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Sailing School NYC | Learn to Sail | Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

Our Basic Keelboat sailing course prepares you for a lifetime of sailing. With an emphasis on learning through experience, we teach you practical skills that enable control and confidence on the water. You will be at the helm on the morning of your first class, and in command of the boat through all of the fundamental maneuvers by the next afternoon. Upon completing the course you have the option to test for your ASA Basic Keelboat Certification.


When and Where
Our two day weekend sailing lessons take place every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at the 79th Street Boat Basin on the west side of Manhattan. There is a leisurely break in the middle of the day for lunch.
What You'll Learn
Nautical terminology
Sailing theory
Water safety
How to properly rig a sailboat
Docking and undocking under power
Safe marina procedures
The four basic maneuvers of a sailboat
Points of sail
Sail trim
Man overboard recovery procedure
Reefing and heave-to
Right of way rules
Boat and boater regulations
Tides and currents
Aids to navigation
Nautical Chart reading
Successful Completion Prepares You To
Skipper & Crew: boats up to 20' in protected waters with light to moderate conditions, join our Wednesday Night Practice Sails, and, if you opt for ASA certification, qualify for our Coastal Cruising Course, ASA 103.


Course Fee Includes:
All taxes and docking fees
Fee does not include:
ASA materials, membership, and certification ($99)
What To Expect
A timeline of your course and the ASA certification process
Register online
If you have opted for your ASA certification, be sure to include a shipping address where you can receive packages.
Receive a confirmation by email
If you registered at least 10 days prior to the class and have opted for your ASA certification, your course materials will be shipped to you. These include:
• Welcome Packet with instructions, directions and pre-course study suggestions
Meet Up
Meet your instructor at the marina on Saturday 10:00am
Break for lunch
Pack a lunch and picnic at Riverside Park or enjoy a full menu at The Boat Basin Cafe overlooking the marina
Wrap up
Finish the day at 5pm
Meet up
Meet up again on Sunday morning, same time, same place
Break for lunch
Wrap up & Test
The course wraps at 4:00pm on Sunday. If you have opted for certification, you will take the written portion of your ASA 101 test, which typically last about an hour. Assuming that you pass the test (our students have never failed!), your instructor will sign your log book verifying your scores
Leave Satisfied
Congratulations. You are a sailor!
Follow Up for ASA Students
Within a few days, you will receive an email from us with your ASA Student ID number verifying that your test scores have been submitted to ASA for processing and, a short time later, an email from ASA welcoming you.
Receive Your ASA Membership Information & 101 Certification
Within 6 weeks, you will receive an email from ASA with your membership information as well as your ASA 101 certification sticker via post.
Sail More !
As soon as you have completed your Basic Sailing Course, you are qualified to join our Wednesday Evening Practice sails and if you have received your ASA 101 certification, you can sign up for Coastal Cruising ASA 103.