Charlotte Harbor Sailing
Punta Gorda, South West Florida

Our instructors all have many years of sailing experience, and each has been an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructor for more than 5 years. They all have a Captains license from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Our school is easily located in Punta Gorda, in a beautiful harbor on the Gulf of Mexico. Sailing classes are taught aboard our Catalina 310, no classrooms! To maximize your time at the helm each class is limited in size to a max of 4 pupils.

In addition to beginner and intermediate courses, we offer some hard-to-find advanced courses such as Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA106) and Celestial Navigation (ASA107).

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. Student receives a written, personalized Recommended Plan suggesting steps for continued improvement in knowledge and skills proficiencies after the review is completed. This review may be taken multiple times.
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.

Other Services Offered

  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sunset Cruises

ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program

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.
Charlotte Harbor Sailing is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • My wife and I enjoyed the classes very much. We strongly recommend the courses 101 and 103 for the beginner who is thinking of buying a boat or a couple that want to have a very pleasant three days of seeing what sailing is all about.[read more]

    - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

  • We were DELIGHTED with ASA 104 at Charlotte Harbor Sailing! We found the Catalina 310 to be a great boat, very easy to understand and to move about it. She is in great condition, everything in ship shape.[read more]

    - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

  • Loved the boat, an experience of a lifetime. First time I slept aboard a sailboat, and it was very pleasant and comfortable. The Captain was the best host, and we felt freedom like we never had!!![read more]

    - Charlotte Harbor Sailing

  • We both enjoyed the sailing class! Captain Phil is an excellent captain and teacher. We plan to continue taking the next lesson in the series in November of this year. I believe it is course #103. Phil has a natural talent in presenting info[read more]

    - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

  • ust to say thanks to you and Tim and Mark for an absolutely superb experience. Could not have been better. The plan is to be back next year for 104.[read more]

    - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

Contact Information

Charlotte Harbor Sailing

Address 1780 West Marion AvePunta GordaFL33950United States
Phone (941) 676-0328
Website charlotteharborsailing.com
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