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Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

This is a 2-day, hands-on course covering the basics of sailing and boat handling on a 30'+ sized sailboat. Max of 4 students per 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...

Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

This is a 2-day overnight course. Students will learn the fundamentals of large boat cruising in preparation for skippering on larger bodies of water. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class. Course Content:  More hands on experience with Course 101 content. Additional content includes Boat Systems & Battery,...

BareBoat Cruising (ASA 104)

This is a 2-day live-aboard course. Boarding the first day at 9:00 a.m. and staying on the boat overnight and going until 6:00 p.m. on the second day. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class. Course Content:  The course is structured along the lines of an actual charter....

Combo Course (ASA 101/103)

A 3-day, 2-night course covering the material of ASA 101 Basic Keelboat and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising. Recommended for experienced day-sailors who are interested in cruising, but need the 101 certification first. Book Now Request Info

Combo Course (ASA 103/104)

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...

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

The ASA Coastal Navigation Course (ASA 105) is a two-day (16 hour) classroom course with SailTime's Capt. Jim Johnson. In addition to being a sailing instructor, retired airline pilot, and meteorologist, Capt. Jim is an experienced lecturer, having led seminars in marine weather forecasting for years. He is the perfect...

Advanced Cruising (ASA 106)

Instructor and students sail across Lake Michigan from either Racine or Winthrop Harbor and arrive in Holland MI. This is typically a three-day, two night live-aboard course, staying on the boat two nights, and going to 5:00 p.m. on the last day. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples...

Docking Class (ASA 118)

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. Course Content:  After reviewing study materials prior, students will spend an entire day on the boat...

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

This is a 2-day, hands-on course covering the basics of sailing and boat handling on a 30’+ sized sailboat. Max of 4 students per 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.

Prerequisite: None

Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

This is a 2-day overnight course. Students will learn the fundamentals of large boat cruising in preparation for skippering on larger bodies of water. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class.
Course Content:  More hands on experience with Course 101 content. 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.
Prerequisite:  ASA 101 Basic Keelboat (Qualified sailors may test out of 101 by passing the Basic Keelboat written test, and demonstrating on-the-water proficiency)*

*Fee associated with ASA 101 Test-Out.

BareBoat Cruising (ASA 104)

This is a 2-day live-aboard course. Boarding the first day at 9:00 a.m. and staying on the boat overnight and going until 6:00 p.m. on the second day. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class.
Course Content:  The course is structured along the lines of an actual charter. It leverages everything learned in Course 101 and 103. Additional content includes the areas of Provisioning, Meal preparation, working with charter companies, Boat Systems, Emergency Procedures, Safety, Anchoring, Navigation, Cruising Tips, & Written Exam.

Prerequisite: ASA 101 and ASA 103

Combo Course (ASA 101/103)

A 3-day, 2-night course covering the material of ASA 101 Basic Keelboat and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising. Recommended for experienced day-sailors who are interested in cruising, but need the 101 certification first.

Combo Course (ASA 103/104)

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 3-day, 2-night course 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 in the Caribbean.  

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

The ASA Coastal Navigation Course (ASA 105) is a two-day (16 hour) classroom course with SailTime’s Capt. Jim Johnson. In addition to being a sailing instructor, retired airline pilot, and meteorologist, Capt. Jim is an experienced lecturer, having led seminars in marine weather forecasting for years. He is the perfect teacher to guide you through and demystify a subject with the reputation of being very complicated.

Students will learn the navigational theory and practical skills required to safely pilot a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters with a focus on real world, practical navigation. Students progress from dead reckoning to more complicated piloting incorporating current, leeway, and the integration of electronic navigation. Students learn to use tide and current tables, light lists, Chart No. 1, Notice to Mariners, and other tools.

Materials are sent out ahead of time, and students will be given assignments to prepare them to hit the ground running Saturday morning.

Prerequisite: None

Advanced Cruising (ASA 106)

Instructor and students sail across Lake Michigan from either Racine or Winthrop Harbor and arrive in Holland MI. This is typically a three-day, two night live-aboard course, staying on the boat two nights, and going to 5:00 p.m. on the last day. Max of 3 individual students or 2 couples per class.

Course Content:  Proper Selection of Sails, Local Weather in relation to thermal winds, “heaving to”, towing and using a dinghy, understanding boat limitations, emergency preparedness, nautical customs and courtesies, nighttime man-overboard drills, and a written exam.

Prerequisite:  ASA 104 and ASA 105

Docking Class (ASA 118)

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.

Course Content:  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.

Prerequisite: None

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SailTime Chicago conducts ASA-certified sailing lessons in downtown Chicago and Winthrop Harbor, IL.  Chicago’s Burnham Harbor provides a premier location for our downtown sailing lesson operations. It offers wonderful facilities and is easy to reach by bike, train, or car.  North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor is the largest marina on the Great Lakes and offers world-class facilities.  The marina is located in the Illinois Beach State Park and is easily reached by the Metra North Line.

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

Our approach to sailing lessons is different than most. Class size is restricted, and we train on cruising class boats; not on small, open-deck day sailors. If your dream is to sail a large boat, we believe you should learn on a large boat.  Since all our boats are equipped with roller-furling jibs and mainsails, students will be trained on the modern rigs that are becoming common in the larger charter fleets around the world.

Our typical training day starts at 9:30 am and goes until 5:30 pm.   It is completely hands-on work; no time is spent on classroom work except for a test at the end.   Unlike most other schools, we spend class time teaching how to handle the boat under power in and around the harbor and slips.

We do not have a “one size fits all” approach to learning.   Give us a call and let’s work together to design the correct class structure based on your schedule, experience, and educational needs and abilities.  Specialty classes for events like corporate team-building can also be designed.

 Combination Courses

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 you to “test-out” of lower certification levels.  Or for those with limited time away from work, you can earn multiple certifications into a shorter period of time.  Here are some of our most popular combinations:

ASA 101/103: A 3-day, 2-night course covering the material of ASA 101 Basic Keelboat and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising.  Recommended for experienced day-sailors who are interested in cruising, but need the 101 certification first.  $900/student   *CALL TO BOOK*

ASA 103/104:  A 3-day, 3-night course 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 in the Caribbean.  $1,150/student *CALL TO BOOK*

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