Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School
Charlotte Harbor, South West Florida
| (941) 637-6634 |

Welcome to Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School! Coaching sailors since 1984, we are very successful at building student skills, and most importantly, CONFIDENCE, for both new and experienced sailors. Our diverse, sub-tropical sailing waters are unmatched for training and our ASA instructor ratings are awesome! We achieve that by providing great coaches, access to outstanding training waters, and proper vessels for learning.

Our classes are small and we are flexible with training design and itinerary based on your sailing objectives. We work with you to ensure we exceed your expectations. Give us a call to begin planning your sail training!

Why Choose Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School?

Our Long History and Reputation – Over 35 years training sailors, hosting instructor clinics and flotillas. We offer wide range of ASA Certifications, including ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran.

Our Coaching Approach – We do a great job of managing our students through the anxiety phase to the read and react phase. Once there, we gain learning momentum by coaching students on how they react. This speeds up the learning curve and CONFIDENCE building!

Our Tiller Boat for New Sailor Training – Most schools train new sailors on mid-size cruisers. We train new sailors on smaller tiller boats. Doing so helps you better understand and feel foundational principles such as vessel balance and sail plan trim. This will help accelerate learning and build CONFIDENCE!

Our Small Classes (couples and families) – Our classes are small, and we are able to customize the training time to best meet your sailing goals. Whether it is help mitigate anxiety, enhance skills, buy a boat, or a learnin vacation…no problem.

Our Base and Training Waters – Our office and fleet are located at the full service, Burnt Store Marina. Charlotte Harbor offers a large, well protected training ground and, depending on the class, easy access to blue water sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. Good sailing winds and weather year round. The sub-tropical climate and awesome resorts provide for very nice learning vacation or post certification charter. Our waters were “Voted Top 10 Places to Sail” by Sailing magazine.

Our Fleet – With the exception of ASA 101, all other classes are taught aboard one of Yachting Vacations charter fleet vessels that includes well appointed, mid-size monohulls and catamarans.

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.
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 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 Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Day Sail Charters (public)
  • Vacation Charters
  • Flotillas


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. Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • We had never really sailed before we met Chet. Sailing with friends was no substitute for all we needed to learn to be safe and effective sailors and sailboat owners. Now we’re living the dream thanks to Gulf Coast Sailing School.

    Mark and Tammy - ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

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Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School

Address 3160 Matecumbe Key Rd.Charlotte HarborFL33955United States
Phone (941) 637-6634
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