Nautilus Sailing
Crested Butte, Colorado (800) 680-7902

Dreaming of learning how to sail? We’re an award winning ASA sailing school. Fantastic instructors, sexy sailboats, and stunning destinations. Want more than just a sailing course? Our sailing courses are a real adventure, and a blast…

We specialize in week long liveaboard courses in the Grenadines (Caribbean) and Sea of Cortez (Mexico). These are off the beaten track destinations, that are amazing places to learn to sail. Earn ASA 101-104 certs as learn to sail and operate a 40-50 foot yacht, and explore a stunning cruising area.

In the summer time we conduct weekend ASA 101-103 courses on Blue Mesa, Colorado’s largest and best sailing lake. Want to see if sailing is for you? Come test the waters with us…

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 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.

Other Services Offered

  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • “This was huge for me, and couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ve been all over the world and seen some amazing things, this ranks in the top! I recommend this to anyone who is up for an adventure.”[read more]

    Tom, Colorado - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • “The perfect experience for learning to sail. We have bought a boat and I was very concerned about using it. The instructor made me much more confident. Best week and class-HIGHLY recommend!”[read more]

    Helen, Georgia - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • “I was looking for the experience to live-aboard and learn to sail. This course exceeded my expectations. I not only got the experience of sailing; I had a GREAT time doing it.”[read more]

    Woody, Maryland - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • “We had a GREAT course with Nautilus – fantastic instructor and we learned what we needed to prepare us for our BVI charter this winter!”[read more]

    Ken, Colorado - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

  • “I think what really made this trip for me was the instructor. The Sea of Cortez was great. I met and made new friends and saw amazing scenery and marine life. Awesome trip!”[read more]

    Al, Colorado - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

Contact Information

Nautilus Sailing

Address PO Box 4035Crested ButteCO81224United States
Phone (800) 680-7902
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