ASA Courses Offered

Nockamixon Sailing School

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat
ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
ASA 107 Celestial Navigation Class
ASA 103 Coastal Cruising
ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising
ASA 118 Docking
ASA 119 Marine Weather
ASA 106 Advanced
Coastal Cruising
ASA101, ASA103, ASA104, ASA106, and ASA 108 are available at our other Captain In You Sailing School, Inc. locations at Delmarva Sailing School on the Chesapeake Bay and at Virgin Islands Sailing Academy in the Virgin Islands. Delmarva Sailing School and Virgin Islands Sailing Academy both offer individual classes or combination classes including ASA101/103 or ASA103/104 and ASA101/103/104. All Delmarva Sailing School and Virgin Islands Sailing Academy classes are provided in a live aboard approach. Please visit or for more information. Please also visit if you are interested in chartering a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.
Complete the fun and challenging series of ASA sailing courses and become a competent sailboat captain. Each course includes thorough training to ASA and Nockamixon Sailing School's high standards. 10% discount off if you sign up for both ASA101 and ASA103.
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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: $299.99. Class taught by David Stadler, ASA Marine Weather Instructor. Two day class. 9:00 AM -4:00 PM both days.
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 at the Hartsville Fire House. 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 $499- Classroom, $299 Home Study
ASA105 Coastal Navigation & Piloting: 4 Day classroom program. 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 steered, 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- Classroom, $299 Home Study
ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing: 2 day, all on the water, beginner level sailing class. ASA101 provides all you need to get started sailing, including sailing vocabulary, principles of sailing, sail trim, steering with a tiller, required safety equipment, proper commands for tacks and jibes, crew overboard recovery, and much more. You will be able to sail on a basic level after completing ASA101. Class size: 2-4 students. Prerequisites: None. Price includes Sailing Made Easy by ASA, ASA Test, ASA membership, and ASA Certification. Price: $429.
ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising: 2 day, all on the water, intermediate level sailing class. 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. Class size: 2-4 students. Prerequisites: ASA101 or successful challenge of ASA101. Price includes Coastal Cruising Made Easy Textbook by ASA, ASA membership, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. Price: $429.
ASA 101 Challenge- Students with significant experience are welcome to challenge ASA101. This requires the student to pass the ASA101 written test, 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 ASA103. Price: $199.
Private Instruction is available on your or our sailboat for $650/day without ASA certification. $750/day with ASA certification.
ASA108 Ocean Passage Making
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Do a home study for either ASA105 Coastal Navigation or ASA107 Celestial Navigation. Once you sign up we mail the course materials. You can take the exam some time when you are taking another class from us or at a local library that agrees to proctor the exam.