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ASA 101
Basic Keelboat

A three-day intro to sailing course designed for beginners with no previous experience on the water. This course includes 16 hours of instruction and 8 hours of practice sailing. After completing the course, students can rent from our fleet of 23-foot sailboats!

Schedule

Each day will meet from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Weekend Classes: Saturday, Sunday, and the following Saturday

Weekday Classes: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Holidays (Memorial and Labor Day): Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

*See booking link for dates and availability

Course Layout

Day 1: Begining with a morning of classroom instruction, students will learn basic sailing concepts and terminology. After a one-hour break for lunch, students will go out with their instructor on one of our Sonar 23 sailboats! With an afternoon of hands-on learning, everyone will learn how to steer, trim the sails, and enjoy an afternoon on the water.

Day 2: Students and their instructor will head out first thing in the morning. The entire day will be spent onboard out in the Long Island Sound with a lunch break back on land. The second day will focus on more specific boat-handling techniques, crew-overboard drills, and mooring skills.

Day 3: The third day is test day. This day is flexible to give students the best wind conditions possible for their on-water sailing practical. In addition, there will be a written, multiple-choice exam. Of course, there will be a break for lunch.

What's Included

  • 16 hours of instruction

  • 2 free practice sails after course completion

  • ASA textbook, log book, and certification

Topics Covered

Basic sailing terminology

Maneuvers and points of sail

Navigation rules

Aids to navigation

Safety gear and procedures

Crew overboard

Returning and securing

Knots

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