Stem to Stern Sailing
Panama City, North West Florida
| (850) 866-8724 |

At Stem to Stern Sailing, we provide certified sailing courses for students of all skill levels. Our experienced instructors are passionate about teaching the art of sailing and ensuring students are equipped with the necessary techniques and knowledge to safely navigate the water. We offer comprehensive courses, from basic keelboat sailing to advanced navigation and cruising catamaran. Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment while helping students reach their sailing goals.

We also Offer Sailing Charters, come Join us on a breathtaking journey through the crystal-clear waters as we embark on our Sunset Dolphin Tours. Our expert crew will guide you on a memorable sailing experience that promises to be nothing less than exceptional. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a first-time adventurer, we offer an array of charters to suit all preferences. Don’t miss out on the chance to create timeless memories with us.
We offer a luxurious and unique venue for your next Charter event. Whether it’s a corporate retreat, a romantic celebration, or a family gathering, our private event charters provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable experience. With top-notch service and stunning views, your guests are sure to be impressed.

Courses Offered

Introductory Lesson

For those who think they would like to take a sailing course but are not sure.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Prerequisite: None

ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Sailing 1

This basic sailing course on the 33′ Hunter is designed to get the new sailor off on the right tack. You will learn basic sailing through a combination of classroom and on-the-water instructions.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Areas of Instruction Include: Sailboat Familiarization; Sailing Terminology; Rigging and Sails; Points of Sail, Sail Trim, Tacking and Jibing; Rules of the Road; Safety at Sea; Docking and Mooring; Sailing Knots.

ASA 103: Coastal Cruising

The Coastal Cruising course is the next step that opens up new sailing opportunities and adventures. This course is designed to teach students coastal cruising skills both as skipper and crew aboard a 30 to 42 foot boat with auxiliary diesel power.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Prerequisite: ASA 101 required
  • *Areas of Instruction Include: Running Lights; Duties of Skipper and Crew; Rules of the Road; Safety Equipment; Gasoline Outboard and Diesel Inboard Engine Operation and Troubleshooting; Marine Weather and Heavy Weather Sailing; Reefing System; How to Recover from Running Aground; Introductory Navigation and Charts; Emergency Procedures and Hypothermia; and more Knots.

ASA 104: Bareboat Cruising

The Bareboat Chartering Class gives the Coastal Cruiser the skills to sail a 30-to-51-foot auxiliary sailboat on a Bareboat Charter. This three-day course includes classroom and extensive on-the water instruction including one night on board at anchor.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Prerequisite: ASA 101 & 103 required.
  • Areas of Instruction Include: Cruising Boat Handling and Seamanship; Boat Systems Including Electrical, Engine, Fuel, Water and Head; Fuel Planning, Trip Planning, Provisioning and Meal Preparation; Maintenance Procedures; Coastal Navigation including Bearings, Fixes, and Time-Speed-Distance Calculations, Mooring and Anchoring; Problem Solving and Trouble Shooting.
  • Details: 3 days and 2 nights’ accommodations (1 night at dock and 1 night cruising). Meals include three breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner. Meals and drinks ashore will be at your own expense.

ASA 114: Cruising Catamaran

Able to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 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. Knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Prerequisite: ASA 101 & 103 & 104 required.

For ASA 101, 103, 104, 114, price includes ASA sailing manual and ASA written exam and certification. Package Discounts Combo Courses available. *Stay on our Luxury 35′ Gemini Legacy during class.

About Us

Stem to Stern Sailing is the premier sailing school for both beginners and seasoned sailors. Led by USCG Captain Dale and Captain Laurie, our team is committed to providing a personalized and professional sailing experience. With over 40 years’ experience, their extensive knowledge and experience, our team will make sure your sailing journey is unforgettable. Whether you’re looking to learn basic sailing techniques or want to set sail for a romantic sunset cruise, trust Stem to Stern Sailing to deliver the experience you’re looking for.

Why Choose Us?

At Stem to Stern Sailing, we are passionate about delivering top-notch sailing experiences. Our dedication to providing exceptional service and unforgettable adventures is what sets us apart from other sailing schools and charters. We prioritize the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our clients, and work tirelessly to exceed their expectations. With Stem to Stern Sailing, you can trust that you are in the best hands for a truly remarkable sailing experience.

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
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, Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, 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 Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Sailboat Cruises


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. Stem to Stern Sailing is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

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Stem to Stern Sailing

Address 112 East 3rd CourtPanama CityFL32401United States
Phone (850) 866-8724
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