Challenge ASA 101 + Complete ASA 103/104

Challenge Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101)
Complete Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
and Complete Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)

This course combines challenging Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and completing Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) and 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).

Prerequisite

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.

Class Size

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.

Dates

The Lake Champlain Sailing School offers course instruction from mid-May to mid-SeptemberWe offer flexible scheduling according to your group's preferred dates.

Textbook

Please purchase the class textbooks directly from ASA or digital download from iTunes in advance of your selected course dates:

  • Coastal Cruising Made Easy
  • Bareboat Cruising Made Easy

Curriculum

Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

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

Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)

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 of ASA 104

  

 

Learning the roles and responsibilities

Each student is constantly involved, alternating between skipper and crew, in learning the roles and responsibilities of each and how they must work together.

Sailing lessons depart from the Plattsburgh City Marina and return to the Plattsburgh City Marina or another destination (additional mooring or dockage fees may apply) on Lake Champlain at the end of each instructional day via supervision of your on board instructor.

Once safely docked or at mooring, your instructor will leave you to enjoy your evening on board your charter boat with your friends or family. This is a great way for you to experience living on board in a private, secure setting.

Overnight anchorage options can also be recommended by your instructor based on your desired itinerary, experience, and wind conditions.

In order to achieve ASA certification, students will be required to demonstrate sailing ability and pass a written examination.

 

Course fee includes

  • 7 days of instruction by our certified ASA/USCG Captain/Instructors
  • 6 overnight stays (without instructor) on the Navtours bareboat charter sailboat and dates you select, which best matches the vessel size you desire for your on water instructional experience.
  • All of our classes are private, so only you and your friends or family will be on board your chartered sailboat during your instructional time.
  • ASA Membership Fee
  • Official ASA Log Book
  • ASA 101, ASA 103, ASA 104 Exam and Certification
  • International Certificate of Proficiency 
 
 
  

2017 Course Fee

COST PER PERSON

Class Size of 2: $2609

Class Size of 3: $2289

Class Size of 4: $2129

* Additional price quotes available from Navtours, if you prefer to use a large/newer monohull or catamaran for your course instruction.

** All amounts listed in U.S. dollars and includes NYS sales tax and applicable charter fees.

 

AVAILABLE BOATS

Navtours Charter Boat Length Year 
 XO 28 1999 
Sea Dancer  31  2003
Le Petit Prince 37  1997
Seawolf's 39  2009 
 

COURSE ITINERARY

  • Day 1 (ASA 101)
    15:00 - 19:00: Challenge written test and on board boat orientation.

  • Night 1
    Students stay overnight (without instructor) on board selected charter boat. Boat stays at slip or on a mooring at marina.

  • Day 2 (ASA 103)
    09:00 - 17:00: On water/On board Instruction
  • Night 2
    Students stay overnight (without instructor) on board selected charter boat.

  • Day 3 (ASA 103)
    09:00 - 17:00: On water/On board Instruction/Demonstration of Sailing Abilities/Written Examination.
  • Night 3: Students stay overnight (without instructor) on board selected charter boat.
  • Day 4 (ASA 103)
    09:00 - 12:00: On water/On board Instruction
  •  Day 4 (ASA 104)
    12:00 - 17:00: On water/On board instruction
  • Night 4: Students stay overnight (without instructor) on board selected charter boat.
  • Day 5 (ASA 104)
    09:00 - 17:00: On water/On board Instruction/Demonstration of Sailing Abilities/Written Examination
  • Night 5: Students stay overnight (without instructor) on board selected charter boat.
  • Day 6 (ASA 104)
    09:00 - 17:00: On water/On board Instruction
  • Night 6: Students stay overnight (without instructor) on board selected charter boat.
  • Day 7 (ASA 104)
    09:00 - 15:00: On water/On board Instruction/Demonstration of Sailing Abilities/Written Examination/Disembarkation