The school at Modern Sailing offers everything you need to achieve your sailing goals. Our American Sailing Association curriculum is internationally-recognized, teaching adult students the range of skills from basic crew participation to achieving the confidence to sail the coast, cross oceans, or charter a boat internationally. In addition to the ASA Core Curriculum, we offer a suite of skill-building clinics to assist students in further refining their skills. Explore the beautiful California Coast and experience ocean sailing with our Advanced Coastal Cruising course, or learn to be a racer with our Recreational Race Clinic. Modern Sailing provides the resources you'll need to make your sailing dreams come true.
American Sailing ASsociation Certification Courses
Modern Sailing School & Club is an American Sailing Association accredited school. Our expert instructors have received accolades for teaching novice students in ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing, as well as advanced students at the ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising level. Whether you are exploring the sport of sailing for the first time, revisiting a forgotten passion, or striving 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 documents your achievement of these standards to enable you to charter (rent) almost anywhere in the world. If you own a boat, ASA certifications can help reduce your insurance premiums.
The ASA Sailing courses that we offer at Modern Sailing School:
- ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
- ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
- ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
- ASA 105, Coastal Navigation
- ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
- ASA 107, Celestial Navigation
- ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
- ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
View detailed information about lessons on our sailing courses page. Courses are scheduled 12 months in advance. View the course schedule to see availability and log in or create an account to register.
Clinics & Further Education
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. Learn a new skill. Refresh or refine an existing one. There is something for everyone. Sailing Clinics offered at Modern Sailing School:
- Introductory Sailing Lesson in San Francisco
- Electronic Piloting and Radar Clinic
- Angel Island Mooring Clinic
- Refresher Clinics
- ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
- Gold Fleet Upgrade Clinic
- Mastering Sail Trim Clinic
- Light Wind Sailing Techniques Clinic
- Heavy Weather Sailing Clinic
- Mastering Cruising Asymmetrical Spinnaker
- Night Sailing Clinic
- Get To Know Kanaloa Clinic
In addition to our courses and clinics, you can fast-track your sailing skills and experience by participating in the Modern Sailing Race Program. The Recreational Race Clinic provides the training necessary to feel confident in any crew position. Learn more about the Recreational Race Program and call the front office to sign up.
Take your love of sailing to the next level and become a USCG licensed captain.
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. Learn more about getting your Captain's License on our USCG licensing page.
With two ASA Certified Instructor Qualifiers on-site, Modern Sailing is the west coast’s premier school for testing new instructors and welcoming them into the realm of instruction. 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. Learn more about becoming an ASA Sailing Instructor and call the office to sign up for the next Instructor Qualifying Clinics.