 prior, students...

Gift Cards

Purchase the perfect gift: a gift card for ASA sailing lessons with a value of your choosing! Choose from a standard amount, or select “Custom Amount”, you may choose any dollar amount to be applied to the cost of sailing lessons. You will also be able to customize the gift...

BASIC KEELBOAT (ASA 101) Evening Course

4 Evening Lessons- 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday 

Each evening students learn to sail on a Beneteau/ASA 22 designed specifically for ASA 101 courses. No prior experience is required for this course. You will sail in moderate wind and sea conditions and learn how to rig a sailboat, hoist and trim the sails, sail upwind and downwind, tack, jibe, douse the sails and conduct overboard recovery drills. You will study wind dynamics, safety and basic aids to navigation.

This course combines classroom and on-the-water instruction. Passing the written and on-the-water exams, you will earn your ASA Basic Keelboat 101 certification.

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

2 Day Lesson – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Students learn to sail on a Beneteau ASA 22, designed specifically for ASA 101 classes. You will sail in moderate winds and sea condition. No prior experience is required to take this class. You will learn how to rig a boat, hoist and trim the sails, tack, jibe, douse the sails and do a person overboard drill.

The course combines classroom and on the water instruction.

Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

2.5 day lesson – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. day 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. days 2 and 3

Students will learn to skills to perform as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat by sailing in coastal waters. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate the ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions.

BareBoat Cruising (ASA 104)

3 day, 2 night lesson

Students will learn to pilot a sloop rigged keelboat, 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise on inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and seas. Topics to be covered include provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

Cruise and Learn (ASA 103/104)

5-day, 4-night lesson

It often makes sense for students to combine 2 or more ASA certifications into one extended class.  We can save experienced sailors time and money by allowing moderately experienced sailors to test out of a lower certification.  Or for those with limited time away from work, you can earn multiple certifications into a shorter period of time.

The ASA 103/104 course is a 5-day, 4-night class covering the material of ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Charter.  The course is built like a short charter vacation and is great for families or couples interested in chartering yachts at locations around the world. 

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) Evening Course

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4 Evening Lessons- 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday 

Learn to apply navigational theory and practices for safe piloting of a vessel in coastal and inland waters. This is a classroom-only course and no prior experience is required. On-the-water practice will be applied in the 101, 103, 104 and 106 course. This is an endorsement course but is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Coastal Cruising 106 course. You will learn how to read nautical charts, chart symbols, latitude/longitude, depth contours and the compass rose. You will learn to get fixes based on compass bearings, depth and range. You will plot dead reckoning courses based on time, speed and distance. You will research weather trends, compass correction, read tide and current guides, plot for set and drift, determine your course to steer, speed over water and speed over ground. You will study required and recommended publications, instruments, and aids to navigation. You will discuss navigation techniques in fog. Electronic navigation will be practiced in the ASA 106 course.

This course is classroom-only and on-the-water instruction is continued in the ASA Advanced Coastal Navigation 106 course. Passing the written exam, you will earn your ASA Coastal Navigation 105 certification.

Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)

3 day, 2 night lesson

Students will learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45 feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (Up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Topics to be covered include knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, emergency response.

Cruising Cat ASA 114

3 day, 2 night lesson

Students will learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45 feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (Up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Topics to be covered include knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, emergency response.

Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor (ASA IQC 201)

2.5 Day Course 

9:00am – 5:00 pm Day one and Day Two

9:00 am – 1:00pm Day Three  

This two and one -half day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor. The format includes a review of sailing theory, boat handling abilities, and communication skills all leading to formal evaluation of your skill in these areas. Your competency will be compared with the ASA’s internationally recognized Standards. This is not a course of instruction as such. While you will gain valuable knowledge from your experience in the Clinic your competence as a sailor and as a teacher are presumed. You are attending for the purpose of becoming Certified. Following successful completion of your IQC, the ASA will send you your Instructor credentials and graduation letter.

Instructor candidates will learn to teach sailing on a Beneteau/ASA 22 designed specifically for ASA 101 courses. Students you will be learning to teach are required to have no prior experience for this course. Student classes will be held in moderate wind and sea conditions. 

This IQC training course combines classroom and on-the-water instruction. Passing the written exams, on-the-water and classroom teaching evaluations, you will earn your ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor 201 certification. 

Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Instructor (ASA 203)

1.5 Day Course 

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Day one

9:00 am – 5:00pm Day Two 

This one and one-half day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Instructor. You will learn to teach your students the skills to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions.

The clinic format includes theory, boat handling abilities, and communication skills all leading to formal evaluation of your skill in basic Coastal Cruising including Basic Seamanship, Safety and Navigation. Your competency will be compared with the ASA’s internationally recognized Standards. This is not a course of instruction as such. While you will gain valuable knowledge from your experience in the Clinic your competence as a sailor and as a teacher are presumed. You are attending for the purpose of becoming Certified. Following successful completion of your IQC, the ASA will send you your ASA instructor credentials and graduation letter.

Instructor candidates will learn to teach Basic Coastal Cruising skills on one of our brand new cruising sailboats including the a Hanse 348.  Students you will be learning to teach are required to have previously passed the 101 Basic Keelboat course or have equivalent skills. 

This IQC training course combines classroom and on-the-water instruction. Passing the written exams, on-the-water and classroom teaching evaluations, you will earn your ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Instructor 203 certification.

Bareboat Cruising Instructor (ASA 204)

1 Day Course 

9:00 am – 5:00pm 

This one-day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA Bareboat Cruising Instructor. You will learn to teach your students in a 3-day, 2 night lesson

how to pilot a sloop rigged keelboat, 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise on inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and seas. Topics to be covered include provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

The Instructor Qualification Clinic(IQC) format includes theory, boat handling abilities, and communication skills all leading to formal evaluation of your skill in teaching Bareboat Cruising 104 including Cruise Planning, Systems, Emergencies, Seamanship, Navigation and Weather. Your competency will be compared with the ASA’s internationally recognized Standards. This is not a course of instruction as such. While you will gain valuable knowledge from your experience in the Clinic your competence as a sailor and as a teacher are presumed. You are attending for the purpose of becoming Certified. Following successful completion of your IQC, the ASA will send you your instructor credentials and graduation letter.

Instructor candidates will learn to teach Bareboat Cruising skills on one of our brand-new cruising sailboats including the a Hanse 348.  Students you will be learning to teach are required to have previously passed the 103 Basic Coastal Cruising course or have equivalent skills. 

This IQC training course combines classroom and on-the-water instruction. Passing the written exams, on-the-water and classroom teaching evaluations, you will earn your ASA Bareboat Cruising Instructor 204 certification.

Coastal Navigation Instructor Qualification Clinic (ASA 205 IQC)

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One day Course

1 full-day Clinic- 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ASA Coastal Navigation 205 candidates certify to teach the application of navigational theory and practices for safe piloting of a vessel in coastal and inland waters. (ASA 105 is the classroom-only student level course. On-the-water practice will be applied in the 101, 103, 104 and 106 course. This can be taken at any level, but is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Coastal Cruising 106 course.) Passing the written exam, your students will earn the ASA Coastal Navigation 105 certification.

This ASA Instructor Qualification Clinic conducts a formal evaluation of your skill in teaching advanced Coastal Navigation. You must demonstrate your ability to teach theory and navigation techniques with strong communication skills. Your competency will be compared with the ASA’s internationally recognized standards. This is not a course of instruction as such. While you will gain valuable knowledge from your experience in the Clinic your competence as a navigator and as a teacher are presumed. You are attending for the purpose of becoming Certified. Following successful completion of your IQC, the ASA will send you your ASA 205 Coastal Navigation Instructor credentials.

Docking Endorsement Instructor (ASA 218)

1 Day Course 

9:00 am – 4:300 pm  

This one-day clinic is designed to verify your qualifications as an ASA 218 Docking Endorsement Instructor. You will train to teach basic docking skills on boats with single inboard or outboard engines and teach the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner without damage or injury.  

Students you will be training to teach are required to have previously passed the 101 Basic Keelboat course or have equivalent skills. Your ASA 118 students should learn to safely and efficiently dock an auxiliary powered (single inboard or outboard engine) sailboat. They should gain knowledge of basic auxiliary power theory, forces that act on the boat, engine and steering controls, proper use of dock lines, crew communication and safety. This is a 1-day docking class designed to teach docking in many situations. 

The ASA Instructor Qualification Clinic format includes theory, boat handling abilities, and communication skills all leading to formal evaluation of your skill in teaching docking and maneuvering charter sailboats in tight quarters. Your competency will be compared with the ASA’s internationally recognized standards. This is not a course of instruction as such. While you will gain valuable knowledge from your experience in the Clinic your competence as a sailor and as a teacher are presumed. You are attending for the purpose of becoming Certified. 

This IQC training course combines classroom and on-the-water instruction. Passing the written exams, on-the-water and classroom teaching evaluations, you will earn your ASA Docking Instructor 218 certification.

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) Two-day Course

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2 full-day Lessons (8-hours per day)- 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Learn to apply navigational theory and practices for safe piloting of a vessel in coastal and inland waters. This is a classroom-only course and no prior experience is required. On-the-water practice will be applied in the 101, 103, 104 and 106 course. This is an endorsement course but is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Coastal Cruising 106 course. You will learn how to read nautical charts, chart symbols, latitude/longitude, depth contours and the compass rose. You will learn to get fixes based on compass bearings, depth and range. You will plot dead reckoning courses based on time, speed and distance. You will research weather trends, compass correction, read tide and current guides, plot for set and drift, determine your course to steer, speed over water and speed over ground. You will study required and recommended publications, instruments, and aids to navigation. You will discuss navigation techniques in fog. Electronic navigation will be practiced in the ASA 106 course.

This course is classroom-only and on-the-water instruction is continued in the ASA Advanced Coastal Navigation 106 course. Passing the written exam, you will earn your ASA Coastal Navigation 105 certification.

Advanced Cruising (ASA 106)

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.

ASA 101-105 are all prerequisites.

Docking Class (ASA 118)

1 day class – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This 1 day course is designed to teach docking in many 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 prior, 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 and rudder control, properly securing mooring lines, spring lines, safety, and crew responsibilities.

Gift Cards

Purchase the perfect gift: a gift card for ASA sailing lessons with a value of your choosing!

Choose from a standard amount, or select “Custom Amount”, you may choose any dollar amount to be applied to the cost of sailing lessons. You will also be able to customize the gift certificate with the name of the recipient.

The lessons will take place in Anacortes, WA at Seattle Yachts Sailing Academy.

Gift Cards

Purchase the perfect gift: a gift card for ASA sailing lessons with a value of your choosing!

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