The American Airlines Sailing Club (AASC) exists to promote the enjoyment of sailing and safe boating skills. Although there is no requirement to learn to sail, the club offers multi-level training from learning to sail to bare boat cruising for its members with certified American Sailing Association (ASA) Instructors.
If you are interested in these sailing classes, please advise the current Sail Captain (see Contact Us Tab above) so your name can be added to the training list. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to contact an instructor to set up the class.
Advanced sailing course classes offerings are limited to the availability of an instructor and some classes may have limits on the number of students. If you are interested and qualify, contact the club Sail Captain to be added to the wait list for the next available class.
AASC Crew Course
This is an introductory course to sailing for the beginner based on part of the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course that teaches sailing fundamentals such as basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship, use of an outboard engine and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Students will receive one classroom instruction and four on-the-water skill classes. No evaluation or testing is required. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive the AASC Crew Training Certificate.
Prerequisites – AASC member in good standing
- $25 for “Sailing Made Easy” book – also used in the skipper course.
- Members only need to pay one time for this course and may take it as often as they wish
AASC Skipper/ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing Course
The Skipper Course teaches students to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day and night, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. The knowledge taught in the AASC Crew Class will be re-enforced with emphasis on the command and responsibility of a boat skipper. The course is taught with five on-the-water (OTW) skill classes and is based on the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat course with additional requirements that are specifically needed to check out and skipper the AASC boats.
Students must provide proof of passing the Texas Boating Safety Course prior to the skipper evaluation. Online options (BoatUS – free or Boat-ed – $20) are available for experienced boaters (See Links below). Newer boaters would find the 6-8 hour classrooms with hands-on experiential learning more satisfying. Check with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla schedule for course offerings. Their fee is $35 ($25 Tuition plus $10 TPWD Certificate).
Skippers who pass this course may obtain a gate key and be allowed to take out the club boats with the exception of the “Endeavour” which requires additional training. Anyone that joins the club already having ASA101 will be required to take course and pass AASC skills evaluation before being allowed to check out the club boats. They do not need take the written exam.
- AASC member in good standing
- Requires Sail Captain confirmation that the student has mastered the crew course or other qualified course and is ready for ASA training/evaluation
- The student must obtain a minimum score of 80% on the ASA written knowledge prior to beginning the OTW classes.
- $25 for “Sailing Made Easy” book If not already obtain with the crew course
- $50 for ASA Membership and 101 Keelboat Certification upon successful completion of the skipper evaluation
- $20 per full month prorated until the end of the calendar year for AASC skipper dues
- Texas Parks and Wildlife online Boater Safety Course
- Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Boater Safety Course
Inboard Engine Course & Endeavour Qualification
This course teaches students to skipper a 30′ or larger cruising boat with an inboard diesel engine and wheel by day and night, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Students will learn about basic diesel engine care, prop walk, anchoring and the effects of wind on maneuvering a large boat in a marina and heavy traffic. Successful completion will qualify skippers to check out the club’s “Endeavour32”, sloop with inboard diesel engine.
Please review the following documents (Endeavour Checkout Syllabus and Endeavour Checklist) before your training. Also, print the Endeavour Training Record. Please bring a printed copy of the Training Record with you so the instructor can sign your record. This completed record will be forwarded to the Sail Captain so he can enter you on the Skipper list for the Endeavour. Thank you very much, and enjoy your checkout.
Prerequisites — AASC Skipper current in good standing
Course fee — None
If you are interested in these sailing classes, please advise the current Sail Captain (see Contact Us List) so your name can be added to the training list. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to contact an instructor to set up the class.
Note: There may be a wait until there are 3 or 4 students available to take the class. Since our instructors are all volunteers, their availability may not match yours. If that is the case, they will suggest another instructor on the list for you to try. Please be patient and we will do our best to get you in a class that meets your schedule.
ADVANCED SAILING COURSES
ASA103 — Basic Coastal Cruising Course
Students will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keelboat by day and night 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. Students will plan and participate in a day cruise to include provisioning, anchoring, and preparing a meal on board. Students must achieve a minimum score of 80% on the written knowledge test and 100% on the skills evaluation. Successful completion will qualify skippers to check out the club’s “Hunter”, 30′ sloop with inboard diesel engine.
- ASA101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing
- Proof of passing the Texas Boating Safety Course(See Skipper Course for options)
Course Fee — $175 which includes textbook, “Coastal Cruising Made Easy”
ASA104 – Bare Boat Cruising Course
Students will 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. They will also learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more. Students must achieve a minimum score of 80% on the written knowledge test and 100% on the skills evaluation. This class may be conducted outside of Lake Grapevine using chartered boats.
- ASA103 – Coastal Cruising
- $175 which includes the textbook, “Bareboat Cruising Made Easy” book
- Possible travel and shared of expenses of chartered boat
ASA105 – Coastal Navigation Course
General Description: 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. Students must achieve a minimum score of 80% on the written test.
- AASC member in good standing
- To obtain the ASA105 certification, you must be a prior member or join ASA
- $175 which includes text book, “Coastal Navigation (Pyzel)” and training chart
- Each student must purchase their own plotting tools, divider/compass and parallel ruler (~$35)
All fees are subject to change.
For other certifications contact the club Sail Captain.