ASA Sailing Lessons- Crafting Lifelong Sailors Since 1969

Harbor Sailboats is San Diego’s leading sailing school offering beginner through advanced sailing lessons and ASA Certifications. Since 1969, Harbor Sailboats has perfected our curriculum to ensure maximum time on the water that will delivery the skills and confidence necessary to enjoy this amazing lifestyle.

How It Works

Join the sailing club and immediately enroll into ASA 101 (included with your membership). Upon joining you will be provided your official textbook, logbook, and our proprietary study guide to prepare for your upcoming class. After completing ASA 101, members can now build their skills by chartering sailboats until you have reached the minimum sea time necessary to enroll in the next level class, ASA 103. From there, you can continue to build skills and confidence throughout the upper range of rentals and lessons provided as a member of the club.

Harbor Sailboats prides itself on having the most professional and experienced sailing instruction taught aboard the newest fleet of boats in Southern California. We look forward to building the foundation of your sailing career! 

Courses Offered (click for class for details)


ASA 101 Basic Keelboat- certifies up to 22'
ASA 103 Coastal Cruising- certifies up to 37'
ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising- certifies up to 51'
ASA 105 Coastal Navigation- home study that allows passage north of Mission Bay
ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising- Advanced passage making



Private Instruction

Have a tough schedule or very particular goals? Harbor Sailboats can tailor private sailing lessons to meet your special needs and goals. Sailing lessons are available aboard any boat in the Harbor Sailboats fleet 22’- 51’. Certified ASA instructors offer professional sailing instruction for the beginner through advanced sailor for both classroom and practical on-the-water skills.

Class Structure

On the morning of class please check-in with the club between 8:30 and 9:00, all classes starts promptly at 9:00am. Students should bring homework, class textbook and ASA logbook to class. Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended and bottled water for the boat to stay hydrated. All boats are equipped with a life jacket for each student but you are welcome to bring your own. All classes will run rain or shine so please check the forecast prior to arriving at the club. 


What to Wear

While shorts and a t-shirt will suffice, pack a backpack with the following as it does cool down and can be chilly on the water (bags can be stowed onboard): jacket, long pants and sweatshirt or wind breaker. Sneakers or light soled shoes- no black soled shoes or flip flops. Sunscreen, hat and glasses are strongly recommenced.


What to Expect

Plan on spending five to six hours per day, on-the-water. Each morning is spent in a classroom setting; we are firm believers that being a competent sailor depends on real world experience, so we will hasten to wrap-up the talking early so that we can go SAILING! Review, discussions and lectures should be complete by 10am and then it’s down to the boats and the San Diego Bay for the rest of the day. We strive to be back at the dock by 4:30pm, class ends at 5pm each day.