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ASA Certifications

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.

ASA Certifications & Endorsements


ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat 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′ keelboat 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, Bareboat 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

Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45′ feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions..


ASA 105, Coastal Navigation

Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.


ASA 118, Docking Endorsement

Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.


ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising

Learn to safely skipper or crew sailing vessels up to 50′ in any conditions. Includes limited visibility  operations and overnight sailing and navigation.

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