Capt. Dan and Tom at Johnson's Lee

ASA 101 Ocean Sailing Basics

Sailing lessons in the time of Corona:

 We’ve started teaching again! Once you’ve had your Covid-19 shots, give us a call, and please bring a copy of your shot card showing both vaccinations have been administered (one if you’ve had J&J).

Click BOOK NOW to see availability.

You can get a head start on lessons while you wait for your shots by:

  1. Buying the book for your level. If you’re a beginner, you need Sailing Made easy. There’s a link further down the page.
  2. Reading the book.
  3. Understanding what you read by calling me with your questions at 805.750.7828 and doing the practice tests in the book.
  4. Watching YouTube videos. There are a ton. Most of them won’t lead you astray.
  5. Staying healthy.

Lessons from Beginner to Advanced


None –

ASA 101 Ocean Sailing Basics is the first step and no previous experience or knowledge is required.

ASA 101 text:

I recommend you read ASA’s Sailing Made Easy before you start your lessons.

ASA 101 course objectives:

The successful ASA 101+ Ocean Sailing Basics student will be able to sail a 36′ boat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in the open ocean. A graduate will master all points of sail and all fundamental maneuvers as skipper and as crew. There is major (major, major) emphasis on getting underway and docking.

An economy sailboat charter trip to Anacapa must include a visit to the lighthouse and Arch Rock
Learn to sail on an adult-size boat

If you’ve never skippered a boat, this is the place to start. If it doesn’t work out for you – you get seasick for instance – you’re not locked in.


Typically, three or four  lessons, approximately 12 hours for a student who has minimum or absolutely no previous boating experience. Your crew (up to 3 total) is invited as well, and the hourly fee covers everyone.


$150 per hour M-Th, $190/hour Friday-Sunday.

Add a second student for $100/session.

Call us: 805.750.7828 

or e-mail

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