ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat Course

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American Sailing Association certifications are lifelong and globally recognized for those looking to steer from the helm – just in case you were looking for an adventure. 

Good for sailboat charters with 20′ – 27′ sloops and includes 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. The class is 10 hours long and is four segments of 2.5 hour instruction that is hands-on and on the sailboat. 

New Students Receive

In addition to four classes of 2.5 hours each totaling ten hours of instruction, students walk away confident and capable of renting sailboats at any American Sailing Association facility. New student graduates receive many official American Sailing Association perks and benefits.

  • Official ASA Logbook
  • ASA 101: Basic Keel Boat Textbook – Sailing Made Easy
  • One Year ASA Membership (on graduation)
  • ASA Certification Sticker (on graduation)

Get Directions

Address: Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA

Arrival Directions: PLEASE TELL the contact station you are headed to the sailing school!  After entering the park, go under the bridge and look for the large parking lot with the Breakwater Store in the center.  We are by the water, to the left of the Breakwater Store when facing the river.

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