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We offer ASA Certified Sailing Lessons for individuals & families
                                          7 Days a Week

                                                            IT's Fall 
          The Very Best Time of the Year Sailing

           Our office is open 7 Days a Week

Sailboats 27 to 39 feet for rent - See tab to left

Starr Drifter, 27 foot Hunter for Sale for $7,500
Owner has purchased a larger sailboat

Website last updated Monday, September 25

*********Become an ASA Instructor***********
Our next clinic starts Saturday, October 7, 2023

Call us for more details or registration.
More details by clicking on tab on left side of page

ASA 203, 204, 205 AND 206 ARE NOW MONDAY, October 9


Over 16,000 ASA Certifications Issued through ASA since 1999

ASA  101 Beginning Course is held
  3 Spaces Left the weekend of September 30-October 1
Space available every weekend

Courses every weekend

More details regarding Private Weekday Courses Below
During the week

Enrollment for all courses is done by phone

 $293.30 Per Person
Includes Free Charter, Mentor Session

Sailing Made Easy book and Certification fees included
Deposit - $100


Combo Course (ASA 103 & 104)
3 Day Course

You can Charter up to 45 foot Sailboats without a skipper in the Caribbean, Med, or Australia with these certifications from companies such as Sunsail and The Moorings


3 Spaces Available September 30-October 2
Only $600 this weekend only

Return to Dock End of Each Day
$672.48 per Person

Save $80 if placing deposit for ASA 101
and Combo at Same Time
Deposit - $200 for Combo Course

 Private Weekday Courses
2 Day Learn to Sail Course ASA 101
$550 Total Price for One or 2 People

Only $100 each for 3rd or 4th person
Only $187.50 pp if four people

Weekday Private Combo Course
3 Day ASA 103 & 104 Course
$1345 Total Price for One or Two People
Only $100 each for 3rd or 4th Person
Only $386.25 pp if four people

ASA 105 Coastal Navigation Course
2 Day Classroom Course
All Navigation tools provided

Only $350

Next class is October 21-22
 6 Spaces available

ASA 106 Advance Coastal Cruising Course
Includes night operations and sailing in Gulf of Mexico


Next Class is October 20-22

4 Spaces available



We are often asked for an online schedule.
We do not have an online schedule because we have both the ASA 101 and Combo courses (ASA 103 & 104) every weekend

Space is usually available every weekend for group classes 
and during the week for the private courses


Robinson Crusoe, our sweet Cat, passed away July 24, 2020
Robinson is greatly missed

We Now Offer the option of Taking
ASA 105 - Coastal Navigation ONLINE
Click on this link to Register or more Information

You can also register for Celestial Navigation - 107,
Weather Endorsement - 119, and Radar Endorsement - 120

Our phones are open 7 Days a Week

Our next instructor clinic is October 7-10, 2023
Space still available for 201 through 214

One can now get the 206 at the same time as 204
ASA 201 Saturday evening and Sunday
ASA 203, 204, 205, and 206 Monday
ASA 214 Tuesday

Summary of Courses Offered
ASA 101
ASA 103 & 104
ASA 105
ASA 106
Other courses offered online - see Above


We have had people take lessons as long as 16 years after paying the deposit


Save More on Charters by Joining our Club

*Most boats are $100 less with membership

* Longer Hours - Return half hour before sunset.
Return time without membership is 6 pm

* Use of swimming pool at Watergate Yachting Center

$300 per year
You can pay monthly with an one time fee of $75 and have monthly fee of $25 auto charged to your credit card

Call us at 281-334-4179


We are open 7 days a week.
 Our office is located at Watergate Yachting Center, Pier 3.

Our phone is 281-334-4179
Our email is


#1 ASA School in Texas
based upon number of certifications issued

based on number of certifications issued

Learn to Sail at Bay Area Sailing School
Learning to sail is easy, fun, and affordable

Learn to Sail in 2 Days
FREE CHARTER and Mentor Session included

Learn at Bay Area Sailing School where we have
 ASA 101 and Combo (ASA 103 & 104) classes most weekends

  4 spaces in the Combo course every weekend

Save $80 off of Combo price

when you place a deposit for both ASA 101 and the Combo course at the same time.  $300 deposit total for both courses reduces the Combo course to $592.48 from $672.48.

Schedule when you are ready
Prefer Not to Take Off Friday?

We offer options so the Combo Course will fit your schedule
No Need to take a vacation day to complete ASA 103 and ASA 104

1. Standard 3 Day Group Course is Friday through Sunday
$672.48 unless you take advantage of the Two Course Discount


2. Split the Combo between two weekends

Do the first day one weekend and finish the second two days another weekend. 
$150 additional total. That is not per person



3. Split the Combo course into two separate courses.
Do ASA 103 one weekend and ASA 104 another weekend
$425 per person
3 people Minimum
Private for One or Two People is $1500




Call us at 281-334-4179
Email us at

Open 7 days a week

 Bay Area Sailing School is the leader in sailing instruction, sailing lessons, and sailing workshops for Texas, Kemah, Galveston Bay, Houston, and Clear Lake area. With our sailing club Bay Area Sailing Association, and charter company Sackett’s Sailing Center, we are a full service sailing organization.

Our home port at Watergate Marina in Kemah, Texas provides sailing courses certified by the American Sailing Association from Basic Keelboat sailing, to Advanced Coastal Cruising. Gain the confidence to crew or skipper boats to 26’ in our Basic Keelboat course, and to 50’ in our combined Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Charter courses. For the sailor that dreams of owning a boat and cruising the Caribbean or sailing the world, Coastal Navigation and Advanced Coastal Cruising are also offered. Click here to learn more about any of these courses. We offer our Basic Keelboat Class every weekend, and our Combo class most weekends.The Coastal Navigation course is offered each quarter.

Graduates will enjoy our exclusive free sailing and sailing club membership opportunities.

Since 2001, Bay Area Sailing School has won the ASA “School of the Year” award 2 times (2001,2002) and the “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” award 7 times (2001,2004 & 2006) (2 in 2005), (2 in 2017 - Jon Jones and Vernon Lemex), and Jones in 2018. Vernon Lenox and Daniel McCoy received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year for 2020.

We want to teach you how to sail, and keep you sailing. On successful completion of the Basic Keelboat course graduates receive certificates for a free mentor session of about 4 hours with an instructor, and a Free half day charter on a 27 ft.boat.  Our mentor sessions are with several other graduates and an instructor aboard. We also offer private Mentor Sails where you will not share the boat or instructor with other students. The private Mentor Sessions will allow time for at least two hours of sailing. The private Mentor Sessions are $250 and you can bring family or friends with you (up to four).
You will still have your free Mentor Session on Saturday morning to use.

Free charters
are on full size wheel steered boats instead of smaller tiller steered boats used at other schools.   You can take up to five of your friends or family with you on your Free charter. Our instructors will spend whatever time it takes to give you the confidence to take your friends sailing - with you at the helm. Note: The free mentor session and charter are not offered at our  satellite  school.

At Bay Area Sailing School, your satisfaction is guaranteed. We want you to have fun, learn how to sail and tell your friends about us. If you're not satisfied - tell us. We'll give you the course over again, with a different instructor, FREE!

Use the navigation side bar on the left to learn more about all of our services. If you would like to enroll in a class, schedule a charter or just ask a question, please contact us at (281)334-4179

Go to FAQs (Frequently asked Questions)

ASA Certification Fee. $39.00 is included in our course fee, no added fees.
Beginning Oct. 1 2007, ASA requires all schools to pay a $39.00 certification fee for first time students. This fee includes a 3 month membership in ASA .


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