7 Day Learn to Sail Vacation

7 Day Live-Aboard: ASA 101, 103, 104 (3 certifications for 2 people)

Course Objective

You will spend 7 days and 6 nights (optional 7th night) on the water. Our licensed captain will be on the boat as your guide, but you will be learning as you sail the boat! Upon completion of this on-the-water training, you will receive your ASA 101, ASA 103 and ASA 104 certifications and you should be able to captain your boat safely to the Catalina Island in heavier winds up to 20 knots. Now you should have the skills to cross a channel.

Course Overview

-Sailing knowledge and terminology
-Sailing skills and safety
-“Rules of the Road”
-Introduction to electronic navigation equipment
-Crew overboard recovery
-Local waterway knowledge and docking
-Heavy weather sailing and docking, weather permitting
-Crew overboard outside the harbor
-Anchoring outside the harbor on a lee shore
-Reefing and heaving to
-More knots
-More info on the Yanmar Diesel Engine and backing into a slip
-Autopilot, Chart plotter, GPS and VHF instruction
-Sail to and from Catalina with use of navigation equipment
-Picking up a mooring
-Gennaker training
-Dinghy training
-Cooking onboard
-Detailed understanding of Yanmar diesel engine
-Heavy weather night sailing, weather permitting


-ASA 101 Sailing Made Easy Textbook
-ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Made Easy textbook
-ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Textbook
-ASA Log Book



Course Details

-Private for you and your partner
-4 days taught in Newport Beach, 3 day trip to Catalina Island.
-Three ASA certifications for two students over 18 years of age.
-Additional Students- Three additional ASA certifications for persons over age 18: $350.00 p/person
-Price based on a Beneteau 35.1. Upgrades to larger boats available. Please call for details.


We will arrange a private course that works with your schedule.

What’s Included:

-ASA textbooks, materials, and one year ASA membership
-Fuel, insurance, and cleaning after your stay
-Complimentary airport pick-up/drop-off service to John Wayne International Airport
-Towels, linens, duvet, and pillows for up to four people
-Fully equipped galley (refrigerator, sink, propane oven/stove, microwave, pots/pans, dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, glasses and cups)
-Boats outfitted with top of the line propane BBQ, CD player, and stereo
-Hot water in sinks, shower, and transom shower
-Top-of-the-line cruising sailboat comforts of roller furling mainsail and jib, asymmetrical spinner in sock, dodger and bimini, anchor windlass, autopilot, radar, color chart plotter, GPS, and much more.

Day 1: Arrive in Newport Beach, CA.  Complimentary pick up from John Wayne International Airport or meet at our offices.  Drive down to your live aboard yacht to stow your belongings.   Participate in boat orientation.  Buy provisions for your stay.  Begin the ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Course with private captain.  Wrap up the day at approximately 5PM.  Evening on your own.  Walk to one of the many fine restaurants in Newport Beach or BBQ/cook on board.

Day 2: Enjoy leisurely breakfast aboard boat.  Go for a walk or run, or relax.  Captain will meet aboard your boat at the time convenient for you.  Continue ASA 101 Basic Keelboat training for a four hour block of time.  Evening on your own.

Day 3: In the morning, take ASA 101 written test aboard your vessel.  Captain will grade and review any missed questions with you.  A grade of 80% is passing.  Complete on the water portion of ASA 101 test–go for a sail and demonstrate your skills to the captain.  Enjoy your new sailing skills while sailing past the beautiful waterfront homes, mega yachts, and sea lion colonies.  Afternoon and evening on your own.

Day 4: Begin the ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising Course with private captain.  Sail to Laguna Beach or Huntington Beach depending on wind conditions.  Evening on your own.

Day 5: In the morning, take ASA 103 written test aboard your vessel.  Captain will grade and review any missed questions with you.  A grade of 80% is passing.  Complete on the water portion of ASA 103 test.   Then, depart Newport Harbor for Catalina and begin the ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising course with captain.  Pick up mooring in Avalon Harbor.  Spend the night in Avalon.  Dinner aboard or ashore.

Day 6: Enjoy breakfast aboard boat.  Sail from Avalon to Two Harbors.  Anchor in Isthmus Cove at Two Harbors, Catalina.  Practice cooking on board and using dinghy to go ashore.

Day 7: Breakfast aboard or ashore.  In the morning, take ASA 104 written test aboard your vessel.  Captain will grade and review any missed questions with you.  A grade of 80% is passing.  Sail back to Newport Beach using the gennaker sail.  Arrive at slip.  Pack up belongings and depart.  (Optional 7th night live-aboard without captain available.)

Call us at (949) 209-9931 with any questions or to book by phone.