Ace Your 101, Basic Keelboat Written Sailing Exam
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Ace Your 101, Basic Keelboat Written Sailing Exam

Convenient way to accelerate your sailing knowledge, add to your seamanship and safety and improve your 101 exam score
4.4 (322 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,115 students enrolled
Created by Howard Edson Sr.
Last updated 1/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll 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
  • 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 this course is for:
  • 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)
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 02:51:52
+ Short Instructor Introduction
1 lecture 06:12

Section One Lecture 1:  This six minute orientation and introduction  gives you a course overview so you can decide whether or not this course is for you. It also includes a short video introduction by the author/narrator, Captain Howard Edson, plus supplemental content, and tips, opinions and stories from the author's sailing and teaching experience that bring the course alive.  The knowledge you need to get a grade of 100% (or at least high honors) is embedded in the content of this course. 

Preview 06:12
+ Essence of Sailing
3 lectures 50:04

Section Two Lecture 2: This is the first of three lectures in Section 2 on the essence of sailing. It introduces to you to new nomenclature, or "SailorSpeak", and to  a new relationship with the wind.

Preview 15:42

Section Two Lecture 3: on the very essence of sailing a boat. It introduces to you proper descriptions of the relationships between the sails and the wind in terms that have come down us from hundreds of years of sailing.

Points of Sail

Section Two Lecture 4 on the essence of sail.  This lecture continues focus on sails and sail nomenclature.

+ Terminology "sailor-speak"
1 lecture 20:02

Section three Lecture 5 :  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

Section 4 Lecture 6: 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"

Section Four Lecture 7: What do you do when  faced with another boat coming toward you in close proximity?  This lecture explains the Rules of the Road and examples of practical collision avoidance

Rules of the Road

Section 4 Lecture 8: Correctly reading navigation lights in the dead of night is essential for understanding your relationship to another vessel, and altering course properly to avoid a collision.

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

Section Five Lecture 9: 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 obstructions

Buoyage system and channel marks

Section Five Lecture 10: 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

Section Six Lecture 11:  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

Section Seven Lecture 12:  Don't leave the dock without your "six legal six pack"... or you may get a ticket.  And here is 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 32:00

Section Five Lecture 13: Essential practice in discerning what tack am I on

Visual practice identifying which tack am I on
Supplemental Content_Docking_Knots