ASA Sailing Courses

Welcome to RYC Sailing Academy

Learn to SAIL

Whether you have always wanted to learn to sail, are looking to charter a boat, or seeking to expand your sailing resume, enrollment in any of our certification programs will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need.

Our weekend long courses in Basic Keelboat Sailing, Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation each provide 20 hours of guided instruction in the classroom and on the water aboard a vessel from our fleet of sail boats. Classes are guided by professional instructors who are certified by the ASA.

Basic Keelboat Sailing (2 Day)

Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Includes basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, sail trim, points of sail, aids to navigation, seamanship and safety, including rules to avoid collisions and hazards.

Coastal Cruising (2 Day)

Learn the art of cruising as we sail to one of our partner yacht clubs in either New Jersey’s scenic Atlantic Highlands, Keyport, or Great Kills on Staten Island.
Includes cruising terminology, marine systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship..

Coastal Navigation (2 Day)

Learn to apply navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. (Classroom only)
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Instructor: Christopher Ericson

ASA Certified Level 101
USCG Masters Level Captain’s License
10+ Years of experience as an ASA Sailing Instructor

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  • 160 Water Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
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