Welcome to ASA Sailing Lessons

Harbor Sailboats offers ASA certified sailing lessons for the beginner through advanced sailor year-round in San Diego at our sailing school on Harbor Island. These top level sailing lessons, certified by the American Sailing Association, will create a foundation for your sailing career.

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Challenge Yourself

The ASA “Challenge” is for sailors who have completed a sailing resume (approved by HS Sailing Director) and are qualified to the ASA Standards. To challenge the ASA Standards one must progress successfully through the ASA system of Standards with both written and practical examinations up to ASA 103 only. The ASA 101 challenge is free with membership. The ASA 103 challenge is $350 plus 6% port fee (same price as the actual course).

Private Instruction

Have a tough schedule or very particular goals? Harbor Sailboats can tailor private sailing lessons to meet your special needs and goals. Sailing Lessons are available aboard any boat in the Harbor Sailboats fleet 22’- 41’, including liveaboard options. Certified ASA instructors offer professional sailing instruction for the beginner through advanced sailor for both classroom and practical on-the-water skills. Call the office today and let our friendly staff assist with designing a package just for you!

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What to Bring & What to Expect

Bring yourself to the Harbor Sailboats office for check-in. All classes starts promptly at 9:00am, click here for directions and maps. Students should bring homework, class textbook and ASA logbook to class. Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended and bottled water for the boat to stay hydrated. Sailing gloves and hats are for sale in the Harbor Sailboats office. All boats are equipped with a life jacket for each student. Unless a small craft advisory is posted by NOAA or the USCG, class will run rain or shine.


What to Wear

While shorts and a t-shirt will suffice, pack a backpack with the following as it does cool down and can be chilly on the water (bags can be stowed onboard): jacket, long pants and sweatshirt or wind breaker. Sneakers or light soled shoes- no black soled shoes, sports flip flops only.


What to Expect

Plan on spending four to five hours per day, on-the-water. Each morning is spent in a classroom setting; we are firm believers that being a competent sailor depends on real world experience, so we will hasten to wrap-up the talking early so that we can go SAILING! Review, discussions and lectures should be complete by 10am and then it’s down to the boats and the San Diego Bay for the rest of the day. We strive to be back at the dock by 4:30pm, class ends at 5pm each day.

Helpful Tips

TIP 1. Unless a small craft advisory is posted by NOAA or the USCG, class will run rain or shine.

TIP 2. The marina deli located on-site offers coffee, breakfast and lunch.

TIP 3. Pack a lunch, or head to the deli for a sandwich or burger. The Basic Keelboat class breaks at noon for one hour each day. Intermediate/Advanced classes eat lunch onboard and provision ahead of time.

TIP 4. Did we mention layered clothing? Sometimes you’ll be working and moving around the boat, but in between it can get chilly even on sunny days. Stay dry and warm, bring whatever makes you comfortable and stow it onboard… there’s plenty of room!

TIP 5. The Capri 22 used for Basic Keelboat has a Porto Potty onboard, if the Porto Potty is used it must be emptied by the student at the end of each class day. Restrooms are located in the marina for your use; make your instructor aware of your needs.

TIP 6. All other class boats are equipped with a head and will be taken care of as part of the intermediate/advanced classes ASA 103 & 104