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An ASA Training Facility

We’ve teamed up with American Sailing Association (ASA) to become the leader in sailing instruction geared towards Multihulls. We get you on a catamaran faster than anybody in the San Diego area. West Coast Sailing School has the boats and instructors to get you from a beginning sailor to capably skippering a large catamaran on your own. Our system is set up to maximize your time sailing, and get sailors aboard catamarans as quickly as possible.  We teach most of our classes (such as ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran) on Full-Size Catamarans. Examples are the Seawind 1160 or Foutaine-Pajot Mahe 36.  These are the size and type of boats used in bareboat charter programs around the world.  Also, most charter companies require that you have training on full size catamarans to be qualified to charter their boats. Another important difference with our classes is that we limit class size to 4 students.  This assures that you get plenty of time at the helm during our classes.

Our sailing school philosophy and goal is to emphasis quality, service, and simplicity. We pay more to hire the best Instructors, and pay more again to use the finest boats. Our classes are offered to you in a streamlined manner that does not include additional (surprise!) fees for texts, certifications, testing etc. that add to the true out-the-door prices of the classes.  We are required to charge a San Diego Port & Marina fee of 9%.  That’s it!


See below for ASA classes offered, along with details:

Scheduled classes are highlighted in red in the calendar on the right.  Scroll over them to read details. If you don’t see dates that work for your schedule, we will set up a class on the dates that you choose!  There is only one catch; It takes 2 people to confirm a class.  That’s it!


ASA On-The-Water Classes

All tuition payments are assessed a 9% San Diego Port & Marina Fee.

Basic Keel Boat (ASA 101) – Aboard a Monohull

This complete 2 day course  covers everything you need to know to get started in this exciting world of sailing. You will be able to sail a boat of about 22 to 30 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. $495/person

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Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) – Aboard a Gemini 35 Legacy

Prerequisite: Basic Keelboat
At the completion of this 2 day course you will be able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

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Basic Sailing Course (ASA 101/103)

This is a four day combination class. It is a complete basic sailing course that teaches the essential skills and knowledge which will prepare you to sail monohull boats of up to 35′. Basic Sailing will also have you ready to move up to the advanced classes on our catamarans.

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Bareboat Multihull Chartering  (ASA 104/114)

This is a 3 day advanced sailing course aboard a catamaran. Students will achieve two ASA Certifications. It is for individuals with cruising experience who have received ASA 101/103 certification. This course encompasses all the skills and knowledge offered in both ASA 104 and ASA 114 and is combined into one convenient class. You will act as skipper of a 30-50 foot catamaran by day in coastal waters. Successful completion of this class will prepare you to charter our catamarans as well as those offered worldwide by charter companies.

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Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114) – Aboard a Catamaran

Bareboat Charter (ASA 104) can be done concurrently (see above).
An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. You will act as skipper of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 37-50 foot multihull. Note:  This class is 2 days long to assure you get plenty of helm time.  Also, we only use Full-Sized Catamarans for the class. This is an important feature that distinguishes us from some of our competitors. Most charter boat companies require their customers be either experienced or trained on boats that are similar to what they offer which are large catamarans that are typically 22 feet wide.

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Advanced Catamaran Sailing Course (ASA 105)- (ASA 106)- (ASA 114 Optional)

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation Certification
Description: Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a cruising catamaran about 30 to 50 feet in length. This is a day and nighttime Standard in coastal and inland water, in any weather.  A four or five day course that devotes the first day to the Coastal Navigation skills. Thereafter you will head out to the Pacific for night sailing and landfalls at different ports. This is an advanced sailing course! It is strongly suggested that students have sufficient sailing experience to benefit from this level of training.
$1,495 per/person for the 4 Day Course, $1,950 for the 5 Day Course (includes provisions)

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Catalina Island Complete Sailing Course (ASA 101, 103, 104 & 114)

Prerequisite: None
Students will start out with a 2 day Basic Keelboat Class (ASA 101) on a monohull sailboat in San Diego Bay.  The following 5 days are aboard a large catamaran that will head north to Catalina Island with stops at other harbors during the trip.  In these 5  fun-filled days you will complete Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter and Cruising Catamaran Classes.  This educational adventure will prepare you to pursue your sailing dreams.
$2,250/person (includes provisions)

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ASA Classroom and Home Study Courses

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

Prerequisites, None.  General Description: The sailor completing this course will be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no sailing skills part, and practical application of this sailing knowledge is included in the Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106). Learn the essential skills to plot a course, read a nautical chart, understand tides & currents, and much more. Home study (includes text, video and chart)
$195/person. Classroom course  $325/person (includes text, video, chart and instructor).

Class Sizes:

In order to provide the best experience and maximum personal instruction, WCM typically limits class sizes to 4 persons (except Coastal Navigation, Intro To Catamarans). The minimum number for a class to take place is 2 students.


A 50% deposit is required at time of booking, and tuition will be paid in full 21 days prior to beginning of class. West Coast Sailing School will charge your credit card the tuition balance 21 days prior to the first day of your scheduled class.  You will be notified by email when your tuition is paid-in-full.  If you would like to eliminate this extra step please consider paying the entire tuition when your reservation is made.

9% Port and Marina Fee added to all services.
*Prices subject to change without notice.

Rescheduling & Cancellation:

Up to 21 days before the start of your scheduled course or class, you may request an alternate date. There are no refunds offered. However, you are welcome to full credit for any of our sailing services. Within 21 days of your scheduled course or class, fees are also non-refundable and we may not be able to reschedule you. Please understand that your cancellation affects all other enrolled students. Some of whom may have already purchased airfare and taken time off work. Cancellation may also affect your Instructor’s schedule as well as boat scheduling. This could result in postponing the class or canceling it entirely.


While San Diego enjoys some of the fairest and most consistently good weather in the USA, we will on rare occasions have to postpone a class due to inclement weather.  This decision is made at the discretion of the Sailing Instructor and management of West Coast Sailing School. If a decision to postpone a class is made, it is done so with the safety and comfort of of our clients in mind.  If foul weather is forecast we urge you to contact us for an update.

Staying Aboard Our Boats:

We provide free lodging on our boats only for all classes that require overnight sailing, anchoring, mooring or docking as part of the class syllabus. These classes are Bareboat Multihull Charter (ASA 104/114), Catalina Complete Sailing (ASA 101, 103, 104, 114) and Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 105 & 106 or 106) All other students may stay aboard our boats during classes for $60 per night double occupancy which includes bedding linens and towels.


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