Florida Sailing and Powerboating School and Charters

Florida Sailing and Powerboating School and Charters is an ASA affiliate school and charter service located in Sarasota, Florida.  With boats and instructing locations around the Sarasota/Bradenton, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Tampa Bay area including the Gulf of Mexico.  Our sailing and boating waters extend over the entire Tampa Bay waters with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and points northward and southbound.  Our beaches locally are known for their beautiful white sugar sand, amazingly clear blue-green waters, and often the area is top-ranked among popular destinations for travelers to west central Florida.  Typical conditions permit year-round on-the-water activities.  Our locations are in family-friendly areas and close to popular attractions like Bush Gardens in Tampa and nearby Orlando with Disney and MGM theme parks. The accommodations close to many of our locations make easily accessible nearby visitor attractions.  Thus offering many options for day and night-time vacation activities and make possible combining your learning experience at Florida Sailing and Powerboat School with relaxation time for you and family after a busy day on-the-water.

We are a full-service ASA  school with certified instructors available to teach ASA 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 111, 114, 118.  Our school also offers certification as part of an IQC-Instructor Qualification Clinic which leads to IQ-Instructor Qualification and the opportunity to teach ASA certifications.  Our charter services include captained full day, half day, sunset, and multi-day trips.  The variety of boats available range from smaller size (14 to 24 ft.) offered to master the fundamentals of sailing to our larger cruising sail for the bigger groups and more advanced ASAcourses.  We also offer sail bare-boat charters and rentals.

Our school and instructors bring together the skills and teaching techniques of several local USCG licensed captains who are ASA certified instructors and can qualify you for all ASA levels of certification.  Their specialized local knowledge, along with proven instructing techniques educating beginner to skilled and seasoned students, incorporates combined progressive educational processes into an instructional program including the important theoretical knowledge in the basics of boats and boat handling followed by practical skills application on-the-water.  Our captains also share a wealth of local knowledge for the nearby areas of interest to ensure you can safely and confidently navigate local waters and learn to apply this knowledge when you travel back to your home base and all future destinations.  Most have years of experience in other popular boating areas on the east and west coasts of Florida, the Florida Keys and elsewhere in the United States, the Caribbean-including the BVI’s and US Virgin Islands and other popular destinations, and globally with experience in well-known trip destinations like Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, etc.  If your plans include an interest to charter outside the USA, we will train you to a level of certification that offers you the ASA IPC-International Proficiency Certificate and permits a person to skipper bare-boat charters almost anywhere on the globe.

Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters welcomes families, groups and individuals for personalized instruction and certification to learn boating and boat handling skills from beginner to the experienced boater/sailor wanting to advance, enhance and expand their skill set.  Contact us today for a customized quote to your needs.

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 111, Sailing Review
ASA 111, Sailing Review
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review.
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.

Contact Information

Florida Sailing and Powerboating School and Charters

Address 2001 Whitfield Park Ave.SarasotaFlorida34243United States
Phone (941) 500-2490
Website floridasailingandpowerboating.com
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