A brief summary of sailing instruction and prices.
Please note; our sailing classes have changed over the years. Yes we still cover all the ASA materials but our job is to make you sailors. We no longer put an emphasis on making long straight line sails to other ports, just because. Instead we concentrate our efforts on making you better sailors; tacks, jibes, trip planning, docking, navigation most of which is done in the bay. You get more practise actually sailing verses making a straight line sail sometimes under motor for 5 hours. You become more confident, develop a form of muscle memory, become more aware, moment to moment, of the intricacies and art of sailing. In short a sailor with a higher skill level and an enhanced ability to command a vessel.
Our Sailing Courses:
ASA 101 Basic Keelboat - 2 Days (No Prerequisites)
The Basic Keelboat class is normally conducted over a weekend. Class starts at 9:00 AM with a review of; sailing lexicon,
boat parts, points of sail and knots. Around 11:00 we break for lunch, (usually about an hour and 15 minutes).
We re-convene at the selected training boat for a hands on review of boat parts, rigging, and then prepare to get
underway. We sail for about 3 - 4 hours practicing the skills discussed in the classroom. Then return to the dock,
(usually under sail), and secure the boat, (put it to bed). You then return to the classroom to take the first half
of the written test. The second day's routine is the similar; morning lecture, break for lunch, review on boat,
then another 3 - 4 hours on the water, followed by the completion of the written test. For a more detailed
description click here.
(Price includes all; textbook, registration fees and, ASA certification fees.)
ASA 101 / 103 Combination - 4 Days 3 Nights (No Prerequisites)
This is a 4 day liveaboard school. You will know if you are really ready to be a sailor at the end. It will be
conducted from Thursday through Sunday. The lesson plans are aggressive. The first two days concentrate on the
ASA 101 standards. The subsequent days are spent on the ASA 103 standards.
Instruction begins in the classroom at 0900, on the first day with about a 3 hour review of the basic class materials.
After a lunch break, we sail on our basic training boat for the afternoon. About 1600 we return to the classroom
to take the first half of the ASA 101 written test.
The schedule is the same for the 2nd day. You will be berthing on one of our cruising boats starting on day #1.
On day 3 if your ready we travel to another port. Probably Port Aransas but the destination varies with weather and student progress. Day 4, your in charge, take the boat back to Corpus...Don't get us; lost or, go aground. Use proper radio protocol when dealing with commercial shipping traffic. Class should be over about 1600 on the last day.
Meals; You provide for your own meals at local restaurants as long as we are in Corpus Christi. If we are out all day or overnight at another marina, we will provision the boat with appropriate provisions. Students are usually so tired that they aren't in the mood to cook. No matter which marina we are in... restaurants are a close walk or a quick taxi ride. We start work on our reviews, navigation and trip planning every morning at 0900. During the day we practice maneuvers, have lunch underway if we are sailing at that time. Every evening we review and test. On the last day class finishes at about 4:00 PM
Spring Special Limited Time Price:...$767.00
ASA 103 / 104 Combination - 3-1/2 Days 3 Nights (Prerequisite ASA 101)
This is a 3-1/2 day liveaboard school. We have modified the schedule so that you have sufficient time to drive to
class without having to overnight in a hotel, (The majority of our students come from central Texas).
The class is generally conducted from Thursday through Sunday but, the schedule varies. The lesson plans are
aggressive. Instruction begins in the classroom at noon, (12:00), of the first day with an all afternoon review.
After chart work and navigation logs are completed we move to the boat. After a hands on review and an
introduction to some of the boat systems we stow our provisions and your gear and prepare your cabins for a
good nights sleep.
Meals; You provide for your own meals all days that we are berthed in Corpus. If the class has obtained a sufficient skill level we will provision the boat for a trip to another port. This is a change in our policy. No matter which marina we are in... restaurants are a close walk or a quick taxi ride. We start work on our reviews, navigation and trip planning every morning at 0900. During the day we practice maneuvers, have lunch underway if we are sailing at that time. Every evening we review and test. On the last day class finishes at about 4:00 PM
Fast Track: ASA 101, 103, &104 - 5 Days 4 Nights (Prerequisites none but a little experience helps !)
This is a very intense class it covers all materials from 101 / 103 / 104. It is a 5-day liveaboard school normally
scheduled on Monday - Friday or Wednesday - Sunday. You will probably be berthed on one of our larger boats. The first day
or two will be spent on our 25' Catalina basic training boat. This is where you will really learn how to sail.
Instruction begins in our classroom at 0900. We begin with reviews but by 1100 we've usually moved to the boat.
During this time you learn the basic sailing skills. The class then changes boats, we move
onto a larger training vessel with a wheel, roller furling jib and inboard diesel. Once training has begun aboard this
vessel we depart sail in the bay for practice sessions, navigation problems and many other skill sets. The last days
are primarily used to increase your skill level and knowledge of: emergency responses, boat systems, navigation and
other related topics. Depending on the class, our itinerary can change dramatically. Generally speaking the first
three days are spent in the Corpus Christi Marina. Some of the classes spend the entire 5 days on Corpus Christi Bay
returning to the Corpus Marina every evening. Our job is to create competent sailors, ones that understand the basic underlying
principles so they can make the correct intelligent decisions quickly when that time comes that everything is going
wrong. Students are generally on their way home by 1700 (5:00 PM) on the last day of class.
Meals; You provide for your own meals all days that we are berthed in Corpus. If the class has obtained a sufficient skill level we will provision the boat for a trip to another port. This is a change in our policy. Students are usually so tired that they aren't in the mood to cook. So we have limited the meals and there preparation. No matter which marina we are in... restaurants are a close walk or a quick taxi ride. We start work on our reviews, navigation and trip planning every morning at 0900. During the day we practice maneuvers, have lunch underway if we are sailing at that time. Every evening we review and test. On the last day class finishes at about 4:00 PM
ASA 105 Coastal Navigation: (Prerequisites: None)
This is primarily a self-study class. Order your materials and set aside about 1 - 3 months of time to study. If the materials are purchased from us we include:
1.) All instructional materials, (does not include plotting equipment)
2.) A 4-hour review of the material on a Saturday at 0900.
3.) Test proctoring on Saturday afternoon. The test is difficult and on average takes about 4 -5 hours to complete.
For a more detailed description click here.
If you've looked at our "Schedule" you'll notice that once a month we try to add a 101 Basic Keelboat class with a 103 / 104 combination scheduled back to back. This gives you 6 days on the water, 2 days doing basic and then 4 days at a more advanced level. If you have limited experience, we highly recommend this as an option to the Fast Track class.
Early summer sailing is here. The summer solstice is coming soon, but we are not waiting. The daytime temperatures are South Texas style, (mid 70's to low 80's). Its a great time to sail into the nearby bays and area marinas. If you desire additional information not covered under one of the primary link categories please use the Contact Link on the left to drop us a line.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 331478 Corpus Christi, TX 78463
Classroom Address 505 S. Water Street, Suite 535
Corpus Christi, TX