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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

Catamaran Video
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

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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...

Windward Sailing School

Windward Sailing School - Amelia Island, FL Our sailing area offers deep water sailing in shore and offshore with easy access to the Atlantic. Our boats are docked on the ICW and we are able to sail right off the dock. Currents here are strong and offer challenging conditions, as well as pristine sailing areas. We have favorable winds and sail year-round. A student can expect to find an array of conditions and circumstances that would be useful for future sailing. 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...
South Coast Sailing - BVI Flotilla, Winter 2017

2020 BVI Winter Flotilla

2020 BVI Winter Flotilla Discover why the “Christmas Winds” make December in the British Virgin Islands a sailing mecca! There is no better opportunity than our annual flotilla to expand your sailing skills, navigate to idyllic shores, and of co Read More...
Laura Dekker Interview, Part 2

Laura Dekker Interview, Part 2

Laura Dekker Interview, Part 2 ASA sits down with Laura Dekker an articulate, soft spoken, thoughtful young lady whose wisdom belies her years. At the age of 16, after a five hundred and eighteen day journey, she would become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Read More...
Sunac Yacht Club, Qingdao, China ~ An ASA Certified Sailing School

Sunac Yacht Club

Sunac Yacht Club - China The Clubhouse of Qingdao Sunac Yacht Club (SYC) is inspired by the European Classic Garden & Architecture. The SYC marina features concrete docks and 230 berths. The SYC sailing school coaches are skilled with more than 20 years’ sailing and teaching experience. 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!