Windward SeaVenture Charters is an ASA certified training school with instructors voted “Top Instructor” for 2002, 2005, 2006,2013 and all are USCG licensed captains. Most of our instructors have over 30 years’ experience in sailing and teaching. We also offer you a discount on all charters you take with us for 1 year from your date of completion of any class with no monthly club dues or yearly fees. Our class sizes are limited to 4 persons plus instructor, so that you will have individual attention. If you prefer, we can provide private sailing lessons to suite your schedule. Our sail training is on 31' to 34' pocket cruisers for the ASA 101 class that have biminis (covered cockpits) to provide shade and full head (restroom) facilities aboard. On our pocket cruisers, you will experience the feel of a larger boat and get a better understanding of sailing dynamics over smaller “day sailers”. You will then be better prepared for the next level of ASA classes, the Coastal and Bareboat course (103/104) or "combo" as we call it. When you are ready to take the "combo" course, you will train on one of our fully equipped 38' to 41' sailing yachts.
There is a difference between ASA sailing schools, and at Windward SeaVenture Charters we believe we offer the best sailing school on the bay. Call us or come by our office for a visit. 281-467-2279
Ladies Only Classes are also available. Please call for details.
Basic Keelboat-ASA 101 $314.00/person-(includes $39.00 ASA registration)
Prerequisites - None
Length - 2 days
Course Description: Students will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 30 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. They will gain knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Note: The United States Coast Guard has granted approval for ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing to satisfy certain merchant mariner credential examination requirements and safe boating training requirements.
Saturday and Sunday
- May 3 - 4
- May 10-11
- Jun 7 - 8
Basic Coastal Cruising-ASA 103 / Bare Boat Chartering-ASA 104 “Combo”- $699.00/person
Prerequisites - ASA 101
Length - 3 days, 2 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Course Description - Students will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged inboard engine sailboat of approximately 40 feet in length during a coastal cruise in moderate to heavy winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, cruising sailboat terminology, boat systems, inboard engine operation, maintenance procedures, docking procedures, intermediate and advanced sail trim, navigation rules, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, mooring with multiple anchors, weather interpretation, safety and seamanship, and dinghy/tender operation.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
- Apr 25 - 27
- May 16 - 18
- Jun 20 - 22
Coastal Navigation Standard (ASA 105) $345/person
Prerequisites - None
Length - 2 days
Course Description - Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard and practical application of this Sailing Knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.
Saturday and Sunday:
Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) $699.00/person
Prerequisites - Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation Certification
Length- 3 days, 2 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Course Description - Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length. This is a day and nighttime Standard in coastal and inland water, in any weather.