ASA 101 and 103 Challenges: Shortcuts for experienced sailors to earn certifications | Modern Sailing

ASA 101 and 103 Challenges: Shortcuts for experienced sailors to earn certifications

Are you an experienced sailor looking to earn your ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing and/or the ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising certification?

We have good news for you! If you possess the skills and knowledge required to meet the ASA's standards for these certifications, you can skip the course and save time and money by completing an ASA Course Challenge!

What is an ASA Course Challenge?

The ASA requires that a sailing student demonstrate their skills and knowledge in two ways, with a practical exam (on-the-water skills assessment) with a certified ASA instructor, and completing the multiple-choice, 100-question written examination with a score of at least 80. 

When you challenge a course at Modern Sailing, first, you will take the written examination, which will be graded by your instructor. If you achieve a score of at least 80, you and your instructor will then head out on the water for the practical exam.

During the practical exam, the instructor will not provide coaching and instruction. He or she will observe as you demonstrate the skills required to earn the certification and will also act as your crew, taking your commands to assist in the operation of the boat. 

What knowledge and skills are required to earn ASA 101 or 103?

Before you purchase and schedule a Challenge, check the ASA's website to verity that you possess all the skills and knowledge required to earn the certification.

What is the cost of an ASA Course Challenge?

Item Member Price Non-Member Price
Challenge ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing OR Challenge ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising $395 $455
Challenge ASA 101 AND 103 (same day, back-to-back) $595 $695

Ready to take the challenge?

To purchase an ASA Course Challenge online, click on the price of your desired certification(s) in the table above to add the Challenge to your Modern Sailing Online Store's shopping cart. If you prefer, or if you have questions, feel free to call our friendly office at (415) 331-8250 or email us. we're happy to help!

If you're not currently a Modern Sailing club member but would like the member pricing, learn more about membership and find out how you can join  instantly! > Modern Sailing Club Membership 

To get started on scheduling your ASA Course Challenge, after purchasing your Challenge, please complete the Skills Checkout, ASA Course Challenge or Private Lesson Request Form

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    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

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    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

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