Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)
& option for Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)


13th – 22nd February 2017, St. Maarten to St Lucia – special rate of $ 2,199 pp

19th – 28th March 2017, St. Lucia to St Maarten – $ 2,399 pp

31st March – 9th April 2017, St. Maarten to St Lucia – $ 2,399 pp

23rd April – 2nd May 2017, St. Lucia to St. Maarten – $ 2,399 pp

5th to 14th May 2017 from St. Maarten to St Lucia – $ 2,399 pp

*Slots are limited so book early – our courses fill!

Prerequisite For Course: ASA 104 Bareboat Charter Certification (or equivalent experience) plus additional cruising experience and 105 Costal Navigation Certification.

*Please note that the 105 course is a classroom course and our recommendation is that this is obtained from your nearest ASA school so as not to detract from time afloat for the 106 course.  Having said that, we can offer the 105 if necessary, but you’ll need to complete all pre-study work prior to arrival.

Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) 9 Day Course:

During this course you’ll experience skippering at night, as well as during the day, and in varying weather conditions. This course can be challenging but will give you the hands-on experience to cover everything you need to meet the ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising standards. Topics covered will  include standing night watches, use of chart plotters, weather analysis, handling of emergency situations, night navigation and piloting,  advanced anchoring techniques, performance tuning, reefing and heavy-weather sailing tactics.

The fresh trade winds make the Windward and Leeward Islands a perfect setting for this class. You’ll experience adventurous sailing conditions while comfortably enjoying the warmth and beauty of the islands, with time to explore ashore. Many schools that teach this course suggest you bring your “foulies” and bundle up – here, a light rain jacket is probably all you’ll need for your night watch – and it’s chilly only if the temperature falls below 70F!


Our 9-day Advanced Coastal Cruising (106) Course offers a wide cruising ground. The class will start from St.Lucia and end in St.Maarten. This makes it easier for air travel as there are daily, non-stop international flights to both places from Europe and North America.  The sailing itinerary is not carved in stone but will be close to the following on the way north, or in reverse on the way south:

Day 1: Noon: Board at Rodney Bay, St Lucia for briefings and boat familiarisation.

Day 2: Sail to Fort de France, Martinique – 4.5 hours.

Day 3: Sail to St Pierre, Martinique – 3 hours.

Day 4: Sail to Portsmouth, Dominica – 7 hour overnight sail from Martinique.

Day 5: Sail to Iles des Saintes – 3 hours.

Day 6: Overnight sail to Montserrat – 12 hours.

Day 7: Sail to Saint Kitts – 8 hours.

Day 8: Sail to St. Barts – 7 hours.

Day 9: Sail to St Maarten – 3 hours.

Day 10: Disembark.

Cost: $2,399

Examination: $20

(Please see below for course requirements and prerequisites)


In the summer months, we offer the 106 course between St Lucia and Grenada, both of which also have daily, non-stop flights from Europe and North America.  A typical itinerary would be -

Day 1           Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Soufriere, St Lucia – 3 hours

Day 2           Soufriere to Cumberland Bay, St Vincent – 5 hours

Night sail Cumberland Bay to Bequia – 6 hours

Day 3           Bequia to Mustique – 2.5 hours

Day 4           Mustique to Canouan and Mayreau – 4 hours

Day 5           To the Tobago Cays and surrounds – 1 hour

Day 6           Tobago Cays to Union Island and surrounds – 2 hours

Day 7           Union to PSV, Mopion (desert island) and Petite Martinique – 3 hours

Day 8           To Sandy Island and Tyrell Bay, Carriacou

Night sail to Grenada – 6 hours

Day 9           In Grenada

Day 10          Disembark

Cost: $2,399

Examination: $20

Prerequisites: ASA 104 (Bareboat Charter Certification) and ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) are prerequisites for ASA 106 (Advanced Coastal Cruising). If you do not already have ASA 105 (Coastal Navigation) you may pre-study and take it as part of this course (Please note that pre-study is mandatory as the 105 is a classroom course and as such requires a full understanding of the course material and cannot be taught while out on 106 course). We would however highly suggest that you take this course at your nearest ASA affiliated school as it is a classroom style course.

Included in the cost: 

Fully-equipped monohull in the 40 to 50-foot range * ASA Instructor * Provisioning for most meals and snacks * Fuels * Ice * Tank water * Charter Licence * Hull insurance * Linens and towels

Not included:

Air fare * Ground transfers * Food for some evening meals * Drinks * Customs clearance fees/Parks Permits/Moorings (shared equally between the guests, usually around $ 50 per person) * Instructor gratuity * Examination fee ($ 20)


Recommended: Annapolis Book of Seamanship

If taking ASA 105 you will also need: Coastal Navigation & Piloting

Optional: Chapman Piloting

Strongly recommended: Advanced Coastal Cruising Study Guide by

Class size is limited so please call or e-mail for availability: 1-784-456-9526 or (Please note that responses may come from

**Please arrive by 9.00 a.m. on the first day of the course, ready to take your Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) written test. This is the first of two written tests. Each level of certification has a written exam and a skills exam. Thorough study of the textbooks will prepare you for the course and greatly enhance your learning. We recommend using the (link below) as a guide to help streamline your studying.**

Disembarkation is around noon on the last day of the course. Please allow yourself two additional hours to unload, debrief, shower, etc, when planning your transportation home.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-784-456-9526 or to register or if you have additional questions. (Please note that responses may come from which is the e-mail address of our parent company, Barefoot Yacht Charters)

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