Afterguard Sailing Academy (510) 535-1954

San Francisco Bay is the best place in the world to learn to sail. We do not have make up – it is all here. So the place is fantastic as a general learning location. Our school has two locations to sail from. Oakland Estuary has wind from each of two shores year round plus is protected from the higher winds of weather and seasons. Smooth flat waters of a Riviera zone to start for all intro courses up through ASA-101. Then our classes venture out to the Central SF Bay. By mid ASA level we leave from Treasure Island in the middle of the Central Bay for 104/114 courses over night adventure course and some of the multi-day offshore advanced levels as well.

Afterguard is a unique model of for-profit ASA school that also supports a Foundation. Afterguard provides courses on a non-profit basis for inner city high school and summer camp youth, year round programs for vets and community outreach sailing. We are referred to as the little school with heart – with over 30 boats- little is relative. It is small business family feeling of welcome and a kind (no-yelling) style of instruction you will find at Afterguard.

Our instructors and captains have a strong commitment to ensure students learn to sail with earned confidence and awareness of all issues that effect safely. Mary SwiftSwan is one of ASA’s authors and has a few books in the works of her own. As the first woman Instructor Evaluator, active IE since 1997, she guides new instructors with the same thoroughness and diligence she provides to her advanced students. Afterguards team of instructors, that began with school in 2003, has grown too.

Afterguard offers the full range of ASA courses plus a long list of ‘Only at Afterguard’ options that allows us to make the most of our locations. Students can experience multiple micro climates, 2-6′ tides, 2-5k currents, learn to recognize and avoid pleasure and every kind of commercial vessel activity found in the books. The weather can be foulie cold or t-shirt warm. Warmer months are fall-spring. The strongest winds are associated to the daily flow of summer fog cooling nearby inland valleys. We teach zero visibility sailing at BCC-103 level just so all 103 and up, can be Bay Safe to enjoy great sailing. Our conditions dictate we teach you more than other schools, and we do.

ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn 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.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing
ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing
Learn to sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

Other Services Offered

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Summer Camps for Kids
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sail Trim Courses

ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.
Afterguard Sailing Academy is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Contact Information

Afterguard Sailing Academy

Address 1853 Embarcadero, 2BOaklandCA94606
Phone (510) 535-1954

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