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ASA Sailing School – Classes at AYC

Austin Yacht Club (AYC) offers courses taught by the American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructors. These are complete sailing courses using ASA materials with a written 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.


The ASA or The American Sailing Association introduced certifications to the United States over 35 years ago. Today, with 350+ sailing schools worldwide and 536,000 ASA certified sailors, ASA represents the largest and most trusted network of schools in the United States. The most important consideration is the quality of the particular school and instructor, not necessarily which system they teach under. At the Austin Yacht Club, we have certified sailing instructors who are experienced sailing educators and racers. Many of our instructors have over 25 years of racing and sail training experience.


Basic Keelboat Sailing

Fee: $395 member and $495 non-member

Prerequisites: None
ASA101 gives you up to 18-hours of training most of which is on the water doing drills. Successful completion of the course leads to your ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification. You will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of 20′ to 30′ in length by day in moderate winds (under 14 MPH) without supervision.



Coastal Cruising Certification

Fee: $495 member and $595 non-member

Prerequisites: around 30-hours of keelboat sailing after completing your ASA101 certification or 2-years of keelboat ownership.

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

ASA104 / ASA114

Bareboat and Cruising Catamaran Certification

Prerequisites: ASA101 & ASA103

ASA104 / ASA114 is a blue learning experience sailing in one of our Caribbean Flotillas.

International Proficiency Certification
Greece, Croatia, and many other European ports of call 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 prove your ASA104 certification and will ASA to handle the paperwork for a $39 administration fee.


Coastal Navigation Certification

Prerequisites: none

Learn practical navigation on inland and coastal waters, including chart reading, piloting, rules of the road, tides and currents, and more. Includes both echart and paper chart training. This course is a prerequisite for ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising. This home self-study course prepares you to navigate safely and confidently in all conditions of visibility.


You can join us in the spring, summer, and fall Sunday afternoon “Sailing Series Races” starting around noon. Or, join us in the spring and summer on Friday evening’s “Beer Can Races” that start around 7:00 p.m. each Friday. You can crew for one of our experienced racers and continue improving your sailing skills. Racing is a great way to grow as a sailor. AYC’s “No Crew Left Behind” program makes sure everyone who comes out to race gets on a boat.
Check out the AYC Race Calendar

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