ASA 111 – Refresher training

Who is this course for?

Actually, it’s for my friend Dawn. That’s who came to mind when I started to devise a refresher curriculum for folks who got started sailing but then couldn’t find time to continue beyond ASA 101.

“I need some refresher lessons,” Dawn said.

Dawn took lessons with me years ago but hasn’t had many opportunities to work on her sailing skills. Now she wants to refresh those skills and intends to take ASA 103 …. eventually.

So the course is for Dawn and anyone who has been off the water long enough that they’ve begun to feel rusty.

All of my lessons are private (not just ASA 111) and I tailor the curriculum to your needs. For most people seeking refresher training, that starts with docking and getting underway.

Dawn and our friends on an orientation sail in 1999. Her last formal training.

More than one student has come back to me telling me they’d had a close call or marked up their boat and had stopped sailing because they had lost confidence. But they came back and we worked on those specific skills.

A bad landing will shake anyone’s confidence. And, confidentially, I’ve had my share of less-than-perfect landings. Ask the guys at the fuel dock, where all approaches are downwind and frequently with increasing current close in. I haven’t broken anything, but I have bounced off the tire/fender hard enough to leave black streaks.

So I get it. And I won’t let you get us in over our heads. And that goes for any other skills you’d like to build or refresh: reefing, anchoring, MOB, navigation …. whatever.

Give me a shout 805.750.7828 and we can talk about what you might need.




If you’ve laid off for a long time, I recommend you read ASA’s Sailing Made Easy, especially about the skill that are concerning.

ASA 111 course objectives:

Get you back on the water at a level of competence and confidence that will allow you to relax and enjoy the day. BTW – you get an ASA 111 sticker for your logbook to remind you to sail more often.


$125 per hour weekdays, $150/hour weekends and holidays.

Call us: 805.750.7828 

or e-mail

Sail for just a few hours …. or several days