ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising


No of Days: 3 Days, 2 night live aboard 

Price: $1,295

Exam: 1 written, 1 practical 

Qualification: ASA 104 certificate


This is the intermediate course you should complete If your goal is to charter a yacht in exotic locations and enjoy your own sailing vacation. Our third ASA course builds upon the knowledge you gained when you completed your ASA 101 Basic Keelboat and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising.

The aim of this course is to enable you to comfortably plan and navigate your own sailing vacation and give you the confidence and knowledge to safely skipper a vessel up to 45 feet in length in moderate weather conditions.  The 3 day course is designed to quickly progress students as it is very practical and you will get to experience many different aspects of sailing getting to grips with safely planning your own sailing vacation. In addition to advancing your sailing skills this course will also cover skipper and crew duties.

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.



- Basic Sailing Terminology             - Maneuvers & Points of Sail
- Navigation Rules                            - Aids to Navigation
- Safety Gear & Procedures            - Safety Equipment



The ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising course is a practical and professionally run course, comprises of 3 full sailing days and 2 night aboard. You will be sailing during the day around the islands located close to Tortola, and in the  evening you will be able to get ashore to sample some Caribbean delights. 

This course costs starts from $1,255.  There are no hidden fees; It includes all your tuition, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast (2 days), lunch (3 days) and 1 dinner aboard.  (You will need to order ASA 104  course book, directly from the ASA website)

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


Prerequisite To Completing The ASA 104

- You must have completed your ASA 101 Basic Keelboat, ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certificate
- ASA recommends a minimum of 80 on-water sailing hours before undertaking ASA 104.
- We also ask that you order your ASA 104 Basic Coastal Cruising course notes before you arrive and the ability to demonstrate competencies in all knowledge and skills elements of those Standards.

For full ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising syllabus, click here

What To Pack

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 
  • Your log book so you can get your miles signed off by your captain
  • (And dollars - ATMs are not always reliable on the island)


 Relaxing after a hard days sailing

Relaxing after a hard days sailing

Certificate Limitations  

Once you have completed this course and have achieved a good level of competence at the end of the week and have passed the written exam, you will receive the ASA certificate 104 Bareboat Cruising Standard. This means you are certified for the following:

- Skipper on a vessel up to a maximum length of 45ft
-in coastal and inland waters during a multi-day cruise
- in daylight hours and with moderate to heavy wind and sea conditions.

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