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Catamaran Classes ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran and Bareboat Charter Prep

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Learn how to sail one of the world’s most popular type of cruising sailboat.

lagoon sailFor your next charter or ownership experience, explore catamarans.  They make great boats for chartering and vacationing because of the ample deck space and stability.  They’re more spacious than monohulls of the same size, and for non-sailors, catamarans don’t heel over with the wind as a monohull does. The non-sailors will appreciate this. There’s plenty of deck space an cockpit room to relax and sunbathe. Launching paddleboards from the transom is a breeze.  And there’s the trampoline area between the two hulls at the bow area for extra room and fun.

However, sailing a catamaran is different from a monohull, and requires its own set of skills and knowledge. They handle differently under power and sail–so it’s crucial to be prepared with catamaran sailing lessons.

We offer two catamaran classes, the ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran Certification and our Catamaran Bareboat Charter Prep.

Our catamaran sailing lessons and cruising courses are all taught on Lagoon catamarans and are based on the ASA Cruising Catamaran Certification Programs. They’re designed for sailors looking to become competent and confident on larger cruising catamarans. You’ll practice all the skills you need for chartering on cat on San Francisco Bay as well as in popular chartering locations worldwide, from Tahiti to Turkey, Australia to the Caribbean.

The wide world of catamaran sailing is waiting for you, and with either the ASA Cruising Catamaran Certification or our Bareboat Charter Prep, you’ll be cruising with confidence and in style! So take a class, and when you’re anchored and relaxing on deck watching a tropical sunset, you’ll be glad you did.

Course Description

Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114) 2-Day Class

ASA Certification 114 An advanced weekend course for those who want to lean to sail multihulls or are preparing for a charter. A prerequisite for this course is either the Bareboat Cruising/Charter certification (ASA 104) or equivalent experience. The course is taught on one of our Lagoon catamarans and is geared to the bareboat charter skipper who wants the added skills to charter multihulls between 30 and 50 feet.

This is a 2day course to get the certification and will take place over one full weekend, it can accommodate up to 5 students.

What prerequisites do I need? Before completing your ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran cert, you’ll need Basic Keelboat (101), Basic Coastal Cruising (103), and Bareboat Cruising (104). This isn’t a beginning course–this is for people with some experience looking to take on the excitement of catamaran sailing.

What will I learn? Everything you need to act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. You’ll learn all the parts of the boat and how to use them, the skills to handle the boat at sea, in heavy weather, and under power. You’ll practice docking, recovering crew overboard, anchoring, and more.

Course Description

Catamaran Bareboat Charter Preparation

Recommended prerequisites: US Sailing Bareboat Cruising, ASA 104 or equivalent experience.  
Prior certifications not required. (please call and ask us, if you’re not sure!)

This is a two day class for participants who already have a bareboat cruising certification (or equivalent experience) and are planning on chartering a catamaran.  This program will prepare you completely for a vacation bareboat charter. It serves as a great refresher course in catamaran handling and systems as well. 

Upon successful completion, participants should be have the ability to comfortably manuever and skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course content will cover catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.

The course will emphasize close quarters maneuvering under power, departing a dock, docking and use of spring lines. This is a 2-day training for Catamaran Bareboat Chartering Preparation on our Lagoon 400.

Instructors are USCG Licensed Captains and experienced sailing instructors. Courses require a minimum of two students, maximum of 6 students. Offered once per month.