ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing

ASA 101On-Water Sailing Seminars

Course Description

Able to sail a boat of about 30 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. The Basic Keelboat Sailing course is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard as a recognized Safe Boating Coarse. As such, it meets all requirements for mandatory education and licensing for every state in the United States of America.


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A Reality Sailing certified sailor would be able to successful demonstrate his or her ability to:

  1. Identify the parts of a sailboat
  2. Describe the functions of basic items on a sailboat
  3. Define basic navigation terms
  4. Identify sails and parts of a sail
  5. Explain the terms and points of sail and identify them from diagrams
  6. Apply the Navigation Rules (International and Inland Navigation rules for prevention of collision) by means of diagrams in situations and identify the sailboat or powerboat that is the “stand on” and “give way” vessel.
  7. Apply Rule 5
  8. Describe the actions to be taken when sailing in the vicinity of commercial shipping (Rule 9, Nav. Rules).



Select and properly use a personal flotation device.


Hoist the basic sails, set appropriate luff tensions, and coil and hang halyards and other items.


Describe and demonstrate the actions to be taken by a helmsman/skipper and crew on a sailboat using proper commands and responses while sailing away from and back to a dock or mooring under various wind directions. Sail a windward/leeward course while performing successful tacks and jibes


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