ASA Fast-Track To Bareboat Cruising - Live Aboard Course (ASA 101, 103 & 104)


No of Days: 8 Days, 7 night live aboard (3 evening meals aboard, 4 ashore) Sat 10 am - Sat 10am

Price: $2,595

Qualification: ASA 101/103/104 certificates

If you want to charter and command your own sailing boat for your private sailing vacation with family and friends, but don't yet have the qualifications the charter companies need, then this 8 day course is for you. The Fast-track Live Aboard Bareboat Cruising course combines the ASA courses 101, 103 and 104 to become a certified skipper in a limited time frame. 

Successfully completing this course will result in an ASA certification to skipper a keelboat or catamaran (if training is done on such) up to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise.

Students who complete this course often have some time on the water, but have no qualifications. The only prerequisite of completing the ASA Fasttrack Bareboat Cruising is that you order your course material (ASA 101, 103 and 104 course notes), from ASA store  and you register with the ASA here. 

The course is designed to quickly progress novices as it is very practical and will let you experience all aspects of sailing. There is also theory involved, students should have their course books before the course and are advised to do some studying before they arrive to start their course. This way there will be more time to focus on the practical side of the syllabus.

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 course will cover the first 3 ASA courses:

ASA 101 (Day 1 & 2)
- Basic Sailing Terminology       - Maneuvers & Points of Sail
- Navigation Rules                      - Aids to Navigation
- Safety Gear & Procedures      - Safety Equipment

ASA 103 (Day 3, 4 & 5)
- Cruising sailing terminology    - Safety equipment and procedures
- Navigation and weather           - Sail plan
- Seamanship                               - Emergencies
- Preliminaries                             - Navigation
- Under power                             - Under sail
- Return to dock                          - Knots

ASA 104 (Day 3, 4 & 5)
- Cruising planning                      - Systems
- Emergencies                              - Seamanship
- Navigation and weather           - General skipper skills live-aboard
- Under power                             - Under sail
- Knots


Course Details

The ASA Fast-track to Bareboat Cruising is a practical and professionally run course; it comprises of 8 sailing days and 7 nights sleeping aboard. You will be sailing during the day around the beautiful BVI islands located close to Tortola. You will experience the freedom of living aboard a boat. In the evening we will moor or anchor near shore, with plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and explore the islands you moor next to.

The  cost of the ASA Fast-track 8 day course costs start from $2,595. There are no hidden fees, this includes all your tuition. It includes your accommodation aboard,7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, snacks and soft drinks and 3 evening meals aboard. We usually go out for dinner ashore on 4 nights and enjoy the atmosphere of the local restaurants in a Marina or on a beach, depending on our location. These are the only meals not include in the price. All other costs like mooring, ASA certificates, safety equipment, fuel and such are covered in the price.

We ask that you order your course notes (ASA 101, 103 and 104 books) before you arrive in Tortola from

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


Prerequisite to you completing the ASA Fast-track to Bareboat Cruising
- You must read ASA 101 Basic Keelboat course book and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising before you set sail 
- We recommend you have spent a little time on the water, as there is a lot of information to retain in a very short time.

 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 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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