A.S.A. Sailing School

Take the helm!

Take advantage of your time aboard by learning the ropes, sign up for A.S.A. sailing courses with your charter and gain certifications as you go! Courses will have you learning and living hands on with licensed Captain and ASA Certified Sailing Instructors. Throughout a typical week charter guests can complete up to three courses gaining any or all of the following ASA sailing certifications; 101-Basic Keelboat Sailing, 103-Basic Coastal Cruising and 104-Bareboat Cruising. By day gain knowledge and experience sailing, navigating, anchoring, and docking all while exploring the captivating Sea of Abaco. The completion of 104 certifies a sailor for future bareboat chartering, imagine having the knowledge and experience to bareboat charter anywhere! We also offer 114 Catamaran certification giving you twin engine skills and multihull experience. Abaco truly offers a perfect playground for sailors to get their feet wet and here at Cruise Abaco we have some of the best instructors in the business! Check out below for detailed course descriptions and to learn more about ASA sailing courses!!

Private A.S.A. classes and instruction are offered on any of our sailboats.

Our unique “Captain / Instructor by day, bareboat by night” concept allows you learning, sailing and exploring during the day with the evenings free to yourselves with a dingy and outboard to go ashore to restaurants, sight see or just plain relax aboard. The Captain / Instructor returns the next day and off you go to another destination. This is a great way to learn as well as giving you the adventure of Cruising! We offer ASA Courses 101, 103, 104 & 114. We also offer the advanced course of ASA 105 please contact us for details. Please note ASA courses include all study materials and certifications. The additional costs for sailing courses per course per person added to your charter rate.

Course Descriptions

Basic Keelboat (ASA 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 (ASA 103)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing
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 (ASA 104)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising
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. Completion of this class will qualify you to captain your bareboat charter or your own boat.

Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Chartering
General Description: An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull.

Our A.S.A. Certified Sailing Instructors

Every year the American Sailing Association (ASA) announces their list of Outstanding Sailing Instructors. The list is based off of feedback from students throughout the year. With thousands of ASA instructors world wide, those named as Outstanding Instructors are in the top 1.5% percent among their fellow instructors. 

Meet the Captains

Captain Mark Gonsalves

A.S.A. Instructor

Captain Joe Cetner

A.S.A. Instructor

Captain Aaron Benbow

A.S.A. Instructor

Captain Raymond Lowe

A.S.A. Instructor

Captain Amber Sturrup

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