SailTime Milwaukee and Racine

Sailing course descriptions

Introduction to Sailing

The class consists of one day (4hr) of on-board training.  Class size is 2-4 students.

Course Content: Safety gear, Parts of a sailboat, points of sail, tacking, basic sail trim.

Prerequisite:  None (most basic learn to sail class we offer)

Note: This course does NOT result in any certification, and does not entail an exam at the end of the course.


A typical ASA 101 Certification program consists of two (2) days of on-board hands-on training, self-directed reading and completion of the written test.

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, and a written exam.

Prerequisite:  None (first certification sailing class we offer)

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) ASA Link


A typical ASA 103 Certification course requires two full days on the water and completion of self-directed reading. Students will learn the fundamentals of large boat cruising in preparation for extended travel on larger bodies of water.

Course Content: More hands on experience with content from ASA 101. Additional content includes the areas of boat systems, rules of the road, sound signals, buoys, lights, use of VHF radio, cruising tips, navigation, safety systems, heavy weather sailing, and a written exam.

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat ASA 101 (Qualified sailors may test out of 101 by passing the Basic Keelboat written test, and demonstrating on-the-water proficiency. The cost for this is one half of the ASA 101 training fee.)

Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) ASA Link


This is typically a three day, two night live-aboard course – boarding the first day at 6:00 p.m., staying on the boat two nights, and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the last day.

Course Content: The course is structured along the lines of an actual charter. It leverages everything learned in ASA 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, and a written exam.

Prerequisite: Basic Cruising ASA 103 and Basic Keelboat ASA 101 certifications

Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104) ASA Link


This course is taught in a classroom setting with plenty of chart work to exercise various learning segments. As such it does not provide any time on the water. It is typically structured as a correspondence class with SailTime staff availability for ongoing question/answer resources via e-mail. Two full-day Saturday sessions are used for hands-on plotting instruction and the written test.

Course Content: Students learn the navigational theory and practical skills required to safely pilot a 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.

Prerequisite: None

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) ASA Link

ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising

Instructor and students sail across Lake Michigan from either Milwaukee, WI or Winthrop Harbor, IL and arrive in Holland MI. This is typically a three day, two night live-aboard course – boarding the first day at 6:00 p.m., staying on the boat two nights, and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the last day.

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.  Course includes ASA 106 certification for each student.

Prerequisite: Bareboat Chartering ASA104 and Coastal Navigation ASA 105

Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) ASA Link

ASA 118 Docking Endorsement

This 1 day course covers the basic theory and hands on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in any conditions without damage or injury. This course will teach you to safely and efficiently dock an auxiliary powered (single inboard or outboard engine) sailboat. You will gain knowledge of basic auxiliary power theory, engine and steering controls, proper use of dock lines, crew communication and safety.

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.

Ad Docking Endorsement (ASA 118) ASA Link


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