Aventura Sailing Academy

Aventura Sailing Association has been teaching sailing in Dana Point, California since 1976.  From the the inexperienced sailor to the more advanced,  our Sailing Academy is an excellent choice.  Aventura is one of the top West Coast Sailing Schools.  Our Academy founder, Captain Mark Howe,  pioneered a practical sailing instruction system that has produced best in class results for Aventura and was used at the collegiate level, namely at the University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Saddleback Community College.  Our unique sailing curricula is designed to get you sailing with safety and confidence.

For the Novice Sailor:

Your instruction will begin on 27’ to 30’ sailboats, equipped with wheel helm, roller furling jib, inboard diesel engine, and fixed keel.  Our training sailboats provide our students practical experience and the fastest pathway to skippering your personal bareboat Charter.

For the Advanced Sailor:

Taking it to the next level (Intermediate - up to 36’, and Advanced- up to 50’ ) whether you are a casual cruiser or competent racer, our courses are fun and challenging.  Balancing hands on sailing time on the water with classroom lectures from our USCG Master Class Instructors you will be able to achieve any desired skill set.   From our legendary 27’ speed record holder to a full fleet of advanced sailboats, and off shore cruising instruction, Aventura provides sailing instruction experiences for all levels .

An ASA Professional Certification Facility

Aventura Sailing Academy is proud to be an official affiliate of American Sailing Association (ASA).  Our Academy is offering all ASA certifications.  All of our Instructors are ASA certified and can guide you through each step to obtaining any certification you choose.

The importance of ASA Certificates:

ASA Certificates have become the standard used by most bareboat Chartering companies and Sailing clubs.  Whether in national or international waters,  your certificates along with your experience (Log book) are foundational elements in the Chartering community requirements.

Begin your Sailing Education or take it the next level:

ASA 101 is the entry-level course and prerequisite for your Sailing instruction journey.  ASA 103 is the next course that is recommended and we have packages designed around either combo courses achieving both courses in one class, or singularly.

What Learning Options do we offer

Based on your current certification level we have different options for you to choose from.  Choose your current sailing certification status from the options below and we will guide you to our recommended  learning path.