First Reef Sailing is Boston's most comprehensive and modern sailing school offering ASA certification courses, charters, mile building passages and more.
New to Sailing?
First Reef Sailing was founded in order to provide a clear and cohesive pathway for students to learn the skills and gain the experience necessary to be competent and qualified skippers and sailboat owners.
Click the button to see the curriculum and timeline of a typical First Reef Sailing student as they go from no sailing experience to owning their own boat!
Popular ASA Certification Courses
The American Sailing Association (ASA) system has eight primary levels of student certification from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passagemaking. Whether your goal is to skipper a bareboat charter in the Caribbean or to crew confidently on a short weekend sail, the ASA’s sailing-education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel safely and within the law.
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What People Are Saying
We have taken classes with both Paul and Forrest, and cannot recommend them highly enough. Extraordinarily patient and willing to review the material as many times as is necessary, and most important, focused on teaching good sailing lessons over simply passing certificates...
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