Safety Is Priority One
You say you’ve never been sailing before? No experience at the wheel? You don’t know a rope from a sheet, your fore from your aft? We’ve got the perfect solution!
First -Take Our Free Online e-Course:
Click HERE and sign in to take a FREE e-COURSE provided by the American Sailing Association (ASA). Once you’ve completed this e-COURSE, you can then determine if you want to take our Basic Introduction to Sailing Class and/or our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising classes.
Basic Introduction to Sailing Course:
A 2.5 hour (semi-private) lesson where each student will get a “feel” for sailing. Literally! Each student will have ” wheel time” steering the boat. Our experienced (45 years) United States Coast Guard licensed Captain will guide you through the class. A unique “hands-on” experience your first time on the water. All classes are subject to availability.
ASA 101 Basic Keelboat
Perfect introductory course to help you learn about sailing.
Format: Taught in 4 three hour classes (12 hours total).
Cost: $445 includes books and course materials and 1 year ASA membership. Receive a $25 discount when two people book as a couple or when two friends take the class together. One-on-one Instruction, $150 additional.
Call 847-917-7245 & sign up for Capt. Norm’s ASA 101 Class!
101 Lesson Times
ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising
Prerequisites: ASA 101 Basic Keel-boat Sailing Certificate.
Provides necessary knowledge to safely cruise in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew in moderate winds and sea conditions.
Format: Taught in 3 three hour classes and two 3.5 hour classes (16 hours total).
Cost: $555 includes books, course materials, ASA 101 and ASA 103 certifications. Receive a $35 returning student discount if you’ve had classes with us in the past. One-on-one Instruction, $150 additional.
Call 847-917-7245 & sign up for Capt. Norm’s ASA 103 Class!
103 Lesson Times
ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering
Prerequisites: ASA 101 Basic Keel-boat Sailing Certificate and ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising Certificate
This is an advanced cruising standard for sailors with cruising experience. Certified students act as skipper or crew of a 30-50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The course includes basic navigation, cruise planning, advanced anchoring techniques, boat systems and maintenance procedures. Most charter companies require a sailing resume from the Skipper chartering the boat, and look for this certification.
Format: taught on Lake Michigan over three full days and two nights. We set sail for a foreign port on day one, stay on-board overnight, sail to another port on day two, stay on-board overnight, and then sail back to the home port the following day.
Day One: All classes begin at 10am, we’ll depart from Belmont Harbor and sail to a foreign port. (Example: Michigan City)
Day Two: We’ll set sail for a different foreign port. (Example: New Buffalo or St. Joe)
Day Three: We’ll set sail for Chicago to arrive back at Belmont Harbor by 6pm.
Cost: $795 for the three day, two night course includes books, course materials, all docking fees and two nights on-board the boat. Prerequisite; ASA 101 and 103 certifications. Receive a $50 returning student discount if you’ve had classes with us in the past. One-on-one Instruction $150 additional.
Combo Package = ASA 101, 103 and 104: Sept 24- Sept 28 (2015) – Complete all three classes while we sail to Michigan City, New Buffalo, St. Joseph, etc. Fee includes your stay on-board overnight, all slip fees, fuel, breakfast and lunch, ASA membership, books, tests, etc.
Sailing Refresher – Semi-Private
Available for novice or seasoned sailors looking for a “refresher” course. Format: Course is divided into four, semi-private, 2 hour sessions:
- (1) orientation sail – includes all pre and post sail preparation procedures
- (1) crew clinic – we train your crew so they know what’s expected of them when under sail & docking
- (1) docking clinic – includes starboard side throttle and port side tie-up practice
- (1) check out sail – you skipper the boat and perform all procedures while directing your crew
Cost: $800 (One-on-one Refresher – $125 additional)
Chicago Yacht Share Bare-boat Charterer Requirements
In order to skipper our yacht(s), for your safety, and the safety of your guests:
NOVICE SAILORS: Must have ASA 101 and ASA 103 or US Sailing (equivalent) credentials.
EXPERIENCED SAILORS: Must be a USCG Licensed Captain with sailing endorsement, and/or documented sea time on a similar size vessel.
ALL SAILORS, BOTH NOVICE AND EXPERIENCED, MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE AND PASS OUR SEMI-PRIVATE:
- 2 hour orientation sail
- 2 hour docking clinic
- 2 hour crew clinic, and
- 2 hour check out sail
Sea Safaris ASA classes can be taken at Belmont Harbor in Chicago, as well as in Waukegan, and Milwaukee.