ASA 101 Sailing Certification

Master ASA 101 with Naos: Gain the basics of keelboat sailing in a 2-day class. Includes ASA 101 test prep, ASA membership, and a Beneteau OC30.1 rental.

ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Sailing Class

Welcome to Naos Yachts, where we take pride in offering an exceptional sailing education through our ASA 101 course, the Basic Keelboat Sailing Class. This foundational course is meticulously designed for aspiring sailors who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of sailing basics, safety, and seamanship. Whether you're new to sailing or looking to formalize your skills, our ASA 101 class provides the perfect starting point. Upon completion, participants will be well-prepared to take the ASA 101 test, a crucial step towards a certification that verifies your proficiency in handling a sailboat confidently and safely. With expert instructors, hands-on training, and a commitment to excellence, Naos Yachts ensures that every student is equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the ASA 101 test and enjoy the freedom of sailing.

ASA 101 Test: The First Step to Setting Sail

ASA 101, or Basic Keelboat Sailing, is a certification course recognized by the American Sailing Association. It serves as the foundation for your sailing education, covering all the essential aspects of sailing a keelboat safely and efficiently. At Naos Yachts, we enhance this experience by offering this course on a modern Beneteau OC30.1, ensuring you learn on some of the best equipment in the industry.

The ASA 101 certification is the cornerstone of a sailor's education, providing the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for safe and enjoyable sailing. At Naos Yachts, our course is structured around hands-on learning, expert instruction, and a curriculum that's both comprehensive and accessible. Whether you're dreaming of coastal cruising or simply enjoying a day sail, the ASA 101 certification is your first step towards sailing with confidence.

Student sailor tying a knot to as he takes the ASA 101 test.

Course Overview

This comprehensive 2-day course covers everything from the very basics of sailing terminology to the essential skills needed to handle a sailboat safely and effectively. The course is divided into theoretical knowledge and practical skills, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of sailing principles.

Here at Naos, we believe in learning by doing. That's why our ASA 101 course emphasizes practical, on-the-water experience. Under the guidance of our certified instructors, you'll take the helm of one of our keelboats, applying what you've learned in the classroom in real-world sailing scenarios. This hands-on approach ensures that you not only understand sailing concepts but can also apply them confidently.

Prerequisites for Taking ASA 101

The only prerequisite for enrolling in the ASA 101 course is a willingness to have a good time. Our course is designed to be enjoyable and engaging, ensuring that learning to sail is an experience to remember.

Key Topics Covered

Our ASA 101 course covers everything you need to know to confidently skipper a keelboat. Here’s what the course includes:

  • Parts of a sailboat and their functions
  • Basic nautical terminology
  • Safety procedures and emergency protocols
  • Sail dynamics and wind theory
  • Points of sail
  • Knot tying and line handling
  • Tacking and jibing techniques
  • Rules of the nautical road

ASA 101 Test: Certification Requirements

To earn your ASA 101 certification, you'll need to demonstrate both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The ASA 101 test consists of a written exam and a skills assessment conducted on the water. Our course is designed to prepare you thoroughly for both components, with practice quizzes, review sessions, and plenty of sailing practice.

Certification Requirements Include

  • Passing the ASA 101 written exam
  • Successfully completing the on-the-water skills assessment
  • Demonstrating competency in sailing terminology, safety procedures, and basic navigation

ASA 101 Certification and Benefits

Upon completion of the ASA 101 test, participants will receive their ASA 101 certification, a testament to their newfound sailing skills. This certification not only signifies your ability to skipper a keelboat but also opens the door to more advanced sailing courses.

Participants will also enjoy a 3-month ASA membership, offering access to a wealth of resources and a community of sailing enthusiasts. Moreover, the free one-day rental of a Beneteau OC30.1 (valid for up to 3 months post-certification) provides the perfect opportunity to practice your skills in a real-world setting.

Why Get Certified with Naos Yachts?

At Naos Yachts, we are passionate about sailing and committed to providing an exceptional learning experience. Our instructors are seasoned sailors with extensive knowledge and a friendly approach, ensuring you receive the best education and support throughout your journey. With our ASA 101 course, you are not just learning to sail; you are embarking on an adventure that will last a lifetime.

sailboat gliding towards sunset

Start Your Sailing Journey Today

Embarking on your sailing journey with Naos Yachts' ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Class is an investment in yourself and your future adventures. Whether you aim to charter a yacht, purchase your own boat, or simply enjoy sailing for recreation, the ASA 101 certification is your essential first step.

Ready to set sail? Contact Naos Yachts today to enroll in our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Class and take the first step towards your sailing dreams. Let the wind guide you, but let Naos Yachts provide the knowledge and skills you need to navigate it.


Who is eligible to enroll in the ASA 101 course?

Anyone with a passion for sailing and a willingness to learn is welcome to enroll in our ASA 101 class. There are no prerequisites, making it ideal for beginners.

How long does the ASA 101 course last?

The ASA 101 course at Naos Yachts typically spans over two days, combining classroom instruction with hands-on sailing experience to ensure comprehensive learning.

What should I bring to the ASA 101 class?

Participants should bring comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, non-marking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. We'll provide all the necessary sailing equipment and safety gear.

Is the ASA 101 test hard?

The ASA 101 test is designed to assess your understanding of basic sailing knowledge and skills. With attentive participation in the course, students generally find the test to be a fair evaluation of what they've learned.

Can I retake the ASA 101 test if I don’t pass?

Yes, if you do not pass the ASA 101 test on your first attempt, you can retake it. We're committed to helping you succeed and can provide additional instruction if needed.

What happens after I pass the ASA 101 test?

Upon passing the ASA 101 test, you'll receive your ASA 101 certification, recognizing your ability to sail a keelboat safely and competently. This certification opens the door to more advanced sailing courses and opportunities.

How do I sign up for the ASA 101 class at NAOS Yachts?

You can sign up for the ASA 101 class by contacting Naos Yachts directly via our website or phone. Our team will guide you through the registration process.