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ASA Certification


The American Sailing Association includes a network of over 300 professionally accredited sailing schools and has certified more than 536,000 students since 1983. Its system of certification standards is recognized by charter companies throughout the world.

The BSC offers four levels of ASA certification. After successfully completing the corresponding course students can take the written test. Your instructor will sign the log book and the ASA will send the certification seal by mail.

Basic Keelboat Certification ASA 101

asa101Prerequisites: None

Description: Able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required.

BSC Course: Learn to Sail

Cost: Student Registration Fee $39

Basic Coastal Cruising ASA 103

asa103Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate

General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions

BSC Course: Advanced

Bareboat Cruising ASA 104

asa104Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification

General Description: An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

BSC Course: Cruising or Caribbean Cruising

Coastal Navigation ASA 105

Prerequisites: None

General 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.

BSC Course: Coastal Navigation

Advanced Coastal Cruising ASA 106

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising Certification, Bareboat Cruising Certification, Coastal Navigation Certification

General Description: Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

BSC Course: Coastal Passage Making


Experienced sailors can receive ASA certification without taking a course by challenging the standards. Each level of certification requires passing one written exam for the highest level of certification desired and an on the water evaluation. The instructor signs the candidate's log book and the ASA issues the certification stickers by mail.

The most common challenge is for Bareboat Certification (104). You will only need to write the exam for the ASA 104 Bareboat and the on the water exam will be about three hours on a 30+ foot cruising boat. The steps and cost are:


Student Registration Fee $39
101 Basic Keelboat Certification $35
103 Basic Cruising Certification $35
104 Bareboat Cruising Exam + Certification $35
On the Water Evaluation $300
Total $444

International Proficiency Certificate

ASA is proud to offer the first International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for sailors available in the United States. This certificate is mandatory when chartering in most European/Mediterranean waters. It serves as proof of bareboat charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies, many of whom require the proficiency information displayed in a different format than the ASA Log Book. Only ASA members who have completed through ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising are eligible to order the International Proficiency Certificate. One must be a current member of ASA to be issued the certificate. You can get the International Proficiency Certificate today by completing ASA's online IPC Application directly through their website. 

ASA Veteran's Program Offers 10% off Learn to Sail

ASA Veterans Program LogoAt ASA and Boston Sailing Center, we recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served or are serving in our country’s armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course. Trade in your ship for ours and join us on the water with the wind in your sails.

Boston Sailing Center offers 10% off the Full Price of our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Learn to Sail Course to active miliary and veterans. To receive your 10% off coupon, complete ASA's form and once received, contact the Boston Sailing Center at 617-227-4198 to enroll with your course date (do not sign up through BSC's website).

Receive your ASA Veterans Program Discount
Veterans program discount is offered off the full price of Learn to Sail and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

ASA Standards and Textbooks

A summary of the ASA Standards can be found on their website. The ASA course text books can be used as study guides and are available from the BSC.

Sailing Made Easy Covers 101: $24.95
Coastal Cruising Made Easy Covers 103: $27.95
Bareboat Cruising Made Easy Covers 104: $39.95


View our Frequently Asked Course questions here, or contact the Boston Sailing Center office by phone 617-227-4198 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an office manager would be happy to assist you.