Basic Keelboat Package I + II (ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification)

Combined package containing both Basic Keelboat I and Basic Keelboat II

Basic Keelboat Sailing One is our introductory course designed to bring the novice student into the world of sailing. We begin with a brief 30 minute in-class lecture on sailing theory and boat handling then head down to the boats. Our emphasis is on practical boat handling and seamanship so nearly all of the class is taught on the water. This two day course covers the basics of how a sailboat moves and what it takes to operate. On the very first day the students learn how to set up a sailboat and steer on a desired course. By the end of the second day our students can handle all the maneuvers required to get a sailboat to any chosen destination. Upon completion of Basic keel boat one our students are considered competent crew and are prepared to advance to basic keel boat sailing two and our nationally recognized sailing certification.

Basic Keelboat Sailing Two is the second half of our American Sailing Association certification program. This two day class covers more advanced sailing techniques and maneuvers while reinforcing the skills gained in basic keelboat sailing one. Aside from a brief introduction the entire class is taught on the water giving students as much sailing time as possible to learn. Upon completion of basic keelboat sailing two not only do our students receive the nationally recognized ASA certification but also the confidence to operate a sailboat on the San Francisco Bay.

Basic Keelboat I
Sat/Sun, Tues/Wed or Thurs/Fri - 2 days per class, 6 hours per day
(9:30 - 3:30),


Basic Keelboat II
Sat/Sun Tues/Wed or Thurs/Fri - 2 days per class, 6 hours per day
* $86 course material and ASA membership fee required for certification
* Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply .
  • Member $690
  • Non-Member $790

Basic Keelboat I (ASA 101 Part 1)

Basic Keelboat Sailing One is our introductory course designed to bring the novice student into the world of sailing. We begin with a brief 30 minute in-class lecture on sailing theory and boat handling then head down to the boats. Our emphasis is on practical boat handling and seamanship so nearly all of the class is taught on the water. This two day course covers the basics of how a sailboat moves and what it takes to operate. On the very first day the students learn how to set up a sailboat and steer on a desired course. By the end of the second day our students can handle all the maneuvers required to get a sailboat to any chosen destination. Upon completion of Basic keel boat one our students are considered competent crew and are prepared to advance to basic keel boat sailing two and our nationally recognized sailing certification.

Sat/Sun, Tues/Wed or Thurs/Fri - 2 days per class, 6 hours per day
(9:30 - 3:30),

* additional $35 for course material recommended
* Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply , 7 day notice required.

  • Member call
  • Non-Member $490

Basic Keelboat II (ASA 101 Part 2)

Basic Keelboat Sailing Two is the second half of our American Sailing Association certification program. This two day class covers more advanced sailing techniques and maneuvers while reinforcing the skills gained in basic keelboat sailing one. Aside from a brief introduction the entire class is taught on the water giving students as much sailing time as possible to learn. Upon completion of basic keelboat sailing two not only do our students receive the nationally recognized ASA certification but also the confidence to operate a sailboat on the San Francisco Bay.

Sat/Sun, Tues/Wed or Thurs/Fri - 2 days per class, 6 hours per day
(9:30 - 3:30),

* course material and ASA membership fee required for certification
* Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply .

  • Member $390
  • Non-Member $490

Challenging The Standard

Experienced sailors may test out of any of our courses by proving on and off water competence. There is a two hour on-water exam and an in class written exam pursuant to the course level. This gives experienced sailors international certification, lowers boat insurance costs (recognized as safe boating class), and allows them to rent boats from charter companies.

* $60 for ASA Log Book, Exam, Membership
* Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply .

  • Member $240
  • Non-Member $340

Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103 Certification)

The San Francisco sailing schools basic coastal cruising course is designed to build on the skills developed in the basic keelboat sailing class. This certification course is covered in one evening and two full days, basically one weekend.

The course is fast paced with a few hours of in-class instruction in the evening followed by 2 full days on the water. Once completed our students will be able to rent boats up to 27' from our pier 39 location and from any charter company in the world (many will rent much larger boats in easy locations such as the Caribbean).

Much of this course is built upon basic keel boat and strong knowledge of this course is required to pass BCC. If it has been a while since you took basic keel boat you may want to study for a bit before coming into class or schedule a private tutoring session to wipe the cobwebs off your sailing skills. We can provide study guides should you need one.

We provide the basic coastal cruising class in a shorter time frame than most other schools in the bay. Instead of 4 shorter days we provide the class in 1 evening and 2 longer days. That means you can get certified in just one weekend. We are able to do this because of our ideal location providing the best sailing right outside the marina. We don't have to motor for hours like other schools, and our challenging location means students learn faster. If the pace of the class is to fast for someone they are welcome to take it again at no additional cost. This is how we assure our students of the highest possible instruction in the entire San Francisco Bay.

Friday 6:30-9:30 PM
Sat and Sun 9:30-5:00
* $11 Exam & Certification Fee
* Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply .

  • Member $690
  • Non-Member $790

Big Boat Cruising (ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering Certification)

This advanced 48-hour course is designed to teach sailors how to plan for and conduct a multiday cruise here on the bay or anywhere in the world. This is the "Caribbean charter prep" class. Our experienced instructors will not only teach you how to sail a big boat, but also how to cruise in style and comfort, something many sailors never learn.

This course includes 2 nights on the boat, Friday at our dock at Pier 39 and Saturday night somewhere beautiful on the Bay. Basic keel boat (ASA 101) and Basic Costal Cruising (ASA 103) and 2 bareboat charters (as skipper) are required prior to taking this course.

The class starts on Friday night, 6:30-9:30, with a mix of class room prep and on-the-boat study of boat systems and maintenance. Tankage capacities, meal planning and provisioning, cooking under way, diesel engine repair and maintenance, and extended cruising first aid are just some of the lessons covered the first evening. Students can choose to sleep aboard on the first night at our dock at Pier 39 or come back early Saturday morning to begin cruising.

Saturday is spent sailing the bay, learning to handle a full sized boat and working with the various systems. Living afloat, weather, big boat seamanship, course plotting and ETA, cruising courtesies and customs are all covered on Saturday. That evening is spent at anchor or a mooring somewhere beautiful in the bay.

Sunday continues to build on the lessons covered in the previous 2 days. After a leisurely breakfast and lesson review, we sail all around the bay to various anchorages and locations. On the last day we cover man overboard, how to handle equipment failure, taking a fix using visual bearings, maneuvering boat under power in confined spaces, and various anchoring techniques useful in an array of anchorages.

Graduates of the Big Boat Cruising Class are ready to sail anywhere in the world on a boat 30'-50' depending on the difficulty of the local waters. We allow Big Boat graduates to rent our boats up to 40' upon completion of a 1-hour dedicated docking course.

Friday 6:30-9:30 PM
Sat Ovenight (optional) and Sun 9:30-5:00
* $35 Text Book & Certificate Fee.
* Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply .

  • Member $900
  • Non-Member $1150

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105 Certification)

This class covers all the information needed to understand the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. The 15-hour course takes place over five 3-hour classes from 6:30-9:30 on weeknights, usually Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday then the following Tuesday with the exam on the second Thursday. The course is entirely classroom based; there are no prerequisite classes needed and students receive ASA's 105 coastal navigation certification upon completion of the course.

The class is chart work intensive and graduates are considered experts in the field of navigational theory. There are extensive materials included in the course's cost, including charts and plotting tools which the students keep upon course completion. Some of the skills taught include: chart symbols and conventions, understanding "notice to Mariners," converting courses and bearing between true/ magnetic/compass, dead reckoning, compass deviation, chart plotting and allowing for current and leeway. The San Francisco Sailing School's Coastal Navigation Course is a prerequisite for Advanced Coastal Cruising ASA 106.

Tues-Thurs 6:00-9:00 PM
2nd Tues & Thurs 6:00-9:00 or Saturday, Sunday + 2nd Saturday, Sunday 4:30-7:30 (test) Thursday 6-9
* Materials Included
* Includes; Book, CD, 2 charts and ASA certification fee. Plotter, parallel ruler, and Dividers available for use. Recommend purchasing personal set from West Marine $42.99 if students plan to use navigational skills for practical cruising. Advanced scheduling required, minimum 2 students in attendance required or subject to cancellation. $50 rescheduling/cancellation fee may apply .

  • Member $380
  • Non-Member $480

Textbook: Sailing Fundamentals

Sailing Fundamentals is the official learn to sail manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary by Gary Jobson. Gay Jobson is a professional sailor who was the bowmen (toughest position) for Ted Turner's America's Cup team and currently he is the official ESPEN commentator for the AC Events.

Most sailing schools will try to sell you Sailing Made Easy as your first textbook however we at The SF Sailing School think you should only buy this book which will not only be your textbook for ASA 101 but also ASA 103. Why buy two books when one covers everything you need for two classes and two levels of certification.

The price is $35, it includes the textbook, ASA log book and shipping.

Includes * Texbook
* Logbook
*& USPS Priority Mail Shipping