Miami Sailing Lessons at Our ASA Sailing School
We offer several ASA courses, including week-long live-aboard courses. Classes are taught by our experienced and professional instructors aboard new, well-equipped SailTime vessels with comfortable amenities. You can choose sailing courses from Basic to Advanced which can be scheduled to meet your busy lifestyle. Student enrollment is kept low to maximize one-on-one time with the instructor and private instruction is also available. Week-long “Cruise N learn” vacation courses feature hands-on experience in a live-aboard setting, cruising the Florida Keys or Bahamas. These courses are available to the general public as well as SailTime members. Sign up to become a SailTime member first and you can save with significant discounts off ASA courses.
Classes are not regularly scheduled, but instead are booked according to student availability. Give us a call and together we can work out class dates that work best for you.
Our fleet is located in the heart of Miami’s colorful “Coconut Grove” on beautiful Biscayne Bay, gateway to the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of great restaurants and upscale lodging while enjoying near-perfect sailing conditions year round.
The course prices listed below are for non-SailTime members. Sign up to be a SailTime member prior to taking the courses, and receive $75 off each students tuition. SailTime members enjoy significant discounts off additional ASA courses and gain hands-on experience, while learning on your SailTime yacht! Here is a brief description of the instruction offered; classes are booked according to student demand. So just give us a call today to schedule your class. New to sailing? Want to experience a few hours on the water before commitiing to a class? Ask about our 3-hour captained cruises, where we take out prospective sailors for a small taste of the sailing life.
ASA 101 Basic Keelboat
2 day course taught aboard a Hunter 33 $675/student, $1200/couple
Sleep aboard option: $75.00 per night
In this course, students will learn:
-Basic sailing terminology
-Responsibilities of both skipper and crew
-Safe Fueling procedures
-Marine Environmental Laws
-Basic Sailing Skills: tacking, jibing, docking
-Proper Sail Trim
-Points of Sail
-VHF Radio procedures
This course consists of two days of sail training on the tranquil waters of beautiful Biscayne Bay. (A “sleep aboard option” is available for an additional fee) The first day will be spent sailing on beautiful Biscayne Bay, from 9:00AM to 5:00 PM. Pack a picnic lunch, snacks and plenty of liquids, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, light jacket, and boat shoes. The next day depart for another day of sailing and docking practice, returning to the dock in the early afternoon for a pre-test review and the written ASA exam. Private Instruction is also available for couples or families, minimum of two students. Bring the kids along for an additional $150.00 per person.
ASA 103 Coastal Cruising
Two day course taught aboard a Hunter 36 $800/student, $1500/couple
This intermediate level course is designed to increase your cruising confidence.
In this course, students will learn:
-Rules of the Road
-Essential Safety Equipment
-Engine Operation and Troubleshooting
-Aids to Navigation
-Heavy Weather and Reefing Systems
-Use of Marine Electronics
-Running Aground and other Nuisances
-Sailing a Compass Course
Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat.
This 2 day course begins the first day at 9am. Meet your ASA instructor and fellow students at our office for some dockside instruction and docking practice. Then stow your gear and shove off for adventure in the Florida Keys. Practice your sailing and navigating skills before dropping anchor at No Name Harbor at the beautiful Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne. Get up early the next morning and enjoy a leisurely sail back up Biscayne Bay, and arrive back at Dinner Key Marina to take your exam. Private Instruction is also available for couples or families.
ASA 104 Bareboat Charter
Three Day Course taught aboard a Hunter 36 $900 per person, $1700/couple
This advanced level course will help you achieve the skills necessary to begin chartering or skippering yachts on your own. This course builds upon the skills learned in ASA 101 and 103 with emphasis on onboard boat systems.
In this course, students will learn about:
-Boat Systems: Head, Electrical, Engine, Navigation, Sails
-Towing a Dinghy
Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising.
This 3 day, 2 night course starts at noon the first day and runs through the evening of the third day, and includes two nights sleep aboard and anchoring out overnight in the Florida Keys. The itinerary varies depending on weather and tides but includes sailing south on Biscayne Bay on the inside of the Keys; and back up to Miami offshore on the Atlantic Ocean following the navigation markers of Hawk’s Channel. Private Instruction is also available for couples or families.
ASA 103/104 Cruise N’ Learn Vacation
FLORIDA KEYS AND BACK Taught aboard a Hunter 36 5 Day Course for $1700/person $3000/couple based on double occupancy per cabin
One or more levels of ASA instruction can be combined into one week-long vacation course, cruising to the Florida Keys, Miami to Key Largo and back. Sail down Biscayne Bay and hone your navigation skills, threading your way through the many channels and reefs. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and camaraderie of “Happy Hour” at one of the local Keys tiki bars and sample the excellent fresh local seafood. This 5 day course starts the first day at 3 pm; with the first night spent at the dock getting acquainted with the boat. The next day depart for the Florida Keys; with alternating anchoring out and optional marina stops for fun going ashore. Your instructor will call you to go over what to bring and to answer any other questions you may have. Included with the course are Hunter 36 or larger boat, instructor, meals onboard, ASA materials and certification fee. Transient dockage fees, if any, are shared by the students.
ASA 118 Docking Endorsement
This 1 day course is designed to teach basic docking skills for boats with inboard engines. 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; first going though theory, then 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.
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