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ASA Certification Courses

The Santa Barbara Sailing Center is one of the largest accredited American Sailing Association (ASA) schools in the nation, chosen as the American Sailing Association School of the Year for two consecutive years. Most importantly, we match our fleet of over forty boats and comprehensive staff of instructors with your comfort and skill level. The classroom transforms into a place where you will learn by teaching, and you will have as much real-world confidence as you will have real-time fun. There’s no better training ground than The Channel Islands National Park for obtaining your ASA Bareboat Certification.

Course Dates shown below are only a sampling of our available ASA certification course dates. If these dates do not work for you, the manager will be happy to share other dates that are available OR is willing to create a course schedule that fits best with your availability.

Course Curriculum, Pricing & Schedule

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  • ASA has had a fully functioning, nationwide keelboat program since 1983.
  • ASA standards are used by more than 250 participating schools throughout North America and the Caribbean representing about 90% of the viable, commercial sailing schools in the U.S. making it the undisputed standard for sailing education in the country.
  • ASA has certified more than 4000 professional sailing instructors from around the world.
  • ASA has certified over 200,000 students.
  • ASA credentials are recognized at schools and charter companies around the world.
  • ASA courses are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Nation Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
  • ASA established a comprehensive, national sailing school insurance program.
  • ASA textbooks have sold more copies than any other books of their kind and are published and distributed by some of the largest publishers in the world including Simon & Schuster, Norton and McGraw/Hill.
  • ASA textbooks are written by teachers, not journalists or famous racers.
  • ASA’s basic textbook, Sailing Made Easy, was selected by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as its official Learn-to-Sail text, and it has won numerous awards.
  • ASA sponsors the prestigious ASA School of the Year Award. Santa Barbara Sailing Center received this award for years 2004 & 2005!
  • ASA sponsors the annual ASA Outstanding Educator Award to 12 instructors from around the country.
  • ASA maintains one of the most active sailing Web Sites in the world.

Philosophically ASA and its schools believe sailing is safe, fun and easy to learn. It’s only complicated and intense if those teaching it chooses to present it that way, we don’t.

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Learn how to sail boats up to 27′ long.

Overview:
This 20 hour course is a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of sailing. Taught on stable 22 and 24 foot keelboats, you will be skippering on your first day of class and be confident sailing on your own.

Curriculum includes nautical terminology, docking, rules of the road, sail trim and shape, headsail changes, reefing, crew teamwork and responsibilities, docking under sail, safety procedures, points of sail, tacking/jibing, knots and crew overboard.
Goal: Competent to sail up to a 27’ sailboat in familiar waters.

Prerequisite: None

Please Note: We will find all of your partner(s) for all group classes.

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.

Tuition
Public Group of 4 max: $366/person
Test Out: $218
Damage Insurance: $5
Certification Fee $49

Tuition Pricing does not include the following additional costs:
12% Port Tax
Sailing Made Easy Text Book:  $24.95 + tax
ASA Log Book:  $9.95 + tax
ASA Certification Fee:  $49.00 + tax
Postage:  Determined by your ZIP code

We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

It is customary to leave a gratuity to your instructor if you enjoyed your ASA certification course.

Course Format: Reserve Online

Day # 1                         10am-4pm
Day # 2                         10am-4pm
Day # 3                         9am-5:30pm


101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing Curriculum

General Description:
Sailors must sail a boat of up to 27 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required. Successful candidates earn a National Safe Boating Certificate approved by NASBLA and the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

Identify the following parts of a sailboat:

hull mast mainsail
keel boom bow
bow pulpit gooseneck jib
traveller stern stern pulpit
deck lifelines cabin
spreaders shrouds backstay
headstay forestay  


Describe the functions of the following items on a sailboat:

mainsheet rudder tiller / wheel
boomvang boom topping lift jib sheet(s)
halyard(s) winches fairlead vs. padeye
downhaul outhaul cunningham
stays / shrouds shackle telltails
spring / breast lines fenders cleats


Define the following terms: 

port starboard skipper
helmsman crew forward
aft coming about jibing
running rigging standing rigging heel
ahead abeam astern
windward leeward beam


Identify the following sails and parts of a sail:

mainsail jib storm jib
spinnaker genoa hanks
battens batten pockets bolt rope
luff leech foot
head tack clew


Explain the following terms and points of sail and identify them from diagrams:

in-irons head to wind luffing
close hauled close reach beam reach
broad reach running starboard tack
port tack windward boat leeward boat
heading up heading down / bearing away sailing by the lee

Apply the Navigation Rules (International and Inland Navigational Rules for prevention of collision) by means of diagrams in the following situations and identify the sailboat or powerboat that is the “stand-on” and “give-way” boat.

  • Port tack and starboard tack sailboats
  • Windward and leeward sailboats
  • Overtaking situation
  • Boat on the right (danger zone)
  • Boats meeting head-on
  • Apply Rule 5 (Look-out Rule) contained in the Navigation Rules (International and Inland Navigation Rules for prevention of collision)
  • Describe the actions to be taken when sailing in the vicinity of commercial shipping (Rule 9. Nav. Rules)
  • Define hull identification number.
  • Describe the difference between planing and displacement hulls.
  • Describe proper means of waste disposal including penalties for improper disposal and means for Notification of authorities in the event of oil spillage.
  • Describe how and when to file a float plan.
  • Describe registration numbers and how to display them.
  • Describe a capacity plate, where to find one and the information which is contained on the plate.
  • Describe an alternate means of determining a boat’s passenger capacity.
  • State the federal standards for determining intoxication using Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).
  • What is the BAC of the state in which you sail?
  • Give 5 situations which may be considered negligent operation on the part of boater.
  • Describe when and to whom boating accidents must be reported.
  • Describe under what circumstances an operator must render assistance to another boater in danger.
  • Describe the information an operator should acquire before operating his/her boat in an unfamiliar area.
  • Describe where a boater would get the information in the item above.
  • Be able to identify lateral aids to navigation by color, shape and numbering.
  • Be able to identify Safe Water, Information and Regulatory Markers by corol, shape and numbering.
  • List required safety equipment for recreational vessels between 23 and 40 feet.
  • Describe procedures for safety trailing and launching a boat.
  • Describe sound signals used by recreational vessels and their meanings.
  • Identify the location and color of running lights used by recreational vessels.
  • Describe common anchor types and anchoring procedures.

Gear & Equipment

  • Select and properly use a personal flotation device.
  • Select proper clothing for sailing.

Sailing

  • Hoist the basic sails, set appropriate luff tensions, and coil and hang halyards and other lines.
  • Without an Instructor or direction, act as helmsman / skipper and crew on a sailboat using proper commands and responses while sailing away and back to a dock and mooring under various wind directions. Sail a windward / leeward course while performing successful come about and gybe.
    Sample Commands: 
    “ease sheets” “easing sheets”
    “heading-up, sheet in” “sheeting in”
    “ready about” “ready”
    “helms-a-lee” “hard-alee”
    “ready to jibe” “ready” “jibe-ho”
  • Lower, fold and stow sails properly.

Man Overboard

  • Describe and demonstrate the actions to be taken by a helmsman / skipper when sailing from the time a person falls overboard without warning until the crew member is safely recovered.
  • Speed is secondary to safety in performing this procedure.
  • Describe how to get an exhausted person aboard.
  • Steer a sailboat by the lee for 100 yards without gybing.
  • Steer a sailboat moving backwards for 20 yards with sails backed.
  • Secure a sailboat to a dock so as to ensure limited movement and set out fenders properly.

Knots

  • Describe the function of and tie the following knots without assistance:
    • bowline (in less than 20 seconds)
    • figure eight (in less than 15 seconds)
    • cleat hitch (in less than 15 seconds)
  • Tie the following knots without assistance in less than 20 seconds:
    • reef / square knot
    • clove hitch
    • round turn and two half hitches

Special Note for Basic Keelboat Standard Certification

The American Sailing Association’s Basic Keelboat Sailing course was recently approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard as a recognized Safe Boating Course. As such, it meets all requirements for mandatory education and licensing for every state in the United States.

The Items listed below have been added to the Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard published in the ASA International Log Book. Please note that these items will be taught and tested in courses which lead to ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification.

Apply the Navigation Rules (international and Inland Navigation Rules for prevention of collision) by means of diagrams in the following situations and identify the sailboat or powerboat that is the “stand-on” and “give-way” boat.

  • Boats meeting head-on
  • Define hull identification number
  • Describe the difference between planing and displacement hulls.
  • Describe proper means of waste disposal including penalties for improper disposal and means for notification of authorities in the event of oil spillage.
  • Describe how and when to file a float plan.
  • Describe registration numbers and how to display them.
  • Describe a capacity plate, where to find one and the information which is contained on the plate.
  • Describe an alternate means of determining a boat’s passenger capacity
  • State the federal standards for determining intoxication using Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).
  • Give 5 situations which may be considered negligent operations on the part of a boater.
  • Describe when and to whom boating accidents must be reported.
  • Describe under what circumstances an operator must render assistance to another boater in danger.
  • Describe the information an operator should acquire before operating his/her boat in an unfamiliar area. Describe where a boater would get the information in the item above.
  • Be able to identify by color, shape and numbering, lateral aids to navigation.
  • Be able to identify by color, shape and numbering, Safe Water, Information and Regulatory Markers List required safety equipment for recreational vessels between 23 and 40 feet.
  • Describe procedures for safely trailing and launching a boat.
  • Describe sound signals used by recreational vessels and their meanings.
  • Identify the location and color of running lights used by recreational vessels.
  • Describe common anchor types and anchoring procedures.

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Overview:
This course introduces the intermediate sailor to the cruising yacht and offshore sailing procedures. Curriculum includes mechanical and electrical systems, weather navigation, anchoring, reefing, heavy weather sailing, rules of the road, motoring skills, safety and emergency procedures, maneuvering under power, and VHF radio procedures.

Goal:
Qualified to rent 30’ + sailboats with inboard engine for local water day sailing.

A.S.A. Certification Level:
Basic Coastal Cruising (BCC) A.S.A 103

Prerequisite:
ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing.

Please Note:
We will find all of your partner(s) for all group classes.
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.

Tuition
Public Group of 4 max: $585/person
Test Out: $372
Damage Insurance: $5

Tuition Pricing does not include the following additional costs:
Coastal Cruising Made Easy Text Book – $27.95 + tax
Postage – Determined by your ZIP code

We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

It is customary to leave a gratuity to your instructor if you enjoyed your ASA certification course.

Course Format: Reserve Online

Day # 1                         5pm-8pm
Day # 2                         9am-5:30pm
Day # 3                         9am-5:30pm


103 – Basic Coastal Cruising Curriculum

General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary sailboat of up to 50 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

SAILING KNOWLEDGE
A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

Identify and describe the following:

Gudgeon Pintle Turnbuckle
Stem fitting Tangs Chainplates
Binnacle Transom Rudderpost
Through-hull fitting Self-bailing cockpit  

GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

  • List the “Federal equipment carriage requirements” for a 24 foot sailboat with an outboard motor and portable fuel tank.
  • List the ASA recommended safety equipment for a sailboat heading out on long cruises or into rough weather.
  • Describe the most important reasons for keeping gear and equipment stowed in assigned places on a boat.
  • Describe roller and slab reefing with reef grommets and reef points / diamonds.

SAFETY

  • Describe the purpose of a safety harness, proper attachment and dangers of improper attachment to a boat.
  • State the purpose of bow and stern pulpits and lifelines.
  • Describe federally required navigation lights on boats between sunset and sunrise when under sail, under power, and at anchor.
  • Describe the three stages of hypothermia and treatments for medium hypothermia.
  • Describe methods to reduce heat loss for a person in the water and a group of people in the water.
  • Describe how to prevent undue magnetic influences on the compass.
  • Identify the common sources of fire and /or explosion and understand the methods for preventing such occurrences, as well as actions to be taken when they do.
  • Describe U.S. Coast Guard recommended refueling precautions.
  • Describe a “diver’s flag” and alpha flag used to mark persons and vessels engaged in diving.
  • Describe the danger involved in recharging batteries and setting off flares.
  • Apply the USCG Navigation Rules 11 through 17 by means of a diagram.
  • Describe the required and ASA recommended actions and precautions to be taken during times of reduced visibility.

WEATHER

  • Interpret marine weather forecasts applicable to the area and apply the information to the candidate’s sailing plans for the next six hours.
  • Interpret what weather changes are forecast for the next six hours and determine what effect these changes will have on the day’s planned activities.

DUTIES OF THE SKIPPER AND CREW 

Identify the main responsibilities of the skipper and crew as indicated below:

SKIPPER: 

      • Safety of the crew and boat
      • Ensure the crew’s knowledge of operating procedures and location of all lifesaving and other safety equipment prior to getting underway
      • Assign duties and instruction
      • Ensure proper /safe use of domestic equipment (head, stove, etc.)

CREW 

    • Obey skipper
    • Assist in the safe operation of the boat
    • Keep a lookout and immediately report any dangers on the water and in the boat.

SEAMANSHIP 

  • Describe the correct sail combinations to carry under various wind and sea conditions.
  • Describe the dangers of a lee shore.
  • Read and interpret the following information from the NOAA nautical chart of the local are.
  • Depth of water
  • Types of bottom (sand, rock, clay, etc.)
  • Underwater / surface hazards (kelp, cable, rock, shoals, cribs, wrecks, currents)
  • Buoys and what they signify
  • Lights
  • Beacons
  • Distance scale

Describe:

  • A good anchorage
  • Suitable ground tackle and scope when anchoring for lunch
  • Suitable ground tackle, scope and the appropriate lights when anchoring overnight

Describe the immediate action to be taken when:

A leak develops Steering fails Anchor drags
Propeller fouls Halyard breaks Rigging fails
Running aground Grounding at anchor  

Describe one commonly accepted use for each of the following knots:

bowline clove hitch figure eight
sheet bend reef knot Round turn & two half hitches

SAILING SKILLS

A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

PRELIMINARIES

  • Demonstrate on land the correct method of putting on a personal flotation device in the water.
  • Carry out a check of the vessel’s gear and equipment in accordance with legal requirements and ASA recommendations and demonstrate the use and care of domestic equipment.
  • Demonstrate safe winch techniques with particular attention to:
    • High possible strain on sheets and halyards
    • Overriding turns (overrides) and how to clear them
    • Position of hands and fingers
    • Winch handle fitting, removal and storage
    • Halyard breaks / stops
    • Anchor winches / windlass
  • Perform the ASA outboard motor checklist prior to starting an outboard motor.

BOAT HANDLING UNDER POWER 

  • Start an auxiliary engine observing commonly accepted safety practices.
  • Come to a full stop with the bow one half length away from a buoy using reverse. The objective of this exercise is to know how much distance is required to bring a sailboat to a full stop. The sailboat is to be kept o a straight course while this exercise is being carried out.
  • Maneuver a sailboat under power to a position not more than two feet alongside and parallel to a dock (port side and starboard side to) without the aid of lines and without the bow passing a given mark at any time during the maneuver.

MAN OVERBOARD

  • Demonstrate a skipper’s actions / commands while under power from the time a member of the crew falls overboard without warning until the crew is safely recovered. A float should be used for this exercise. The man overboard is considered as not wearing a lifejacket and is able to assist himself. Included in this Standard are the following minimum requirements: lookout, alertness, life ring/ marking, slow, controlled speed approaching the float, crew control, and engine control.
  • Stop an auxiliary engine (outboard motor) and secure it for the night observing commonly accepted safety practices.
  • Anchor in water more than ten feet in depth securely enough so the anchor does not drag with engine at half-throttle astern.
  • Raise anchor with boat ready and get underway under power using commonly accepted practices.

BOAT HANDLING UNDER SAIL

POINTS OF SAIL

  • Function as helmsman and crew giving correct commands and proper responses while demonstrating the proper techniques of close hauled sailing, reaching (all three points), running, coming about and gybing, heading up, bearing away, luffing, and reducing heel on all points of sail.
  • Describe proper preparatory commands and commands of execution for all sailing skills included in this standard.

REEFING / HEAVING TO

  • Reduce sail by reefing and shake out a reef while keeping vessel under control and on course.
  • Heave to and get underway again.

MAN OVERBOARD

  • Demonstrate a skipper’s actions and commands while under sail from the time a member of the crew falls overboard without warning until the crew is safely recovered. A float may be used for this exercise. The person overboard is considered as not wearing a lifejacket and is able to assist himself.
  • Included in the Standard are the following minimum requirements: alertness, life ring / marking, lookout, slow, controlled speed approaching the man / float, and crew control. The crew can be three or ore but the candidate is to describe the actions to be taken of one member of a two person crew falls overboard with the boat under sail.
  • Describe at least two methods of getting a person out of the water and back on board.

STEERING

  • Sail an ordered compass course for 5 minutes without varying more than 10 degrees from the ordered heading.

MAKING FAST AND SNUGGING DOWN / SECURING TO A DOCK AND MOORING

  • Secure a boat to various dock configurations so as to provide limited movement and set out fenders correctly.
  • Take extra precautions and secure a vessel for the night at a dock and at a mooring.

KNOTS

Tie the following knots within 15 seconds:

  • Bowline
  • Reef Knot
  • Sheet Bend
  • Clove Hitch
  • Round Turn and Half Hitches

Tie the following knots within 7 seconds:

  • Figure Eight
  • Cleat Hitch

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Overview:
This course is for sailors who wish to charter boats for multiple days anywhere in the world. Curriculum includes cruise planning, provisioning, anchoring, weather, navigation, boat systems, reefing and heavy weather sailing, safety, emergency procedures and long-distance passage making. You will experience a trip to Santa Cruz Island with overnight stay(s) in one of the island’s anchorages. The course is taught on a 36′ – 50′ yacht.

Goal:
Qualified to bareboat charter 28 ’ – 50’ yachts for multiple days.

Prerequisites:
ASA 101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing and ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising

Please Note:
We will find all of your partner(s) for all group classes.
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.

Tuition
Public Group of 4 max: $650/person
Damage Insurance: $5

Tuition Pricing does not include the following additional costs:
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Text Book – $39.95 + tax
Postage – Determined by your ZIP code

We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

It is customary to leave a gratuity to your instructor if you enjoyed your ASA certification course.

Course Format: Reserve Online

Day # 1                        5pm–8pm
Day # 2                        9am departure to Santa Cruz Island with 1 overnight anchorage.
Day # 3                       Return to SB Harbor, class is usually done around 4pm.


ASA 104 – Bareboat Chartering Curriculum

SAILING KNOWLEDGE 

A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

PLANNING 

State and discuss the following:

  • The fuel tank capacity and powering range of the candidate’s boat.
  • Factors which affect the range under power
  • The boat’s water capacity and crew’s minimum daily water requirements
  • The causes, prevention and treatments for sea sickness
  • The appropriate clothing for sailing (comfort and safety)
  • Menu planning and provisioning and suitability to the day’s activities
  • The minimum contents of a first aid kit for a one week cruise
  • The spare engine parts for a one week cruise
  • The documents and procedures required to cross international borders and how to determine the above for any cruising location

LIVING AFLOAT 

  • Discuss galley procedures that minimize the danger of fire, scalding or other galley accidents.
  • Use common cooking systems (stoves and fuel).

WEATHER 

  • Describe the sea breeze and land breeze effect.
  • Identify conditions which cause fog.

SEAMANSHIP 

  • Describe the use of a radar reflector.
  • Describe and discuss what to do when (under power);
    • The engine cooling water fails to flow
    • The engine fails in a crowded anchorage where safe sailing is impossible
    • The engine fails in a busy channel
  • Describe two methods of getting a man overboard back on board.
  • Describe the information required and the procedure for tying a boat to a fixed dock in areas with a large tidal range.
  • State the factors to be considered before allowing anyone to go swimming while at anchor
  • Describe how to secure the boat with an anchor on the bow or stern with the other end made fast to a dock or shore.
  • Describe the use of an anchor to hold boat off a windward dock when abreast of that dock.
  • Describe methods of rafting at anchor and potential dangers.
  • Describe the actions taken to prevent the dinghy from bumping the boat in the night.
  • Describe the proper operating procedures for the marine head and list precautions that prevent malfunction.
  • Describe the following common courtesies and customs of yachtsmen:
    • Permission to board
    • Permission to come alongside
    • Courtesy in crossing adjacent boats when rafted
    • Right of first boat at an anchorage
    • Keeping clear of boats racing
  • Flag etiquette: national flag, courtesy flag, burgee / house flag
  • Offering assistance to other yachtsmen in trouble

SAILING SKILLS

A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

  • Perform routine daily and weekly maintenance procedures on an engine.
  • Locate and check condition of all USCG required equipment aboard.
  • Maneuver the boat under power in a confined space.
  • Stop the bow of the boat within four feet of a fixed marker in various conditions while under power (pick up a mooring buoy).
  • Dock stern or bow to dock or shore using bow or stern anchor.
  • Apply 72 COLREGS (Navigation Rules), rules 1 – 19.
  • Demonstrate basic use of the VHF.
  • Check that all systems and equipment on the boat are in working order:
    • Engine, electrical system, stove, electronics, sails, hull, deck hardware, ground tackle, and through-hulls and demonstrate knowledge of safety relating to them.
  • Demonstrate the proper operation of a marine stove and he proper way to extinguish a fire.
  • Demonstrate suitable methods and precautions while towing a dinghy.
  • Sail a compass course with sails set properly while reaching and running.
  • Demonstrate two different ways of returning to a man overboard in moderate winds.
  • Plot a course and determine compass heading and E.T.A.
  • Read a nautical chart and identify corresponding landmarks and aids to navigation.
  • Take a fix using visual bearings.
  • Determine the depth above or below chart datum using tide tables.
  • Pilot a boat into an unfamiliar harbor or anchorage by day using a nautical chart and tidal information.
  • Obtain and interpret the marine forecast.
  • Set and retrieve two anchors set in a Bahamian mooring (for and aft).
  • Has acted as skipper and crew on a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours.

KNOTS

  • Tie a rolling hitch and a trucker’s hitch in 20 seconds or less.

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Overview:
This course offers a comprehensive overview of all forms of navigation exclusive of celestial. Curriculum includes chart reading, dead reckoning, taking bearings, plotting techniques, tides and currents, set and drift calculations, compass steering, navigation rules and aides, and electronic navigational equipment. This class is a home correspondence course.

Goal:
Demonstrate navigation theory required for coastal waters.

Prerequisite:
None

Please Note:
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.

Tuition
Private: $301
ASA Log Book: $9.95 + tax & postage

We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

It is customary to leave a gratuity to your instructor if you enjoyed your ASA certification course.

 
This course is conducted privately.  After completing a workbook at home, you’ll need to schedule six hours in our classroom to do the written exam and private tutorial.  Although we call this “Level 4”, you can actually do this program without any prerequisite certifications.

ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation Curriculum

SAILING KNOWLEDGE

A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

  • Explain the chart symbols and conventions on U.S. nautical charts in accordance with the terminology of chart #1.
  • Identify a source of official U.S. Coast Guard navigation publications.
  • List the publications required for prudent navigation in the local area including the following ASA minimum requirements:
  • Large scale charts of the area and chart #1
  • Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats
  • USCG Navigation Rules
  • State small vessel regulations
  • Local rules and regulations, if applicable
  • Local sailing directions
  • Tide and current tables, if applicable
  • List of lights, buoys, and fog signals
  • Radio aids to navigation (if using radio or RDF)
  • List the instruments required for prudent navigation in the local area including the following minimum requirements:
    • Steering compass and deviation table
    • Handbearing compass and / or pelorus
    • Binoculars
    • Protractor or parallel rule
    • Depth sounder or leadline
    • Pencil, eraser, and notebook
    • Dividers
    • Watch or clock
    • Log / Knotmeter
  • Describe the purpose of “Notice to Mariners.”
  • Use the tide and current tables to find:
    • Times and heights of tides at reference and secondary ports.
    • Direction and rate of current at referenced and secondary stations.
  • Convert courses and bearings between true, magnetic, and compass.
  • Check compass deviation by means such as a transit bearing.
  • Plot a dead reckoning position on a chart using speed, time and course to steer.
  • Allow for the effect of current and leeway to plot the estimated position.
  • Determine a course to steer which takes into account known current and leeway.
  • Determine current given the course steered and speed and two observed positions.
  • Plot a chart position from terrestrial objects using:
    • Two or more bearings on different objects taken at one time.
    • Bearings at different times (i.e. a running fix).
    • One bearing and transit range.
    • One distance (i.e. a sounding or dipping a light) and one bearing.
  • Use the above techniques to chart a course of at least 20 miles and 3 course changes.
  • Explain the terms and characteristics used for lighted navigation aids.
  • Explain the significance of shapes, colors, and lights used in the buoyage system.

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Overview:
An advanced comprehensive 4 1/2 day curriculum offering: live-aboard systems and cooking, electronic fixes, sail shape, storm tactics, heavy weather sailing, watch keeping, weather forecast interpretation, harness wearing, night circumnavigation of Channel Islands, sailing with bare poles, towing, anchoring under sail, and more.

Goal:
Able to skipper a sailing vessel over 42 feet in coastal waters in any conditions.

Prerequisites:
ASA 101, 103, 104 & 105

Tuition
Public Group of 4 max: $975
Damage Insurance: $5

Please Note:
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.

We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

It is customary to leave a gratuity to your instructor if you enjoyed your ASA certification course.

More Dates Coming Soon!

Day # 1                        5pm–8pm
Day # 2                        9am departure to Channel Islands National Park
Day # 5                        Return to SB Harbor, class is done by 2pm.


106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising Curriculum

General Description: 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.

SAILING KNOWLEDGE

A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

  1. Describe the theory of true and apparent wind.
  2. Describe the theory of sailing using force diagrams. Graphically find the center of effort and center of resistance of sails and keel, respectively.
  3. Describe with the aid of diagrams the causes of lee and weather helm and methods of correcting them. Include the reasons for preference of slight weather helm, sail selection (including full sails or reefed sails), mast position and mast rake.
  4. Describe sail shapes and sail interactions as needed for different wind strengths and points of sail. Describe the effects on sail shape and sail interactions when adjusting the following:
    Luff tension Outhaul Downhaul
    Leech line Boomvang Cunningham
    Backstay tension Jib fairleads Jib sheet tension
    Mainsheet Traveller  

    Weather

  5. Identify how to use a barometer and a thermometer either singly or together to assist in predicting weather.
  6. Describe cirrus, cirrostratus, altocumulus, stratocumulus, cumulonimbus and cumulus clouds and the weather expected to be associated with each.
  7. Describe local weather in relation to thermal winds and prevailing winds.
  8. Describe three sources of weather information available to yachtsmen in the United States.Seamanship
  9. Describe the proper selection of sails on a given boat for all weather conditions and give reasons for the selection made.
  10. Describe the appropriate heavy weather precautions for the boat selected and describe how they are carried out. Include sail changes, use of special equipment (safety harness, sea anchor), doubling up of gear, special checks in areas liable to chafe, stowage of equipment (above and below decks), additional checks on condition of bilge, special arrangements for towing dinghy/tender (if used), problems of fatigue, selection of clothing, and the need of at least two on deck at all times.
  11. Describe all the steps to be taken by skipper and crew for “heaving to” and “lying ahull.”
  12. Describe the methods Of rafting at anchor and the possible problems with day and night rafting.
  13. Describe how to prevent the tender/dinghy from riding up and bumping the vesselâs hull while anchored at night.
  14. Describe step by step how to secure a boat overnight with one anchor and stem made fast to the shore or dock.
  15. Describe two methods of using a second anchor to reduce swinging.
  16. Describe four different methods of recovering an anchor which is fouled on the bottom.
  17. Describe when and how to use a trip line and an anchor buoy.
  18. Describe when and how to set an anchor watch and the responsibilities of such a watch.
  19. Describe how to:
    • Prepare a towing bridle
    • Pass a tow to another boat
    • Get underway with a tow and which speeds to use
    • Avoid fouling the propeller
    • Avoid danger of towline parting under stress
    • Make proper lookout arrangements
  20. List from memory the visual distress signals listed in the applicable U. S. Coast Guard publications.
  21. Describe how the boat should be handled and what actions should be taken when the following emergencies occur while under sail-
    • The boat is dismasted
    • The boat runs aground on a lee shore
  22. Describe how the boat should be handled and what remedial action should be taken when the following emergencies occur while under power:
    • The engine cooling water fails to flow.
    • The engine fails in a crowded anchorage.
    • The engine fails in a busy channel.
  23. State the fuel tank capacity and range of the selected boat and thefactors that could affect its range.
  24. State the water tank capacity on your boat and the minimum water requirement per person-
  25. Describe the skipper’s responsibilities and action for the following common courtesies and customs of yachtsmen:
    • Permission to board.
    • Permission and entitlement to come alongside.
    • Permission and entitlement to cross adjacent boats when rafted.
    • Rights of first boat at an anchorage.
    • Keep clear of boats racing (even though cruising boats may be the “stand on boats”).
    • Offering assistance to yachtsmen in trouble.
    • Flag etiquette: National flag, Courtesy flag, Burgee/house flag, Dipping flag.
    • Lines dangling over side.
    • Fenders over side when underway.
    • Checking of boat’s appearance (shipshape & Bristol).
  26. List the documents required and the procedures followed when leaving and entering U.S. territorial waters.Engineering
  27. Describe and demonstrate the appropriate collective measures for the following common engine problems as applicable to the boat selected:
    • Stoppage in fuel line
    • Burned and defective points
    • Fouled spark plug/injector problems
    • Carburetor icing (spring and fall sailing)
    • Unserviceable starter
    • Electrolysis
  28. Describe when and how to carry out an oil change in the engine selected.
  29. Describe the minimum preseason maintenance and checks given to the following:
    • Hull (including underwater fittings, electrical systems, painting, antifouling)
    • Spars and rigging (including electrolysis)
    • Sails

    Safety

  30. Describe recommended permanent and temporary installation methods of grounding for lightning.
  31. State the factors you would consider before allowing anyone to go swimming while the boat is at anchor.
  32. State the danger of overhead power lines.
  33. Describe the uses, capabilities and limitations of a portable radar reflector.
    SAILING SKILLS

Boat Handling Under Sail (by Day and Night, 30 hours minimum ASA instructional program)A Certified Sailor has successfully demonstrated his or her ability to:

  • Act as helmsman and demonstrate the proper techniques of beating, reaching, running, tacking, jibing, heading up, heading down (bearing away) and luffing in approximately 20 knots of wind.
  • Work to weather to best advantage using wind shifts, tides and local geography.
  • Sail a compass course (within 10 degrees) with sails trimmed.
  • Demonstrate correct methods of towing a dinghy.
  • Properly carry out nighttime man overboard procedures.
  • Demonstrate correct procedures for hoisting, setting, trimmings, jibing, dousing and packing a spinnaker.*
  • Anchor, weigh anchor, pick up and cast off moorings while acting as helmsman and/or crew.
  • Demonstrate how to take a sounding using two different methods.
  • Stand a navigation watch during a passage of about 20 miles by night and 20 miles by day and demonstrate all of the skills required for the ASA Coastal Navigation Standard.

*Spinnaker work is optional. The certifying instructor will indicate spinnaker use in the certification box on page

Why Choose ASA Certification?

  • ASA has had a fully functioning, nationwide keelboatprogram since 1983.
  • ASA standards are used by more than 250 participatingschools throughout North America and the Caribbeanrepresenting about 90% of the viable, commercialsailing schools in the U.S. making it the undisputedstandard for sailing education in the country.
  • ASA has certified more than 4000 professional sailinginstructors from around the world.
  • ASA has certified over 200,000 students.
  • ASA credentials are recognized at schools and chartercompanies around the world.
  • ASA courses are approved by the U.S. Coast Guardand the Nation Association of State Boating LawAdministrators.
  • ASA established a comprehensive, national sailingschool insurance program.
  • ASA textbooks have sold more copies than any otherbooks of their kind and are published and distributedby some of the largest publishers in the world includingSimon & Schuster, Norton and McGraw/Hill.
  • ASA textbooks are written by teachers, not journalistsor famous racers.
  • ASA’s basic textbook, Sailing fundamentals, wasselected by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as itsofficial Learn-to-Sail text.
  • ASA sponsors the prestigious ASA School of the YearAward.
  • ASA sponsors the annual ASA Outstanding EducatorAward to 12 instructors from around the country.
  • ASA maintains one of the most active sailing WebSites in the world.
  • Philosophically ASA and its schools believe sailing is safe, fun and easy to learn. It’s only complicated and intense if those teaching it chooses to present it that way, we don’t.

CHALLENGE COURSES Package Icon

If you have prior sailing experience, and feel you meet the requirements of ASA 101 and/or ASA 103, you may challenge them. The challenge includes 4 hours of private instruction, ASA textbooks, ASA examination, ASA log book and ASA certification(s).

To learn more fill out the Sailing School Inquiry Form and the Sailing School Manager will contact you immediately.

Santa Barbara Sailing School Inquiry Form

Please fill out the form below and answer all questions to the best of your ability. Someone will be contacting you shortly to follow up and discuss additional details.

  • Many of our courses allow for multiple students. If you are interested in signing up with others, please provide names below.

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Sailing Instruction Packages

Geared for Locals, Great Options for Everyone!

SB Sailing

These packages include complimentary sail time, certification fees, materials and club membership.  Even if you don’t want to join our sailing club, this is still a great way to save on your ASA certification classes.  All certification courses will max out with four students, and you are not responsible for finding these other students to fill the class. Scheduling is very flexible, and the school director will work with your preferred dates and availability. Once you are enrolled in a course, it will not be cancelled due to lack of sign-ups.

All prices are subject to taxes and fees.
We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash or checks.

Day Sailor Package

Become a Competent Day Sailor of Sailboats up to 27' & Feel Secure in Familiar Waters

Includes ASA 101 Certification Course (Basic Keelboat Sailing – LEVEL 1), ASA Certification Fee, Sailing Made Easy Text, ASA Log Book, Damage Insurance Fee, plus…

FREE Club Membership Initiation of $588.00 (Does not include $35.00 per month dues)

FREE “Frequent Sailing Hours” (12 hours of prepaid rental time on a Capri 22’ &/OR Soling 26’)

COASTAL CRUISER PACKAGE

Become a Competent Day Sailor, Qualify to Charter Cruising Yachts with Inboard Engines & Get Familiar with the Santa Barbara Coastline

Includes ASA 101 Certification Course (Basic Keelboat Sailing – LEVEL 1), ASA 103 Certification Course (Basic Coastal Cruising – LEVEL 2), ASA Certification Fee, Sailing Made Easy Text, Coastal Cruising Made Easy Text, ASA Log Book, Damage Insurance Fee, plus…
FREE Club Membership Initiation Fee of $588.00 (Does not include $35.00 per month dues),
FREE “Frequent Sailing Hours” (12 hours of prepaid rental time on a Capri 22’ &/OR Soling 26’)
FREE Day Sail aboard a Catalina 28′ (Monday-Friday only from Memorial Day – Labor Day. Any day of the week the rest of the year. Cannot be used on 4th of July)

BAREBOAT CHARTER PACKAGE

Qualify to Charter Cruising Yachts with Inboard Diesel Engines for Multiple Day Vacations, Experience an Overnight Stay on Santa Cruz Island

Includes ASA 101 Certification Course (Basic Keelboat Sailing – LEVEL 1), ASA 103 Certification Course (Basic Coastal Cruising – LEVEL 2), ASA 104 Certification Course (Bareboat Cruising – LEVEL 3), ASA Certification Fee, Sailing Made Easy Text, Coastal Cruising Made Easy Text, ASA Log Book, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Text, Damage Insurance Fee, plus…
FREE Club Membership Initiation Fee of $588.00 (Does not include $35.00 per month dues),
FREE “Frequent Sailing Hours” (12 hours of prepaid rental time on a Capri 22’ &/OR Soling 26’)
FREE Day Sail aboard a Catalina 28′ (Monday-Friday only from Memorial Day – Labor Day. Any day of the week the rest of the year. Cannot be used on 4th of July).

ADVANCED COASTAL CRUISER PACKAGE

Bareboat Charter up to 50' Cruising Yachts with Inboard Diesel Engines; Emphasis on Heavy Weather/Night Sailing

Includes ASA 101 Certification Course (Basic Keelboat Sailing – LEVEL 1), ASA 103 Certification Course (Basic Coastal Cruising – LEVEL 2), ASA 104 Certification Course (Bareboat Cruising – LEVEL 3), ASA 105 Certification Course (Coastal Navigation – LEVEL 4), ASA 106 Certification Course (Advanced Coastal Cruising – LEVEL 5), ASA Certification Fee, Sailing Made Easy Text, Coastal Cruising Made Easy Text, ASA Log Book, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Text, Coastal Navigation Workbook, Damage Insurance Fee, plus…
FREE Club Membership Initiation Fee of $588.00
FREE “Frequent Sailing Hours” (12 hours of prepaid rental time on a Capri 22’ &/OR Soling 26’)
FREE Day Sail aboard a Catalina 28′ (Monday-Friday only from Memorial Day – Labor Day. Any day of the week the rest of the year. Cannot be used on 4th of July)

Instructional Packages FAQs

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We are very flexible when scheduling a particular ASA level, and will create a program that adapts to your days off and general availability.

In most cases, sleep aboard accommodations can be provided for a $161 fee for 101 and 103 students, assuming we have Catalina Yachts available at the time your program dates are set up. Summer weekends are the hardest time for us to provide this. Students in the 104 and 106 courses can sleep on the class boat the first night at no extra cost.

We do not schedule multiple certification courses in consecutive days. The American Sailing Association recommends extensive practice time between levels to become a competent sailor, and free practice time is included in these packages to encourage our students to practice after each course before advancing to the next level. 

We recommend reading and memorizing as much of the ASA text book prior to your first day of class.

Yes, but they will still need to pay for the full cost of the 3-day course since they will be filling a spot. However, the textbook, log book, and certification fee would not have to be paid for if this person does not wish to receive the credential. 

If you park in the Santa Barbara Harbor, the cost is $12 per 24 hours. You will need to keep your parking ticket and pay upon exiting.

Gratuities should be based on your overall experience with each instructor at a particular certification level. You can give cash directly to your instructor, or put the gratuity on a credit card with the front desk receptionist or manager in the office.

Our goal as a reputable school is to create competent sailors. In the event that you don’t pass, the school director can often times find ways to complete the course at no extra charge. You can also opt to re-take the course at a special rate, or pay for private instruction.

We have a strict no refund policy, however, in the case of an emergency there may be an option for change of date fee. The school director determines this fee depending on how much lead time was given, as well as the nature of the emergency.

During ASA 101, we will usually re-schedule to another date. For all other ASA levels, inclement weather provides a great opportunity to further your sailing skills.

Although you each receive your own set of study materials, you only receive one frequent sailing package, one day sail on the 28’ and one club membership initiation fee.

We will let you do one upgrade only. Beyond that, you would have to pay the club member price for additional ASA levels.

$35.00 club membership dues will be charged on your last day of ASA 101. If your graduation date falls after the 15th of the month, your dues will begin on the first day of the following month but your membership will be activated immediately.

Your free day sail on the 28′ can be used Monday-Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on any day of the week the rest of the year.  However, this can not be used on the 4th of July.

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Liveaboard Instructional California Sailing Vacation Packages

Acme & SB Sailing

These award-winning semi-private courses enable you to combine multiple ASA certifications while living aboard a Catalina Yacht, eliminating the need for hotel expenditures. You’ll be learning to sail in paradise, and experiencing the world-famous Channel Islands National Park during your ASA 104 course! Although geared for out-of-towners, locals can take advantage of these privatized lessons as well.

Spend from six to eight days living aboard and learning to sail in Santa Barbara, California at the world-famous Channel Islands National Park. During your Liveaboard Instructional Vacation, you’re able to transition from a total novice to a recognized “Bareboat Charterer”, capable of multiple day charters anywhere in the world with you as the captain! One of the unique aspects of this program is that there is a 2 student maximum at each certification level.

This translates into a ton of helm time and attention from your instructor.

Learn from Seasoned Pros!

Our Liveaboard Instructional Sailing Vacation format is extremely informative, and we are certain that you’ll be well educated and prepared to sail anywhere in the world. Our curriculum far exceeds the requirements of overseas charter companies, and even that of The American Sailing Association itself. If you review the textbooks and reading materials we send you in advance, we assure you that you will not receive a more comprehensive program anywhere!

Choose the Package that Fits Your Sailing Experience

Certification Packages

Santa Barbara Sailing Center Punch Card Flags OPTION ALPHA

8 Day Liveaboard
Instructional Sailing Vacation
Certifications: 101 (Basic Keelboat Sailing),
103 (Basic Coastal Cruising) & 104 (Bareboat Cruising)
Description

This Liveaboard Instructional Vacation package is geared for the novice (or those that have done moderate crew work), who is eager to achieve the first three levels of ASA certification in one visit. Upon completion, you will become a recognized “Bareboat Charterer”, capable of multiple day charters anywhere in the world, with you as the captain.

Days 1-3: 101 aboard a Capri 22′ or J-24’
Days 4-6: 103 aboard a Catalina 28’, 32’ , 36’ or 42′
Days 7-8: 104 aboard a Catalina 32’, 36’, 42’ or 50’

Alpha Tuition

Year-round: $5,500 for party of two
All prices are subject to taxes and fees.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center Punch Card Flags OPTION BRAVO

6 Day Liveaboard
Instructional Sailing Vacation
Certifications: 101 (Basic Keelboat Sailing)
& 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising)

 

Description

This Liveaboard Instructional Vacation package is geared for the novice (or those that have done moderate crewing), who is eager to achieve the first two levels of ASA certification, and become a competent basic coastal cruiser. Upon completion, you will be ready to day sail larger boats anywhere in the world, with you as the captain.


Days 1-3
: 101 aboard a Capri 22′ or J-24’
Days 4-6: 103 aboard a Catalina 28’, 32’ , 36’ or 42′

Bravo Tuition

Year-round: $4,055 for party of two
All prices are subject to taxes and fees.

Additional Costs Required for Either Class:

Sailing Made Easy Text Book: $24.95
Coastal Cruising Made Easy Text Book: $27.95
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Text Book: $39.95
ASA Log Book: $9.95
ASA Certification Fee: $49.00
Postage: To be determined by zip code
Damage Insurance: $5.00 per person
Check in the day before your Liveaboard Instructional Vacation by 5pm (Early Board): $135.00
Check out the day after your Liveaboard Instructional Vacation at 9am (Late Board): $135.00

*Gratuity is not included and is customary if you enjoyed your lesson.

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  • Private instruction (Party of 2 students). 
  • All options above can be split into multiple sessions (does not need to be consecutive).
  • 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.
  • All options above can be split into multiple sessions (does not need to be consecutive days.)
  • 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. However, we can recommend hotels that are close by.
  • You are able to prepare your own meals aboard the yacht you are living on as well as take advantage of our wonderful assortment of over 400 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. 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 manager 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: 
100% non-refundable payment is due upon booking your program.  A house credit with no expiration date can be issued with no penalty fee to re-book new dates as long as a 7-day warning is given.

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.

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.

Non-Certification Package

OPTION CHARLIE

5 Day Liveaboard
Instructional Sailing Vacation
Non-Certification Instruction
Description

This Liveaboard Instructional Vacation option is geared for the sailor who is not interested in obtaining ASA certification but would still like to engage in hands on learning.  The first day will encompass the fundamentals of basic keelboat sailing aboard a J-24’.  The second day will focus on basic coastal cruising skills aboard a Catalina 27’, 28’, 32’ or 36’.  The final three days will be a 3 day charter aboard a Catalina 42’ or 50’ as you learn the ins and outs of bareboat cruising.  This will be the highlight of your program and will be conducted at The Channel Islands National Park with two overnight anchorages.

Day 1: 4 hours small boat instruction aboard a Capri 22′ or J-24’
Day 2: 8 hours of cruising yacht instruction aboard a Catalina 28’, 32’ , 36’ or 42′
Days 3-5: 3 days and 2 nights aboard a Catalina 42' or 50' at Channel Islands National Park

Charlie Tuition

Year-round: $5,100 for party of two
All prices are subject to taxes and fees.

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Private Introductory
& Refresher Sailing Courses

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If you're looking for a private non-certification introductory or refresher lesson, on sailboats of any size, we can create a custom sailing course just for you! Private lessons can focus on any aspect of the sailing world, such as proper sail trim, navigation, docking, under sail, anchoring, heavy weather, crew overboard rescue techniques, coastal navigation, spinnaker work, knots, racing and more.

Choose from an array of day sailors to cruising yachts! We'll help find a boat that best fits the conditions, game plan and availability. Please contact the school director to arrange the dates and times that suit your availability.

SELECT THE PRIVATE INSTRUCTION THAT BEST SUITS YOU

Day Sailor

No more than four in your party, not including instructor

Capri 22'
J-24'
Soling 26'
Polish existing skills
Advance on new topics
Enjoy a sailing introduction
Maximum Party of Four

Public Rates (Members Receive 25% Off)

2 Hours - $185
3 Hours - $244
4 Hours - $304

Cruising Yacht

No more than six in your party, not including instructor

Catalina 27' /Catalina 28'
Larger boats may be available upon request
Polish existing skills
Advance on new topics
Enjoy a sailing introduction
Maximum Party of Six

Public Rates (Members Receive 25% Off)
2 Hours: $384
3 Hours: $514
4 Hours: $644
8 Hours: $904

Prices are subject to taxes and fees.

It is customary to leave a gratuity if you enjoyed your lesson.

Why Learn to Sail in Santa Barbara?

Awaken the active sailing spirit in you. The Santa Barbara Channel makes for a challenging and beautiful area to learn to sail and cruise. Here it is not uncommon to have winds in excess of 25 to 30 knots with 4-8 foot seas out in the channel while the inner waters, within a couple of miles of the coastline, experience a gentle 10 to 12 knots and 1-2 foot seas. The variety of conditions here teaches you how to handle a boat and be confident in any number of situations and weather patterns.

Santa Barbara is a sailor’s paradise with an average temperature of about 75 degrees, with plenty of sunshine.  We also have whales that frequent our waters year round. There are almost always dolphins, seals, sea lions and an incredible assortment of marine life too. So, when you’re considering an instructional sailing vacation, we encourage you to contact us for an amazing experience and education that you’ll cherish forever.

Testimonials

"They will do anything humanly possible to make you feel comfortable and welcome. I took their sailing certification class and am now able to rent sailboats and have a great time! I recommend them highly."

—  Creative Carpet Repair

"long overdue review for the SBSC. I joined their membership a few months ago and decided to take their 101 Basic Sailing Course. The instructor was awesome and the staff were always very accommodating to our needs. After completing my courses I took out a J24 with a nephew and a few of his friends. Everything went well until we started back into the Harbor. Big mistake taking young kids sailing without first acclimating them to the boat. Plus, the SB Yacht Club was right in the middle of their mid week Regatta. We had some issues coming back in due to the excessive wakes from all the boats heading out into the harbor. The staff came to our rescue and took care of all the "issues" that came up...not going to elaborate but lets just say it was an accident. The owner took care of everything and acted very professionally considering all the issues. Congrats to the owner for taking the high road vs what could have been a unfortunate situation. The 101 instructor JASON was AWESOME!"

— James Adelman

"I flew down to Santa Barbara from Vancouver, BC., for warm weather Spring sailing in late March, 2015. Great weather, and a terrific group of people, especially the American Sailing Association training staff.

I invested in the eight Day Liveaboard Instructional Sailing Vacation - Certifications: 101 (Basic Keelboat Sailing), 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising) & 104 (Bareboat Cruising).

An excellent bargain for anyone wanting to achieve bareboat cruising status. Thanks, guys! A great trip!"
— Brian Caruthers