ASA 101 & ASA 103 Combo Course | Modern Sailing School

ASA 101/103, Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Combination Course

5 days, Mon - Fri (9am - 4:30pm)

Our ASA 101 and ASA 103 combination course is a five-day intensive program ideal for novices with minimal sailing skills/experience and for those returning after an extended amount of time who want an in-depth refresher course and rapid certifications. At the end of the fast-track, students will have the skills necessary to safely and confidently charter sailboats in our Silver Fleet and the home waters of San Francisco Bay. 

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

The first days of the combo course focus on the ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing fundamental concepts. Students will build a solid foundation of sailing knowledge and learn the following: 

  • Sailing terminology and its applications
  • Essential knots and line handling
  • Points of sail and corresponding sail trim
  • Knowledge of national boating laws and safety requirements, a.k.a. “Rules of the Road”
  • Introduction to docking and boat handling
  • Safety and seamanship

ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

The latter half of the course focuses on the ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising curriculum. While building on local San Francisco Bay knowledge, students will refine their newly acquired know-how while expanding on and improving these skills. Topics of instruction include: 

  • Close quarters maneuvering under power 
  • Heaving-to
  • Man overboard and recovery procedures
  • Sail reefing at the dock, underway, and while in a hove-to
  • Correcting sail trim for weather helm
  • Tide and current analysis
  • Introduction to chart navigation

US Coast Guard Captains, who are American Sailing Association certified instructors, teach all of our sailing courses. Classes consist of classroom lectures accompanied by hands-on training. Class size is limited to 4 students.

Your official ASA logbook and ASA 101 and 103 textbooks, Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy, are included with the purchase of your course and will be mailed to you. If you wish to pick up your textbooks in person or if you sign up less than a week from the first day of your course, please contact our office. Optionally, you may purchase the Sailing Made Easy e-book and Coastal Cruising Made Easy e-book directly from the ASA. Advance study of your textbooks will enhance your success in this course.

Upon successful completion of this combination course, students who are also Modern Sailing Club members are eligible to charter our Silver Fleet sailboats (30 - 32’).

There are three ways to request this course - by phone (415) 331-8250, email, or by clicking the link below.

Cost for Members: 
$1695
Cost for Non Members: 
$2195
Prerequisites: 
None, but some prior sailing experience is highly recommended.

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Testimonials

  • David Dolenc, Member

    I love sailing in the San Francisco Bay and greatly appreciate everything that MSC has to offer, the classes, clinics, club sails, racing and charters. I enjoy our supportive sailing community and use every opportunity to spend time on the water. After obtaining the certifications from MSC I did my first charter in Croatia in 2022 with my family. It was amazing and we’re looking forward to returning soon!

    David Dolenc
  • Emma & George Stubbs, Sausalito

    We just took our ASA 106 at a school in Rhode Island as we prepare for 6 months of cruising in the Caribbean. The class was great, but more than anything it made us really appreciate the quality of teaching and rigor at Modern Sailing. Even though we were the newest to sailing, the group seemed to think that we had the best fundamentals. We felt very well prepared and we see why Modern Sailing has the reputation it does.

  • Guy Robinson, Member

    I started sailing at Modern at the end of 2021 and threw myself into it, spending as much time out on the water as I could. I came to Modern with some flat water dinghy sailing experience and it was quite a transition learning to sail bigger boats in much tougher conditions. There was a lot to learn, but the Modern instructors, Club Skippers and fellow Modern sailors made learning fun and rewarding. My Modern instructors were clearly very experienced sailors and sailing with them was inspiring! I want to thank the maintenance crew and office staff for their dedication and hard work - you are the folks who make things work! There is a lot more to learn and I look forward to sailing with Modern for years to come.

    Guy Robinson

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Sausalito Location
2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-8250
(800) 995-1668

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1 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
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