ASA 103 Basic Keelboat Sailing


No of Days: 3 Days, 2 night live aboard (Eat one night onboard, rest ashore) (Mon 10am - Wed 5pm)

Price: $1,195 

Exam: 1 written, 1 practical

Qualification: ASA 103 certificate

Course Summary

The ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising) is the second ASA course, designed to build upon the knowledge gained when you completed your ASA 101, (Basic Keelboat). If you have successfully completed your ASA 101 then this 3 day course is the next one for you.

Building on your knowledge, the ASA 103 will cover coastal navigation, weather forecasts, anchoring, knots and docking.  The aim of this course is to enable you to comfortably plan and navigate your own sailing trip and give you the confidence and knowledge to safely skipper a vessel up to 35 feet in length in moderate weather conditions.

The perquisite for this course is the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing certificate, (we will ask for your ASA membership number to confirm before booking). The ASA 103 course is designed to quickly progress students as it is very practical and you will get to experience many different aspects of sailing as you get to grips with safely planning your own sailing trip.

The ASA recommends a minimum of 24-40 hours sailing hours before undertaking ASA 103. Our professional ASA certified instructors are patient and have a lot of experience, they will teach you ‘the ropes’ in a relaxed and friendly way. From the moment you step aboard you will be encouraged to play an active part on the boat together with the other students. This is a 3-day live-aboard course.


Course Details

The ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising course is a practical and professionally run course; it comprises of 3 full days. You will be sailing during the day around the islands located close to Tortola.

This cost starts from $1,195. There are no hidden fees. Our price includes all your tuition. It includes two nights accommodation with 2 breakfast, 3 lunch & 1 dinner aboard one of our monohulls.

The instructor to student ratio will not be more than 1 to 5. 


Course Outline

The course content consists of the following modules:

- Cruising sailing terminology        - Safety equipment and procedures

- Navigation and weather               - Sail plan

- Seamanship                                   - Emergencies

- Preliminaries                                 - Navigation

- Under power                                 - Under sail

- Return to dock                              - Knots

For the full Syllabus of ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising, click here


- You must have completed your ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certificate
- A minimum of 24 hours on-water sailing hours before undertaking ASA 103
- We also ask that you order your ASA 103 Basic Coastal Crusing course notes before you arrive. You can order them from ASA store

 Relaxing after a hard days sailing

Relaxing after a hard days sailing


Sailing means living in close quarters so please try to travel light. Please do not bring any hard, big suitcases with wheels that are difficult to store. A backpack or sports/duffel bag would be best. 

Some recommendations on what to bring aboard:

  • Comfortable airy clothes  (t-shirt & shorts advised. Long sleeves if you want to cover up from the sun when stood at the helm)
  • Deck or soft shoe
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen/block 
  • Mosquito spray 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Wash kit 
  • Towel
  • Travel insurance 
  • (And dollars - ATMs are not always reliable on the island)


Once you have completed this course and have achieved a good level of competence at the end of the 3 days and have passed the written exam, you will receive the ASA certificate 103 Basic Coastal Cruising. This means you are certified for the following:

- skipper on a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard engine) keelboat of approx. 25-30 feet
- by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions.


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