AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION (ASA) CERTIFICATIONS

The American Sailing Association was founded in 1983 to teach people to sail. The ASA set out to establish standards against which to measure a sailor’s level of knowledge and skill. Today, the ASA is an association with over 400 affiliated sailing schools located throughout the UA, Caribbean, Europe, Central America, and Asia. 

 

The ASA system has eight primary levels of student certification from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passagemaking. The ASA’s sailing-education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel.

 

By establishing worldwide standards for sailing education, the ASA has provided a way for more people to take part in the sport safely and with the proper training.

The ASA certifications Sea of Cortez Sailing Academy offer are:

Sea of Cortez Sailing School certified by the American Sailing Association in Mexico
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ASA 101: BASIC KEELBOAT SAILING

Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.

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ASA 103: BASIC COASTAL CRUISING

Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.

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ASA 104: BAREBOAT CRUISING

Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.

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ASA 114: CRUISING CATAMARAN

Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.