Learn to sail

American Sailing Association

The American Sailing Association provides standards for progressive sailing certification programs. Once you have achieved certification, practice is key!  How your sailing ability is evaluated depends upon many factors including when, where, and to what level you became ASA Certified, and how much you have sailed since your certification.  This important certification is yours for life, as a testament to your ability and commitment to commanding your vessel, from the day your ASA instructor approves and signs your Logbook.

Skippered Yacht Charters


You CAN enjoy your cruise while learning the “ropes”

Cruise with accomplished skipper Captain Mark Brown, a US Coast Guard approved Captain and American Sailing Association “Outstanding Instructor,” while learning the art of safe boating.  Assist the crew as much or as little as you wish on your trip through exotic locales…

What would you like to learn/participate on this voyage?

  • Sailing
  • Navigation
  • Weathering
  • Mooring
  • Anchoring
  • Boat systems
  • Crew safety

ASA Certifications

ASA Certification 101

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 Certification 103

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 Certification 104

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 Certification 105

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 Certification 106

ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising

Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

ASA Certification 114

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.

Captain Mark gives you the knowledge and experience to be confident and safe on all your sailing adventures – whether you charter a boat from a local harbor, go on an exotic sailing vacation, or even buy your own boat.