Palm Beach Sailing Boot Camp – where our ASA 101 course is a bedrock foundation to a lifetime of sailing.
To quote Ted Turner loosely… learning to sail on a big boat is like going to college before going to grammar school.
We believe that the most important of all the ASA certifications is ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing, and that the most important lesson to be learned is the instinctive feeling for Zen-like interaction of the wind, the boat, and the sailor himself, tiller in hand, on a small boat.
Accordingly, we teach our ASA 101 Boot Camp course over three days of training, tailored to your immediate goals. We start with two days of on-water and classroom instruction aboard our ASA Beneteau First 22 (Yep, that’s the one everyone shows in their photos, but nobody uses for teaching). On the third day, written and on-water testing is done in the morning. The afternoon is for your first solo. When you bring the boat back to the dock in one piece with all crew members aboard (lol), your ASA 101 certificate will be waiting at the dock. Chances are that your first solo sail will make you a raving fan of sailing, and that your newfound competence and confidence will make you ready to go wherever your career takes you.
Captain Paul, our dedicated ASA 101 instructor, has been sailing since he was a kid. He’s fond of telling his students that in three days of instruction, “You are going to learn what I learned in five years on a Sunfish on Greenwood Lake and five years on a Venture 224 around New York Harbor. He’s somewhat of a word-nerd, so don’t let him dwell too long on the origins of the sailing term “starboard”. All in all, he loves making sailboats hum, tailors each class according to your goals and skill level—and usually gets a few chuckles, and Aha Moments along the way.
Even ASA’s guidelines recommend a minimum of 24 on-water sailing hours between the ASA 101 and 103 courses, let alone going to a 104 or beyond in a week. We believe in that guideline, so we make our ASA Beneteau First 22 available to our certified students at a good discount off regular rental pricing. Or, you might want to join our Mariners Club and enjoy discounts year-round.
We hold open enrollment courses every month and group discounts. Please check our calendar for availability.
When you are ready for your ASA 103 certification, we offer a two-day course on our brand new Jeanneau 419 with the same commitment in laying a strong foundation for your career.
If you are curious, but not ready for ASA 101, we offer a Two-Hour Discover Sail Tour, and day sail charters on the our First 22 or Jeanneau 419. Please see our website for details.
If you have significant sailing experience, we offer ASA challenges at all levels, as well as the complete range of ASA courses—from ASA 101 through ASA 114—solo or in combination, at our other Florida locations in Miami, Key West, or St. Petersburg. We also offer “Learn and Stay Aboard” packages and bareboat charters at these locations.
Captain Paul enjoys talking sailing, and finding the best fit for your sailing education. Please contact him directly at the links below.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
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
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Day Sail Charters (member-only)
- Sunset Cruises
- Sailboat Cruises
- Overall the course was great - it covered the fundamentals and still allowed for actual sailing experience, which it what it is intended to achieve. I would recommend this course with the FYG for anyone who is new or wants to learn more about sailing
Chase C - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
- My wife and I had so much fun and have not stopped talking about it. One of my co-workers is even considering doing it (and we will definitely refer him over to you). We really felt that we had the best instructor. We enjoyed it so much!
Adam W - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Florida Yacht Group – West Palm Beach
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