Aventura Sailing Academy is Dana Point Harbor’s Premier Sailing Club and Academy. For over 44 years we have been successfully teaching students, from the beginner to the advanced. We are a West Coast leader in producing well trained Sailors.
USCG Master Class 100T Captain Ric Dahlin (Director of Academy) is also a Collegiate level sailing instructor, and as a professional educator, Aventura’s classroom and lectures have been providing “best in class” sailing instruction with top results. All of our Certified ASA instructors are friendly and dedicated to your sailing instruction. Aventura Academy’s classes are challenging, fun and engaging but most importantly highly effective.
Your Basic Keel boat (ASA 101) begins on a 27’ to 30’ Sailboat equipped with wheel helm, roller furling jib, inboard diesel engine, and fixed keel. Aventura’s training sailboats provide our students practical experience and a direct pathway to skippering their personal Bareboat Charter.
We offer all of the American Sailing Association (ASA) Certificates, either in group settings or in private classes. Sailing courses for single certificates, combo certificates, and live aboard offshore classes provide a full menu of choices for our Students.
Dana Point Harbor is one of the West Coast’s best sailing harbors, minutes from slip to open ocean and known for year round favorable sailing weather. Conveniently located within a day’s sail to Catalina Island, Southern California’s top sailing destination, Aventura’s base location enables students and members easy access to the best of Southern California Sailing.
Whether you are just visiting and are interested in a sailing vacation with an ASA Certificate or a local resident looking for access to the sailing lifestyle, Aventura’s Sailing Club and ASA Academy can help you set sail on your adventure.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
Learn to skipper a sailing vessel on extended offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Knowledge of long-term passage planning, offshore vessel selection, sail repair, offshore first aid, watch-keeping, emergency procedures, abandon ship protocols, safety and seamanship.
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.
The ASA 113 standard and certification have been retired in the U.S. Relevant content is now included in the recently refreshed ASA 110 Small Boat Sailing and ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran standards. There is a strong demand for the ASA 113 standard in China so it is still considered active there.
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.
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
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.
Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.
Learn to properly use small-craft radar (or radar simulator) for piloting, navigation, and collision avoidance. Knowledge of radar principles and practical matters of radar operation.
Other Services Offered
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
- Sunset Cruises
- Sailboat Cruises
- Racing Courses
Aventura Sailing Academy
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