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 - 5pm)

Our American Sailing Association certified ASA 101, and ASA 103 combination course is a five-day intensive program ideal for novices with minimal sailing skills and 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 to ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing, and fundamental sailing 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. 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 sign up for this course - by phone (415) 331-8250, email, or by clicking the link below.

Cost for Members: 
$1375
Cost for Non Members: 
$1650
Prerequisites: 
None

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Testimonials

  • Rolf Zingg

    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.

  • John Boynton

    The class was terrific. I know you must get many compliments about your sailing instructors...But I must tell you that Robert is outstanding. Having taught SCUBA, I really appreciate the way he is so sensitive to all on board, dealing with each so well, knowing quickly their strengths and weaknesses making each feel special and cared for.

  • Esther C

    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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2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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