ASA 106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising

After these 3 days and 2 nights (or 4 days and 3 nights) of on-the-water training, you should be able to safely act as a skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length to the Channel Islands in any condition.

Course Options

Private Course: Private course with you and the instructor.
3 Day Private- $2690
4 Day Private- $3240
Semi- Private Course: We will pair you with another student.
3 Day Semi- Private- $1565
4 Day Semi- Private- $1865
Couples Course: Private course for you and your partner.
3 Day Couples- $3040
4 Day Couples- $3640
ASA certifications are for students over 18 years of age.

Course Overview

-Sail to Santa Barbara Island, 55+ miles offshore from Newport Beach.
-Stand a navigation watch during a passage of about 20 miles by night and over 20 miles by day using traditional methods and electronic instrumentation.
-Demonstrate correct procedures for hoisting, setting, trimming, jibing, dousing and packing a cruising spinnaker.
-Demonstrate crew over-board recovery at night.
-Demonstrate double anchoring techniques.


ASA 106 International Marine Book of Sailing


Basic Keelboat (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104), and Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)


Private and couples classes are generally held any 4-day/3-night period that works for your schedule. Semi-private classes are generally taught Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon. Semi-private classes have a minimum and maximum of 2 students. All classes are in 4-hour increments. Contact us at (949) 209-9931 with any questions

About Santa Barbara Island

Are you familiar with Santa Barbara Island? It is a serene speck of land 55+ miles offshore from Newport Beach. This wind-blown landscape reminds one of the peace that must have reigned in California before millions moved here. There are cliff-hugging trails with beautiful views. There are thousands of sea lions lounging around the bases of rocky cliffs. You can hike from one side of the island to the other within an hour. You can kayak through sea caves and there are few if any people. You and your group might be the only people on the whole island.

Because of the uniqueness of this island and the fact that you will probably be the only people out there, we have chosen it as the favored destination for our ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification Class. What you will learn in ASA 106 will prepare you to explore this island and others in the Channel Islands National Park with more confidence. The Channel Islands National Park is one of the least used National Parks in the US. Soon you’ll anchor in a secured cove and be the only boat around. The anchorage and the island will feel like yours.

Day 1: Sail from Newport Beach to the West End of Catalina Island. Find a quiet cove like Emerald Bay and anchor for the night. Spend the afternoon hiking and/or kayaking.

Day 2: Sail from the West End of Catalina to Santa Barbara Island. Enjoy the welcoming party of playful sea lions. Anchor and kayak to the natural arch, snorkel with sea lions or hike across the island.

Day 3: Sail from Santa Barbara Island back to Newport (a 55 mile sail). Practice your navigation skills without the electronics. Fly the gennaker, perfect your watch rotations. Practice night sailing.

Optional Day 4: Spend an extra day on Santa Barbara Island relaxing and exploring. Or break up the long sail back to Newport by sailing back to Catalina.

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