Sailing Lessons

Taking the first step into the sailing community can sometimes feel more  like a giant leap. The Seattle Sailing Club, in conjunction with the American Sailing Association, not only takes the stress out of the journey, it makes it fun. Our experienced instructors are sure to provide you with all the information necessary. They will work at your speed, allowing you to make the most out of every minute you spend on the water. We guarantee that you will feel comfortable on the water and have the knowledge to pass the course and receive the American Sailing Association seal of approval.

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

basic_kealboatThis 15 hour course is designed for students who have either never sailed, or have been on the water and are ready to learn more. It is the perfect first step towards becoming a competent sailor.

  • Terminology
  • Knots
  • Basic Navigation
  • Rules of the Road
  • Sail Theory
  • Safety
  • Rigging
  • Seamanship
  • Upwind
  • Downwind
  • Crew Overboard

Year Round Schedule:

Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm both days.
Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm both days.
Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm both days.

Mid-May to September:

Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm (2 consecutive weeks).
Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm (2 consecutive weeks).

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
ASA 101 Textbook

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.
  2. Pickup the course materials. Sailing Made Easy by American Sailing Association, ASA Log Book and ASA 101 syllabus are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Check out ASA’s e-course to get started on the basics.
  4. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
  5. Pack your bag according to the marine weather forecast. We suggest bringing a waterproof outershell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chap stick. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website provides up-to-date weather forecasts for the Puget Sound area. At the bottom of the page, you will find the forecast for the Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 101 written certification exam.
  3. Set-up your ASA membership for $39 with SSC staff to start your certification process.
  4. Pay $30 ASA 101 certification exam fee.
  5. Upon completing this course you will have the required skills to act as a competent crew on a sailing vessel. While you will not be certified to skipper a boat, you will have the necessary skills to return the boat to shore in the event that something happens to the skipper. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing your certification exam. 
  6. Get on the water! Join SSC staff and members for one free SSC flotilla or fun race to practice the skills acquired during your lesson. Please call to RSVP for a program.
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: SSC Members $295; Non-Members $395- Buy Now

July 2013 was my first real time sailing. I had a great lesson with Lloyd and I plan to keep coming back!   Alex M. -- SSC Student

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising

This 21 hour course builds directly on the skills learned from ASA 101. If your goal is to skipper boats under 30 feet, equipped with an inboard or outboard engine, and tiller driven, look no further.

  • Navigation
  • Planning a Day Trip
  • Sail Selection
  • Inboard engine basics
  • Weather and safety
  • Reefing
  • Heaving-to
  • Docking
  • Anchoring
  • Boat Handling
  • ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification

Friday evening  from 6pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
ASA 103 Textbook

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.
  2. Pickup the course materials. Coastal Cruising Made Easy by American Sailing Association and ASA 103 syllabus are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
  4. Pack your bag according to the marine weather forecast. We suggest bringing a waterproof outershell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chap stick. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s(NOAA) website provides up-to-date weather forecasts for the Puget Sound area. At the bottom of the page, you will find the forecast for the Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 103 written certification exam.
  3. Pay the $30 ASA certification exam fee.
  4. Plan and participate in your class’ 3-hour graduation sail on one of Seattle Sailing Club’s boats under 30ft. The graduation sail gives students the opportunity to use the skills they have acquired from ASA 103 without the guidance of their instructor.
  5. Get on the water! After the graduation sail, you have officially completed your certification and are certified to skipper boats from sailing organizations that recognize ASA certifications. If you’ve  joined one of Seattle Sailing Club’s memberships, you are certified to skipper boats under 30ft. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after completing your grad sail.
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

SSC Members $395; Non-Members $525- Buy Now

My favorite memory was taking out a J/24 with my ASA 103 class as a graduation sail and having a big eagle soar over the boat while sailing 6-7 knots.   Cindy P. -- SSC Student 2013

ASA 104 Bareboat Charter

Enter the big boat world and spend a weekend on a boat 30-40 feet in length with three other students and a certified skipper. In this course you will take the skills from your previous courses and apply them to a larger boat. Additionally, you will learn how to troubleshoot common diesel engine problems, preparing you for a trip of your own.

  • Boat Systems: Engine, Galley, Head, Electrical, and Heaters
  • Sail Trim
  • Docking
  • Anchoring
  • Navigation Topics: Plotting Courses, Tides, and Currents
  • ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification
  • ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising Certification

Thursday evening 6-9pm then Friday morning at 9am through Sunday afternoon at 5pm.

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson. While scheduling this lesson, please make sure to notify SSC of any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  2. Pickup the course materials. Bareboat Cruising Made Easy and ASA 104 syllabus are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
  4. Pack your bag according to the marine weather forecast. We suggest bringing a waterproof outershell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chap stick. Use the ASA 104 packing list as a guide while you pack for your weekend adventure. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website provides up-to-date weather forecasts for the Puget Sound area. At the bottom of the page, you will find the forecast for the Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 104 written certification exam.
  3. Pay the $30 ASA certification exam fee.
  4. Get on the water! After passing your ASA 104 exam, you have officially completed your certification. You are now certified to skipper monohulls up to 50ft from sailing organizations around the world that recognize ASA certifications. If you’ve joined one of Seattle Sailing Club’s memberships, you are now certified to skipper boats up to 50ft. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing the exam. For more information on ASA’s International Proficiency Certification, click here.
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: SSC Member $795; Non-Member $895Buy Now

ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

This 15 hour, classroom based course teaches navigation by chart using navigational tools and publications.

  • Reading nautical charts, symbols, and dead reckoning navigation
  • Bearings and fixes, correcting your course for current and leeway
  • Fog navigation and GPS practice

Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm with additional 3 hours for review and testing.

4 weekday evenings 6pm-9pm over two weeks with additional evening for testing.

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
ASA 105 Workbook & DVD

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson.
  2. Pickup the course materials. Coastal Navigation workbook with DVD by Capt. Mike Pyzel, training chart 1210TR, and ASA 105 syllabus are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Purchase additional navigation tools such as a parallel ruler, divider, #2 pencils, small digital calculator, and an eraser.
  4. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 105 written certification exam.
  3. Pay the $30 ASA certification exam fee.
  4. Get on the water! After passing your ASA 105 exam, you have officially completed your certification. This course has provided you with the tools and techniques to navigate safely in coastal and inland waters. You are now ready to take ASA 106: Advanced Coastal Cruising. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing the exam.
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: SSC Member $345; Non-Member; $445- Buy Now

ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising

Sail for 30 consecutive hours (including overnight) on this hands-on 3-day, 2-night cruising course with four students and two instructors.  The skills gained in this course will prepare you to cruise the world, but will prove useful for local cruising as well.

  • Rotate watches for 30 consecutive hours of sailing
  • Learn night navigation, lights, buoys, and how to handle after dark traffic
  • Navigate by depth sounder, charts, and GPS
  • Practical application of ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
  • Plotting, determining set/drift, tides/currents, DR, ETA, and compass correction
  • ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification
  • ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising Certification
  • ASA 104: Bareboat Charter Certification
  • ASA 105: Coastal Navigation Certification

Friday 9am through Sunday at 5pm- schedule based on interest.

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.

Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?
Purchase ASA 106 Text Here

  1. Schedule your lesson. Call or email the club to schedule your lesson. While scheduling this lesson, please make sure to notify SSC of any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
  2. Pickup the course materials. The International Marine Book of Sailing by Robby Robinson and ASA 106 syllabus are available at Seattle Sailing Club. If you live out of the area, we can ship the materials to you. Note: The course materials are included in the cost of the course, but there is an additional fee to ship them.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course text and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
  4. Pack your bag according to the marine weather forecast. We suggest bringing a waterproof outershell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chap stick. Use the ASA 104 packing list as a guide while you pack for your weekend adventure. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website provides up-to-date weather forecasts for the Puget Sound area. At the bottom of the page, you will find the forecast for the Puget Sound and Hood Canal.
Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?
  1. Complete the lesson.
  2. Pass the ASA 106 written certification exam.
  3. Pay the $30 ASA certification exam fee.
  4. Get on the water! After passing your ASA 106 exam, you have officially completed your certification. You are now able to safely skipper vessels 30ft-50ft in coastal and inland waters both day and night.  If you’ve joined one of Seattle Sailing Club’s memberships, you are now certified to skipper all boats within our fleet. Your certification should arrive in the mail within 4 to 6 weeks after passing the exam. For more information on ASA’s International Proficiency Certification, click here.
Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson? What if Seattle Sailing Club cancels my lesson?
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
  1. Seattle Sailing Club’s first priority is safety. We may postpone or reschedule lessons at our own discretion for unforeseen circumstances or unsafe/extreme weather conditions.
  2. Students must give the club at least 7 days notice to cancel or reschedule a lesson for a full refund. A fee of $100 will be charged for cancellations/reschedules made within 7-days of the student’s scheduled lesson.
  3. Payment will not be refunded after the first day of the student’s lesson.
  4. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  5. Missing a course due to personal illness or family emergencies can be rescheduled by contacting the club.

Cost: SSC Member $945 – Non-Member $1095 – Buy Now

My favorite SSC memory is seeing the Northern lights during the night sail component of my 106 course with instructor, Beth. Michael S. -- SSC member since 2008

 

Call (206)782-5100 or Email for scheduling and availability.