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Learn to Sail

$995 This is the most thorough and effective beginner's course in New England.

Whether you're a complete beginner or a sometime sailor, we guarantee this course will teach you to sail safely and confidently, or we'll continue your lessons at no extra charge (see student information sheet for details).

ASA 101

This course has been reformatted in order to hold the classroom sessions online. Details are in description of each format below. 

We've refined our Learn to Sail course over 45 years, so it combines our own proven lesson plans with the best elements of standardized national curriculums, without ever forgetting that we all sail for fun. 

In our classroom sessions we will cover the fundamentals of sailing – from sail trim to basic navigation, so you will be prepared when you head out for each corresponding onboard lesson. On the water, we pair each instructor with a small group of students. So you'll get lots of one-on-one guidance developing steering, sail handling, and crewing skills.

The Learn to Sail course is taught on Sonars and covers all the basics, including: Parts of the Boat and Rigging, Points of Sail, Tacking and Jibing, Landing at a Mooring, Balance and Sail Shape Control, Rules of the Road, Man Overboard Drills, Chart Reading and Navigation.

The result? You'll graduate fully prepared to sail here in Boston or your favorite harbor anywhere.

All Learn to Sail graduates can activate a FREE 30-day Student Membership on the Solings and Sonars. Includes an orientation to the Soling. Use your Student Membership to practice your sailing skills, take your friends sailing, and enjoy some of the benefits of membership here at the Boston Sailing Center. Some restrictions apply.

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ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing *Certification awarded upon successful course completion, written ASA 101 test, and a $39 ASA membership fee.

Text Books (included in course fee)

ASA's Sailing Made Easy

Prepares you for: 

Daysailing Membership


The Learn to Sail Course is offered in 3 different formats – 4 Week, Vacation Week, and Weekend. All formats consist of four two hour online classroom sessions and four three and a half hour on the water sessions for a total of 22 hours of instruction – 8 hours of classroom time and 14 hours on the water.


Group Enrollment

Signing up with more than one person? We have a discount for that! Groups of two or more who sign up together for the same course qualify for discounts of 10% off the course fee after one student has purchased the course at full price (in other words, it's full price for the first person and 10% off for each additional person).

To qualify for the group enrollment discount, purchases must be made over the phone. Contact the office at 617-227-4198 to register your group. 

ASA Veterans Program offers 10% off the Full Price of ASA 101 Learn to Sail

ASA Veterans Program Logo

At 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. 

Course Policies

Rescheduling/Cancellation Policies

Course documents, including format outlines and student membership info


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.