Castle Harbor Boating School
Coral Gables, South East Florida (305) 665-4994

Castle Harbor Boating has been in business since 1949 and offers a variety of programs in sailing training. Located in Coral Gables’ beautiful Matheson Hammock Park Marina, we sail on Biscayne Bay which Dennis Connor the famous sailor, described as “America’s best sailing venue”.

Our most popular programs are ASA 101 (Learn To Sail Keelboat), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering, ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising and our Saturday Racing Clinic. Racing is the best way to gain experience fast because racing forces you to optimize your sailing sailing skills. If you fail to do so, you get instant feedback (“Uh oh, the other boats are passing us!”).

We use very specific boats for each level of training. For example, by using a well-balanced beginner’s boat for basic training you get the “feel” and balance of sailing much better than learning on a larger cruising boat (like many schools use). We can also do “combination courses” and customized courses.

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.
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.

Other Services Offered

  • Women Only Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Summer Camps for Kids
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Day Sail Charters (member-only)
  • Racing Courses

Contact Information

Castle Harbor Boating School

Address 9610 Old Cutler RoadCoral GablesFL33156United States
Phone (305) 665-4994
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