Sailing School and Instruction | Modern Sailing

Our Sailing School and Instruction

The school at Modern Sailing offers everything you need to achieve your sailing goals.  We offer the American Sailing Association's internationally recognized curriculum taking students from having basic crew skills to achieving the confidence to charter a boat internationally.  In addition to the ASA Core Curriculum, we offer a suite of skill building clinics to assist students in continuing their education.  Explore the rugged California Coast on our Advanced Coastal Cruising Courses, or learn to be a racer with our Learn to Race Clinics.  Modern has everything you'll need to further your sailing journey.

American Sailing ASsociation Certification Courses

Modern Sailing School & Club is an American Sailing Association school - we teach to their internationally recognized standards. Our expert staff has received accolades for teaching brand new students at the Basic Keelboat Level (ASA 101), as well as advanced students at the Advanced Coastal Cruising Level (ASA 106). Whether you are exploring the sport of sailing for the first time, revisiting a forgotten passion, or looking to take your skills to the next level, Modern Sailing can help you reach your goals.

Why is certification important?
Sailing is a performance oriented activity.  The American Sailing Association (ASA) and Modern Sailing are dedicated to recreational boating and safety through education and respected, professional standards. These standards provide you with a means to prove your knowledge and abilities.  As a student, you are issued an ASA logbook - your passport to sailing - which contains these standards. Through certification of these standards, we provide you with a reliable, internationally recognized way to document your instruction and sailing skills for chartering (renting) anywhere in the world.  You will have a common vocabulary and understanding giving you confidence to step on a boat anywhere in the world.  View all the ASA Courses we offer.


Clinics & Further Education

Learn new skills, refresh existing skills, and refine specialized skills.  In addition to full length courses, we offer a selection of clinics to help you focus on improving targeted skills.  Often only one day, these hands-on opportunities supplement your training and give you flexibility when looking for additional experience. It also helps us customize a lesson plan based on your needs. View all our Clinics.


Racing Program

In addition to our Courses and Clinics, you can expand your skills and experience by participating in the Modern Sailing Race Program.  Racing Clinics provide the training necessary to feel confident in any on-board position. Racing on one of the teams, Recreation Team or Performance Team, provide the opportunity to learn while doing!  More information about the Racing Program.

Professional Training

For over 12 years, we have been training people to become Merchant Marine Licensed Professionals. Through rigorous United States Coast Guard training, you can realize your dreams of becoming a charter captain or sailing instructor. More information about getting your Captain's License. 

Our staff has extensive training and experience as American Sailing Association Instructor Qualifiers.  We offer clinics throughout the year to help sailors get their Instructor Certifications.  And, some of our current instructors used to be students!  If you are looking to expand your professional credentials, let us guide you through the process and help you spend more time on the water while sharing your love of sailing.  More information about becoming an ASA Sailing Instructor.



  • Danny Collins

    The office staff was very accommodating in meeting my availability.

  • Sara Jane G.

    I've taken two classes at MSS&C and was very happy with the program. This is also a great club with lots of opportunities for camaraderie and practice on the water. The boats in the fleet are fantastic and kept in tip-top shape. I highly recommend for all sailors and would-be sailors!

  • 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.

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Modern Sailing School & Club

2310 Marinship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

415-331-8250 / 800-995-1668

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