Sail Marco Sailing Courses

Sail Marco uses the ASA curriculum and certification system, which is the standard for sailing education in the U.S. and increasingly elsewhere in the world.

ASA Curriculum Course Information

Summary of ASA Student Standards

The following are the general descriptions or summaries of these Standards. Candidates must have attained the stated prerequisites before they may "Challenge" (see below) or take the required ASA examination.

Basic Keelboat Sailing (101)
Prerequisites: None

General Description: Able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required.

Basic Coastal Cruising (103)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate

General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

Bareboat Chartering (104)
(Intermediate Coastal Cruising)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification

General Description: An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

Coastal Navigation (105)
Prerequisites: None

General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.

The ASA "Challenge

Sailors who consider themselves qualified to ASA Standards may "Challenge" the ASA Standards at Sail Marco. To challenge the Standards, one must progress successfully through the ASA system of Standards.

The complete Standards are contained in the ASA Official International Log Book (They can also be read by following the link from each course name). They are minimum Standards and nothing may be deleted if a Candidate is to be awarded ASA Certification. On the other hand, schools may add to these Standards if they wish to stress or emphasize local conditions that might be encountered, or particular characteristics of the boats used during instruction

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951 Bald Eagle Drive ~ Marco Island, Florida
Located at Marco River Marina
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