Castle Harbor Sailing School

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Boating Safety Through Education and Practical Training Since 1949

Sailing School

Sailing School 101 Learn To Sail ASA 101

Our Introductory Course prepares you to earn your ASA Certification in 3 days!

Take our 3-day "Learn to Sail" Group Course and learn the basics of sailing quickly and easily. Begin with wo full days of instructions with our professional staff of certified instructors in the classroom and on the water in our fleet of Harbor 20's performance day sailors.

You'll learn:
  • Sailing School 101Points of Sail
  • Parts of a Boat
  • How to Rig a Sailboat
  • Knots
  • Tacking and Jibing
  • Rules of the Road
  • Reefing the Main Sail
  • Emergency Signals
After your first two days, and with your instructor's evaluation and recommendations, you will be prepared for a third day of sailing and testing for your American Sailing Association 101 Certification!

When does the course begin?
We offer the "Learn to Sail" course and certification challenge regularly each month. Check availability.

What do I wear to my first day of sailing?
Sailing School Your instruction will take place in a classroom setting as well as out on a sailboat, so wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the day's weather. Depending on the day's winds, there is a likelihood of getting wet so try to wear clothing that is still comfortable under these conditions. You may also want to bring a hat and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) as sunny days out on the water can be intense. Lastly, make sure your shoes have non-slip soles to grip to a wet boat deck. We prefer deck shoes, which usually have "razor cut" soles that allow for good grip of the deck (NO black sole sandals/sneakers).

What should I bring for the Learn to Sail course?
Be prepared to learn! You should bring a pen and paper for taking notes during the classroom sessions. Because the class will last all day, we will give you several opportunities to take a break, including a lunch break. You may want to bring a sandwich or other food and beverage with you for the break. If you want to be really prepared, bring the day's weather/tidal report with you and impress your instructor!

If you have more questions, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

SPECIAL! Get a pass for one free Saturday Race Clinic when you complete our Learn to Sail course! The ultimate companion to the course helps you put your new skills to use and give you invaluable practice time on the water.

Learn To Race
Learn To Race
Learn To Race
Every Saturday Rain or Shine (unless blowing over 18 knots) from 10:30-1:30. Sail racing on Harbor 20's. No experience necessary.

1 day, 2 day, 3 day, and 5 day customized Racing-Training Programs available for all levels. Call 305.665.4994 for pricing and scheduling.

Contact Us or Register for a sailing class today!

Spent four days sailing at Castle Harbor with my MBA program in December '09. The Castle Harbor staff were awesome. I was amazed at how much I learned in such a short time. The Biscayne Bay was absolutely beautiful that time of year, and it was just an all around great experience. The class behind me also did a travel seminar with Castle Harbor and the reviews were great.
Chris S.
Beverly, MA
There is an old sailor by the name of Josh here. Ask for him by name. He is skilled beyond words and will teach you everything you need to know about sailing, the winds, the oceans and all of life's unanswerable questions.
Michael B.
Miami, FL

Castle Harbor Boating
America's Oldest Sailing School Since 1949
U.S. Sailing Center
2470 S. Bayshore Drive · Coconut Grove, FL 33133
305-665-4994 ·
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