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Over 350 professional sailing schools around the world teach ASA courses.

These facilities give sailors of all experience levels an opportunity to become more competent and confident in their abilities.

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New Member Benefits

New Member Benefits

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Catamaran Video

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Free Online Sailing Course - Your First Sail
Free Online Sailing Course - Your First Sail

Online Sailing Course
"Your First Sail"

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GO SAILING

New GO SAILING Mobile App

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing – What You’ll Learn

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing – What You’ll Learn I sat on the deck of a sailboat and I listened to a teenager explain the basics of sailing. I was impressed. The cloak of mystery behind something as simple as sailing is lifted when it is brought down to the simplest and truest form. “You need wind in your sail and the boat will move forward.” The lesson continued with very little discussion about how things worked and more about why things worked.  The teens laughed a lot. They pointed out things on the water. At one point one teenager closed her eyes and let the wind hit her … Continue reading ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing – What You’ll Learn Read More...

Great Lakes Sailing Company

Great Lakes Sailing Company - Traverse City, MI We are located in some of the best sailing/cruising waters on the Great Lakes. In Traverse City, we have access to countless coves, beaches, islands, harbor towns and picturesque marinas to visit during a course or a charter. We have a fleet of 25 charter boats between 31' and 45'. After you graduate from our award winning ASA school, we will confidently send you and your crew out on one of them! Read More...
5 gyres plastic pollution scientists

Introducing 5 Gyres: Sailor Scientists Fighting Plastic Pollution

Introducing 5 Gyres: Sailor Scientists Fighting Plastic Pollution Sailors in every corner of the world are taking the ocean’s plastic problem into their own hands, or rather, into their own nets. Balloons, bags, bottles, ghost nets, and all kinds of plastic trash are being pulled out of the water by boaters everywhere, but what if we could do something more with all that trash? This is where 5 Gyres comes in. Named after the five swirling masses of plastic “soup” in the world’s oceans, 5 Gyres is a science-to-solutions organization collecting data on the millions of tons of plastic out in the big blue and using the results … Continue reading Introducing 5 Gyres: Sailor Scientists Fighting Plastic Pollution Read More...
French Polynesia Sailing Flotilla

French Polynesia Flotilla

French Polynesia Flotilla Join our French Polynesia Flotilla and visit paradise on earth. It is only in sailing between the blue ocean and turquoise lagoons in the shadow of the majestic volcanic peaks as the ancient Polynesians did in their outrigger Read More...
ASA's Ocean Quiz

The Ocean Quiz

The Ocean Quiz Do we really know how much plastic is on our ocean? We love to sail but do we know enough about what is beneath the surface of the water that we enjoy? Take this quick quiz on what lies beneath the surface as well as what gets into the ocean. Read More...
Magic Sailing School, China ~ An ASA Certified Sailing School

Magic Sailing School

Magic Sailing School - China Magic Sailing School is an ASA member school of the American Sailing Association. It strictly follows the American Sailing Association ASA system curriculum standards, and trains the coaching team to obtain the ASA sailing driver's license. Read More...

The ASA

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The American Sailing Association introduced certifications to the United States over 35 years ago. Today, with 350+ sailing schools worldwide and 536,000 ASA-certified sailors, ASA represents the largest and most trusted network of schools in the United States.

Get Certified!

Home-Certifications

Earning an ASA certification will become one of your prized accomplishments. Not only does it evidence your new sailing ability to the world, it gives you the confidence to maximize your experience. Visit an ASA school to learn more about how a friendly professional ASA certified instructor can help you accomplish your dreams.

Nothing Beats Sailing!

Home-Sailing

Whether you are sailing a small boat across a lake on a quiet afternoon, or watching the sun come up on an ocean crossing, there is truly no sport like sailing. Start sailing with an American Sailing Association certified school near you!

Adventure Awaits

Home-Adventure

Whether you’re already an active sailor or have never set foot on a sailboat, the American Sailing Association offers many exciting opportunities to experience sailing. Check out our flotilla schedule and choose to join us for a once in a lifetime sailing vacation in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or South Pacific!