Series 1 | ASA 101 + 103 + 104

Virgin Island Sailing School’s Series 1 curriculum consists of the following three American Sailing Association (ASA) certified courses, taught over a 7-day, 6-night period. Check-in is typcially at 1pm local time on Saturday, check-out is at Noon the following Friday (more or less depending on arrive flight times). We are quite flexible when scheduling allows.

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing (to “Challenge” 101 see below)

Prerequisites: None
Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, common buoys, seamanship, safety and basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary (motor) power operation is not required.

Note: The United States Coast Guard has granted approval for ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing to satisfy certain merchant mariner credential examination requirements and safe boating training requirements.

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) certification
Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship.

ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) certifications.
Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.


For those who wish to add to the Level 1 curriculum, we offer the following one- to two-day extension courses (subject to availability.)

ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat (101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (103). The Bareboat Charter Standard (104) is also a prerequisite and can be attained either by itself prior to BBC Multihull (114) or in conjunction with BBC Multihull (114). In either case, all material in both standards (104 & 114) must be taught and tested before 114 can be awarded.
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.

ASA 105 Coastal Navigation 

Prerequisites: None
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.

Accelerated courses can be arranged depending on class size and experience.

To “Challenge” 101

Many sailors have gained experience sailing over time with family &/or friends. “Challenging” or “Testing out” is an economical and quick path to satisfy the 101 prerequisite and move on to 103 (first level in our “Series 2” class). If you have an easy time with the ASA “Online Challenge” then you are likely a good candidate to test out

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