ASA Sailing Classes: Frequently Asked Questions


  • How should I prepare for my class?
    By the time you come to class you should have read the entire text. It will help you to better understand what is happening on the boat. Please read your textbook before you arrive.
  • What kind of boats do we use for our sailing classes?
    We teach most of our classes (such as ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran) on Full-Size Catamarans. Examples are the Seawind 1160 or Fountaine-Pajot Mahe 36 and Helia 44. 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. We only use our 34 and 35 foot boats for our ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising class as those are a good size to introduce you to catamaran sailing.
  • What should I wear?
    • Layered clothing is essential
    • Non-Marking footwear to protect our boats and your feet. Flip-flops, bare feet, heavy shoes or high heels don’t go well with sailing.
    • Hat with tether or your hat will be lost to the wind.
    • Sun Glasses
    • Sun Block
    • Sailing Gloves
    • Water
    • Lunch and snacks such as energy bars will get you through the day. Some Instructors prefer not to return to shore for lunch on certain class days.
    • Life Jacket (PFD). You may bring your own but we have them onboard each of our boats.
  • Where do we meet for class?
    All of our sailing classes depart from the Sunroad Resort Marina located at:
    955 Harbor Island Drive
    Suite 180
    San Diego, CA.
    Our office is in the front (bayside) of the main building.
  • When do we meet?
    Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and  Cruising Catamaran classes are from 9 AM to 5 PM each day.
    Bareboat Multihull Charter class is a two-night overnight trip, and the Catalina Learn-to-Sail Vacations are multi-day trips. Please bring a sleeping bag, toiletries, changes of clothes and any other necessities, such as prescription medication. 
Please check with us for start times of Bareboat Multihull Charter class.
  • Do you have other locations?
    At this time, no. You can find us only 5 minutes from downtown San Diego, and just 3 minutes from the airport:
    Charter/School Office and Boats at:
    Sunroad Resort Marina
    955 Harbor Island Dr. Suite 180
    San Diego, CA 92101

    You can always call us at: 619.365.4326

  • What is your cancellation/refund policy, insurance, etc.?
    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.

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

  • Is there a way for me to get out on a catamaran without taking a class?
    Sure thing! We periodically do an “Intro to Catamaran Sailing” as an informal way for a group of people to get out and see what all the fuss is about. Simple snacks, a couple beverages, the sun, breeze, all in San Diego. Great way to start. More Info >>