Challenge Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101),
Challenge Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
and Complete Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
This course combines challenging Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) and completing Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
COMBINED CERTIFICATION CHALLENGE(S) AND COURSES
For sailors with some or extensive experience (you will take a written exam and demonstrate your sailing skills in order to successfully receive credit for your challenge attempt). We administer challenge(s) when combined with the actual completion of one or more additional instructional course(s).
Ability to sail at an intermediate level.
ASA 101 Challenge
If you have a good amount of prior experience, have studied ASA 101 Standards to review the theory and practical skills needed to pass ASA 101, and feel you can EASILY pass the course, then challenging out of the class is the way to go.
You will take the 100 question multiple choice exam, demonstrate tying about seven knots, and then go out sailing for a few hours to prove all of the practical skills. If you pass, we simply sign off on ASA 101.
If you are NOT 100% confident that you will pass ASA 101 Challenge on the first try, then we highly recommend you take the actual ASA 101 course to build a solid foundation and fill in any knowledge/practical gaps that may exist.
ASA 103 Challenge
You must be able to act competently as the skipper of the boat, which in turn means that you should know the meanings of different navigational buoys and how to read Tide & Current tables. You will need to successfully complete the ASA 103 exam and demonstrate your sailing abilities. Please study the ASA 103 Standards to review the theory and practical skills needed to pass ASA 103 prior to deciding to challenge the course.
If you are NOT 100% confident that you will pass ASA 103 Challenge on the first try, then we highly recommend you take the actual ASA 103 course to build a solid foundation and fill in any knowledge/practical gaps that may exist.
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 textbook Bareboat Cruising Made Easy directly from ASA or digital download from iTunes in advance of your selected course dates.
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.
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