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ASA Sailing Classes/Sailing School Details

Our Sailing & Boating School Lesson Curriculum
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Take sailing and boating school lessons in the beautiful Santa Monica Bay - one of the world's premier sailing destinations. See southern California - Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and Los Angeles, California  - all from your own boat! Take a break from Los Angeles and   southern California traffic ... and go for a sail today!      


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Sailing Class Calendar.

 

 
For Beginning Sailors
Five Day Confidence Sailing Course  

 ASA 101- 103
 
This class qualifies you to charter sailboats for day sails.
 

 
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 Five-Day
CONFIDENCE
SAILING COURSE

ASA 101 - 103

$710.00


 
Learn to Skipper and Sail a 30 to 38 foot Yacht, with a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed, A.S.A Certified Instructor. There are 3 to 6 students per class.
Earn two ASA Certifications: 
Basic Keelboat Sailing
and Basic Coastal Cruising 
Learn on the boats YOU will be qualified to charter when you finish the course! Enjoy our privately-owned, cruise and race-equipped, meticulously maintained boats from the start. 
Acquire CONFIDENCE through our 100% hands-on training program: You will be at the helm, and handling sails, lines, and winches, on your very first lesson. 
Each day is a NEW ADVENTURE, providing new scenery, wildlife and sightseeing as you sail out of MARINA del REY, Southern California Premier Boat Harbor, into the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Bay to Santa Monica, Malibu and Redondo Beach. We return to the harbor every night. 
Our exclusive CONFIDENCE SAILING COURSE consists of FIVE modules, each ONE FULL DAY on the water from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, for a total of 35 HOURS, scheduled to fit you: 
One day each weekend for 5 weeks, or 5 consecutive days with a LIVE-ABOARD option. 
DAY 1- 
The Hull, Rigging and Sails and their Mechanical Systems
Maneuvering the boat with the Diesel Engine - Knots - Mainsail System - Sailing through all Points of Sail - Introduction to Tacking and Jibing
Sail to SANTA MONICA. 
DAY 2- 
More Knots - U.S.C.G. Required Equipment - VHF Usage - Furling Headsail System - Sailing a Compass Course 
More Tacking & Jibing - Right of Way Rules - Your Diesel Engine, Electrical Systems (both 110V & 12V) Through-hulls and Seacocks, Propane Stove, Head and Bilge systems.
Sail to EL SEGUNDO. 
DAY 3- 
Heavy Weather Sailing: Reefing the Main and Roller Furling Jib - Changing Headsails.
Basic Navigation: Charts, Nav Aids, Basic Tools, Plotting your Position, Dead Reckoning, determining Course and Distance, LOP's
Weather & Sources of Information - Local Hazards - Man Overboard - Using the Autopilot - More Advanced Sail Trim
Sail the SANTA MONICA bay. 
DAY 4- 
Mooring and Anchoring: Where and how, lee shores, chafe, using the windlass, anchoring bow and stern, Motorsailing - Picking Up a Catalina Mooring - Operating/towing your dinghy and outboard
Electronic Navigation: Using the LORAN or GPS: Velocity Made Good, Course Made Good - Depthsounder, Wind Indicator - Using the AutoPilot
Sail to REDONDO BEACH. 
DAY 5- 
Take the A.S.A. written tests in the morning.
Afternoon Graduation Sail to MALIBU. 

$710.00  FEE INCLUDES

 
5 Full Days - A Total of 35 Hours
of On-the-Water Instruction, in a 34' to 38' boat.

 
Your ASA Log Book

 
Two ASA Exams

 
Your ASA Certifications

ASA-101 and ASA-103

 
One Year ASA Membership

 
plus,

 After Certification

 
One Free

 BLUE PACIFIC BOATING  Sunday Group Sail
(a $45 value) within 30 days of the final lesson.

 
AND ...

 Three Months Free Membership
 BLUE PACIFIC SAILING CLUB
 

 

 
Three-Day Confidence Cruising Course

ASA-104 
Bareboat Chartering Standard

This class qualifies you to charter sailboats  for trips to Catalina and beyond.
 

 
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Three Day
CONFIDENCE
CRUISING CLASS

ASA 104

$535.00 

 
 
Cruise on a luxurious 36 to 47 foot Sailing Yacht for three days, to and around CATALINA or SANTA BARBARA Islands, with a US Coast Guard Licensed Skipper who is also an A.S.A Certified Instructor. 
Learn on a boat YOU would be proud to own! Enjoy one of our privately-owned, cruise and race-equipped, meticulously maintained boats. Your boat will have extensive electronics, a diesel engine, a hard-bottom (RIB) inflatable dinghy with an outboard motor, a roller furling genoa, rope-clutches and self-tailing winches, and an electric windlass to retrieve the anchor.
You will have on board (and learn to operate) an inverter for 110V power, multiple battery banks, electric refrigeration, hot and cold running water with multiple water tanks, a propane stove with an oven and a solenoid, a propane BBQ, and a complete head system with holding tank, tankwatch and macerator. 
Acquire CONFIDENCE through our 100% hands-on training program: YOU will provision the boat, calculate the compass courses, use the electronics (GPS/Chartplotter, DEPTHSOUNDER, KNOTMETER, AUTOPILOT) to navigate to your destination, steer the boat, trim the sails, learn to use and care for the roller furling genoa, stand a watch, set an anchor, pick up a mooring, tow and use the Dinghy and Outboard, and learn to trouble-shoot the boat systems. Your Instructor will discuss night sailing, heavy weather, emergencies at sea, and attempt to pass on to you 20 years of Local Cruising Knowledge.
Earn YOUR ASA Certification for Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104). Prerequisites: ASA. 101 & 103. Certification is optional. 
Each day is an adventure, providing new scenery with both land and marine wildlife, from pelicans and buffaloes to dolphins and sea lions, as you sail out of MARINA del REY, Southern California Premier Boat Harbor, into the Pacific Ocean and to CATALINA ISLAND.
 
Discover the Two Harbors area, both the Isthmus and Cat Harbor sides, separated by barely half a mile of land. Anchor in Goat Harbor or Little Harbor, visit Avalon, Whites Landing, Hens Cove, Buttonshell Beach, Emerald Bay or Parson's Landing.

 
$535.00
  
for all three days of cruising and includes:
 

 
The  ASA Bareboat Charter Certification

 
P
rovisioning (all but one dinner on shore)... 
and lots of colorful memories!
 

 
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! 

Check out our Calendar for sailing school schedule. 
Fill out our online sailing & boating resume and submit it.
Call us toll free (800) 398-8830 or locally (310) 305-7245 with a 50% credit card deposit and to check availability for the dates you desire.
 

 
Eight-Day Confidence Sailing & Cruising Course

 ASA 101-103-104
 

 

 

Eight Day

CONFIDENCE
SAILING & CRUISING
COURSE

ASA 101-103-104

$1,095.00

 
Spend a full 8 days cruising Santa Monica Bay and Santa Catalina Island. Live aboard, sail, tack, jibe, reef, navigate and anchor a 30 to 40 Sailing Yacht. Use the GPS and the AUTOPILOT, tow and operate a RIB dinghy and o/b, tie knots, and learn what you need to know to SKIPPER your own boat with CONFIDENCE! 
 
This is a combination of the 5 day and 3 day CONFIDENCE SAILING & CRUISING COURSES not including the live-a-board option ($100 per day). 
 
The first five days, you will return to the harbor in the evening.
On day 5 you will take the tests for ASA 101 and ASA 103.
On Day 6 you are off to Catalina Island for 3 days for the ASA 104 Course. You and your Instructor will cover all the material in the CONFIDENCE SAILING & CRUISING COURSES (see 5 & 3 day Courses).
You can obtain all three ASA certifications: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, AND the Bareboat Chartering Standard.
 

 
$1,095.00

 
There is a $30 discount per person
 for 2 or more registering in the same class. 

 
And for $75 per night, 
you can sleep on board for the first 5 days
 

 
INCLUDES:

All meals on board during the last 3 days.
 (meals on shore not included)
 

SCHEDULE YEAR ROUND: 
Offered at least Once A Month
 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! 

Check out our Calendar for sailing school schedule. 
Fill out our online sailing & boating resume and submit it.
Call us toll free (800) 398-8830 or locally (310) 305-7245 with a 50% credit card deposit and to check availability for the dates you desire.
 
 

 
Coastal Navigation

ASA 105
no prerequisite
 

 

 

COASTAL
NAVIGATION

ASA 105

$345.00

 

This a home study program with testing at Blue Pacific Facility.  
We can ship the material  to you, or you can pick it up at our office. 

Understand and interpret the chart symbols and conventions on U.S. nautical charts. 
Use tide and current tables. 
Understand and interpret the chart symbols and conventions on U.S. nautical charts. 
Use tide and current tables. 
Convert courses and bearings between true, magnetic and compass. 
Plot a dead reckoning position on a chart using Speed, Time and Course. 
Determine a course to steer which takes into account known current and leeway (set and drift). 
Plot a chart position from terrestrial objects. 
Use techniques to chart a course of at least 20 miles and 3 course changes. 
 

 
Advanced Coastal Cruising & Navigation
 f
& Santa Barbara Island Circumnvavigation

ASA 105 & 106
 

 

Advanced Coastal Cruising & Navigation 

Home study materials for ASA 105 Navigation standard will be shipped directly to you once you have signed up for the class. We suggest you book well in advance to allow plenty of time for study before arriving at the boat.
The textbook for Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) is The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousmaniere. It can be purchased on-line or at almost any book or marine store. You will need to study the book thoroughly, well in advance of the class.
Each of these classes offer exceptional opportunities to participate in more complex and challenging sailing adventures which will open the door to broader Sailing Horizons.

 
Santa Barbara Island
 
CIRCUMNAVIGATION

$989.00 per person
 
 

 

 

 
This class offers a unique chance to circumnavigate Santa Barbara Island. An unspoiled and  pristine gem of the Channel Islands National Park, Santa Barbara Island is teeming with wildlife.
 

 
Aside from the chance to learn and practice the advanced skills mentioned above, participants will experiencing the wild and beautiful Channel Islands at their best. There will be plenty of time to explore the island in the full flush of spring with wild flowers in bloom and to visit the elephant seal, sea lion and bird colonies that are so abundant on the island.
 
Your first day will take you to Paradise Cove for an overnight anchorage and predawn departure for Santa Barbara Island, with ample opportunity to learn and practice the advanced skills and techniques that will carry you far on your own future adventures. 
 

 
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! 

Fill out our online sailing & boating resume & submit.
Call us toll free (800) 398-8830 or locally (310) 305-7245 with a 50% credit card deposit.


 
 

 
Docking Class

Blue Pacific Boating, No Prerequisite
 
This course is designed to teach basic docking skills   
 

 

BLUE PACIFIC BOATING

DOCKING 
CLASS

$150.00
 PER PERSON

 MEMBERS FREE

 
Learn to maneuver with a single inboard or outboard engine.  
Experience the forces that act on a boat during docking maneuvers.
Improve your overall boat handling skills. 
Practice docking and un-docking procedures. 
Discover how the use of properly securing lines and spring lines can keep a hull beautiful. 
Refresh your knowledge of how to assess safety considerations and assign crew member responsibilities

Check our calendar for scheduled dates  
or call our office to schedule your own training day. 
 

 

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