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Sailing in the bay towards the Bay Bridge and San Francisco

Zero to Skipper Package

Get your bearings!

BK1 +ASA101 +ASA103 =$2265

+1year Afterguard membership


  • 3 courses: BK1 Competent Crew

+ ASA101 Basic Keelboat 1 + ASA103 Coastal Cruising

  • 2 ASA textbooks:

Sailing Made Easy + Coastal Cruising Made Easy

  • 3 exams: written test + on the water evaluation

  • 3 certificates: 1x Afterguard (Competent Crew)

+ 2x ASA (101 + 103)

  • ASA Official Logbook

  • 3 months trial membership with ASA

  • 1 year membership with Afterguard

  • 14 practice sails:

2x course graduation + 12x 1 per month member sails


* Course time = 72h

2d (BK1) + 2d (101) + 4d (103)

3 evenings x classroom lecture (1 for 101 + 2 for 103)

1 x ½ day group practice (101 graduation sail)

1 x ½ day independent practice (103 graduation sail)

For details, questions, purchases and enrollments,

please contact the office


Schedule is flexible. Sign up for dates as you are ready.

Get a solid foundation for your sailing adventures! Class graduation is guaranteed. As long as you give your best, there is no extra cost for any extra time needed to complete your courses. Lots of hands-on practice between classes and post-graduation. Learn from experienced instructors, and fellow members at Afterguard. Enjoy being part of our family for a full year! Details on our membership page.

What to expect

Schedule and Crew:

  • Meet at Afterguard Sailing Academy, 1285 Embarcadero (Oakland CA 94606)

  • Regular class time is 9.30am-4.30pm. Classroom lectures start at 6pm.

  • The written exams are scheduled during last day of each course.

  • There can be up to four participants per boat, with 1 instructor.

What Boats are Used:

Keelboats 23'-31'. Gradual up-size.

What to wear:

  • Layers! Look up the weather for that weekend or weekday series. Dress in layers according to the weather predictions. Vests are a good under/over layer. Use a base layer per the weather and add to it up to a wind-breaker. If raining - bring a waterproof over layer for top and bottom.

  • Footwear: Soft soled shoes for traction on the deck. Non-marking required or will be scrubbing decks of black marks dark soles leave behind. No bare-feet, open toed or flip-flops. Broken toes are painful and your responsibility. This is a sincere warning.

  • Headware: Recommend a brimmed hat with a keeper that will not blow off your head, for your time on the water. If cold - bring a warm hat or perhaps a warm ear covering headband.

  • Hands: Garden gloves with rubberized palms and without finger tips are a plus. If cold warm gloves as well.

What else to bring:

  • Bring a lunch, including water or other liquids to stay hydrated. If you bring a refillable bottle, please make sure you take it with you at the end of your course. Next to sunglasses, they are the most popular item in our Lost&Found pile!

  • Always bring sunscreen, chapstick and sunglasses. Keepers for glasses and hats can save you lots of money.

Additional info:

There are bathrooms at our facility and on the boats. Please make sure to check in with your teacher about how to use the 'head 'on the boat, before leaving the docks!

Where will you sail?

This depends on the weather and wind. You will gradually explore the Oakland estuary and get as far as the Bay Bridge, City Front or even Treasure Island in ASA103.

Our goal is for you to enjoy yourself on your certification path, and reach an experience level that would allow you to rent your own boat. We wish to see you having fun sailing and share your passion with dear ones, and fellow Afterguard members. 

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