Our sailing school offers American Sailing Association (ASA) certification courses. The ASA recognized our school with a “GOLD STAR” distinction. To become one of the ASA Sailing Schools, Sailing Florida Charters & Sailing School, Inc. met rigorous qualification standards, which are internationally recognized. We have been selected as the “ASA 2012 Featured Sailing School. Furthermore, our instructors are the best in industry; just recently, we have had the honor of having a second “Instructor of the Year Award” bestowed upon one of our captains. Our ASA certified courses give sailors of all experience levels an opportunity to become more competent and confident in their abilities.
We offer the entire range of classes from ASA 101: Basic Sailing to ASA 106: Advanced Coastal Cruising and Advanced Cruising Standard (#114). Our certified instructors are committed to providing the best educational experience, with a blend of hands on training and curriculum in the fundamental skills of sailing. Our ASA 101-104 class series includes complimentary accommodations aboard our boats during your classes, including the day before and after. The boat will have linens, towels, blankets, pillows, and galley ware. We start ASA 101: Basic Sailing class aboard a 30-34 foot boat, ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising class aboard a 35-39 foot boat, and ASA 104: Bareboat Chartering series on a 40-foot plus boat with generator for an overnight at anchorage.
You will be aboard the same boat each night for your accommodations. Our goal is for you to experience the mariner lifestyle sooner rather than later. You will have the opportunity to try three different boat sizes and manufacturers to prepare you for future charter experiences. Our sailing fleet includes Jeanneau, Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter, and Fountaine Pajot catamarans. After completing our class series, you will be able to step aboard any size boat with the confidence to sail away.
Additionally, the majority of the yachts you’ll have the pleasure to learn on are all fairly new, if not brand new! Gone are the days of teaching someone to sail aboard a vessel that’s not up-to-date with modern standards, and equipped with all the state of the art electronics and features that you’ll come across in you’re sailing career. Let’s not forget! You’ll be staying aboard the boat throughout the entire course. A perfect opportunity to explore what life is like aboard and learn more about the boats available for charter or what the features you may want in your very own boat.
Being located at The Marriott Renaissance Vinoy Resort in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, comes with extraordinary benefits. You’ll have access to all the amenities, which include a heated pool, hot tubs, state of the art fitness center including steam, sauna, and indoor whirlpools, full service day spa and salon, and room service directly to your boat. Also, includes a 10% discount at the bars and restaurants in the resort, so you can spend your evening enjoying a fresh mojito—after studying of course!
Come and see why St. Petersburg, Florida is gaining international attention with its Mediterranean atmosphere, blooming arts and culture scene, a reputation for craft beer and great dining, and only a short drive to some of the best beaches in the entire country. We are located 20 minutes from either the Tampa International or Clearwater/St. Petersburg airport. This isn’t sailing made easy, this is sailing in the good life. With our credentials, instructors, courses that offer the opportunity to gain depth, and having exclusive access to a high-end resort, we at Sailing Florida Charter & Sailing School, Inc are glad to be your next step.