No matter your level of sailing experience, if you feel the pull of the open water, Cruise Annapolis can turn your dreams into real experiences. From first-timers to amateurs, to experienced sailors looking to improve their ability, we offer a full spectrum of ASA courses.
Private or group instruction options are available, and all courses are taught by a certified ASA instructor. We can meet your individual needs with a custom schedule for any length of time. All courses are taught on board our Jeanneau sailing yachts or Fountaine Pajot catamarans.
During your sailing instruction, the captain will work with you on any skills you are interested in learning at a pace you are comfortable with, with the goal of making you comfortable cruising as a skipper on your own.
Below are class descriptions and dates. Combo classes are offered each month as part of a set schedule (subject to participation). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!
*Prices subject to change based on availability.
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1. BASIC COASTAL CRUISING (#103)
Students will learn the skills required for safe boat handling, sailing theory, crew communications, crew overboard recovery, traffic rules, with emphasis on docking and safety, and more. The course covers how to cruise safely in local and regional waters, as both skipper and crew, on a sailing vessel with inboard power with wheel steering (in moderate winds and sea conditions). Students will learn Coast Guard equipment requirements, emergency handling, anchoring equipment and techniques, sail handling and reefing, chart reading, docking, weather and much more.
- Two days spent aboard and one overnight at anchor
- Prerequisites: ASA #101
- Tuition: $1,400 per cabin*
BAREBOAT CRUISING STANDARD
1. BAREBOAT CHARTERING (#104)
For individuals with cruising experience. The student can act as skipper or crew on a sailing vessel, sailing by day in coastal waters. The standard includes knowledge of onboard systems including minor engine troubleshooting, fuel, cooling and electrical systems, the head, and safe use of the galley. Students will practice piloting, navigation, anchoring, docking, cruise planning, VHF radio use and other skills required for coastal cruising or island hopping.
- Three days spent aboard with two overnights at anchor.
- Prerequisites: ASA #101 & #103
- Tuition: $2,268 per cabin*
2. FOUR DAY BASIC-TO-BAREBOAT (#103 and #104)
This course allows students to earn two certifications in four days. The first and second days are devoted to reviewing the basics and practice handling a vessel with wheel steering and inboard engine. Practice steering, turning, backing, docking and anchoring. Work on buoyage and chart reading while cruising the Chesapeake Bay. On the third day students practice sailing, reefing, heaving to, and other big-boat skills. The fourth day will be spent sharpening new skills, sailing back to the docks, final sailing exercises, and testing.
- Four days spent aboard with three overnights at anchor
- Prerequisites: ASA #101
- Tuition: $2,910 per cabin*
3. ADVANCED CRUISING STANDARD (#114) – CRUISING CATAMARAN SAILING
This course is specifically intended for students with Bareboat Chartering (#104) certification and cruising experience who want to learn to sail and experience a cruising catamaran. The course covers terminology, construction, skills unique to multi-hulls, preventing capsizing, effects of windage, crew overboard, handling under sail, docking, anchoring, and understanding twin screws.
- Two days spent aboard with one night at anchor
- Prerequisites: ASA #104
- Tuition: $1,580 per cabin*
4. BAREBOAT CHARTERING (#104) & ADVANCED CRUISING CATAMARAN SAILING (#114) COMBO CLASS
An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience desiring catamaran experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew on a sailing catamaran, sailing by day in coastal waters with an overnight sailing and anchoring. The standard includes knowledge of onboard systems including minor engine troubleshooting, fuel, cooling and electrical systems, the head, and safe use of the galley. Practice piloting, navigation, cruise planning, VHF radio use, and other skills required for coastal cruising or island hopping. The course covers terminology, construction and skills unique to multi-hulls, preventing capsizing, effects of windage, crew overboard, handling under sail, docking, anchoring, and understanding twin screws.
- Four days spent aboard with three overnights at anchor.
- Prerequisites: ASA #103
- Tuition: $3,321 per cabin*
ADVANCED OCEAN CRUISING
1. COASTAL NAVIGATION (#105)
This course covers chart reading, lights and buoyage, dead reckoning, bearings and fixes, set and drift, tides and currents, lights, day-shapes, signals for shipping, emergency position finding, and much more. You’ll 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. Practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.
- At home study
- Prerequisites: None
- Tuition: CALL FOR PRICING
PLEASE NOTE: The fees listed above are per cabin, and include your charter boat fee, instructor fee (minus gratuity), testing materials, and your Certification processing fees. *Minimum of two cabins booked per class. One cabin is reserved for your Instructor. We strongly encourage Trip Insurance* for all Charters.
We offer a “test out” for sailors with the appropriate experience, please inquire with a charter specialist for additional details.