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ASA Courses

ASA 105, Coastal Navigation

Modern Sailing teaches the ASA's Coastal Navigation course.
6 Evenings, Tues / Weds / Thurs (7 - 10pm)

In preparation for the ASA 105, Coastal Navigation exam, we offer a classroom workshop. Areas of study include chart reading, current determination, dead reckoning, fixes, running fixes, danger bearings, set and drift problems and more. The class is intended to supplement the text rather than replace it, so plan on studying before the class begins.

ASA 105/106, California Coastal Combination Course (Coastal Navigation & Advanced Coastal Cruising)

Heavy Weather Sailing along the California Coast is challenging and a great way to gain advanced ASA certifications: Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) and Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)
7 days / 6 nights, Mon - Sun

Presenting dynamic conditions to challenge to even experienced sailors, the California Coast delivers the perfect setting to train students at an advanced level. After completion of ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, students are welcome to join this class to further their sailing education and gain ocean sailing experience.

ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran

Modern Sailing School and Club Members getting ready for their Cruising Catamaran Course (ASA 114) in Sausalito.
2 days, Sat & Sun (9am - 5pm)

Cruising multihulls are fast becoming the preferred charter boat of the Caribbean and South Pacific. Not only are they spacious and comfortable, they have a shallow draft, allowing you to anchor close to shore.

Our class will introduce you to catamaran systems and boat handling skills to develop your competence as a multihull sailor. You will also receive your ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certification, enabling you to charter these boats here at Modern Sailing and at many popular chartering destinations worldwide.

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

Sailing across San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, student practice skills learned in Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) 5-day Combination Course at Modern Sailing School and Club
5 days, Mon - Fri (9am - 5pm)

The ASA 101/103 combination course is a five-day intensive program, a fast track to quickly prepare you to charter our Silver Fleet boats in San Francisco Bay. 

At the Basic Keelboat level, you'll learn sailing terminology and its applications, knots, points of sail, rules of the road, introduction to docking, and more.

ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

Sailing Student trims the sail during a Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Lesson on San Francisco Bay with Modern Sailing School and Club
2 weekends, Sat & Sun (9am - 3:30pm)

After learning sailing fundamentals in ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing, you're now ready to refine and expand your skills in preparation to charter and skipper 30' - 32' sailboats on your own. Our ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising course is taught aboard 30 to 32-foot sailboats with diesel inboard engines and wheel steering.

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

Students enjoying the Basic Keelboat Course (ASA 101) on San Francisco Bay
2 weekends, Sat & Sun (9am - 3:30pm)

Your sailing education begins here, with ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing! You'll gain the skills you'll need to enjoy active participation as a crew member in the operation of a sailboat. Learn sailing terminology and its applications, knots, points of sail, rules of the road, introduction to docking, and more.


  • Molie M

    After complete two courses and having a variety of instructors, I can safely say, this is place to go if you want to learn to sail. The fleet is equally diverse and exciting. The office staff does a great job of getting you plugged into the sailing community. Fantastic group of folks!

  • 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.

  • Ray Arceneaux

    The vessel was clean and in fine condition - very nice boat for training, well-equipped.

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2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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