Basic Keelboat is taught by ASA-certified instructors. Qualified graduates will become charter certified for day sailing on 20-27' keelboats.

This is a three- or four-session, 12-hour course taught by Northern Breezes Sailing School instructors certified by the American Sailing Association (ASA). Classes meet mornings, afternoons or evenings for three or four hours. Classes are limited to three students. This small seminar environment provides a great instructor-to-student ratio for very effective skipper and crew training. Each session starts with a briefing on the day’s lesson, getting underway, sailing exercises and ends with docking and securing the boat.

Each student receives the Sailing Made Easy textbook, video/DVD, Federal Regulations booklet and Log Book.

Upon successful completion of both the on-the-water and written exam, the Basic Keelboat graduate receives American Sailing Association membership (a $39 value), and seals for the Log Book, and an invitation to join the Northern Breezes Boat Club to continue sailing without the requirement to buy a boat; all while wearing your recently earned "skipper's hat!"


Course Outline

Session 1: Outboard Engine, Getting Underway, Tacking, Points of Sail, Boat Balance, Trim, Docking, Securing the Boat

Session 2: Review, Tacking & Jibing, Sail Trim, Helming

Session 3: Review, Controlling Angle of Heel, Heaving to, Reefing

Session 4: Review, Crew Overboard Drill, Solo Checkout, Written Exam

Note: Three-session courses contain the same material scheduled similarly.

Classes are cancelled and rescheduled due to weather: no wind, too much wind, potential lightening or pouring rain. Sailing is not an endurance test. It is fun, safe learning of a lifelong skill set. Graduates meet all the prerequisites for more advanced courses and the Northern Breezes Boat Club.

Course Fee

$449 singles. $799 couples (any two people signing up together) sharing materials. Family and friends option: if three people sign up together the total is $999 if they share materials.
Additional course textbooks may be purchased.


Family and Friends

Basic Keelboat is offered as a Family and Friends course! If you have family members or friends who do not want to earn certification through the American Sailing Association (ASA) or, who are not old enough to be certified, but would like to come along to learn at whatever level while you are being certified, this is the option for you! We offer 1, 2, or 3 certifications in a 12-hour course format spread over 3 or 4 days. Up to 4 people in addition to the instructor can be on the boat for this Family and Friends course. In certain locations we offer 4 certifications in a 15-hour course format spread over 4 or 5 days. All Family and Friends Basic Keelboat courses are customized for the student and group's needs and schedule. This is a great mother - daughter / father - son option. You pick the combination!

Instructor to Student Ratio is One to Three Maximum!


Prerequisite for this course


Locations and Schedules for Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

Lake Minnetonka, MN - Shorewood Yacht Club   More information >

Lake St. Croix, Afton, MN - Windmill Marina   More information >

Medicine Lake, Plymouth, MN - French Regional Park   More information >

White Bear Lake, MN   More information >

Leech Lake, MN   More information >

Ludington, MI   More information >

Pewaukee Lake, WI   More information >


Basic Keelboat may also be taken with our Northern Breezes Sailing Adventures in the Caribbean. Since this course is a prerequisite for our combined Basic Coastal Cruising / Bareboat Cruising (ASA 103/104) class, people with equivalent experience can test-out of this course when they sign up for these intermediate courses.

Note to Prospective Students: We believe in the American Sailing Association (ASA) and your participation. Therefore we build into our costs a complimentary one year membership. You will not see from us, "ASA now charges $39 membership fee for optional certification" which means you will not receive the ASA certification you've earned unless you pay a $39 surcharge. We invite you to look at the materials included . . . No other program provides you a "Sailing DVD" to help you review and prepare. In addition to being safe and fun, there are no hidden charges with Northern Breezes.

Call Northern Breezes Sailing School at 763-542-9707 to register or with questions.