Sailing Lessons

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.
Cost: $200/student

ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

Prerequisites: none
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 101Date TimeHours
17-2610am-1pm3
28-810am-1pm3
38-910am-1pm3
48-136pm-9pm3
Total Hours12

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 103Date TimeHours
17-2610am-1pm3
28-810am-1pm3
38-910am-1pm3
48-136pm-9pm3
5
Total Hours12

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.

Itinerary:

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.
Cost: $1,710

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.

Click here for more information about Sea Safaris sailing school

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