ASA Courses At ondeck


Ondeck are now offering a variety of American Sailing Association Courses from our base at Antigua Slipway, English Harbour.

Ondeck Antigua is based in the heart of the historical Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour, a UNESCO site.  It's a must ‘sail to’ for any Caribbean sailor, being the centre of the Regatta circuit and a sailing ‘capital for many’.  Antigua has a great variety of Atlantic and Caribbean sailing conditions, steady trade winds and a coastline peppered with beautiful calm bays and beaches.  Shoreside there is a huge range of dining from local roadside BBQ’s to fine French and International cuisine. 

The accommodation choices are equally varied should you wish to extend your stay.

Ondeck has been operating here for 20 years, offering a wide range of training and racing options. Our instructors come from the Caribbean, North America and Europe, and bring vast knowledge and experience to ensure that you get the best out of the training and inspiration for the next ‘tacks and jibes’ on your sailing journey.

Our vessels include a Beneteau First 36.7, a 40.7, a Dehler 39, a Contessa 32 for ASA103 - 106 and Cork 1720’s for ASA101.

We offer private, couples and family courses with an itinerary that can take in extra cruising if required, as well as own boat or on a yacht that you may wish to charter [monohull or catamaran].

Many clients also want ‘off menu’ training where we supply an instructor for skills improvement or just to help build confidence.

We offer the full range of ASA courses listed below, with a busy year round schedule starting in January 2024.  Dates will be listed on the website shortly but we encourage you to message [email protected] or call +1268 562 6696 regarding availability.

We will be offering the following courses from January 2024:

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn 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.

ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.

ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.

ASA 105, Coastal Navigation

ASA 105, Coastal Navigation
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal CruisingASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.

ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising

Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

ASA 107, Celestial Navigation

Learn the celestial navigation theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in offshore waters. On-water celestial navigation skills elements are demonstrated in ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking.

ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking

Learn to skipper a sailing vessel on extended offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Knowledge of long-term passage planning, offshore vessel selection, sail repair, offshore first aid, watch-keeping, emergency procedures, abandon ship protocols, safety and seamanship.

ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing

Learn to sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.

ASA 111, Sailing Review

Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review.

ASA 113, Trailerable Multihull Standard

The ASA 113 standard and certification have been retired in the U.S. Relevant content is now included in the recently refreshed ASA 110 Small Boat Sailing and ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran standards. There is a strong demand for the ASA 113 standard in China so it is still considered active there.

ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran

Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.

ASA 116, Dinghy and Outboard Endorsement

Learn to safely and efficiently operate a dinghy with an outboard motor, in a variety of environments, including operating from a dock, a beach, and a cruising yacht. Understand the types of dinghies and outboards, characteristics of each, safe operation, security, towing, hoisting, storage, transit, employment, care and maintenance

ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement

Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac

ASA 118, Docking Endorsement

Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.

ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement

Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.

ASA 120, Radar Endorsement

Learn to properly use small-craft radar (or radar simulator) for piloting, navigation, and collision avoidance. Knowledge of radar principles and practical matters of radar operation.