American Sailing Association (ASA) established certification courses for qualified sailors are based on internationally recognized standards of boating safety and competence. By establishing national standards for sailing education, the ASA has provided a way for more people to take part in the sport safely, with the proper training and respect for their responsibilities as boaters, enduring that sailing will be safer, smarter, and more fun for everybody. St Augustine Sailing is pleased to be able to award ASA certificates to qualifying students for several levels from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passage-making.

Whether your goal is to skipper a bareboat charter in the Caribbean or to crew confidently on a short weekend sail, the ASA’s sailing education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel safely and within the law.

Here at St Augustine Sailing, we can help you achieve your on-the-water goals! We are located at St. Augustine’s premier marina Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor & Marina.  From our base location St. Augustine Sailing has immediate access to both river and offshore experience. Our students experience most of the conditions they will experience in actual coastal conditions: tidal currents in inlets and rivers, using channel markers and buoys, anchoring in situations of wind and current, and many others. Few locations have such a variety of sailing conditions so nearby.

St Augustine Sailing is convenient to Jacksonville, Daytona, Orlando, and surrounding areas, we enjoy both ICW and coastal sailing. For our out-of-state students, Jacksonville airport is less than an hour’s drive and Orlando airport is about two hours away. We have the best sailing in Northeast Florida!

At St. Augustine Sailing school, classes are full with 4 students; you will never share a class with more than three others. Private instruction is available at the cost of bareboat charter plus Captain/Instructor time. Call for more information on custom instruction – (904) 829-0648 – (800) 683-7245.

While making your plans keep in mind that to train and test, your instructor will teach and demonstrate the required skills and allow you time to practice them under supervision.  Before testing, the instructor will help you review for the exam.  Your study materials will be mailed to you before you come so that you can get the most from your training while on site.  Our Instructors are professional and personable, with much sailing and teaching time on the water. Our Captain Chuck Points was named an ASA Outstanding Instructor in 2007, Captain Mihai Cosereanu was named an ASA Outstanding Instructor for 2010, and Captain Kim Walther was named an ASA Outstanding Instructor for 2015.  St Augustine Sailing school facility was named an ASA ‘Outstanding School for 2015.


RESCHEDULE FEE: Class schedules are based on student sign-up confirmation, therefore there is a $50 fee per student, per class.
CANCELLATION: All fees are non-refundable.

These do not apply to reschedulings associated with dangerous weather conditions.

NOTE: No accommodations or provisions are included. When looking for accommodations for the duration of your class, our students may receive a 15% discount at our harbor’s Camachee Inn (they offer 15% off to our students, or 20% off if Florida residents, but check with them for available discounts) – our classes are held from 9 to 5 each day. There are excellent eateries in our harbor – Kingfish Grill at 904-824-2111,  and Vinny’s Pizza at 904-342-8859, and right over the bridge, there is a Publix on Vilano Beach.  If you enjoy the personal service of a Bed & Breakfast, St. Augustine has some of the best! 

Historic St. Augustine, Florida, is the ideal place to learn to sail and we are lucky enough to be able to sail all year long! Our winters average in the 60’s and often the low 70’s – balmy weather for most of our out-of-state students…

St Augustine Sailing Bareboat Rental Hunter 216

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing 

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Detailed summary: ASA 101

ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising 

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Detailed Summary: ASA 103
ASA 101 is a prerequisite.

ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering
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Detailed Summary: ASA 104
ASA 101/103 are prerequisites.

ASA 101/103 Combo
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This course is ideal for the student who wants to get up to the larger cruising boat in one course. Generally, one day will be on the Hunter 216 for points of sail etc. and then two days on a 30 foot boat to prepare the student to begin acquiring cruising experience.

ASA 103/104 Combo
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For the student who already holds ASA 101, this class takes you through Bareboat Chartering. You’ll learn anchoring (so you can sleep soundly!), provisioning for trips, and many other aspects associated with operating a larger vessel. ASA 101 is a prerequisite.

ASA 101/103/104 Combo
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This series of classes gets the student three levels of the above certifications in less than a week. Makes a great Learn-to-Sail Vacation! (Accomodations and provisions are not included.)

ASA 105 is a home-study course with materials available on ASA’s website. Students may test here at our school for a $200 test fee. Private instruction by our Captain/Instructors is available at $75 per hour. ASA 101/103/104 is a prerequisite.

ASA 106
Certification in ASA 101/103/104/105 is a prerequisite. Study Materials = The Annapolis Book of Seamanship (latest edition), available from ,, etc.

After completing this class, a student should be able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

The Northern Florida Atlantic Coast offers challenging and dynamic sea conditions offering great learning opportunities even for experienced sailors. This is a live-aboard class and students will enjoy the opportunity to receive intensive instruction with class size being limited to a maximum of four students. Destination options are dependent on prevailing weather but options include a beautiful sail to historic St Mary’s, GA. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach FL. Sailing includes offshore night & day sailing in the Northern Right Whale calving grounds and possibly sections of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways. All provisioning is done the day of arrival.

ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising
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Detailed Summary available at ASA 114.

ASA 101/103/104 are prerequisites.

ASA 114 held in August. Work those sheets! Check that sail trim!

Steering and getting a free tan with class…

Three new Catamaran Cruising graduates!

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Now offering ASA 117
Basic Celestial Endorsement
Prerequisites: None.

Text Materials will be provided in class. It is not mandatory to purchase a sextant – loaners will be available for use (in the classroom only).

What will you learn?

  • Using a traditional sextant and Nautical Almanac and without the use of a programmed calculator or computer.
  • Convert between standard time and zone time to GMT/UT in either direction.
  • Calculate the zone time at a given longitude.
  • Determine the times of sunrise, sunset and civil twilight for a vessel’s position.
  • Describe and identify the parts, principals, and operation of a traditional sextant.
  • Determine altitudes of the Sun and Polaris by a traditional sextant.
  • Obtain Latitude and Longitude at noon (LAN) by applying the sextant corrections for conversions of the raw sextant altitudes (hs) of the Sun to the true celestial altitudes (HO) of the Sun.
  • Determine the vessel’s latitude and Estimated Position at morning and evening twilight using the altitude of Polaris.
  • Plot latitudes and EPs on a chart.

     Cost per student: $299 Call to enroll today! 904-829-0648
minimum class size is 6 students

Location: This class will be held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32080. There is a meeting room upstairs in The Keeper’s House. NOTE: You must be able to climb a flight of stairs. After class, we hope you will wander the beautiful grounds and see the history. There is a gift shop at the entrance, and we also encourage you to use the Café on site where you can purchase hot dogs, snacks, drinks, and coffee. You are welcome to bring your lunch to class if you choose.

ASA 118 Docking Endorsement

No prerequisite. Two students needed to make a class, four students max class size. Detailed summary available at ASA 118

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RESCHEDULE FEE: Class schedules are based on student sign-up confirmation, therefore there is a $50 fee per student, per class.
CANCELLATION: All fees are non-refundable.

These do not apply to rescheduling associated with dangerous weather conditions.

*Includes study materials. ASA 101 includes the first year of ASA membership.

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St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises
SailTime Northeast Florida
3076 Harbor Dr., St. Augustine, Florida 32084
(904) 829-0648 – (800) 683-7245
Email [email protected]