Belize Sailing Vacations

American Sailing School Certification

We are proud to be an American Sailing Association (ASA) affiliated sailing school specializing in sailing instruction delivered in a Belize catamaran live-aboard charter environment. Belize sailing charters courses are taught following the curriculum of the American Sailing Association and result in ASA certification.

Our experienced instructors deliver ASA sailing school material in a Safe, Fun, and Learning environment. We work with you to define a curriculum to meet your sail training needs. Belize Sailing Vacations offers sailing instruction in an informal, but thorough, delivery style where the Belize catamaran is our classroom and the beautiful Belize sailing our material for learning. Earn ASA sailing school certifications with Belize sailing charters while enjoying the Caribbean vacation of a lifetime. Our Belize sailing school curriculum offers a rich blend of technical skill, confidence building, and common sense coupled with a spirit of adventure and romance for sailing.

We deliver our training almost exclusively in a Belize live-aboard charter environment. We refer to these as "instructional charters" and believe they are the most effective way to learn because you are immersed in a hands-on sailing environment for the entire time. Your Belize catamaran instructional sailing charter allows you to complete your training and build additional experience, all while sailing and exploring the amazingly diverse waters of Belize. Group classes are available upon request and contact us for more information.

Belize Sailing Vacations is able to accommodate beginners just learning to sail, to students interested in advanced ocean navigation or celestial navigation. When you book your ASA sailing school training with us we ship your student materials directly to you prior to your arrival.

The Belize ASA sailing school curriculum may consist of standard course offerings, customized training, or a combination of both. We offer combined courses in which two or more appropriate ASA courses may be combined. Our Belize sailing charters specialize in catamaran training. Train with us before chartering or buying a catamaran and enjoy the confidence before you head out by yourself.

American Sailing School Standards / Available ASA Curriculum

Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)

An introductory sailing class that assumes no prior sailing experience. Covers the skills and knowledge necessary to act as skipper or crew of a sloop rigged keelboat between 20 and 30 feet in length in light to moderate conditions by day. Basic Keelboat is a nationally certified safe boating course that can be used in satisfaction of state training/licensing requirements.
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Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)

Covers the skills and knowledge necessary to act as skipper or crew in familiar waters aboard an auxiliary powered sailing vessel in light to moderate conditions by day. Introduces students to boat handling under power.
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Intermediate Coastal Cruising (ASA 104)

Also known as Bareboat Chartering. Focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary to act as skipper or crew of a cruising sailing vessel 30 to 50 feet in length during approximately a one week cruise in coastal waters by day. Delivered during a cruise lasting a minimum of 3 days.
View complete standard for ASA 104

Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)

Covers traditional (non-electronic) navigation principles and techniques. These include, but are not limited to: use of nautical charts, use of traditional navigation tools (compass, dividers, parallel rules), deduced reckoning (DR or ded. reckoning) navigation, correcting for magnetic variance and deviation in course lines and bearings, taking and plotting fixes, correcting for current and leeway in course lines, plotting running fixes, determining tidal range; current; and times from tide tables. This is a non-sailing course. The practical application of these skills occurs in Advanced Coastal Cruising.
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Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)

The opportunity to put all the pre-requisite course skills into practice during the day and at night! The successful student has served as skipper and crew aboard a sailing vessel, 30 to 50 feet in length, underway for at least 32 hours continuously in coastal waters.
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Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114)

Learn how to tame that cat! An endorsement to Intermediate Coastal Cruising. Covers the skills and knowledge specific to acting as skipper and/or crew aboard a 30 to 50 foot cruising catamaran. This course is delivered as both a full Intermediate Coastal Cruising class or simply as an endorsement class for students who already have completed the Intermediate Coastal Cruising standard.
View complete standard for ASA 114

Customized Instruction

Customized instruction is not limited to the ASA curriculum and may focus on any subject areas the student specifies. Customized instruction may or may not include ASA certification depending upon the curriculum selected. Our Belize sailing charter specializes in catamaran training. Train with us before chartering or buying a catamaran and enjoy the confidence before you head out by yourself. Pricing for customized instruction is available on request.

Prices include all ASA materials, ASA certification processing, instruction, and boat fees unless otherwise stated. Discounts are available for combined ASA sailing school courses
Pricing for our standard course offerings:

Course Price Per Student Minimum Days

Basic Keel Boat (ASA 101)



Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)



Bareboat Charter (ASA 104)



Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)



Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)



Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114)



Combination Courses    

ASA 101/103



ASA 104/114



ASA 106/114



Add Coastal Navigation



The above rates are for group classes. Our class size is limited to 4 students. A minimum 3 students are required to make a class. However, we may make exceptions to class size and minimum students depending upon circumstances. Pricing for non-published combination classes and customized instruction is available on request. You may add selected classes to a training package at the reduced rates specified above.

Our full range of sailing instruction services are available during your charter.

Safety, Fun, and Learning is our goal. Contact us to reserve your Caribbean Sailing School with Belize Sailing Vacations today!

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