Combined Bareboat Skipper Training:
Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101),
Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103),
Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
Learn to sail and become certified for bareboat chartering and big boat sailing.
This course combines the Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101), Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), and Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104) levels of the ASA curriculum.
Simply the desire to learn to sail or refresh your pre-existing sailing skills!
All of our classes are private, so only you and your friends or family will be on board your chartered sailboat during your instruction by our certified ASA/USCG Captain Certified Instructors.
Classes require a minimum of two and maximum of four students in order to be conducted. Interested students need to form their own groups in advance.
The Lake Champlain Sailing School offers course instruction from mid-May to mid-September. We offer flexible scheduling according to your group's preferred dates.
Please purchase the class textbooks directly from ASA or digital download from iTunes in advance of your selected course dates:
- Sailing Made Easy
- Coastal Cruising Made Easy
- Bareboat Cruising Made Easy
Curriculum includes the theory and practice of sailing on all points of sail. Upon completion, the student should be able to handle a similar size sailboat in light to moderate wind and sea conditions in familiar waters.
Click to view the complete course description of ASA 101
Curriculum includes how to handle a vessel under power and sail in moderate wind and sea conditions.
- Students will be introduced to the location, operation and daily maintenance of the yacht's systems: Fresh Water, Fuel, Gray Water, Waste, Electrical and Propane/CNG. The diesel engine/drive system will be also be covered in class.
- Students will use local charts and learn to plot your course and use tide and current tables and be introduced to Electronic NAV utilizing hand held and fixed GPS units.
Click to view the complete course description of ASA 103
The curriculum for ASA 104 is an advanced course for individuals with the prerequisite ASA certifications and cruising experience who are seeking the qualifications to be certified for bareboat chartering.
Students will learn how to work as skipper and as crew while maneuvering the yacht under power and sail, including close quarter situations such as mooring, anchoring and docking. Throughout, you will be drilled on safety, navigation, weather, terminology and deck skills.
You will be coached and challenged in situations that every cruising sailor ultimately faces:
- Troubleshooting common problems
- Docking off the wind or down current
- Safety at sea
- Weather watching
- Navigation in limited visibility
- Kedging off
- Planning landfall in adverse conditions
- Sail selection, handling and trim
In addition, you will become comfortable using shipboard electronics and navigation instruments. You should finish the course feeling confident that you can skipper a yacht of comparable size and handle those unforeseen circumstances.
Click to view the complete course description for ASA 104