ASA Certified Florida Sailing School in St. Petersburg
All Levels of Instruction from Landlubber to Salty Veteran
Fully Licensed Captains & Instructors
To become one of the ASA Sailing Schools, Sailing Florida Charters & Sailing School, Inc. met rigorous qualification standards which are internationally recognized. We have been selected as the “ASA 2012 Featured Sailing School. Our ASA certified courses give sailors of all experience levels an opportunity to become more competent and confident in their abilities.
We provide courses to bring the first timer to a level of competent seamanship. If you wish to move to the small elite who sail the world's oceans, our advanced sailing school can provide you with the necessary skills. Our ASA 101-104 class series gives you the opportunity to live aboard one of our vessels for the 6 days for an additional $95. We start ASA 101: Basic Sailing class aboard a 29-34 foot boat, ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising class aboard a 35-39 foot boat, and ASA 104: Bareboat Chartering series on a 40-foot plus boat with generator for an overnight at anchorage.
You will be aboard the same boat each night for your accommodations. Our goal is to provide you the opportunity to try three different boat sizes and manufacturers to prepare you for charter. Our sailing fleet includes Beneteau, Catalina, Jeanneau, Hunter, Leopard, and Lagoon. After completing our class series, you will be able to step aboard any size boat with the confidence to sail away.
Monohull or Catamaran Sailing Your sailing lesson in Florida is taught aboard new sailboats, 29' to 47' - depending on the course, with all the amenities of today's cruising boats, including inboard power, full cockpit bimini, refrigeration & enclosed head.
Marina Locations: All the boats and classes are located at The Renaissance Vinoy Resort Marina. The amenities include heated pool, hot tubs, state of the art fitness center including steam, sauna, and indoor whirlpools, full service day spa and salon, and room service directly to your boat. Please see the following link for the legendary Renaissance Vinoy Resort.
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Sailing School Testimonials
Dear Captain Dave, What an wonderful experience learning so much more about sailing in your school under the skillful hand and watchful eye of a such a great instructor, Captain Jeff ! Thanks to Jeff, I really have a much better grasp of what sailing is really all about and lot more confidence in my ability to handle a boat. Jeff's emphasis on safety and letting the boat do so much of the hard and heavy work made sailing much more enjoyable and easy for all of us in the class. Jeff kept us all at ease and was most patient when we didn't quite grasp a technique perfectly the first time! I think this happened more than once with me. Your new Hunter 41 was such a delight to sail and I appreciate the great shape and cleanliness of the boat. I look forward to using your equipment and/or your school in the future. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Sincerely, Brent
Bill and Gina
Dear Captain Dave, We are so glad we found your school at the beautiful Vinoy Resort. My wife and I have sailed monohulls for several years, but have a trip planned to Greece on a catamaran next Fall. Your ASA 114 class was exactly what we needed to gain the confidence for our upcoming charter. Understanding the operation of a twin screw will make our docking a breeze. When we return we will send pictures of our adventure touring Greece. Thanks so much....
Just wanted to express my appreciation for the past few days To be very honest, this is something that I have wanted to do for many years and it has finally been accomplished. I appreciate your dedication to your students and this sailing program. I got more than I expected and thank you again. I don't believe I could have had a more knowledgeable instructor. Thus, I had a great time !!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Captain Patrick!
Captain Dave, A week ago I took the sailing classes 101, 103, and 104 with Sailing Florida and I would just like to let you know that I had a great time and that the certifications were all worth it. I would like to make a special mention of the crew that you have on board, especially Captain Dan who spent long hours teaching me a small portion of all his sailing knowledge. Thank you!