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Why Key West Sailing Academy is the right American Sailing Association school for you.

If you’re seeking an exceptional experience above the average, Key West Sailing Academy is the right choice for you. As a locally owned, owner operated business, we offer the discerning client a personal, exclusive boutique learning experience complimented by excellent dining and superior comforts while at sea, in one of the most stunning settings in America, Key West. The crystal clear, warm, tropical waters off Key West make for the perfect sailing environment year round, with both inshore calm protected areas for the beginner to blue water offshore sailing for advanced courses. All with the added bonus of fantastic diving, snorkeling, fishing and miles of white sand rimmed islets and islands offering idyllic overnight anchorages. And of course historic Key West, with all the nightlife, shopping and restaurants our beautiful town has to offer when you’re at port.

The Advantages of Choosing Key West Sailing Academy

-We offer a full range of ASA singular & composite courses, ranging from 101 to 106, and Multihull 114

-As a locally owned & owner operated business your not dealing with a faceless corporation & employees located somewhere else. We deliver consistency.

-We include overnight accommodations on board during your course, saving hundreds of dollars in hotel fees (doesn’t include ASA 101).

-Our courses are complimented by the best gourmet meals, prepared with the freshest ingredients.

-Our boats are docked at the finest marina in the Keys with hotel amenities, including pool, private beach, restaurant & bar

-Complimentary Airport or Hotel pick up on day of course start.

-Our instructors are the best in the industry & all USCG licensed Captains.

-The most comprehensive & flexible learning packages.

-Bike, kayak & paddle board rentals available for nominal fee.

-The most beautiful sailing grounds in the continental US.

-Prices listed for all courses includes instructor, boat, overnight accommodations as specified, meal plan as specified, books and other course material, certification fees, one year individual ASA membership which affords many annual benefits like ASA discounts, and one year subscription to Sailing Magazine.

Most of our courses are fully private, allowing for a deeper, richer learning experience, and taught aboard vessels for the specific course level your seeking certification in. We also offer a week-long, full live-aboard 101,103,104 format which provides a total  immersion learning experience. Our course schedules are designed with the first time visitor to Key West in mind, allowing one or two nights at the dock so you can explore our historic town and enjoy some of our fantastic restaurants.

Whether your ASA course will be aboard our Hunter 22, the definitive ASA 101 basic keel boat training vessel, our sweet Person 30, our roomy & well appointed Hunter 45 Passage, or our Mahe 38 Catamaran, our vessels are soundly maintained, well appointed, clean, safe, very roomy & comfortable. Like a gracious B & B on the water our 3 cabin Hunter Passage “Sargasso” offers all the volume of a large hotel suite, with comfortable bedding, luscious towels and large well appointed private staterooms with en suite facilitates, She is the ultimate in graceful, very spacious accommodations for cruising on longer courses.  Our multi day, multi certification level live aboard courses for mono or multi hull are intended to provide a solid emphasis on learning, while still carving out time for exploring beaches, snorkeling the reefs and enjoying finely prepared meals.

What skill set can you expect to achieve in your ASA course.

Obtaining a first-rate sailing education is an important step toward a lifetime of sailing enjoyment. Key West Sailing Academy’s curriculums seek to exceed the minimum set of ASA requirements for its courses. Our courses are planned over longer periods of time when compared to most schools offerings. We feel this is important in enabling our students sufficient and high quality time to ensure they truly are able satisfy both knowledge and skills standards, which are verified through a written exam and an on-the-water practical exam. If you truly want to learn to sail, spending an extra day or two in your course is a valuable and worthwhile investment. All our courses utilize American Sailing Association textbooks and learning aids. Courses are eight hour days generally running 9-5 with seasonal shift for sunset.

Pricing for our fully private ASA courses

2 Day ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing – $495.00 pp (2 person minimum)
What can I expect to learn? Achieve the demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length with outboard auxiliary power, 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, dockage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.

This course is conducted aboard our 2014 Hunter 22, the definitive keel boat training platform. With her retractable keel we’re able to adjust our draft to train our students in the comfortable, calm, shallow water and then head out into more lively areas as the student gains confidence. On both days we’ll beach at the club, enjoy a nice lunch and a mid day swim in the pool. She is equipped with an outboard engine.

Price includes: Two full eight hour days of classroom, sailing and testing, full lunch on both days at the Yacht Club or local restaurant, water and assorted soft drinks & snacks aboard, instructor, boat, running expenses, books and other course material, certification fees, one year individual ASA membership which affords many annual benefits like ASA discounts, and one year subscription to Sailing Magazine. The option to stay aboard one of our vessels during the course at the rate of $195.00 per night, plus tax, and $50.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee (subject to availability).

3 day ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising – $1095.00 per person (2 person minimum)
What can I expect to learn? Achieve the demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship.

• A prerequisite of ASA 101 is required for this course.

• Day One: morning classroom, dockside orientation and full day sailing, overnight at dock

• Day Two: Full day on water, overnight at anchor

• Day Three: full day on water and exams

Price includes – two nights’ accommodation aboard the Hunter 450, gourmet prepared meals; Lunch on day one, continental breakfast, lunch & dinner on day two, breakfast & lunch on day three, water, soft drinks, coffee & tea. instructor, boat, running expenses, books and other course material, certification fees, one year individual ASA membership which affords many annual benefits like ASA discounts, and one year subscription to Sailing Magazine. You may opt to also stay aboard the night before your course start &  night of course conclusion at the rate of $195.00 per night, plus tax, and $50.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee.

• For an additional $350.00 the first night can be spent at anchor rather than at the dock,  so the course includes lunch and dinner on day one, breakfast, lunch & dinner on day two and breakfast, lunch on day three.

3 day ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising – $1095.00 pp (2 person minimum)
What can I expect to learn? Achieve the demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

• A prerequisite of ASA 103 is required for this course.

• Day One: morning classroom, dockside orientation and full day sailing, night at dock

• Day Two: Full day on water and overnight at anchor

• Day Three: full day on water and exams

Price includes: two nights’ accommodation aboard the Hunter 450, prepared meals; Lunch on day one, continental breakfast, lunch & dinner on day two, breakfast & lunch on day three, water, soft drinks, coffee & tea. instructor, boat, running expenses, books and other course material, certification fees, one year individual ASA membership which affords many annual benefits like ASA discounts, and one year subscription to Sailing Magazine. You may opt to also stay aboard the night before your course start &  night of course conclusion at the rate of $195.00 per night, plus tax, and $50.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee.

• For an additional $350.00 the first night can be spent at anchor rather than at the dock so the course includes lunch and dinner on day one, breakfast, lunch & dinner on day two and breakfast, lunch on day three.

Private Combination ASA Courses

A tremendous amount of bookwork and practical sailing time is included in combo courses. It can be a lot to absorb, especially for a totally novice sailor. We believe our 5 & 6 day itineraries afford a generous and suitable amount of time for achieving the skills you’re looking to learn. The investment of an extra day is well worth it, and turns your time into a richer experience as it allows us to reach more secluded anchorages, isolated pristine reefs and other marinas. We don’t recommend accelerating these courses into shorter itineraries unless you have some on the water experience, but we’re happy to consider it and customize something based on your existing skill set. We also offer a seven day, full immersion 101,103,104 live aboard course for private or open enrollment.

5 day 103 & 104 package – $2295 pp (2 persons minimum) prerequisite ASA 101

• Day One: morning classroom, dockside orientation, afternoon sailing, night at dock

• Day Two: Full day on water and overnight at anchor

Day Three: Full day on the water and overnight at anchor

Day Four: Full day on the water and overnight at dock

• Day Five: full day on water and exams,

Price Includes: four overnights aboard vessel, gourmet prepared meals – lunch on day one, continental breakfast, lunch & dinner day two, full board day three, breakfast & lunch on day four, continental breakfast & lunch on day five, water, soft drinks, coffee & tea. Instructor, boat and running expenses, books and other course material, on-board meals and beverages as specified, certification fees, and a one year individual ASA membership. You may opt to also stay aboard the night before course start &  night of course conclusion at the rate of $195.00 per night, plus tax, and $100.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee.

• For an additional $350.00 the first night and/or fourth night can be spent at anchor rather than at the dock which adds dinner on day one, breakfast on day two and would add dinner on day four & breakfast on day five.

6 day 101, 103, 104 package – $2495.00 pp (2 person minimum) no prerequisite
• Day One: morning classroom, dockside orientation, sailing on 22′ keelboat, night aboard the Hunter 450 at dock

• Day Two: sailing on the 22′ and exams, night aboard the Hunter 450 at dock

• Day Three: Provisioning, dockside orientation, afternoon sailing, night at dock

• Day Four: Full day at sea and night at anchor

• Day Five: Full day at sea and night at anchor

• Day Six: Day on the water and exams

Price Includes:  five overnights aboard vessel, prepared meals, lunch on day one & two, continental breakfast & lunch day three, full board days four & five, breakfast & lunch on day six, water, soft drinks, coffee & tea. Instructor, boat and running expenses, books and other course material, on-board meals and beverages as specified, certification fees, and a one year individual ASA membership. You may opt to also stay aboard the night before course start &  night of course conclusion at the rate of $195.00 per night, plus tax, and $100.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee.

For an additional $350.00 night three can be spent at anchor rather than at the dock which adds dinner on day three. Dinner is otherwise not included on day two or three.

ASA 114 Multi Hull Course

3 day ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran – $4995.00, (one to two persons)
What can I expect to learn? An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull.

• Day One: classroom, dockside orientation and sailing, night at anchor

• Day Two: Full day on water and night at anchor

• Day Three: full day on water and examinations

Price includes: two overnights aboard vessel, prepared meals – lunch & dinner on day one, full board day two, three, breakfast & lunch on day three, water, soft drinks, coffee & tea. Instructor, boat and running expenses, books and other course material, on-board meals and beverages as specified, certification fees, and a one year individual ASA membership. You may opt to also stay aboard the night before course start &  night of course conclusion at the rate of $295.00 per night, double occupancy, plus tax, and $100.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee.

Coastal Navigation 105 – $450 per person (four person minimum)
Learn the navigational theory required to safely navigate in coastal or inland waters. This Coastal Course covers lights and buoys, chart reading, dead reckoning, bearings and fixes, set and drift, tides and currents, lights, signals and much more.
ASA Captains Challenges
Whether you’re looking to reduce your boat insurance premiums or bareboat charter in locales that require qualifications. If you’re already an experienced sailor, getting your ASA certifications will deliver those benefits and more. Captain’s Challenges are for those sailors already experienced enough to pass one or more ASA certification tests. To challenge ASA 101,103 or 104, you must be prepared with sufficient sailing experience and knowledge to pass the written exams and successfully demonstrate, without instruction, the practical skills required by ASA for the level. It is not required to challenge consecutively, ASA permits you to skip to the skill level you can achieve.  Keep in mind that you must achieve a 100% grade on practical skills in order to take the written part of the exam. You then must pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80% to be approved for the certification in your log book. Each Challenge requires one full day on the water – price includes instructor, boat and running expenses, lunch, books and other course material, certification fees, one year membership to ASA.

These are private courses, and prices are for one or two persons.

1 day ASA 101 Challenge – $695.00

1 Day ASA 103 or 104 challenge – $1395.00 (includes overnight at anchor)

2 Day ASA 103 & 104 combo challenge – $2195.00 (includes ASA mandatory overnight a anchor)

3 Day 101, 103 & 104 Combo Challenge – $3195.00 (includes two overnights)

You may choose to Challenge only the certification level you are seeking. It is no longer an ASA requirement that you challenge consecutively.

 

Add On Options
• Students wishing to stay aboard at the Marina the night prior to a course start, night of an ASA 101 course, or night of course conclusion may take their cabin at the nightly rate of $195.00 double occupancy, plus tax (subject to availability). Plus a $100.00 flat rate pump out/cleaning fee.

• A 2 hour sunset sail the day of arrival – $300.00 for two persons, includes wine/beer, antipasto platter and fresh fruit

• Provisioning for continental breakfast aboard the first day of a live aboard course – $40

Additional Information
• All prices include: boat and running expenses, books and other course material, on-board meals and beverages as specified, certification fees, and a one year individual ASA membership.

• Menus and provisioning will be part of course work where applicable, and students are expected to assist in keeping the vessel ship shape during the term of the course. Special dietary restrictions can be managed. Water, selected soft drinks, tea & coffee are available at no charge. Special meal or provisioning requests that include, but are not limited to, expensive items like lobster, stone crab, certain types of fish, premium meats or organics may incur a surcharge, or require the student make certain food purchases not included in course fees.

• For overnight accommodations we provide all bedding and bath towels.

• Not included are travel to and from the boat, any meals eaten ashore while at port not specified, alcoholic beverages, personal toiletries, any other expenses incurred off the boat and recommended 15-20% instructor gratuity for services well rendered.

• Courses can be combined with any number of additional days for an extended cruising vacation packages.

• Charter vacations, which include ASA sailing courses, can be planned for parties of up to six persons.

• Please review our FAQ for what we suggest you bring.

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