Catalina Island Sailing (ASA 104)

This 3-day ASA 104 class to Catalina Island provides a unique opportunity to combine the ASA 104 class with a beautiful cruise to Catalina. Gain sailing experience, gain confidence, and get the ASA 104 Certificate.

Curriculum includes: Provisioning, trip planning, navigation, anchoring, mooring, boat systems and their operation. Successful completion of the course equips students with the knowledge to take boats on multi-day trips to many wonderful destinations.


$1,150 – Members
$1,250 – Non-Members

Learn on a boat you would be proud to own! Enjoy one of our privately-owned, meticulously maintained boats. Your boat will have electronics, a diesel engine, a hard-bottom (RIB) inflatable dinghy with an outboard motor, a roller furling genoa, rope-clutches, self-tailing winches, and an electric windlass to retrieve the anchor.

You will learn the skills to plan a cruise and operate a large cruising sailboat. On completion of this course and written test, you will receive the ASA Bareboat Cruising Certificate. Added to your other sailing experience, this ASA Certificate will allow you to charter and captain your own boat somewhere in the world. Among the many things you will learn are cruise planning, provisioning, and the systems of the boat which include: multiple battery banks and an inverter for 110V power, electric refrigeration, hot and cold running water with multiple water tanks, a propane stove with an oven and safety solenoid, a propane BBQ, and a complete waste system with holding tank.

Acquire confidence through our 100% hands-on training program: You will provision the boat, calculate the compass courses, use the electronics (GPS, chart plotter, depth sounder. knot meter, Autopilot) to navigate to your destination, steer the boat, trim the sails, learn to use and care for the roller furling genoa, stand a watch, set an anchor, pick up a mooring, tow and use the dinghy and outboard, and learn to trouble-shoot the boat systems. Your Instructor will discuss night sailing, heavy weather, emergencies at sea, and attempt to pass on to you years of local cruising knowledge.

The class is typically scheduled Saturday – Monday.

Prerequisite: ASA 101 & ASA 103

Students ages 17 & under must be accompanied by a legal guardian

Class Highlights:

  • Taught by a professional, licensed & certified instructor
  • Three full days on the water
  • ASA Text Book, “Bareboat Cruising Made Easy” sold separately.
  • ASA-103 Certification
  • Internationally recognized certification
  • Advanced training in systems and boat handling
  • US Coast Guard equipped cruising sailboat
  • Skills and knowledge training that will last a lifetime

This class involves 3 days/ 2nights of class/water time. Plus, it includes 1 complimentary extended on-the-water checkout on your first bareboat charter ($250 value). Must schedule your charter within the next 60 days in order to redeem a complimentary extended checkout.


Please purchase and read the book “Bareboat Cruising Made Easy” by American Sailing. This book may be purchased from Blue Pacific Yachting,, West,, and other resources.
A minimum of 4 students is required to run this class. Private, or smaller classes, are possible with higher, per-person tuition. Cancellation/postponement may be necessary for under-subscribed classes.


3 Day Course

arrival time:

8:15 A.M.


Public lot on the corner of Admiralty Way and Bali Way. Entrance to the lot is on Bali Way. Please purchase a day ticket and display on the dashboard.

Bedding & Linens:

These are not included in your ASA 104 class; however, they are available from Blue Pacific Yachting. Linen packages cost $75 per person and include a blanket, sheets, pillow, pillow case and towel.

Suggested Clothing:

Deck shoes with white soles and a warm jacket are essential year round. Casual comfortable sports clothing is recommended – layers are the way to go. Please pack all personal gear in a soft case or duffle bag, and remember that boats have very limited storage space.

No hard suitcases are permitted on the boats.


These items are highly recommended. They are not required for the classes, but will make your sailing experience more comfortable and/or interesting: flashlight(s), sailing gloves, sailing knife, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), hat, sunglasses and sun block, and cell phone.

Re-scheduling Classes:

Please understand that we will be expecting you on class day, and will have reserved a boat and an instructor for you.

  • If you cancel 14 days prior to your class, you will receive credit for future instruction.
  • Any credit granted must be used within six (6) months of the originally scheduled class.
  • The first timely request to reschedule is free; all others will be billed at $50.00 each.
  • Any cancellation requests with less than fourteen (14) days’ notice will forfeit their deposit.
  • If weather does not permit the class to take place, it will be rescheduled.
  • Absolutely no refunds, no exceptions.
  • No smoking
  • No pets are allowed on boats at any time.
  • No Firearms or Drugs:
  • The US Coast Guard and Blue Pacific Yachting have adopted a zero tolerance policy with regard to firearms or any illegal substance. Failure to comply could result in severe legal action.


$1,150 – Members
$1,250 – Non-Members

Related Courses

  ASA 101 (Beginning Sailing)

  ASA 103 (Intermediate Sailing)

  ASA 118 (Docking Certification)

Contact Us

We look forward to helping you achieve your nautical goals. If you're just starting out, or hoping to increase your experience level and skillset, we'll get you there. Blue Pacific Yachting has served the Marina del Rey community for more than 30 years. With Sailing instruction, powerboating courses, trips to Catalina Island and the Channel Islands, yacht racing classes, spinnaker clinics, catamaran courses, docking clinics, instructor certification courses — we cover it all. Plus, we have a beautiful fleet of boats to bareboat charter. We are proud to be LA's premier boating destination.


(310) 305-7245