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Basic Coastal Cruising (103) & Bareboat Cruising (104) Certification – Pensacola Bay

Pre-requisites – ASA 101 & feeling confident in all your Basic Keelboat skills and knowledge. (ASA recommends a minimum of 10-20 days of on-water experience)

This Cruise-and-Learn Adventure is a 6-day, 5-night live-aboard class. You’ll gain skills and knowledge necessary to feel capable and comfortable at the wheel of a cruising yacht. This certification enables you to charter boats up to 45 feet, anywhere in the world. This trip includes all instruction materials; 5 nights accommodation aboard Splendid Adventure, our Beneteau 393; all breakfasts, lunches, and two dinners aboard.

The folks at Lanier-Pensacola Sailing Academy have been teaching sailing for over 20 years. Our instructors are experienced specialists in training and certifying students. We have been awarded ASA’s “Instructor of the Year” NINE times! We look forward to helping you fulfill your sailing dreams.


A Sample Class Itinerary…

Day One (1pm start)
Check in and board Splendid Adventure in the afternoon. We’ll stay dockside as we get to know each other, our vessel and the cruising grounds. We’ll have dinner ashore, then finalize our duty roster and sleep aboard at the Marina.

Day Two
First things first: we’ll get everyone comfortable at the wheel by practicing motoring skills. Next we’ll get to know Splendid Adventure under sail and explore Pensacola Bay. Then it’s on to Big Lagoon, where we’ll find a beautiful anchorage. We’ll have dinner aboard and experience a night under the stars.

Day Three
Now we weigh anchor and set our sights west along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) towards the Perdido Key area. Today we will practice our navigation skills, heavy weather sailing techniques, and work on our “crew overboard” recovery. Tonight we’ll dock at Barber Marina in the tranquil Perdido Key area. At the end of the day we’ll review & take the 103 certification exam.

Day Four
After breakfast we’ll prepare for some difficult piloting as we head out Perdido Pass. We’ll practice our navigation and
sail trim on the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise waters. A 14-mile voyage east will bring us to Pensacola Pass and back to protected waters. We’ll dock back at downtown Pensacola and enjoy dinner and an evening ashore on Palafox Street.

Day Five
After practicing docking it’s back on the Bay to hone our sailing skills. We’ll cover different anchoring styles and enjoy lunch on the hook. Then it’s up to the capable crew to get the captain & vessel home safe and sound. Before dinner the captain will entertain questions for tomorrow’s 104 exam.

Day Six (ends between 12 & 3pm)
We’ll enjoy our last breakfast aboard, then you’ll take the 104 exam. We’ll discuss what to expect when you do your first “bareboat” charter. You’ll end your week relaxed, confident, and ready to charter a boat of your own!

NOTE: as prudent sailors, weather will determine our final plans


2020 Class Schedule


Trip 9 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., November 8 thru Fri., Nov. 13

2021 Class Schedule


Trip 1 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., March 21 thru Fri., March 26
Trip 2 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., April 11 thru Fri., April 16
Trip 3 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., May 2 thru Fri., May 7
Trip 4 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., May 16 thru Fri., May 21
Trip 5 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., June 6 thru Fri., June 11
Trip 6 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun., Sept. 26 thru Fri., Oct. 1
Trip 7 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun, Oct. 10 thru Fri., Oct. 15
Trip 8 Pensacola Bay – NW Gulf Coast Sun, Nov. 7 thru Fri., Nov. 12

* All live-aboard course rates are per person. Spouses can go as “Passenger Only” for $1,195.00
** Air fare, transportation and meals ashore are not included.


Enrollment Terms and Conditions:
Lanier Sailing Academy is financially committed to each trip and requires that all students and passengers meet the same financial commitment level. To hold your reservation, a 50% non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required. Your remaining non-refundable, non-transferable 50% balance is required 45 days prior to your scheduled sail departure date and will be billed to the same credit card unless we are otherwise notified. We recommend purchasing travel insurance.

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