Capt. Scott Brenner
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Learn to Sail Courses – ASA Certifications

Adventure just beyond the bow
We conduct a variety of sailing experiences, workshops and classes for clients who wish to explore the Gulf of Mexico Florida waters. We will help you get the experience and/or certification that you need.

Learn to Sail a Yacht Experience

1/2 day adventure

We’ll cruise out and see the local sights (dolphins & sea turtles) heading out towards Gulf of Mexico the perfect day adventure, outdoors, not too physical of a learning experience.

An introduction to basic sailing & coastal cruising off the St Petersburg – Tampa Bay waters get as involved as you want, have fun, be safe and enjoy a day sailing – cruising.

Your choice of morning or afternoon sail, morning 9AM to Noon, afternoon sail 1-4PM.

Starting we’ll walk around, have a safety briefing, move on to parts of sailboat and basic sailing. Introduction to learn coastal cruising – Get as much hands on experience as you want. You’ll be coached on basic sailing, learn by performing experience: hoisting sails, tending lines and sheets – sailing drills, learning to tack into the wind – jib with the wind, no prior experience required, When we’re under way, you’ll be performing setting and trimming both the main & jib sails, practicing tacking and jibing drills – switching working positions and learn basics at different crew stations – tending lines, working the winches, setting sails including helm – steering the boat. Or just sit back and enjoy the experience. On the “Plan B” enjoy FL sun, great salt water views and memories and an introduction to what yacht cruising is really like. Snacks (chips) and beverages included Soda & bottled water.

Learn to Sail

2 full days

Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat by day in light to moderate winds (up to 15-20 knots) and various sea conditions.

Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required.

Port of Call Charters Basic KeelBoat Certificate student must score practical (100%) and academic (80%) test results to receive frameable certificate diploma.


  • Beginners Sailing Basics e-Textbook
  • 8.5 X 10 Sailing Daily Log Book

Course begins 9AM ends 5PM on water & dockside training students pack your brown bag lunch. 

Beginner Sailing Basics Ebook

Beginner Sailing Basics

Captain Scott Brenner Apr 2018
This book is a beginner’s guide to sailing a small sailboat. You will learn the nuts and bolts of what to bring, what to wear, how to check weather, how to rig and raise sails, depart and return to the dock, sail into and away from the wind, rules of the road, how to handle emergencies, and how to tie common knots. Most importantly you will learn how to sail safely and have fun!

ASA Certified Instruction Courses

ASA Beginner

Basic Seamanship
  • ASA 101 Basic Keel BoatTuition $395 On the water two days 9AM – 5PM – No Prerequisites required.
  • ASA 103 Coastal Cruising: Tuition $465 On the water two days 9AM – 5PM –  Prerequisites required ASA 101.
  • ASA 101 & 103 Basic Keel Boat & Coastal Cruising: Tuition $875 Combined 4 days on the water training 9AM – 5PM – No Prerequisites. 

ASA Advanced

Cruising Seamanship
  • ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering: Tuition $520 On the water two days overnight on anchor training – Prerequisites ASA 101 & 103.
  • ASA Basic 101 to Bareboat 104 package course offer 101, 103 & 104: Tuition $1250 Combined  6 days on the water training – Prerequisites basic sailing knowledge.
  • ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran Sailing: Tuition $1175, On the water 2 days training over night on the anchor.
  • ASA 104 & 114 Bareboat & Catamaran  Package Prerequisites course offer: Tuition $1450 On the water 3 days overnight sailing and anchored – Prerequisites ASA 103.

Advanced Ocean Cruising

  • ASA 105 Coastal Navigation: Tuition $395 At home study – Prerequisites None.
  • Sailing Review: Tuition $345 On the water instructor review and refresh sailing skills assessment to individuals proficiency class and on water training.
  • Docking  Review: Tuition $345 On the water – Prerequisites knowledge of auxiliary motor sailboat (inboard or out board) tend dock lines, fenders and crew.
  • Anchor Review: Tuition $345 On the water – Prerequisites knowledge of auxiliary power review of setting an anchor and picking up mooring ball coordination with crew techniques.
  • Heavy Weather Review: Tuition $345 On the water – Prerequisites knowledge of auxiliary motor sailboat (inboard or out board), ASA 104.
  • Night Sailing Review: Tuition $345 On the water – Prerequisites knowledge of auxiliary motor sailboat (inboard or out board), ASA 104.

ASA Course Requirements

ASA Certification requires that you become a member of ASA. As of March 2020, ASA annual membership special sale offer 6-month free membership benefits at an annual discount rate special of $39 sale price.

ASA requires each certification course that students use ASA textbooks. We recommend purchasing the printed bundled package (101,103, 104 textbooks) for $75.75. It would be best to purchase textbooks one month before the start of the course to give students enough time to read the text and complete chapter reviews on each course.

Upon arrival, one log book will be issued to each enrolled student. For each successful completion of course(s), a certification sticker for the log book will be issued (sent directly to the student from ASA). This process typically a 3 to 4 week to process. Test results will be held in student’s permanent ASA records. Each course certificate course sticker, ASA fee $150.

Additional Course Details

ASA 101 – Basic Keel Boat Sailing
  • The Skills Required to Handle a Boat Safely
  • Useful Terms
  • Related Equipment
  • Sailing Theory
  • Points of Sail
  • Crew Communication
  • Crew Overboard
  • Knots
  • Rules of the Road and How to Avoid Collisions
  • Basic Aids to Navigation
  • Emphasis on Safety
  • Docking
ASA 103 – Basic Coastal Cruising
  • Skills to Sail Sloop-Rigged Auxiliary Powered Sailboat in Moderate Conditions
  • How to Cruise Safely in Local and Regional Waters As Both Skipper and Crew With a Steering Wheel Vessel
  • Coast Guard Equipment Requirements
  • Emergency Handling
  • Man Overboard Drills
  • Anchoring Deploy and Retrieval Techniques
  • Sail Handling and Reefing
  • Reading a Nautical Chart,
  • Departure and Docking
  • Introduction to Weather
ASA 104 – Bareboat Cruising

This is an advanced cruising standards for individuals with cruising experience. One will act as skipper or crew sailing by day near coastal waters in moderate or heavy weather and seas. Further sail training include knowledge of onboard systems and troubleshooting minor engine trouble, fuel, water, and cooling systems.

Student will also learn cruise planning and provisioning, cooking underway, piloting skills, further navigation, VHF, docking, mooring emergency skills, and using their skills in a coastal cruise to a destination and/or island hopping.

*Two days of on-water instruction
**9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
***PREREQUISITES: ASA 101 and 103

ASA 105 – Coastal Navigation

Student applies the navigation theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters.

On-water navigation skills are a combination of 103 Coastal Cruising, 104 Bareboat Cruising in progressive levels of detail Coastal Navigation Course covers chart reading, lights and buoyage, dead reckoning, bearings and fixes, set and drift, tides and currents, lights, dayshapes, signals for shipping, emergency position finding and much more.

Be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.

Overnight accommodations

Overnight accommodations if not included already with the overnight class curriculum $95 per night / $65 cleaning fee.

Local Airbnb Sarasota Pool home nightly rental rate $58 per night / $45 cleaning fee. 

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Capt. Scott Brenner

Former Commander USCG AUX 9-10 Ft. Myers-Cape Coral FL, current 100-ton Master Captain with sailing endorsement, over 5 years sailing instructor experience with both US Sailing, American Sailing Association certified for Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, Bare Boat, Navigation, Catamaran sailing courses.

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Focused on creating the best sailing experience to introduce, teach and entertain all those who have the desire to become active on the water while increasing their competency, to be safe sailors. We want to be an agent of change by ridding the toxic plastics which are polluting our oceans Keeping them as inspirational, awe inspiring and beautiful as they should be.

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