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Captain Shawn Owen - ASA Certification Abaco Bahamas

Elevate Your Sailing Skills With Captain Shawn Owen

Captain Shawn is a resident of Annapolis, MD and holds a USCG 50Ton Near Coastal Master License with sailing and towing endorsement. Shawn has captained regularly on the Chesapeake Bay for the past 3 years, as well as captained and crewed multiple deliveries to and from Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Shawn is an ASA Certified Instructor for 101-106 and 114 and teaches regularly for The Sailing Academy in Deale, MD and The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship in Rock Hall, MD, Private certification charters  in Abaco as well as offering private ASA certification classes and customized private sailing instruction. Shawn is also a professional musician so inquire about having him perform a few songs aboard your cruise!

ASA Certification Courses

Embark on a thrilling sailing adventure with Fast Track ASA Sailing Certification by Captain Shawn Owen of Chronic Sailing. Discover the beauty of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, as you learn the art of sailing on our top-notch boats. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our ASA Certification courses cater to all levels. Experience the thrill of navigating the open waters while gaining comprehensive knowledge in sailboat terminology, navigation rules, seamanship, & safety. Join us today and elevate your sailing skills!

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ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Cruising

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the ASA 101 course, however before taking ASA 101 we recommend that you take the ASA Online Sailing Course entitled “Your First Sail”. In this fun and interactive course you will learn sailboat basics, including sailing terminology, commands used at the helm, and how the sails move the boat forward.

Description: Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.

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ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) certification.

Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship.

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ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA103) certifications.

Description: Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operation.

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ASA 114 Cruising Catamaran

Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat (101) and Basic Coastal Cruising (103). The Bareboat Charter Standard (104) is also a prerequisite and can be attained either by itself prior to BBC Multihull (114) or in conjunction with BBC Multihull (114). In either case, all material in both standards (104 and 114) must be taught and tested before 114 can be awarded.

Description: An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull.

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