ASA Sailing News

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Course Descriptions:

 

We offer many different classes – for beginners and more advanced boaters, sailors and those who want to be better handling a boat under power. We limit our classes to four students so that everyone has plenty of time on each activity.
Private classes can be arranged for your group. We also hold “Women’s Classes”.
Give us a call so that we can answer your questions to find the course that’s right for you!

 

Introduction to Sailing 

If you’re new to sailing and have always wondered whether it’s a sport that you’ll enjoy, then learning the basics in a “short course”, may be just the event to get you started. We’ll give a brief explanation about sailing theory, the techniques to sail and also provide some time on the water. The cost is $199/pp for the 3 hour “Introduction to Sailing” lesson. Please give us a call at 866-724-5101 if you have nay questions or want to sign up over the phone.

 

ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat 

Length: 2 days* Fee: $ 495.00** Prerequisite: None
Learn the principals and techniques of sailing, the terms for the different parts of the boat, federal safety regulations, an introduction to navigation al aids and more! We teach on mid-size cruising vessels that are fitted out with the latest technology and safety equipment. No previous power, sail or navigation skill are required.
When you complete Basic Keelboat certification, you will have enough practical experience to skipper a sailboat (about 22′) in light to moderate winds. Please bring your lunch, soft-soled shoes, water or other beverages, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if you’d like.


ASA 103 – Coastal Cruising

Length: 2 days* Fee: $ 495.00** Prerequisites: Certification in ASA 101
Location: Penn’s Landing Marina, 301 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Unless specified)
Students will learn to skills to perform as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat by sailing in coastal waters. Some of the topics covered are the boat’s systems, operating the boat under power by practicing docking and close quarter maneuvering plus more sailing techniques. Upon completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate the ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length, by day, in moderate winds and sea conditions.
* 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day ** Price of course includes your textbook and fee for certification.


ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising
Length: 3 days* Fee: $ 895.00** Prerequisites: Certification in ASA 101 – 103
Location: Penn’s Landing Marina, 301 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Unless specified)
Students will gain the ability to skipper an auxiliary powered (inboard diesel engine) sailboat of approximately 30’ to 50’ during a multi-day cruise in regional waters in moderate to heavy winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, inboard engines, maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, (basic chart plotting and GPS operation), mooring with multiple anchors, weather and discussion about dinghy/tender operation.
* Begins at 9:30 AM – Ends at 5:00 PM on the last day (unless altered by tidal conditions)
* * Price of course includes textbook, certification fee and the cost for partial provisions. Students will share the cost of dockage fees and fuel. Each student is responsible for the cost of their meals on land.

ASA 103 & ASA 104 Combination


 Length: 4 days* Fee: $ 1,499.00** Prerequisites: Certification in ASA 101 – 103
Location: Penn’s Landing Marina, 301 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Unless specified)This is a several day class that covers the material for ASA 103 and also 104. Students live a board and travel to coves and marinas in the regional waterway.

* * Price of course includes textbook, certification fee and the cost for partial provisions. Students will share the cost of dockage fees and fuel. Each student is responsible for the cost of their meals on land.


 

ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation
Length: 4 days* Fee: $ 499.00** Prerequisites: None
Learn to use navigation theory to plot a course to safely navigate in coastal waters or inland waters.
*(Two weekends)
** Price includes text book, training chart and ASA certification.
Call 866-724-5101 to find out about an upcoming course. 

ASA 106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising
Length: 4 days* Fee: $1,999.00** Prerequisites: Certification in ASA 101 – 105
Location: Penn’s Landing Marina, 301 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Unless specified)

During the ASA 106: Advanced Coastal Cruising course, students will learn more advanced sailing skills while living aboard for several days, participating both as crew and skipper, during an extended journey on some of our regional waterways. At least one leg will last for a minimum of 24 hours, with students working together as a team, participating in watch rotation, as well as skippering and navigating at night. Other topics covered during this challenging course include weather forecasting, handling emergencies, strategic planning and resource management. After achieving certification students will be able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
* Begins at 9:30 AM – Ends at 5:00 PM on the last day (unless altered by tidal conditions)
** Course fee includes: Instruction and ASA 106 certification, textbook (Annapolis Book of Seamanship) and dockage fees. Some provisioning is included.
Please note: Students will provide: A Type V Inflatable PFD with a D ring (Tethers are also encouraged), and cash to split the costs for fuel and some additional provisioning. Each student will pay for their own restaurant meals
Register Here

ASA 118 – Docking Course
Length: 1 day* Fee: $325.00/PP Prerequisite: None Location: TBD
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Knowledge of basic auxiliary power theory, engine and steering controls, proper use of dock lines, crew communication and safety. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
* Begins at 9:30 AM – Ends at 5:30 PM

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