Sara Bay Sailing School
Sarasota, Florida
Sailing Courses and Charters
Sarasota Bay Sailing and Charters
Sarasota, Bradenton, coastal areas

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We do not have a set schedule but tailor our class schedule to the needs of the students, teaching two to three 101 and 103 classes each week and two 104 classes each month. This allows the students to choose the days they would like to take the course. Single students are matched with partners.

ASA is now requiring all students that want certification to become members for one year. Cost is $39.

Sailboat Courses and Sailing Instruction:

Sail with Sara Bay Sailing School and Charter on the aqua blue waters of beautiful Sarasota Bay on the west coast of Florida.

Most folks only dream of sailing. At Sara Bay Sailing School, we can make those dreams come true.

The winds are usually light from the east until the sea breeze kicks in shortly after noon each day when the winds build to a pleasant, cooling 10-15 knot breeze from the west. This makes for ideal sailing. You can be here too! See the courses listed below:

Basic Keelboat Certification:
(ASA 101)

A course for beginners. Students are not required to have any previous sailing experience. It is recommended that you have sailing gloves, boat shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and a "let's have fun and learn to sail" attitude. Most classes have 2 students with a maximum of 3 -- assuring personal attention and lots of hands on experience during this 2 day - 12 hour on-the-water course. The written test, which takes about 1 hour, is given on the second day after sailing is completed.

Classes are aboard a Cal 24' or a Catalina 22. We meet at 9:00am at Harbor Square, sail until noon and usually come dock for lunch and a break. After lunch we sail again, enjoying the afternoon breezes and return to the dock around 4pm.

Topics Covered:

  • Boating safety
  • Sailing theory and terminology
  • Points of sail, tacking and jibing
  • Basic sail trim
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Six knots
  • Basic rules of the road
  • Meets USCG Safe Boating
    course requirements
Upon completion of this course you can take the Basic Coastal Cruising Certification course, the next step in the ASA's Learn to Sail program.

Learn to SAIL!

Basic Keelboat Certification
Package Includes:

Sailing Fundamentals
  • Includes
  • Sailing Fundamentals Book by Gary Jobson
  • Official ASA Logbook
  • Federal Requirements Flyer
  • Saling Made Easy Booklet
Price for ASA 101 is $400.00/ student plus $39 ASA membership and certification fee.

Basic Coastal Cruising Certification:
(ASA 103)

A more advanced course with emphasis on the following sailing skills: (this class is two days with 12 hours of instruction  with a written examination for certification)

Learn to SAIL!

Topics Covered:

  • Docking
    • Under Power
    • Under Sail
  • Anchoring
  • Reefing skills
  • Heaving to
  • Knots
  • Basic navigation with apps.
  • Freeing a grounded vessel
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to day charter a boat without an instructor aboard (see our information on Charters).

Price ASA 103 is $350.00/student

Bareboat Cruising Certification:
(ASA 104)

An advanced cruising Standard to gain offshore sailing exprience and bareboat chartering certification. The individual will act as skipper and crew of a 35' sloop. The course is a  2-day cruise in the Gulf of Mexico and intacoastal waterway. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures. This certification qualifies the student to bare boat charter in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Topics Covered:

  • Provisioning
  • Boat systems and maintenance
  • Using VHF radio
  • Drawbridge protocol
  • Navigating passes and intracoastal
  • Offshore sailing
    • GPS navigation
  • Tides and currents
  • Anchoring
  • Avoiding Seasickness
  • Rules of the Road
Price for ASA 104 is $600.00/student.
Morgan 34

Sailing Fundamentals
Chartering Certification Package Includes: Cruising Fundamentals by Harry Munns



Captain Sara Allen
  • USCG Licensed Captain
  • 10 yrs as an ASA Instructor
  • ASA Certified Sailing Instructor:
    • Basic Keelboat
    • Basic Coastal Cruising
    • Bareboat Chartering

Captain Bruce Hilton
  • 50 yrs Sailing & Boating Experience
  • ASA Certified Sailing Instructor
  • US Sailing Certified Sailing Instructor Level 1:
    • Sailing Instructor in Basic Keelboat
    • Basic Coastal Cruising
Captain Bill Brooker Captain Bill Brooker
  • USCG Licensed 100 Ton Near Coastal Master with sailing endorsement
  • 50 yrs Sailing & Boating Experience
  • ASA Certified Sailing Instructor:
    • Sailing Instructor in Basic Keelboat
    • Basic Coastal Cruising
    • Advanced Coastal Cruising
    • Bareboat Chartering
    • Navigation Instructor.

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