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Southwest Sailing - ASA Certifications

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  1. ASA Certifications provided thru ASA School partners.

  2. Schedule your class with SWsailing or Sailboat Shop.

  3. Courses available at Lake Pleasant, So. Cal. and "Vacation" locations on request.


* Overnight class prices are per person / double-occupancy,

and may vary for CA and Vacation locations.

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Private Sailing Lessons - customized for you


Start with the basics OR build on your experience to the reach the next level, on your schedule, where and when you need the class, aboard boats 18'-45' including catamarans. Sailing Lessons Your Way! $100+ per hr. 3 hr. minimum. 2 Students max.

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ASA101 - Basic Keelboat


No experience required. Learn sailing terms, parts of the boat, points of sail, right of way, reading the wind, sail trim, basic knots and maneuvering under power aboard a 25-30 ft sloop.  2 days. Lake Pleasant only unless with Certification Vacation.

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ASA103 - Basic Coastal Cruising

$450 - $995+

Learn sailing skills for cruising 25-35' sailboats, USCG requirements, navigation lights, communications at sea, man overboard tactics, basics of nautical charts, auxiliary engine operations, anchoring, mooring, reefing and more. ASA101 required. 2 days. $375 @ Lake Pleasant. $795+ in So. Cal. in Certification Vacation locations.

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ASA104 - Bare Boat Cruising


Learn bareboat chartering skills for 30' to 45' boats on multi-day voyages on inland or coastal waters. Provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, basic diesel maintenance, basic coastal navigation including and GPS operations. ASA103 required. 2 days. Only offered in Southern California and Certification Vacation locations, not in AZ.


ASA103/104 - 3 Day Combined Course


Earn both your ASA103 and ASA104 (see course info above) over 3 days sailing to Catalina Island or other SO-CAL locations.  If you have solid sailing skills and are ready to validate your competency and build your confidence this combo-course is for you.  ASA101 required or may be "challenged." 10+ sailing days preparation recommended.

Only offered in Southern California and Certification Vacation locations.

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International Proficiency Certificate - IPC


The ASA International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) or similar certification is mandatory for chartering in most European / Mediterranean waters. Only sailors who have been certified up through ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising level can receive the IPC.

ASA IPC includes VHF Radio Operator Endorsement. 


ASA106 - Advanced Coastal Cruising


Learn to skipper and navigate sailing vessels up to 50' in coastal and island waters, in ANY CONDITIONS, DAY or NIGHT. Includes sail theory, steering forces, advanced sail control, weather prediction using clouds and instruments, heavy weather preparation, safety, and seamanship. ASA104 & 105 required. 2+ days. Only offered in Southern California and in Certification Vacation locations.


ASA114 - Catamaran Cruising


Learn to apply Bareboat Cruising skills on 30-45', dual auxilliary-powered Catamaran sailboats. Learn to safely skipper cruising catamarans on multi-day bare boat voyages on inland or coastal waters in winds up to 30 knots. ASA104 required. 1-2 days. Only offered in Southern California and in Certification Vacation locations.


ASA111 - Sailing Review


The ASA 111 Sailing Review will improve and refresh your sailing skills and knowledge based on your goals, including a written personalized recommended action plan after the session. ASA111 may be taken multiple times and becomes a permanent addition to your ASA student record.


Certification Vacation (103-104 or 104-114)


Earn your 103-104 or 104-114 over 3-4 days while bare boating in So. Cal., overnights at Catalina Island or at a vacation location of your choice. The Certification Vacation. ASA prerequisites and appropriate sailing experience required.  


Certification Challenge (ASA101 thru 114)


For VERY experienced sailors only.  Requires completion of ASA written test for highest level and demonstration of all ASA required knowledge and skills (i.e. see ASA104). 2-3 days min. Only offered in So. Cal. and in Certification Vacation locations.

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