ASA Curriculum Specifics

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Instructional California Sailing Vacation options include the following amenities:

  • Semi-private instruction (2 students max).  Families can be larger.
  • Access to The Santa Barbara Sailing Center’s clubhouse, which contains a a nautical video library, nautical text book & magazine library, a variety of board games, a knot tying zone, large table for chart plotting, dry/erase board, model sail boats and high speed internet access (as well as a wireless hub).
  • Access to The Santa Barbara Harbor’s private marina showering facilities.
  • Unlimited free practice time aboard your class sail boat.
  • Pillows, sheets, sleeping bags, washcloths, showering towels and space heater.
  • Complimentary kayak rentals.
  • Complimentary tickets aboard the Double Dolphin Catamaran for Coastal, Sunset, Music on the Water, or Whale Watch Public Cruises.

Please Note:

All prices are subject to a 12% Waterfront City Tax

If you are a party of two, and would like to bring kids, they are free.

If you are planning to make your own arrangements at a hotel, instead of living aboard a cruising yacht, the cost of the liveaboard instructional vacation will still remain the same. We may, however, be able to save you hotel costs at certain hotels.

If you would like your meals catered for you during your program, please contact the School Director to discuss your options and additional costs. Otherwise, you are able to prepare your own meals here at our training facility, as well as take advantage of our wonderful assortment of over 300 restaurants in the Santa Barbara area.

For an additional fee, you may upgrade the size of your yacht for ASA 103 and/or 104.

During ASA 104, you will experience a 2 day trip to Santa Cruz Island with an overnight anchorage.

If you are flying, The Santa Barbara Airport is ideal (United, Skywest and Horizon). If you are flying into LAX, The Santa Barbara Airbus provides excellent shuttle service.

If you have not completed the required reading before your arrival, or are not a valid candidate to test out of a given level, we may have to alter your program’s formula. In any case, our goal is to provide the best instruction possible, even if we have to adapt a new game plan.

Please inform the school director of any physical limitations that you may have prior to your arrival.

Scheduling Procedures at SBSC:
As you may have noticed, our sailing school does not currently post a calendar of available class dates on our website. This is because when scheduling classes at our facility, we can usually accommodate your desired dates most of the time. When finalizing your sailing school agenda, the School Director will work closely with you to make sure that the program fits within your “window of time”, specific dates or general availability.

The Santa Barbara Sailing Center’s School Cancellation Policy:
By submitting your 100% non-refundable payment, you recognize The Sailing School’s Cancellation Policy: Cancellation results in 100% of class tuition forfeiture.

Change of Date Policy:
A change of date fee requires a $50 charge per person for all sailing classes, except for Liveaboard Instructional Vacation Programs, which constitutes a $100 charge per person. A change of date request must be made no less than 30 calendar days prior to your scheduled program, or you will forfeit your deposit.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center Insurance Policy:
All students will pay a mandatory $5.00 fee for insurance.  This will cover all damages and/or lost items that may occur during your lesson.

School Tuition Costs do not include the following:

  • Mandatory 5.00 Damage Insurance Fee per Person per Course (Includes tax).
  • Postage (determined by zip code).
  • Gratuity (Customary if you enjoyed your lesson.)
  • Sailing Made Easy Text Book (ASA 101) $24.95 + tax
  • Coastal Cruising Made Easy Text Book (ASA 103) $27.95 + tax
  • Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Text Book (ASA 104) $39.95 + tax
  • ASA Log Book $9.95 + tax
  • ASA Certification Fee $49.00 (Includes tax).

All prices are subject to a 12% Waterfront City Tax

Note: During the ASA 101 (Level 1, Basic Keelboat Sailing aboard a J-24′) portion of your program, we may chartering the Catalina Yacht in which you are living on during the day. If you feel that you would not like us to use the Catalina Yacht while you are in your ASA 101 training, you may choose to pay the day sail rental fee, and the boat will not be chartered by us. You are welcome to store any valuables with us to lock up during this time.

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