Course Description

This course covers all the material needed to pass the ASA-103 written test. After completing the online portion of the class, you will have two days of intensive hands on sailing training and testing at the American Sailing Academy in Key Largo, FL.  If you are planning to challenge the ASA-103, this course will also prepare you for the written portion of the test.The course covers:


  • Terminology
  • Safety Equipment and Procedures
  • Seamanship
  • Anchoring
  • Rules of the Road (COLREGS)
  • Aids to Navigation (ATON)
  • Charts and Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Marlinspike Seamanship (knots)


While we do not “teach the test”, all the information you need to pass the test is here. We guarantee it. Once you enroll in this course, call the American Sailing Academy at 305.587.3205 to schedule the hands on portion of the course.


Capt. Barnard Meyer

ASA Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2021, Capt. Barnard was born in South Africa where the diversity of the waters around this southern point of the continent made its impression, and a love of the sea, and a love of sailing came early. In the 70’s he, along with his dad and brother built a hard chine 38’ steel sloop which still sails the waters of the south east coast of Africa. After moving to the US in the 90’s, racing in Lighthouse Point, the Keys, and St. Maarten honed his sailing skills, while the cruising grounds of Florida and the Bahamas fed the need to cruise and explore. North Abaco became a favorite for this solo sailor because of its quiet isolation and natural beauty. When the opportunity arose, after 20 years in business with 10 years in an executive position, the choice was obvious. Want to go sailing? Combining the expertise of small business and over 30 years of sail experience makes for an instructor that can empathize with his student while directing their training. His philosophy is to enrich an individual by building a new skill set, through proper understanding of the theory and practice behind a specific way of life. Simply put, the love of sailing.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • 103 welcome

  • 3

    Lesson 1 - Terminology

    • Terminology

    • Lesson 1 Study Aid

    • Lesson 1 Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson 2 - Safety Equipment & Procedures

    • Safety Equipment & Procedures - Part 1

    • Safety Equipment & Procedures - Part 2

    • Addendum / Update

    • Fire-Extinguishers-for-Rec-Boaters

    • Carriage Requirements

    • Lesson 2 Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson 3 - Seamanship

    • Seamanship Part 1

    • Seamanship Part 2

    • Seamanship Part 3

    • Seamanship Part 4

    • Lesson 3 Quiz

  • 6

    Lesson 4 - Rules of the Road

    • Rules of the Road / COLREGS Part 1

    • Rules of the Road / COLREGS Part 2

    • comdtinst_m16672_2d_navrules

    • Lesson 4 Quiz

  • 7

    Lesson 5 - Charts & Navigation

    • Charts & Navigation - Part 1

    • Charts & Navigation - Part 2

    • Downloadable copy - Chart #1

    • Lesson 5 Quiz

  • 8

    Lesson 6 -Anchoring & Weather

    • Anchoring - Part 1

    • Anchoring - Part 2

    • Lesson 6 Quiz

  • 9

    Lesson 7 -Emergencies

    • Emergencies - Part 1

    • Emergencies - Part 2

    • Emergencies - Part 3

    • Emergencies - Part 4

    • Lesson 7 Quiz

  • 10

    Thank You!

    • Thank you!


5 star rating

Complete and very clear.


4 star rating

Great Study aides

Jay Driggers

Diagrams are a great help as well as the downloads

Diagrams are a great help as well as the downloads

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Tuition includes all the content of this course and two days of hands on training and testing at the American Sailing Academy in Key Largo, Florida.