Sailing School

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SailTime University

At First Reef Sailing, the official sailing school of SailTime Boston, we strive to deliver high-quality sailing courses and experiences in a professional, modern setting in both instruction and equipment. Our goal is to bring sailors with no prior experience up to a live-aboard or bareboat charter level of skills, while fostering a sense of community and providing avenues for experience-building and continuing education.

We are Paul Sullivan and Forrest Hardy, two lifelong sailors and career sailing instructors. Over our combined two decades of teaching sailing, we have found that most sailing schools hire great sailors first and good instructors second.  Our goal is to create a sailing school where the staff are excellent instructors and teachers, not just excellent sailors.

First Reef Sailing provides sail training at all levels from Basic Keelboat requiring no prior experience at all up to Coastal Passage-Making. All sailing courses will be official certification courses taught under the American Sailing organization.  We will also be offering “mile-building passages” as well as land-based clinics to provide a source of continuing education for experienced sailors. Our goal is to create a community of great sailors and great people!

Accelerate Skills Development

Experiential Education

We offer small class sizes (typically two to four 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.

All 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.

ASA 101 Course

Students learn to sail onboard a Colgate 26 in moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision.

ASA 103 Course

Students will learn to skills to perform as skipper or crew of a 26-40 foot boat by sailing in coastal waters.

ASA 104 Course

This course is structured along the lines of an actual charter: students will learn to pilot a sloop-rigged keelboat 30 to 50 feet in length.

ASA 105 Course

During this 4-day class, students will learn the theory and hands-on skills needed to safely navigate in near coastal or inland waters.

ASA 106 Course

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.

ASA 114 Course

Students will learn how to pilot a cruising catamaran between 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day live-a-board cruise in near coastal waters.

ASA 103/104 Combo Course

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. 
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Boating Education

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