Learn to Sail | Sailing School | St. Petersburg

The best way to learn to sail is by sailing! Our experienced sailing school instructors will guide you in every aspect of operating a monohull or catamaran, from launching and all the way back to port. Contact us today to arrange lessons or a learning cruise, or learn more about our classes below.

American Sailing Association | Learn to Sail | St. Petersburg | Simple Sailing

Simple Sailing Charters is an American Sailing Association certified sailing school. Learn to sail with a certified ASA sailing facility! An experience like this gives sailors of all levels an opportunity to become more competent and confident in their abilities. If you choose to venture beyond the sailing basics, we'll expand your horizons by teaching you to navigate with electronics and with the stars. Learn to sail with our sailing instruction, become certified at advanced or offshore levels and the world's oceans will become your highways and by-ways. You can learn everything about sailing with our sailing school or select the things that interest you the most.

Simple Sailing Charters and Sales was named an Outstanding School for 2012 by the American Sailing Association.

This award is given to only 20 sailing schools each year and is based on reviews by our students. We're thrilled to be named to this exclusive group.[/box]

3 Hour Introduction to Sailing (receive a $150 credit towards your ASA 101 Course) - Price:  $195.00 (for up to 2)


Sailing School Courses

Basic Keelboat Sailing

Class: ASA101
Price: $425.00
Prerequisites: None
Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required.

Basic Coastal Cruising

Class: ASA 103
Price: $475.00
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) Certification
Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety, and seamanship.

Bareboat Chartering (Intermediate Coastal Cruising)

Class: ASA 104
Price: $495.00
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA103) certifications.
Description: Demonstrated the ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered (inboard diesel engine) keelboat of approximately 30 to 50 feet in length during an extended cruise in coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, inboard engine operation, maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, mooring with multiple anchors, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

Cruising Catamaran

Class: ASA 114
Price:  $1,025.00
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat (101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (103). The Bareboat Charter Standard (104) is also a prerequisite and can be attained either by itself prior to BBC Multihull (114) or in conjunction with BBC Multihull (114). In either case, ALL MATERIAL IN BOTH STANDARDS (104 & 114) MUST BE TAUGHT AND TESTED BEFORE 114 CAN BE AWARDED.
Description: An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull.

Coastal Navigation

Class: ASA 105
Price: $350.00
Prerequisites: None
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 and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.

Advanced Coastal Cruising

Class: ASA 106
Price: $850.00
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation Certifications
Description: Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length. This is a day and nighttime Standard in coastal and inland water, in any weather.

Celestial Navigation

Class: ASA 107
Price: $~~~~~~
Prerequisites: None
Description: Able to demonstrate the Celestial Navigation theory required to safely navigate a sailboat on an offshore passage. The practical application is conducted in the Offshore Passagemaking Standard.

Docking Endorsement

Class: ASA 118
Price: $325.00
Prerequisites: None
DescriptionAble to safely and efficiently dock an auxiliary powered (single inboard or outboard engine) sailboat. Knowledge of basic auxiliary power theory, engine and steering controls, proper use of dock lines, crew communication and safety.