Ace Your 101, Basic Keelboat Written Sailing Exam
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Convenient, easy way to accelerate your knowledge, add to your seamanship and safety and improve your 101 exam score
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Feel confident in your readiness to ace the 101 Basic Keelboat sailing knowledge exam
  • Have the foundation of basic sailing concepts and terms you need to know for on-the-water sailing
  • Be confident and knowledgeable crew
  • Learn on-the-water sailing faster and saill with more familiarity
  • Delve into Supplemental Content for an optional deeper understanding of any of several topics
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  • If you are new to sailing, and if you want foundational sailing knowledge, such as points of sail and terminology, "Rules of the Road, etc. then this course is for you.
  • There is no recommended preparation and no book to read. Just organize your time to listen and watch, and to enjoy and learn.

So you are new to sailing and you don't know what you don't know. What are 'points of sail', or 'stand-on vessel' or 'leeward' (pronounced lew-ard)? This is a good place to start!
Are you facing the prospect of taking the 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing written test? After completing this course you will be able to pass the exam with flying colors.

Additionally, you will have the knowledge that will bring you to a whole new level of understanding sailing: terminology that will become automatic, and concepts that make sense of your on-the-water experience.

  • Learn sailing basics – and be safe on the water
  • Ace your written knowledge exam – without test anxiety
  • Accelerate your learning – fast, easy and more efficient than reading

This course is patterned after the format of the American Sailing Association's learn to sail programs. It does not take the place of an ASA instructor or on-the-water practice and experience. However it contains a body of essential knowledge to advance your skills and seamanship.

This course is over two hours of content – utilizing over 250 colorful pictures, graphics, narrations and tips to add to your experience of having “been there done that" (before you ever face the situation on the water for the first time). The content is divided into six modules: Poiints of Sail; Terminology (SailorSpeak); Rules of the Road; Basic Navigation; Knots to Know; and Required/Good to Know. Supplemental content covers several topics in detail… all essential foundational knowledge to keep you safe  in a sailboat during day in light to moderate sea conditions and winds.

Who is the target audience?
  • ASA divides sailing instruction into on-the-water instruction and sailing knowledge. This course is the knowledge portion of sailing and complements on-the-water instruction.
  • It does impart basic sailing knowledge and prepare you to get a grade of 100% on the 101 sailing knowledge written exam
  • Take this course as a preview prior to 101 on-the-water instruction
  • Take this course as a review prior to the 101 basic keelboat written exam
  • Take this course if you are learning sailing from a friend, or even teaching yourself
  • Take this course if you aspire to be reliable and capable crew
  • Take this course if you are planning to challenge the ASA 101 exam (option to experienced sailors)
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Short Instructor Introduction
1 Lecture 06:12
Points of Sail
3 Lectures 50:04

This is #1 of 3 lectures on the essence of sailing. It introduces to you to a new relationship with the wind.

Preview 15:42

This is Lecture #2 out of 3 on the very essence of sailing a boat. It introduces to you proper descriptions of the relationships between the sails and the wind that have come down us from hundreds of years of sailing.

Points of Sail

Lecture #3 of 3 on Points of Sail.  This lecture focuses on sails and sail nomenclature.

Terminology "sailor-speak"
1 Lecture 20:02

Learn the common language of sailing terms and boat parts necessary for teamwork and safety, presented in narrated pictures.

Learn to "sailorspeak" the names of common boat parts
Navigation Rules "Rules of the Road"
3 Lectures 26:33

The pecking order classifies the various types of vessels based upon relative maneuverability -- a building block for understanding the Rules of the Road.

the hierarchy of boats, commonly called the "pecking order"

What do you do when faced with another boat coming toward you in close proximity? This module explains the Rules of the Road and examples of practical collision avoidance

Rules of the Road

Correctly reading navigation lights in the dead of night is essential for understanding your relatiionship to another vessel, and altering course accordingly.

Navigation Lights and how to read them
Buoyage system and navigation aids (ATONS)
2 Lectures 20:44

Understand the principals of the IALA B buoyage system in use in the Western hemisphere, and how channel marks guide mariners to keep them in deep water and off shoals.

Buoyage system and channel marks

Learn the various beacons and buoys, and their meanings, that one will encounter while cruising... illustrated for easy recognition in the future on the water.

Additional navigation marks
Knots to Know
1 Lecture 05:03

How to tie six basic sailing knots and hitches; characteristics and purpose of each knot 

Knots to Know and Love
Required and Good to Know
1 Lecture 11:14

Don't leave the dock without your "six legal six pack"... or you may get a ticket. And here's a pot pourri of things good to know, both for your learning and because they are on your exam.

Legal requirements and other "good to know" for good seamanship and exam prep
Supplemental Content
2 Lectures 35:39

Supplemental Content on a variety of topics


About the Instructor
Captain Howard Edson Sr.
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751 Students
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charter and delivery captain; ASA instructor, and old salt

Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University and a military tour of duty in the Pacific Howard's three-part work career included (1) corporate staff positions with Hewlett Packard and Atlantic Richfield.(2) entrepreneur building four companies, and (3) management consultant and trainer in the field of organizational transformation and development. He has trained thousands of Fortune 1000 employees throughout North America and Asia in organizational change, leadership development and teamwork.

His sailing resume includes yacht deliveries, sailing instruction, captaining sailboat charters in the San Juan Islands (Washington) and Desolation Sound (Canada) between May and October and charter captain and instructor in Florida and the Caribbean between November and April. In his spare time he writes about boating and seamanship.

He has sailed U.S. East Coast ports from Halifax Nova Scotia to Key West, Florida; the Florida Gulf Coast; and U.S. West Coast  from Alaska and Canada to Mexico.  He has enjoyed sailing yachts in Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, B.V.I's, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound (Canada), British Columbia, Alaska and the Sea of Cortez and west coast of Mexico. He has held the position of navigator in several long distance sailing races. Additionally he completed a six month solo voyage with his golden retriever.  And is recently returned from one year of cruising Mexico.

Howard holds U.S. Merchant Marine Officer license #1155804, for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons.He is an American Sailing Association instructor, certified in Basic Keelboat (101) through Advanced Coastal Cruising (106).

My passion for the sea and commitment to share skills and knowledge are boundless. Few things give me more pleasure than to travel beside you on your journey to build your sailing confidence and expand your sailing knowledge and take essential steps to living your dream.