Course Description

This course covers all the material needed to pass the ASA-104 written test. If you are planning to challenge the ASA-104, this course will prepare you for the written portion of the test. If you are going to take the ASA-104 course and are concerned about absorbing the amount of material presented, this course will make it a lot easier for you. The course covers:


  • Cruise Planning
  • Systems
  • Emergencies
  • Seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Rules of the Road
  • Marlinspike Seamanship


While we do not “teach the test”, all the information you need to ace the test is here. We guarantee it. View the intro video for details on our guarantee.

Captain g.

Captain g.

Cap'n g, as he's known, began his career as a trainer in the United States Coast Guard where he first taught seamanship and small boat handling at the USCG Training Center in Cape May, NJ. Later in his Coast Guard career he taught law, and street survival and defensive tactics at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, where he attained Master Instructor Certification. Following his retirement he began teaching sailing classes as an American Sailing Association instructor, and in his first year with the ASA he was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year out of a field of 3300 instructors. Concurrent to teaching for the ASA, he developed and presented training programs for numerous police departments and military units in the fields of firearms, defensive tactics, street survival, and special operations. He was also contracted to the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service to develop and present training in the areas of executive protection, counter-terrorism, surveillance, and quick response. He has presented training courses live, through interpreters, and online.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Lesson 1 - Cruise Planning

    • Packing and Clothing

    • Packing Checklist

    • Documents and Money

    • Tools and Spare Parts

    • Provisioning

    • Fuel Consumption and Needs

    • Water Consumption and Needs

    • Lesson 1 Quiz

  • 3

    Lesson 2 - Systems

    • Deisel Engines

    • Electrical Systems

    • Galley Procedures - Range and Refrigeration

    • Marine Plumbing - The Head

    • Lesson 2 Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson 3 - Emergencies

    • Lesson 3 Intro

    • Running Aground

    • Dragging Anchor

    • Taking on Water

    • Fire

    • Collision

    • Fouled Prop

    • Engine Failure

    • Steering Failure

    • Medical Emergencies

    • Crew Overboard

    • Lesson 3 Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson 4 - Seamanship

    • Moorings

    • Rafting at Anchor & Mooring with a Large Tidal Range

    • Dinghy Ops

    • Lesson 4 Quiz

  • 6

    Lesson 5 - Cruising Etiquette

    • Customs and Courtesies

    • Lesson 5 Quiz

  • 7

    Lesson 6 - Navigation

    • Tides and Currents

    • Charts and Chartwork

    • Chart # 1 Download

    • Nav Exercises

    • Chart Download

    • Lesson 6 Quiz

  • 8

    Lesson 7 - Weather

    • WInd, Fog. and Lightning Oh MY!

    • Heavy Weather Sailing

    • Lesson 7 Quiz

  • 9

    Lesson 8 - Rules of the Road

    • Rules of the Road

    • Lights, Shapes, and Sounds

    • Lesson 8 Quiz

    • Colregs PDF

  • 10

    Lesson 9 - Marlinspike Seamanship

    • Marlinspike Seamanship


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