Basic Coastal Cruising

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Expand your skills

From the breathtaking Bay of Banderas, Hold Fast Sailing School provides a variety of learn to sail courses in a fantastic destination.

The ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course requires no prior experience. All beginner sailing courses are taught by our professional sailing instructor, with no more than four sailing students to ensure plenty of time for individual instruction and hands-on sailing.

Class size is limited, so contact us today for availability!

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What you’ll learn

Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions.

  • Basic sailing terminology and arts of the boat
  • Helm commands
  • Basic sail trim
  • Points of sail
  • Man overboard drills
  • Basic Knots
  • Basic Navigation & rules of the road
  • Docking/anchoring and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards

Useful Information


There are no prerequisites for this course. Just a desire to start living your dream!


No more than four students per class

Private courses are also available upon request

Sailing is an activity that requires both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. A mix of classroom theory and on-board hands-on sailing is a fun and safe way to learn the basics of sailing!


Three-day classes

Approximately 20 hours on the water and 6 hours of classroom theory

Everything is included

ASA 101 textbook “Basic Keelboat Made Easy”

Fuel, insurance, and safety gear (including life jackets)

perfect location

Puerto Vallarta Marina

The boat will be docked at the Puerto Vallarta Marina where our office is located. This marina has some of the best facilities and is one of the best destinations in Mexico.

  • Ample free parking
  • Bathrooms and showers
  • Great restaurants, shops and bars
  • Starbucks across the street
  • 10 minutes from the International Airport
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Puerto Vallarta Marina, Mexico
School sailing boat

Practise your new learned skills

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other Courses Available

Basic keel sailing

No experience, little experience, or just want to brush up on the basics?

Start your sailing dreams with ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.


Bareboat Chartering

Take your charter experience to the next level!

The ASA 104 Bareboat Chartering course will prepare you for international charter vacations and overnights.


Chartering Bundle

This complete sailing course includes: Basic Keelboat (ASA 101), Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103), and Bareboat Cruising Certification (ASA 104).