ASA Classes at AYC

ASA Sailing Classes

AYC offers courses taught by American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructors.  These are complete sailing courses using ASA materials with an exam and an ASA completion certificate.  If you follow the curriculum (101,103, & 104) and get some time on the water, you will be qualified to skipper your own charter boat in locations like the British Virgin Islands.

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing         

Costs: $469 Public  – $399 AYC Members – plus $75 for book and materials. 

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Prerequisites: None

Description: ASA101 is a 18 to 20 hour class, conducted over a two consecutive Saturdays and a 5-hour testing session, that gets you started with the basic skills for a fun and safe sailing.  You will learn to skipper a sloop rigged keelboat of 20′ to 30′ in length by day in winds under 14 MPH without supervision. You will learn basic sailing terminology, boat parts and their functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage system, seamanship, safety, rules of the road, tacking, gybing, heaving-to, getting out of “ irons,” Crew Overboard Recovery, and key essential sailing knots.

On Day 1, you should arrive at class having read the 125-page text Sailing Made Easy. Therefore, we ask that you schedule your class a week in advance to allow time to review the materials.  After a 3-hour classroom session, you will sail for 5-hours learning basic sailing: rigging, tacking, gybing, getting out of irons, heave-to, and basic sail trim for various points of sail.

On Day 2, you will spend 5-hours on the water mastering your newly developed sailing skills.  You will sail various points of sail calling the proper sail trim,  balancing your boat, making it go fast, and how to correctly execute the “Figure-8 Man-Overboard Recovery method.

On Day 3, you will be given a 100-question “Written Exam” requiring 80% to pass.  And, then go out on the water for your “On-the-Water” test demonstrating you have mastered the ASA101 required skills.

Outboard operation (auxiliary power) is not part of the ASA101 course but but we give you the basics outboard operation for an inland lake.

Note: As an AYC ASA101 graduate, you will get discounts on future ASA course taught at AYC.  Plus, you can always join any of our Day 2 session when we have space available.  Our focus is to get you more than just certified.  We want you be a better safer sailor as a result of training with us.

Plus, you can join us in the spring, summer, and fall on on of our Friday evening’s “Beer Can” races”  that start around 7:00 p.m. etc h Friday.  You can crew for one our experienced racers and continue improving your sailing skills.

ASA 101 Standard:

Instructional Video:

View the ASA Website Getting Started Video


Challenging the ASA 101 Standard:

Knowledgeable and experienced AYC sailors who have reviewed the ASA 101 Standard and consider themselves proficient in each area are invited to “challenge” the Standard to earn their ASA 101 certifications.  

The challenge consists of two tests; one on the water and one written.  The challenge takes about four hours to complete.  You will be required to successful demonstrate the required on the waters skills and score at least 80% on the written exam.  ASA101 Challenges are only open to AYC members.   A portion of the challenge fee going to the AYC Fund to support AYC’s youth sailing program. 

To set up a challenge ASA 101, you will need to contact ASA Lead Instructor Harry Polly to set up a convent date and time.

·      ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard

·      Text: Sailing Made Easy $27.95


ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising

Cost: $499 for Non-Members, $399 for AYC Members.

Prerequisites: ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate

Step up to a larger boat by learning to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 30 to 40 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

Description: ASA103 is a weekend class usually taught on Lake Travis that prepares you to cruise coastal waters during daylight hours within sight of land.  You will be using a diesel powered engine with a wheel instead of a tiller.

Topics covered are: being able to demonstrate ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat auxiliary powered inboard diesel engine on a keelboat of approximately 30 to 40 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions, cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary outboard engine operation, diesel engine basic, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, Man Overboard Recovery Under Power using the Anderson Turn, Man Overboard Recovering Under Sail using the Quick Stop Method, how to fight an on board fire, use of jack lines, safety, and seamanship.

ASA 103 Standard:

Classes run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are limited to two to four students.  After paying your $175 deposit and purchasing your text Coast Cruising Made Easy, your instructor will contact you to set up class date that meets your schedule.

Classes can be arranged for Lake Travis or Corpus Christi Bay.

Click Here to Sign up for ASA 103 and pay your $175 deposit:   


ASA104  Bareboat Chartering

 Taught monthly in Corpus Christi through a sister ASA school. 

 Prerequisites: ASA101 and ASA103

For more information about an ASA104 class contact Captain Harry Polly at


International Proficiency Certificate

Most European charter companies now require an International Proficiency Certificate.  As an ASA104 certified sailor, you qualify for the issuance of an International Proficiency Certificate.  All you have to do is ask ASA to handle the paperwork and pay a small administration fee.