Learn to Sail Texas
ASA Sailing School in Corpus Christi, TX Lessons & Classes
We are committed to the ASA standards. They are what they are, a standard. We adhere to them because we believe in them.
The following classes are available. The ASA summary of these sailing skill standards are also listed below.
Basic Keelboat Standard ASA 101
General Description: " Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of 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. Auxiliary power operation is not required. Note: The United States Coast Guard has granted approval for ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing to satisfy certain merchant mariner credential examination requirements and safe boating training requirements."
Basic Coastal Cruising Sailing Class Standard ASA 103
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) certification
General Description: " Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship."
ASA 104 - Bareboat Cruising
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA103) certifications.
General Description: "Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation."
ASA 103 / 104 Combo
This combination course is for those graduates of the ASA 101 course. We highly recommend that the participants have had some practical sailing experience after achieving the 101 level, (ASA recommends 24 - 40 hours), prior to taking this class. It is currently a 4 day class usually conducted during the week. The material covered in a short 4 days is considerable. We generally spend one night on the hook, (seasonal dependent), and the other two at marinas.
ASA Fast Track
The ASA Fast Track course combines all the material from the ASA 101, ASA 103 and ASA 104 courses and gives you the basic tools, processes and, skills required for safe management of a sailing vessel. This class is intended for those with boating experience. The first day of class starts at 0900 at our classroom. In order to get the most value from this intense class you should have had some previous training or experience. Its not uncommon to have an ASA 101 graduate participate in this class. The class is currently a five day live aboard class and the daily schedule is intense. As with all classes we start at 0900 but its not uncommon to work on reviews in the evening until 2000 (8:00 PM), or later. An average class will spend 3 nights in various marinas and sometimes a night on the hook. The first day and sometimes the second is spent on our 25' Catalina, (Training Won), reviewing basic sailing skills. You will berth on another boat. The second day starts with reviews and navigation exercises. Typically we complete the ASA 101 standards on the second day. We lecture and test every evening, and learn and practice sailing and navigational skills everyday. On morning of the 5th day all written testing has been completed. The students review; engine fuel systems, AC systems, Fresh Water Systems etc. We shove off by 1100 and once again sail a segmented course laid out by the students, communicating with commercial vessels with radio and sound. The class returns around 1600 on Friday. You'll be tired, very tired!
ASA 105 - Coastal Navigation
General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard. This is a difficult standard and it is presented as a self study class. The majoriy of students need a little help with the material. If you are a pilot, (aviator), and can still navigate the old fashioned way, it will not be to difficult. However, for the rest of you...consider taking the class after you have completed the self study DVD.
ASA RADAR Endorsement
This course is offered to both sailors and powerboaters.
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Coastal Navigation. Power boaters need to demonstrate a sufficient experience level in coastal navigation.
General Description: The ASA radar course teaches safe, efficient use of small-craft radar for piloting, chart navigation, and collision avoidance, including radar principles and practical matters of radar operation. A realistic PC based radar simulator is used in the course to illustrate radar measurements.