Welcome to St. Augustine Sailing’s ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Sailing Instruction class, where students will have the opportunity to learn aboard our fleet of 2019-2024 Jeanneau 349 yachts. To enroll in this intermediate sailing course, a minimum of 24 on-water sailing hours is preferred, ensuring that you have ample practical experience before advancing your skills. While joining our Crew Program is not mandatory, we highly recommend it as a valuable way to enhance your sailing abilities and accumulate the necessary sailing hours.

Additionally, successful completion of the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing certification is a prerequisite for this course.  Get ready to elevate your sailing knowledge and expertise with St. Augustine Sailing!


Able to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (inboard or outboard) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet in length by day in moderate winds (up to 20 knots) and sea conditions.  Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, safety, and seamanship. 

PREREQUISITES:  Successful completion of ASA 101 Basic Keel Boat

Our traditional ASA 103 Coastal Cruising Sailing Course is completed entirely onsite at St Augustine Sailing – 3074 Harbor Drive, Saint Augustine, Fl – on the water, on the docks, and in the classroom over 2 days.  Our sailing classes include textbook, logbook, training, testing, and certification.


Our sailing course is confirmed with only 2 students and we have a maximum of 4 students per class. 

At St. Augustine Sailing, we offer ASA Sailing Combination Courses designed to save you both time and money while maximizing your learning experience. These courses bundle multiple ASA certifications, providing an efficient pathway to becoming a proficient sailor. Additionally, if you’re looking for an immersive liveaboard experience, we offer options to sleep aboard our well-equipped vessels. This unique opportunity allows you to practice your new skills in a real-world setting, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow sailors, and experience life on the water firsthand. With our combination courses, you’ll gain comprehensive sailing knowledge and hands-on experience, all while enjoying significant savings. 



After you have successfully completed ASA 103 Coastal Cruising, which ASA Certifications should you take next? 


Cruising Sailing Terminology

    1. Identify and describe the following cruising sailboat parts, areas, or systems and their functions:
      Turnbuckle, Chainplate, Stemhead Fitting, Rudder Post, Transom, Compass, Binnacle, Cockpit Locker, Emergency Tiller, Saloon, companionway, Gally, V-berth, Auxiliary Engine, Bilge, Bilge Pump, Seacock, Ground Tackle, Windlass, Hatch, Through-hull fitting, Self-bailing Cockpit.

Safety Equipment & Procedures

    1. List the federally required equipment for a 33-foot recreational vessel equipped with an inboard diesel engine. 
    2. Describe the characteristics and benefits of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s), both Wearable (Life Jackets) and Throwable. 
    3. List the ASA recommended safety equipment for a recreational sailing vessel. 
    4. Describe ways to keep gear and equipment secure and in the proper location. 
    5. Describe the purpose and proper use of a safety harness and tether. 
    6. Describe safe refueling procedures for a vessel equipped with an outboard engine using gasoline or diesel engine fuel.

Navigation & Weather

    1. Demonstrate understanding of basic coastal navigation terminology and practices, including:
      Essential navigation’s tools, Use of navigation charts and symbols, Depth sounding, Bottom types, Hazard Aids to navigation, Latitude, Longitude, Determining magnetic direction, and Measuring distance.
    2. Describe how to prevent undue magnetic influence on a compass.
    3. Describe the dangers of, and how to avoid, a “lee shore”.
    4. Obtain and interpret marine weather information; describe the impact that present observations and forecasts may have on sailing plans for the next 6-12 hours. 
    5. Describe and identify Cumulonimbus clouds and what dangers they may signify.
    6. Define ‘small craft advisory’ and ‘gale warning’ and describe precautions to be taken for each. 

Sail Plan

    1. Describe the appropriate sail combinations to carry under the following wind conditions: light (0-11knots), moderate (12-19 knots), and heavy (20-23 knots).
    2. Describe the procedures for reducing sail using a rolling furling jib and a mainsail reefing system. 
    3. Describe the benefits of, and procedures for , heaving -to.


    1. Describe the primary responsibility of skipper and crew.For items 18-23, describe, using diagrams as appropriate, the applicable rules for a 33-foot recreational sailing vessel, as found in the USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook:


    2. Proceeding at a safe speed (Rule 6), determination of collision risk (Rule 7), and taking early and substantial action to avoid collision (Rule 15) situations.
    3. Sailing vessels (Rule 12), overtaking (Rule 13), and power-driven vessels in head-on (Rule 14) and crossing (Rule 15) situations.
    4. Give-way and Stand-on vessels (Rule 16 & 17).
    5. Location, color and illumination angles of required navigation lights at anchor, under sail, and under power.
    6. Actions to be taken when operating a vessel in restricted visibility such as fog or haze including adaptation of speed and use of sound signals.
    7. Basic maneuvering and warning signals (shore and prolonged whistle blasts) for inland waters.
    8. Describe the appearance and purpose of the ‘Diver Down’ and ‘Alpha’ flags.
    9. Describe common anchor types, major considerations for anchorage selection, and proper scope for short term and overnight anchoring as well as storm conditions.


    1. Describe the three stages of hypothermia; name symptoms and treatment for each.
    2. Describe two methods for getting a person out of the water and safely back on board the vessel.
    3. Identify common sources and prevention of fires and/or explosions, as well as appropriate actions to be taken if these situations arise.   Describe different types of fires and procedures for operating a fire extinguisher.
    4. Describe immediate actions to be taken when the following urgent situations arises: Cabin filling with water, Failed steering system, Fouled propeller, Failed running or standing rigging, Dragging anchor, Grounding at anchor, Running aground under sail, and Engine failure.


    1. Locate and examine for compliance the vessel’s federally required and ASA recommended safety equipment.
    2. Demonstrate on shore or aboard the vessel the correct method for putting on a life jacket while in the water. 
    3. Identify the vessel’s battery selector switch and power distribution panel and ensure all switches are in the proper position for getting underway. 
    4. Ensure navigation lights (sidelights, stern light, steaming light, and anchor light) operate properly. 
    5. Preform a radio check using a working channel on the VHF radio.

Navigation Skills

    1. Visually pilot the training vessel in and out of a harbor, correlating nautical charts symbols to actual landmarks and aids to navigation. 
    2. Steer a compass course (+/- 5 degrees) under power for a minimum of five minutes. 

Under Power

    1.  Visually inspect the auxiliary engine and demonstrate safe engine starting, operating, and stopping procedures. Demonstrate proper gearshift and throttle usage.
    2. Ensure vessel & crew readiness and depart dock or slip smoothly and under control. 
    3. Approach a mooring buoy (or other mark as a simulation if no mooring available); stop the vessel within boathook reach; attach the vessel to the mooring using an appropriate line or bridle; cast off from the mooring and get underway.
    4. Set a bow anchor in water depth 8 feet or greater, using correct procedures including hand signal communication, vessel maneuvers, safety in handling ground tackle, and proper operation of windlass (if equipped). Anchor should hold wit engine in reverse ger at on-half throttle.  Raise anchor and get underway smoothly using correct procedures. 
    5. Describe and demonstrate the correct actions to be taken while under power from the time a person falls overboard until safely recovered.

Under Sail 

    1. Hoist or unfurl sails correctly using halyards and / or furling devices.  Describe the effect on sail trim or performance while adjusting each of the following lines and controls (if available on the practice vessel): Downahual,  Cunningham, Outhaul, Boom Vang, Mainsheet, Traveler, Jibsheets, Jibsheet Fairleads, and Discuss ways to reduce heeling.
    2. Demonstrate correct winch operation, including safety considerations for line tension / breakage, hand / finger position, winch handle insertion /  removal, and clearing overrides.

Without coaching or assistance, verbalize appropriate commands and demonstrate competence, safety and good seamanship in the role of skipper / Helmsman during the maneuvers listed below.  Honor all aides to navigation and use properly the Navigation Rules.  Ensure sails are trimmed correctly and the vessel is in control at all times.   Adjust sail controls appropriately as the vessel’s heading changes and wind / sea conditions evolve. 

    1. Get out of “irons” then select and maintain a given tack and course.
    2. Head Up, Tack, Bear Away, and Jibe while pausing briefly at each of the following points of sail: Close hauled, Close Reach, Beam Reach, Broad Reach, and Run (with sails “wing on wing”).
    3. Heave-to and get sailing normally again.
    4. While underway, reduce sail area by reefing mainsail and genoa; then shake out reef. 
    5. As crew, give appropriate verbal responses and perform correct actions during the maneuvers listed above. 
    6. Describe and demonstrate the correct actions to be taken while under sail from the time a person falls overboard until safely recovered. 
    7. Lower and  or furl all sails and coil or flake and stow all lines properly. 
Return to Dock / Slip
    1. Ensure vessel / crew readiness and use the auxiliary engine to bring the vessel smoothly and under control to a stop next to a parallel dock or into a slip; secure the vessel using appropriate lines and fenders.


    1. Describe the purpose of, and construct without assistance and in a timely manner, each of the following knots: Figure-8, square (Reef) Knot, clove Hitch, Round Turn & 2 Half Hitches, cleat Hitch, Bowline, sheet Bend, and Rolling Hitch. 


We recommend joining our Crew Program since it as a valuable way to enhance your sailing abilities, accumulate the necessary sailing hours, as well as a way to keep your sailing skill current – LEARN MORE

Once you have passed your ASA 103 Coastal Cruising you may find the following Endorsement Courses to be beneficial. 

  • ASA 118 Docking Endorsement (as a side note, if you join the Crew Program you will qualify under the direction of the instructor, this endorsement will provide you the opportunity to be dock the vessel.)
  • ASA 119 Marine Weather Endorsement