ASA affiliate school #552, offers a full-range of English-based sailing courses in the exotic waters of the Kerama Islands, Okinawa and Osaka, Japan.
Instructors with the affiliate have a wide-range of experience to help you meet your sailing education goals while in Japan.
Originally established in 2004 as BLISS (Bill’s Little Informal Sailboat School), management and ownership of the affiliate transferred to Okinawa in 2022. BLISS still offers sailing courses in the waters of Osaka Bay.
Affiliate #552 students are also eligible to enroll in BLISS’ study school to help obtain a Japan Small Vessel Operator’s Permit — a requirement in Japan.
Contact us today to see how we can make your dreams of sailing in Japan, a reality.
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.
Other Services Available
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekend Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Sunset Cruises
Bill’s philosophy about sailing has given me a new perspective and eagerness to learn more. Despite his wealth of knowledge and vast experience, he does not pretend to know everything. His quietly spoken manner has helped me to feel relaxed and enjoy
Mitch - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
This course was a fantastic introduction to sailing. I not only became familiar with the parts of the sailboat, but became comfortable with operating the boat by tacking, gybing, and docking. The emphasis on & safe and controlled sailing provided me
he Basic Keelboat Sailing Couples Course allowed my husband and I to become comfortable with the basic concepts and skills of sailing in just one weekend. We can’t wait to start crewing to further develop our skills.
Fun class, Zamami (Island) is a great place to take this class and enjoy what sailing has to offer..
Thanks Adam, the course was great and I enjoyed the fun activities you planned apart from the classes. You showed me how much fun sailing can be!.
Alisa - ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
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