Learn to Sail Texas
ASA Sailing School in Corpus Christi, TX Lessons & Classes
The sailing class begins normally on a Monday morning but, the schedule does vary. We meet in our classroom at 0900. Class commences with introductions and an assessment of goals. The class then begin a review of the ASA 101 curriculum; points of sail, sailing lexicon, knots, boat parts etc. The class then moves to our basic training vessel, a Catalina 25' for a hands on review of the names and functions the various boat parts. This will take us into lunch, you are on your own to visit local restaurants. After the break, (an hour or so), and we meet back on the Catalina. We depart and begin working on the underway elements of the ASA 101 curriculum. Generally speaking we work on boat handling under sail including; points of sail, basic sail trim, a docking under sail, reefing, Man Overboard etc. After an afternoon in the bay we put the boat to bed and return to the classroom to take the first half of the ASA 101 written test. When completed, we travel to the training vessel to get you berthed for the remaining four nights of class. After a quick introduction to the vessel and marina facilities you are free to venture out into town and visit shops and restaurants.
If the boat has not been provisioned we go to a local restaurant for taquitos and coffee, (out treat). Class prepares breakfast at 0800, (Continental Style). We then travel back to the classroom, (less than 10 minutes drive), to conduct a review of the remaining elements of the ASA 101 curriculum. While in the classroom a student prepares the navigation for that days destination. Back to the boat we go, prepare lunch and depart for an afternoon of exercises, drills and reviews. Typically we stay in Corpus Christi Bay on the second day. The remainder of the ASA 101 written test is completed and graded.
Breakfast at 0800, then a quick review and we test on the first half of the ASA 103 elements. After a student has plotted our days travel we shove off to a new destination practising new skills as we go. While underway we work on the elements and standards required for the 103 certifications. After the boat is secured we again sit down for another lecture and complete and grade the ASA 103 written test. Dinner is ashore at a restaurant you are on your own. Class is over for the evening.
Breakfast at 0800 and another lecture on the ASA 104 material plus another navigation problem. The first half of the 104 written test is taken and again we shove off. By this time you are competent at anchoring, hove'ing to, reefing and, Man Overboard drills. We arrive at our last destination and begin an in depth review of boat systems; engine checks, fuel systems, cooling systems, waste handing etc. On our last night we complete the ASA 104 written test. Dinner is again discussed, then we call it day and relax.
All written testing has been completed, now we concentrate on the required skills. The class plans then charts our route back to Corpus Christi. We discuss what skills we need to practise on our last day on the water. The students are completely in charge of the days sail, practising everything that they learned. As we make our way back to the home port we practise any techniques that are not completely understood. We arrive at the marina near 1600 and if all has gone well you'll be certified to Bareboat Chartering. After packing up and a little cleaning you depart by 1700. You'll have a new sense of confidence and maybe a little bit of a sailor's swagger in your walk.