ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
ASA 103 Coastal Cruising
ASA 107 Celestial
ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising
Students, who have already taken ASA101, or students with experience who feel they can challenge ASA101 successfully, can take either ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising, or our combination ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising/ASA104 Bareboat Cruising class.
ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising: 2 day all on the water live aboard program. ASA103 provides training in the remaining sailing concepts that are not covered in ASA101 including more on gear and equipment, safety, duties of skipper and crew, seamanship, boat handling, docking, anchoring, reefing, and heaving to. Students complete the basic sailing concepts while sailing to Annapolis and return. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101. Price includes on board breakfast and lunches. Dinners are eaten in local restaurants. If no restaurant is available then dinner on the boat is included. Also included are the Coastal Cruising Made Easy Textbook by ASA, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. Price: $529.
ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising/ASA104 Bareboat Cruising combination class: 5 day all on the water live aboard program. Students who have completed ASA101, or students with experience who feel they can challenge ASA101 successfully, can jump start their sailing education by taking our combination ASA103/ASA104 class. Students complete the basic sailing concepts listed in the ASA103 and ASA104 class descriptions, while sailing to destinations like Annapolis, St. Michael's, and Galesville. Price includes everything shown in the individual descriptions for ASA103 and ASA104. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101. Price: $1199.
ASA104 Bareboat Cruising Class: 3 Day all on the water, live aboard program. After students complete ASA101 and ASA103, students can sign up for ASA104 Bareboat Cruising course and master the navigation, maintenance, and seamanship skills required in order to safely handle 30-50 foot sailboats. Students learn sailing and seamanship skills while sailing to destinations like Annapolis, and St. Michael's. After completing ASA104 you should be able to charter and handle a similar sized sailboat on your own. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101 and ASA103. Price includes on board breakfast and lunches. Dinners are eaten in local restaurants. If no restaurant is available then dinner on the boat is included. Also included are the Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Textbook by ASA, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. Price $799.
ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising/ASA104 Bareboat Cruising combination class: 5 day all on the water live aboard program. Students who have completed ASA101, or those with experience who feel they can challenge ASA101 successfully, can jump start their sailing education by taking our combination ASA103/ASA104 class. Students complete the basic sailing concepts listed in the ASA103 class and learn navigation, maintenance, and seamanship skills required to handle a 30-50 foot sailboat, while sailing to destinations like Annapolis, St. Michael's, and Baltimore Inner Harbor. Price includes on board drinks, breakfasts, and lunches as described in ASA103 and ASA104 descriptions, Coastal Cruising Made Easy Textbook by ASA, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Textbook by ASA, ASA Tests, and ASA Certifications. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101. Price: $1,199.
ASA119 Marine Weather Endorsement: 2 Day classroom program. ASA119 Marine Weather Endorsement is for those who want to understand the proper use of weather information in planning and adapting navigation during voyages. Course includes a description of basic weather concepts, pressure and wind, global winds and currents, strong wind systems, clouds fog and sea state, wind and terrain, weather maps, sources of marine weather, on board forecasting and tactics, and southern hemisphere weather. Prerequisites: None. Price: $79.99 without ASA certification or $99.99 with ASA certification. Class taught by David Stadler, ASA Marine Weather Instructor. Two day class. 9:00 AM -4:00 PM both days. Location: 710 Ridgely, Annapolis MD. Not available again until 2020.
ASA107 Celestial Navigation Class: 4 Day classroom program from Friday to Monday. Our celestial class is for those who want classroom instruction instead of an on line program, and for those who want a hands on program where they get to use a sextant. Students get to try out the school's Cassens & Plath Horizon Ultra sextant, Weems and Plath sextant, and Davis Mark 25 sextant. Students who successfully complete the program will receive certification for the ASA107 Celestial Navigation standard. ASA107 is required for those planning on getting certified to the ASA108 Ocean Passage Making standard.
Students learn the parts, principals, and operation of a marine sextant, basic terms and theory of celestial navigation, including time conversion between Standard and Greenwich Mean Time, calculation of zone time at a given longitude, determination of time for sunrise, sunset, and civil twilight given your position. Students learn how to determine latitude using Polaris, and how to use the Sun at Local Apparent Noon to find latitude and an approximate longitude. Students learn about the celestial triangle, and learn how to use work forms to find a line of position using all celestial bodies normally used for celestial navigation, including the sun, moon, planets, and stars. Use of the Rude Star Finder, which allows students to identify stars and planets, is also taught.
This class is taught in Warminster, PA in the winter and in Rock hall in the summer. Class size: 3-6 typically. Prerequisites: None from ASA but students should already be familiar with coastal navigation techniques including Estimated Position, Running Fix, and Dead Reckoning. Students should have their own parallel rules and dividers. Prices include Celestial Navigation for Sailors by Tom Tursi, Solutions to Celestial Navigation for Sailors by Tom Tursi, Practice Plotting sheets, ASA test, and ASA certification. Price ASA107- $499.
ASA105 Coastal Navigation & Piloting: 4 Day classroom program (Friday -Monday). Learn the navigational skills required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. Includes chart symbols, publications, chart scaling, navigation rules, tide and current tables, List of lights, converting courses between true, magnetic, and compass, hand bearing compass, navigation tools, compass deviation, plotting a dead reckoning course using speed, time, and course to steer, understanding current and leeway and its effect on your estimated position, determining what course to steer taking into account current and leeway, two bearing fix, three bearing fix, estimated position, running fix, danger bearing, characteristics of lighted navigation aids, understanding the buoyage system, and more. Class taught in Warminster, PA. Class size: 6-12 typically. Prerequisites: None. Price includes Coastal Navigation and Piloting Textbook by Tom Tursi, Solutions Workbook, DVD, Practice chart, Dividers, and Parallel Rules. Price: $499.
ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising: All on the water, live aboard program. ASA106 is our most advanced class on inland and near coastal waters and requires night time sailing, advanced navigation skills, sailing on a watch schedule, use of radar, and many challenging situations in terms of weather, wind and sea conditions. Students learn advanced sailing techniques and seamanship skills. Price includes on board breakfast and lunches. Dinners are eaten in local restaurants if inland. When on the ocean and no restaurant is available then dinner on the boat is included. Also included are slip and mooring fees, The Annapolis Book of Sailing & Seamanship Textbook by John Rousmaniere, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101, ASA103, ASA104, ASA105. Sailors with significant experience but no ASA certifications can take this without getting certified, just to gain the experience. Price: $2,099 for ASA106; $2,499 for both ASA106/108. Dates and destinations are as follows:
Circumnavigation of Delmarva Peninsula, 430 nautical miles, 7 Days, June 16-22 or September 1-7, 2018
Students typically take a clockwise approach, sailing from Rock Hall north to the Chesapeake & Delaware canal staying in a slip in Summit. Next students sail up the Delaware River and Delaware Bay to Lewis, DE. Once students leave Lewis they sail continuously for approximately 150 nautical miles south 4-20 miles along the Atlantic Ocean coast until they round Cape Charles. Students then reenter the Chesapeake Bay and head north back to Rock Hall, MD. Stops in the Chesapeake Bay depend on wind and crew capabilities and desires but usually include Solomonís Island, Reedville, Herrington Harbor South, and others.
Combination ASA106/108: See Ocean Passage making class description and upload Ocean Passage Making flyer available below in ASA108 Ocean Passage Making class description. Students can earn either ASA106 or ASA108 certification or both ASA106/108 on our 9-13 day ocean passages. Students who don't already have ASA105 and ASA107 can do a home study and then take the exams during the class for just $299 more for each home study.
ASA 103/ASA104 Combo Class
ASA 119 Marine Weather
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GPS address: 21144 Green Lane, Rock Hall, MD 21661. Address not for mailing purposes.
Rock Hall, MD is a quaint fishing and sailing town located on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Sailing destinations like Annapolis, Galesville, and St. Michael's are just a day sail away. Students are out on the Chesapeake Bay in just minutes upon leaving the Haven Harbor South marina. Rock Hall is a perfect departure point to explore the entire Delmarva Peninsula.
Haven Harbor South marina has clean bathrooms and showers, a wine and cheese deck, BBQ Grill patio, and a pool where students can relax in the evenings.
Class Descriptions and Prices:
Haven Harbor South Marina, Rock Hall, MD
Instructor Qualification Clinic
Delmarva Sailing School provides Instructor Qualification Clinics. Please visit the www.asa.com to learn which clinics are offered and when.
ASA 108 Ocean Passage Making Class $2099 -$2499
Learn skills required to safely sail offshore for an extended period. 9-13 day, live aboard classes, which provide students with an understanding of yacht preparation for ocean sailing, course planning, working a watch schedule, use of celestial navigation, weather analysis, storm avoidance, heavy weather sailing techniques including use of drogue and storm jib, use of radar, techniques for crossing the Gulf Stream, and other elements involved in ocean passage making. ASA106 and ASA107 are prerequisites for certification to ASA108 but this class is also of interest to sailors who just want the experience and not the ASA108 certification. All classes taught by an ASA certified and USCG licensed captain. Two destinations and times to choose from as follows:
Norfolk, VA to Saint Thomas, USVI- 1450 nautical miles, 13 Days, November 1- November 13, 2018 SOLD OUT $2,499
St. Thomas to Palm Beach, FL-970 nautical miles, 9 days, April 10-19, 2019, SOLD OUT $2,099
Fort Pierce, FL to Norfolk, VA to Rock Hall, MD, 760 nautical miles, 9 Days, April 24-May 3, 2018, SOLD OUT $2,099
Norfolk, VA to Saint Thomas, USVI- 1450 nautical miles, 13 Days, November 1- November 13, 2019, Captain Tom Hamilton $2,499
St. Thomas to Palm Beach, FL-970 nautical miles, 9 days, April 10-19, 2020, Captain Mike Brown $2,099
Fort Pierce, FL to Norfolk, VA to Rock Hall, MD, 760 nautical miles, 9 Days, April 26-May 5, 2020, Captain Mike Brown $2,099
Price includes all on board food and beverages for passages. Same price with or without ASA certification. No discounts apply to ocean passages. Prerequisites for ASA108 are ASA101- ASA107. Students who have ASA101-ASA105 but not ASA107 can get certified to ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising.
Click here to download a flyer that describes our Ocean Passage Making Class.
ASA118 Docking Endorsement: 1 Day all on the water docking class. Getting that big boat into a little slip can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced sailors. Our ASA118 class is different from what is typically offered by other sailing schools because we teach ASA118 on a larger sailboat than most other schools. We feel that this class is the finest docking class available anywhere since it is taught on a similar sized sailboat (39 foot Pearson sloop) to what most students are likely to charter. In addition to teaching the basic theory needed to dock and undock boats, this hands-on course allows students to practice docking and casting-off maneuvers. We start by teaching how to steer in tight quarters in both a forward and aft direction, how to stop the boat under power in both directions, and how to do a standing turn in tight quarters. Then students learn to pull up alongside a dock, simulating a fuel dock approach. You will learn how to use warp lines to turn the boat using pilings. The rest of the class is spend learning to go head in and stern into the slip. By the time you finish up you are backing into a slip with other boats in close quarters. Class taught in Rock Hall, MD at Sailing Emporium marina. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Minimum of 3 required to go forward. Students can sleep on board the boat the night prior to class or arrive by 9:00 AM the day of their class. Prerequisites: ASA101. Although not a prerequisite with ASA, students should have docked smaller boats prior to taking ASA118. We suggest you bring your entire crew since line handling is as important as maneuvers at the helm when docking. Price includes ASA Docking Techniques for Single Engine Boats booklet by Tom Tursi, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. No meals included. Price: $469.
Give the Sailor in your life a Sailing Class:
Please consider giving the sailor in your life a course for Christmas, birthdays, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. We will mail out the course materials in a box suitable for wrapping. After your loved one receives their present, they can contact us to schedule their class.
Tipping is not required but if your captain does a great job you may want to give a tip. Please also complete the evaluation form you will receive from ASA, after your class is over.
Families should consider doing a Captained charter with ASA sailing instruction. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for more details. Excellent rates are available.
NOTE: ASA 101 Challenge- Students with significant experience are welcome to challenge ASA101 and sign up for an ASA103 or ASA103/ASA104 Combination class. Challenging ASA101 requires the student to pass the ASA101 written test with an 80%, and demonstrate the on-the-water skills required for the ASA101 standard. Although a separate on-the-water test can be arranged, demonstrating the on-the-water skills typically happens while the student takes an ASA103 or ASA103/ASA104 Combination class. Price: $199. Price includes Sailing Made Easy Textbook, ASA Membership, ASA logbook, ASA Test, and ASA 101 Certification.
NOTE: Private Instruction is available on your or our boat for $850/day without ASA Certification or $950/day with ASA certification.
Location, Classes, and Prices
Complete the fun and challenging series of ASA sailing courses and become a competent sailboat captain. Each course includes thorough training to ASA and Delmarva Sailing School's high standards. 10% off if you sign up for more than one class. Prices for combination classes below include discount. Additional 10% discount for couples.
Beginning students should start with either ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing, or our combination ASA101 Basic Keelboat/ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising class, or our combination ASA101 Basic Keelboat/ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising/ASA104 Bareboat Cruising class.
ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing: 2 Day all on the water, live aboard, beginner level sailing class. ASA101 provides all you need to get started sailing, including sailing vocabulary, principles of sailing, sail trim, steering, required safety equipment, proper commands for tacks and jibes, crew overboard recovery, and much more, while day sailing near Rock Hall. You will be able to sail on a basic level after completing ASA101. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: None. Price includes Sailing Made Easy by ASA, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. Price: $529. Price includes on board breakfast and lunches. Dinners are eaten in local restaurants. If no restaurant is available then dinner on the boat is included.
ASA101/103 Combination: 4 day all on the water live aboard program. Students learn all the major sailing concepts as shown in the ASA101 description above and in the ASA103 description below, while day sailing near Rock Hall, MD the first two days and then sailing to Annapolis and return with one night in Annapolis. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: None. Price: $949. Price includes all textbooks, food, and beverages as described in the ASA101 and ASA103 descriptions, and includes 10% discount for taking both classes together.
ASA101/103/104 Combination: 7 day all on the water live aboard program. Students go from beginner to competent sailor in a week. Students learn all the major sailing concepts listed in the individual descriptions for ASA101, ASA103, and ASA104. Students learn from a patient and competent captain while sailing near Rock Hall, MD and to destinations like Annapolis, St. Michael's, Galesville, and more. Pricing includes all textbooks, food, and beverages as described in the ASA101, ASA103, and ASA104 descriptions. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five students allowed. Prerequisites: None. Price: $1669. Price includes 10% discount for taking all three classes in combination.
ASA101/103 Combo Class
ASA101/103/104 Combo Class
Familes or small groups who want to learn to sail should consider a private charter with ASA instruction. With a private charter your family or small group can have the entire sailboat to yourselves. We can also be more flexible in terms of objectives in a private class compared to a group class setting. For example, if you have a family where the parents want to get certified to ASA101/103/104 and the kids only want to take ASA101 this would be possible in a private class. The parents could take all three classes over the course of a week and the kids could take all week to get certified to ASA101. A private class also allows us to customize the class to meet your specific needs. For example you and your wife have reserved a boat for charter in coming months and although you sailed a lot years ago you would like a refresher class that focuses on subjects where you think you need help the most. Each private charter includes a USCG licensed captain and ASA instructor. We can accommodate up to five on board our Pearson 39 plus the captain.
Destinations include Annapolis, Saint Michaels, Galesville, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Worton Creek, Fairlee Creek, Georgetown, Herrington Harbor, Solomans Island, or you can visit beautiful anchorages on the West River, South River, Rhode River, or other locations.
You can work with your captain to design the trip of your dreams. Captained charters are of interest to families, newlyweds, small groups of friends, small corporate groups, and others. A captained charter combines a carefree time away from it all with sailing in an exotic location and learning at whatever pace you decide is best for you.
Rates are very competitive. Prices are as follows:
2 Day Charter- $1850, Visit Annapolis for one night and return to Rock Hall.
3 Day Charter- $2795, Visit Annapolis and the Magothy River or Bodkin Creek and return to Rock Hall.
4 Day Charter- $3320, Two itineraries: Itinerary 1 (Southern Route): Visit Annapolis, Galesville, St. Michael's and return to Rock Hall.
Itinerary 2 (Northern Route): Visit Worton Creek, Georgetown, and Bodkin Creek and return to Rock Hall. Other itineraries are also possible.
7 Day Charter- $5840, Visit Annapolis and St. Michaels, Galesville, the Magothy River or Bodkin Creek and then go on to or other exciting destinations like the Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Contact Captain Mike in regard to longer captained charters or in order to customize your destinations.
The itineraries above are for illustrative purposes. Actual itineraries can be worked out with your captain depending on your preferences and what wind and seas allow. Prices include all on board food and beverages for breakfasts and lunches. Dinners are typically taken in local restaurants as we travel from place to place. No hotels are required since you can stay on board the yacht all nights including the evening prior to your charter start date. Please contact CaptainMike@DelmarvaSailingSchool.com to learn more and start planning your exciting trip today.
with ASA Instruction
Couples are defined as two students who share the same berth. The 10% couples discount does not apply to two or more students who sign up together but do not sleep in the same berth.
ASA101 Basic Keelboat Class
ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
ASA 107 Celestial Navigation
In ASA101, ASA103, ASA104, and ASA106 classes students eat all or nearly all breakfasts and lunches on board. Dinners are eaten off of the boat in local restaurants unless there is no restaurant available. In the event that our boat stays overnight at anchor or on a mooring ball where local shore-based dinner is unavailable, dinner will be planned, provisioned and provided by the school. Students are responsible for purchase of any meals in local restaurants.