Veteran Sailing Association
Tavernier, Florida Keys
(305) 619-3433 |

Ahoy! Veteran Sailing Association is the Florida Keys newest ASA sailing school located in the Upper Florida Keys.  Capt. Joe is a US NAVY SEAL, who (being a native) knows the waters having sailed them his entire life. VSA’s custom ASA training program is geared toward Veterans, those that support them and couples seeking the confidence to sail unassisted without any prior sailing experience.  Initial ASA 101 training is conducted on a very clean and modern ODay 22′ keel boat.  ASA levels 103/104 are conducted while living aboard and cruising the beautiful Florida Keys on a very clean 41′ Morgan Out Island Sloop.  This “crawl, walk, run” approach to learning will insure a gradual ascent with the participant mastering the needed knowledge required to sail their own ship.  Veteran Sailing Association takes great pride in insuring that courses are taught professionally and the course timeframes are realistic to the amount of knowledge being acquired by the student(s).

American Sailing Certifications 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.

Other Services Available

  • Couples Courses
  • Youth Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Summer Camps for Kids
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Flotillas
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises
  • Racing Courses
  • Sail Trim Courses


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

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. Veteran Sailing is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization that offers active duty military and honorably discharged Veterans FREE ASA sailing courses.

Contact Information

Veteran Sailing Association

Address 90791 Old Highway 1TavernierFL33070United States
Phone (305) 619-3433

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