ASA Sailing Certification
The importance of ASA Sailing Certification
ASA Certification Seal

300+ Schools
7,000 Instructors
500,000 Students

ASA Sailing Certification was born out of a clear need for a nationally accepted system of sailing instruction with a uniform curriculum, based on an agreed upon set of standards of sailing proficiency for students and instructors.

ASA Sailing Certification is just the beginning…

ASA Sailing Certification gives you the knowledge and experience to be confident and safe on all your sailing adventures
– whether you charter a boat from a local harbor, go on an exotic sailing vacation, or even buy your own boat.

Ongoing Education
Ongoing Education
Sailing Vacations
Sailing Vacations
Sailing Flotillas
Sailing Flotillas
Boat Ownership
Boat Ownership

Once you have achieved certification, practice, practice, practice! How your sailing ability will be evaluated depends on many things; when, where, and to what level you have obtained ASA certification, and how much you have sailed since your certification. However, ASA certification will be yours for life as a testament to your ability and commitment from the day your ASA instructor signs your Log Book.

ASA Certified Schools

Sail Ontario - Sackets Harbor, NY - ASA Certified Sailing School
Sail Ontario - Sackets Harbor, NY Start your Sailing adventure today with Sail Ontario in the historic shadow of the War of 1812. You'll start your journey at the Madison Barracks Marina, named ... Read More...
Dalian Songliao Bluedream Yacht-Driving Training School, China ~ An ASA Certified Sailing School
Dalian Songliao Bluedream Yacht-Driving Training School - China Dalian Songliao Bluedream Yacht-Driving Training School is located in the beautiful city of Dalian in China. We have more than 12 years experience on motor and ... Read More...
Florida Sailing and Powerboat School And Charters - Sarasota, FL ~ ASA Certified Sailing School
Florida Sailing and Powerboating School and Charters - Sarasota, Florida We have boats and instructing locations around the Sarasota/Bradenton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Tampa Bay area including the Gulf of Mexico.  Our sailing... Read More...
Sail Ontario - Sackets Harbor, NY - ASA Certified Sailing School
Sail Ontario - Sackets Harbor, NY Start your Sailing adventure today with Sail Ontario in the historic shadow of the War of 1812. You'll start your journey at the Madison Barracks Marina, named ... Read More...
Sail Monterey, California ~ An ASA Certified Sailing School
Sail Monterey - Monterey, CA Sail Monterey is the only full service sailing charter, sailing school, and rental business in Monterey. Learn to sail in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanct... Read More...
ASA accredited sailing schools are authorized to offer the internationally recognized ASA keelboat certification system and are held to the highest standards in the sailing education world. All ASA schools are required to pass a rigorous application process, conduct their businesses in an ethical and professional manner, and must pass an on site evaluation that requires a well maintained facility that accommodates its students in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to learning. ASA accredited schools also must have clean, well-maintained vessels that are safety checked by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary annually and must employ ASA certified instructors and ensure that all hold a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license (where applicable). They are champions of a cooperative effort to elevate sail training to the highest standards possible.

ASA Certified Instructors

Sailing Local With ASA Outstanding Instructors – West Coast Local Schools With Outstanding Instructors When the dust settles on the COVID-19 crisis we will be looking to get back outside and back out on the water. That is when you should be seeking out your local sailing school. Explore the idea of sailing with one of ASA’s Outstanding Instructors. It’s time to #Saillocal with ASA Outstanding Instructors. Read More...
A Sailing Diamond Bob Diamond has been teaching beginning-sailors the ropes for a good long time and has been an instructor at Spinnaker Sailing in Redwood City, California since 1984. Read More...
Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone Judy was a nervous sailor but gained enough confidence & expertise to pass on her knowledge to others who want to sail but are a bit intimidated by it all. Read More...
Black Rock Sailing School
Fair Winds and at Least Two Cup Holders! Black Rock Sailing School’s twenty-four-year-old ASA Sailing Instructor Paul Sullivan caught the sailing bug young, sailing his Sunfish around the small lake of his hometown. A self-described sailing addict, Sullivan lived for sailing. Read More...
2007 Outstanding Instructors ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
When your Instructor is ASA Certified you can be sure that he or she is a professional who has been accredited to teach sailing that complies with ASA’s nationally and internationally accepted standards. Their hard-earned ASA instructor certification assures you of their ability to teach sailing better, safer, and more enjoyably. ASA instructors have the responsibility to teach and evaluate their students’ sailing ability and knowledge, and have been authorized by the American Sailing Association to award certifications to their students after successfully passing their ASA courses.

ASA Certified Students

When you are ASA Certified you have successfully demonstrated your ability to act as skipper or crew of a sailboat to one or more of the ASA’s eight internationally recognized levels of sailing proficiency. Becoming ASA Certified is not only validation of your hard work and sailing skills; it also boosts your confidence on board and the confidence of everyone who sails with you. ASA Certification affords sailors recognized confirmation of their individual sailing ability by other ASA certified sailors, instructors and sailing entities around the world.

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The fun really does start with ASA. The classes are small, the instructors are knowledgeable and the sport itself is a fantastic way to get outside for discovery and adventure!

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We chose the sailing lifestyle because it offers something for everyone. Our days and nights on the water give us a chance to spend quality time together away from our demanding daily lives.

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Earning our ASA certifications was a phenomenal experience. We had no idea that our dream of sailing together would turn out to be so rewarding AND fun!

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We met in an ASA sailing class and decided we should help each other practice our new skills. Two years later were married and we still sail every chance we get.