Depending on the course you select, your class with GoBaja Sailing School will cover some or all of three levels of ASA Certification: ASA 101 – Basic Keel-boat Sailing, ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 – Bare-boat Cruising.
ASA has designed a basic set of requirements for each level that include a written and a practical examination. In addition to the basic requirements your course will expose you to some requirements not normally seen until ASA 106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising.
Obtaining your sailing education and certifications is an important step toward a lifetime of sailing enjoyment. But education is just part of the process. You need to apply your classroom and practical education to sailing after you return home. And please come back with family and friends to charter one of our bare-boats from SeaScape Charters.
Below are excerpts of the minimum requirements as shown on the ASA website.
ASA 101 – BASIC KEEL-BOAT SAILING
Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keel-boat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103 – BASIC COASTAL CRUISING
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keel-boat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104 – BARE-BOAT CRUISING
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 114, CRUISING CATAMARAN
Able to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day live-aboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.