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Black Rock Sailing School

ASA (101) Basic Keelboat Certification

“Open up a new world of excitement and adventure”

Note:  No other sailing school in New England has come close to matching our ASA 101 course!  We have better instructors, better boats, better methods, and better locations – hands down!  Our track record is second to none!

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No experience is necessary, the learning curve is steep, and we guarantee results! After successfully completing our intensive 3-day course, you will earn ASA (101) Basic Keelboat Certification.  This course will provide you with a solid foundation, teaching you the essential skills you’ll need to command a boat up to a 30ft on your own. In fact, ASA 101 graduates have the option to join our sailing club as an annual member at a 15 – 20% discount! 

This exciting entry level course is designed to accommodate a wide range of experience levels. Our unique curriculum exceeds ASA standards, providing plenty of repetition and on-water sailing time to ensure great results. We are very confident that no other 101 course in New England is as thorough as this course. You will be amazed at how much you can learn in a relatively short time!

This course provides 24 hours of instruction over three consecutive days AND an opportunity for discounted sailing access!  The on-water portion of the course is taught aboard a late model Colgate 26 – simply the BEST purpose built training boat available. The Colgate 26 has been chosen by the US Naval Academy, the US Coast Guard Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, and various other colleges and universities for their training and collegiate racing needs. Each day consists of a dynamic two hour lecture, a quick lunch break, followed by at least 5 hours of hands-on sailing!

Topics include preparation, nomenclature, wind orientation, sail theory, primary sailing maneuvers, sail trim, crew positions & responsibilities, basic mooring/docking techniques, anchoring, local knowledge of our sailing grounds, and much more.

ASAStk300-2 Full Description of ASA 101 Course

Only three students per class – the best ratio in the industry.  If a group of friends or two couples request to enroll together, we will permit a four to one ratio, but usually add an additional day of instruction (at no additional cost) to provide enough hands on sailing time per person.

$999 per person
Plus an ASA textbook package (Sailing Made Easy & ASA Logbook) and materials for $29.95, and a required one-time ASA processing fee of $39.00 (includes a one-year ASA membership and a sailing magazine subscription)

Note: Sales tax on books is required, and a $10 shipping fee will be charged for all book packages.

MAKE IT A VACATION WEEK! Get 10% off two courses if you do a 101/103 combo week. Stay ashore or possibly liveaboard a larger cruising yacht at the docks each night during your classes. Minimum of two people to run classes.


Additional 101/103 courses are also available in the Virgin Islands between the first Monday after Thanksgiving and the first Sunday in April!


  • 24 hours of instruction over THREE consecutive days.
  • Only up to THREE students PER instructor!
  • World-class instruction from the only school in New England to consistently receive national recognition from the American Sailing Association.
  • Up to 20% off of a Black Rock Sailing Annual Club Membership to practice what you have learned.
  • Learn aboard boats that are young, safe, comfortable and simply the best learning platforms available.
  • We provide all safety equipment.  Information on what to wear/bring will be sent out upon course registration.

All course dates and pricing are subject to change until you are registered. REFER to your Registration Card provided in your course information for the actual course dates that were discussed at time of your course registration, or give Brenton a call!

Our course policies and refund/date switching policies are mailed with all course books and course information – otherwise available upon request – and are subject to change until you are registered.

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