American Sailing Association

The largest and most respected sailing instruction organization in the world

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About American Sailing Association

At American Sailing we believe that a great charter experience is truly the reward of a superior sailing education!

For 40 years, American Sailing has taught the highest quality, most comprehensive sailing courses in the world. With over half a million certified sailors worldwide, American Sailing offers Basic Keelboat Sailing through Offshore Passage Making at over 400 schools around the world.

Upon survey, a majority of ASA’s basic sailing students say that in a large part they are learning how to sail because they want the ability to charter/skipper a large, beautiful yacht in the Caribbean or Mediterranean. Of course, bareboat chartering leads to memories that last a lifetime, but from the perspective of an educational organization like ours, it is nothing less than a culmination of well-taught cruising skills that set you free to sail almost anywhere. There are tens of thousands of American Sailing crew who are enjoying the experience of sailing in the most wondrous places on earth in beautiful, brand new sailboats. Your first step to that big charter boat is taking the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Course at any one of our affiliate schools and obtaining the ASA 104 certification, and following that, the 114 Cruising Catamaran course. ASA schools deliver the most comprehensive Bareboat Cruising course available today, and our certifications are internationally recognized. 

These courses feature two of sailing’s best-selling books specifically written as texts for the ASA classes. The books’ illustrations, photography, and text bring together thoughts and images that make learning to cruise safely an attainable goal.

Cruising World says of Bareboat Cruising Made Easy “this 212-page book is so thorough and all-encompassing that it will prove to be a useful, if not required, reference for anyone leaving the dock for more than an overnight,” and of Cruising Catamarans Made Easy they say “this beautifully illustrated, highly informative textbook from the American Sailing Association will be welcome on any sailor’s shelf.”

When a student goes through the ASA system and ends up on a heaven-sent broad reach in a 15-knot tradewind, heading toward what most imagine as paradise, we have proudly done our job.

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Education for the Modern Cruising Lifestyle

This year, American Sailing is celebrating their 40th anniversary of helping sailors around the world realize their dreams out on the water. Since 1983, more than 500,000 sailors become certified after passing classes offered by American Sailing schools in hundreds of ports around the world that let people of all skill levels begin and expand their sailing skills. 

Today, they are continuing that traditional, successful way of educating sailors at more than 400 affiliate schools, while expanding the curriculum and offering more online educational materials to help even more sailors continue the lifelong journey of becoming a skillful sailor.

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Contact Us

5301 Beethoven Street, Suite #265  

Los Angeles, California  

United States, 90066    

Phone: +1 (310) 822-7171  



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