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THE COMPLETE SAILING COURSE

Marina Sailing's Complete Sailing Course™ is designed for the new sailor and includes basic and intermediate instruction aboard sailboats 25-30 feet. Students learn to sail quickly and safely with our certified American Sailing Association instruction in ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising.



These two courses are combined into one comprehensive course which allows graduates to sail cruising sailboats from our fleet of over eighty sailboats from six Southern California locations. And, you will also have credentials to sail at any boat rental location around the world!

View our Complete Sailing Course outlines by clicking on the links, below. Then call any of our sailing schools to sign up and schedule your first lesson, or sign up today, online!



We start lessons every week at each location and we teach around your schedule. Saturday and Sunday are our preferred lesson days. If you're already signed up, scheduling a lesson is easy. You call call our office, or schedule a lesson online.

Upon completion of the course, you will earn 2 ASA certifications and one Marina Sailing credential which will allow you to start chartering boats from us immediately. The certifications and credential are:

  • ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification
  • ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Certification
  • Marina Sailing Coastal Navigation

This course combines a great deal of material and associated sailing experiences into a succinct but flexible schedule to better fit your lifestyle. Soon, the concepts that you learned will become second nature as you reinforce the skills learned by taking friends and family sailing!.

All classes are taught aboard boat except the Navigation Class (which is taught indoors) and cover the following topics in detail:

  • Sailing terminology
  • Knots
  • Sails
  • Special equipment
  • Points of sail
  • Official right-of-way rules
  • Weather & wind
  • Reefing and heavy weather
  • Ocean sailing
  • Mooring & anchoring
  • Windward and leeward slips
  • Docking and casting off under sail
  • Docking and casting off under power
  • Single-handed sailing
  • Operation and basic service of Inboard & outboard engines
  • Understanding and using electronic equipment
  • Coastal cruising criteria
  • Furlng headsails
  • Safety & seamanship
  • Basics of coastal navigation
  • Chart reading and navigational tools
  • Planning Your Cruise
  • Stoves
  • "Plumbing"
  • "Man- Overboard"
  • Emergency procedures
  • Night sailing

The Complete Sailing Course properly prepares you to keep your mind on what matters. The Comprehensive instruction includes:

  • 20-21 hrs. of "on-the-water" Instruction
  • Textbook reading assignments
  • Two-hour Coastal Cruising Certification Test
  • Special three-hour Indoor class on Navigation
  • Sailing Fundamentals textbook
  • ASA logbook

NAVIGATION COURSE

You can take this indoor class any time prior to your first charter. Periodic class dates are listed in your newsletter. Register as soon as possible so you can take advantage of your Confidence Sail charter discount.




CONFIDENCE SAIL

You'll feel most confidant on your first charter if you take it the same day and immediately following the CSC Lesson #8. Marina Sailing encourages this Confidence Sail by giving you a 20% discount when you schedule your first day's charter on the same day as your Lesson #8.




YOUR EQUIPMENT

Don't bring a boat! You'll use one of ours. That's why we're here. Wear boating shoes. That goes without saying but we say it again anyway. Later, you will want a few other items before navigation & chartering.




WHY WAIT?

The time realize your dream of sailing is right now. So, make the leap and get the training you need to reward your friends and family (and yourself!) with sailing adventures along the beautiful Southern California coast and beyond.


Call Us For More Information (800) 262-7245

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The Complete Sailing Course (CSC)

Classes start every weekend!

Normally: $895 - Now, only $795!

A $100 savings!

For a limited time only. Includes ASA 101 Basic Sailing Instruction AND ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Instruction AND $495 Marina Sailing Membership! (monthly dues of $30)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TODAY!

The Ultimate Sailing Course (USC)

Next class is Nov 10-14, Nov 26-30. Sign up now!

Click HERE for the Ultimate Sailing Course Schedule and Course Outline!

Normally: $1495 - Now, only $1295!

A $200 savings!

For a limited time only. Includes membership, instruction and three levels of ASA certifications on board a larger boat in a live aboard cruising environment over a five day period!
(monthly dues are $30).
Special holiday courses are $1495.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TODAY!

ASA BASIC CERTIFICATION COURSES

  • ASA 101 BASIC KEELBOAT SAILING COURSE

    The ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course teaches students how 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, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required. Tuition: $595.00

  • ASA 103 BASIC COASTAL CRUISING COURSE

    ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising is the next level of ASA certification following ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing. This two day on-the-water course covers the basic sailing skills for cruising sailboats in the 30' range, including federal equipment carriage and navigation lights requirements, safety at sea, emergencies such as man overboard, how to treat hypothermia, read and interpret nautical charts of local areas and safely operate auxiliary engines, anchoring, mooring, reefing and more. Includes text, and test fees. Tuition: $495.00.

  • FIVE DAY "ULTIMATE SAILING COURSE"

    Learn and become proficient sailing 30-40 foot sailboats over five days on "The Ultimate Sailing Course". Basic Sailing (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising ( ASA 103) and Bareboat Chartering (104) are all included. Basic through advanced techniques are taught as we sail to spectacular offshore islands and beautiful harbors. We will visit multiple coves and marinas and learn everything from basic sailboat handling to setting sails, plotting a course, docking, navigation, anchoring , tight quarter maneuvering , heavy weather sailing, cruise planning, beaching a dinghy, picking up a mooring and heavy weather sailing. You will also learn about night sailing and determining your position and learn about GPS, Radars, Autopilots and big boat electronics, plumbing and diesels. This course starts at 10am on day one and ends on the fifth day at 4pm. Special now: $1295.00. Special Holiday courses are $1495.00. Click HERE to see the itinerary for the next class.

ASA ADVANCED CERTIFICATION COURSES

  • ASA 104 BAREBOAT CHARTERING STANDARD

    Spend a full weekend cruising or three days of island circumnavigation. This is the next important step in ASA Certification. A pre-departure seminar the first evening, then it's off to complete provisioning assignments and make ready for your trip to one of the offshore islands. Covered in the course will be night sailing, standing a watch, anchoring techniques, boat systems, maintenance procedures and valuable cruising knowledge.


    This certification is a MUST for those of you who are planning a bareboat cruise in the Caribbean. A written exam is given during the off-watch hours. Course includes, certification and two or three days of cruising. Student must purchase own textbook in advance of class for study: "Cruising Fundamentals" by Harry Munns can be purchased with online retailers.(e.x. ASA Online Store, ebay.com, etc.) Tuition: $425.00 for 2 day session and $545.00 for 3 day sessions. Prerequisite: ASA #101 and #103.

  • ASA 104 /114 Catamaran Certification

    In addition to the ASA 104 material, this course includes the ASA Cruising Catamaran Certification. Students will sail to Catalina or Santa Cruz Island and back onboard our catamaran to cover the lesson practical. Students must purchase two books for the class. The books are BAREBOAT CRUISING MADE EASY and MULTIHULL CRUISING FUNDAMENTALS and can be purchased online at http://asastore.org/bookscharts.html. Two-day classes begin at 7pm on Friday, and end 5pm on Sunday. Three-day classes are scheduled over a holiday weekend - check with the office for itinerary. Prerequisites: ASA 101 & 103. Two-day class tuition is $545; three day class is $645. Check our newsletter for dates. Call the harbor to sign up!

  • ASA 105 COASTAL NAVIGATION STANDARD

    Twelve hours of classroom offered in 3 or 4 mid-week evening sessions or 2 six hour sessions on consecutive weekend days. A prerequisite for ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising, this course covers advanced coastal piloting skills, compass deviation, NOAA chart reading and detailed use of chart symbols, tides and currents, set and drift and other advanced navigational skills. Tuition: $395.00 (Also available as a home study course for $125)

  • ASA 106 ADVANCED COASTAL CRUISING STANDARD

    Three full days on the water, for those experienced sailors who want to act as skipper and crew on boats up to 50' in coastal or inland waters in any conditions. Course covers advanced seamanship, weather, engineering and safety. Tuition: $595.00 (3-day), $695 (4-day). Prerequisite: ASA 101 to 105.

  • ASA 107 CELESTIAL NAVIGATION STANDARD

    This course enables graduates to safely navigate a sailboat on an offshore passage. The Celestial Navigation Standard consists of three classroom sessions and one on-the-water session. The course covers proper use of sextants, sightings on celestial bodies, including Sun and Moon fixes and use of tables to determine position at sea. Tuition: $245.00

  • ASA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

    Want to further your ASA certifications and pave the way for a career in the sailing business? ASA Instructor Certification is the next step. Instructor ratings are the highest levels of ASA certification available. Prerequisites: 18 years of age, 3 years of sailing experience, documented teaching experience or ability to demonstrate an aptitude for clearly communicating sailing to the novice and advanced sailor. ASA Keelboat Sailing Instructor Clinic comprises two and a half days of on-the-water and the classroom evaluations. Personal membership in ASA in good standing is a requirement ($39.00 annually). Tuition: $250.00

OTHER CLASSES:

  • ASA 114 SINGLE-DAY CATAMARAN CERTIFICATION

    Learn the ins and outs of sailing and handling multihulls. Instruction covers powering, docking, setting and trimming sails, and all the particulars of catamaran sailing. This single-day course is taught aboard our Gemini 105 catamaran in Long Beach. Prerequisites include ASA 101, 103 and 104. 10am-5pm, $195.

  • SAIL TRIM SEMINAR

    Learn about the airflow between the main and jib and how crucial sail trimming is to the balance of the boat. This seminar will make you into a smoother sailor in no time. The class runs from 9am to 5pm, and costs $150 (includes the Sail Trim Userís Guide and a laminated quick-reference chart).

  • NAVIGATION CLASS

    This three hour evening classroom session in coastal piloting covers chart selection and reading, plotting a course, dead reckoning, bearings, fog and night sailing, local hazards, chartering responsibilities, emergencies and cruising techniques. This class is FREE to all members

  • NIGHT SAILING NAVIGATION CLASS

    This three hour evening class will help you navigate and practice your night sailing skills. Night navigation can be difficult without proper knowledge of lights, night landmarks and triangulation. We will enjoy some nice evening sailing as we sharpen our skills. Tuition: $45.00

  • BIG BOAT SAILING CLASSES

    Taught aboard 36 to 42 foot boats, in this four-hour class you will learn general boat handling, reaction time and docking of the big boats as well as fine-tuning sail trim, and be introduced to some new equipment and electronics found on larger boats. Scheduled in morning and afternoon sessions. Tuition: $145.00

  • HEAVY WEATHER

    Introduction to Heavy Weather is a four-hour class on the water with an emphasis on man overboard drills, reefing and changing head sails while underway and learning to handle those blustery breezes. Tuition: $65.00

  • PRIVATE POWERBOAT INSTRUCTION

    Powerboats are a fun and fast way to get to Catalina Island for the weekend! Start out onthe Bayliner 3055 then move up to the Meridian 40. A half-day weekday charter plus fuel is required, and is good for 3 two-hour lessons (plus instructor fees).

  • DOCKIING CLASS

    This 2-hour class will focus on perfecting your docking skills. Learn about correct speed and angle for approaching the slip, and how to instruct your crew to assist you. 3-5pm, $35.

  • MARINA SAILING DAYSAILS

    Enjoy a day out on the water with fellow members and guests. Brush up on your sailing skills, working the winches, helm or any other position with an experienced captain. (Channel Islands daysails depart at 9am and sail around Anacapa Island) 10am-4pm, $55.

  • LEARN-TO-RACE CLINIC

    If you want a taste of racing this is the best way to learn! Get aboard one of the Mosier Cup boats to enjoy a fun day out on the water learning the basics of racing rules and tactics. Boat fee is divided among the crew. 10am-4pm.

  • SPINNAKER CLASS

    This class covers setting up and flying a spinnaker. Learn the necessary set of skills to set, trim, control and douse them correctly. Spinnakers are not only a powerful asset to sailing downwind, they are challenging and fun, and will broaden your sailing skills. 11am- 4pm, $150