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Come help us celebrate our 15th year and see first-hand why we are the best!

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View of Shell Island and the pass from the Gulf of Mexico into St. Andrews Bay.

Reef Runner Sailing School is an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified and accredited program located in beautiful Panama City, Florida, and Key Largo, Florida, offering the experienced or novice student a proven and successful curriculum to teach the skills necessary to bareboat and captain a coastal cruising sailing vessel. Virtually all bareboat facilities, both domestic and international, recognize ASA certification as the standard of excellence.  Reef Runner Sailing School is an ASA "Outstanding School" for 2007, 2008 and 2011; Capt. Pete is an ASA "Outstanding Instructor" for 2007, 2008 and 2010; and Capt. David is an ASA "Outstanding Instructor" for 2012.

Our philosophy is to provide a fun filled and relaxed sailing environment utilizing US Coast Guard and ASA trained and certified instructors on comfortable Coast Guard approved teaching vessels.

View of sailboats across a dock in Key Largo.All sailing classes are kept small and conducted onboard emphasizing hands on experience.  Classes are booked on demand so you are not limited by a set schedule or calendar.  Individual courses can include overnight stays in secluded bays and visits to historic areas, weather and itinerary permitting. 

Reef Runner Sailing School has custom designed sailing itineraries that offer the best possible training in as little as a weekend.  Special discounts are available when you reserve multi-course combination packages.

Click here for answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about our sailing classes.

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 Course List and Prices:

Course Name Panama City Pricing Key Largo Pricing
101:  Basic Keelboat Sailing - 2 days, day sailing $495* Single $950* Double $595* Single $1095* Double
103:  Basic Coastal Cruising - 2 days, day sailing $595 Single $1095 Double $695 Single $1295 Double
104:  Bareboat Cruising - 4 days, live aboard $1195 Single $2295 Double $1395 Single $2595 Double
105:  Coastal Navigation - home study course $350 $350 $350 $350
 
Intro to Sailing Combo (101 & 103) - 3 days, day sailing $995* Single $1895* Double $1195* Single $2195 Double
Coastal & Bareboat Combo (103 & 104) - 5 days, live aboard $1695 Single $3195 Double $1995 Single $3695 Double
Basic to Bareboat Combo (101 & 103 & 104) - 7 days, live aboard $2195* Single $4195* Double $2595* Single $4795* Double
 
Private Cruising and other Special Events

Call for quote:  850 774-6070

* The ASA charges a one time certification fee of $39 for new students, which must be added to all 101 class prices.

A customary gratuity for the instructor is not included in quoted prices, but is most appreciated for a job well done.


 Booking Policy

A deposit of 50% is required to confirm your reservation.  The balance is due 30 days prior to boarding.  You will receive an application form that, once completed and returned, will act as your booking confirmation.  Cancellations are allowed 31 or more days prior to boarding and carry a $150 fee.  We will make every effort to accommodate date changes if you need to reschedule.  A $150 rebooking fee applies.

Prices are subject to change without prior notice unless deposit is received and reservation is confirmed. 


Course Descriptions

ASA 101:  Basic Keelboat Sailing Sorting out the sheets on the head sail.(2 days, day sailing class)

A comprehensive course for the beginning sailor.  No prerequisite.

Plan to spend two fun filled days on the water, as both skipper and crew, learning the basics of sailing including:  nomenclature, sailing theory, points of sail, sail trim, tacking and jibing, docking, safety equipment, rules of the road, basic knots, crew overboard, and safe boating practices.

Upon completion, you will be able to sail a boat of about 20 to 27 feet in length in light to moderate conditions in familiar waters without supervision. 

For more information on what to expect in this class and the ASA Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard, click here.

2 day class includes all course materials, ASA log book, and certificate of completion.  Reservations are secured with a 50% deposit and a signed application form.  Balance is due 30 days prior to class date.

 

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ASA 103:  Basic Coastal Cruising A beautiful day to learn about sailing.(2 days, day sailing class)

For the sailor with some experience.  Prerequisite:  ASA101

This course is designed to refine your basic sailing skills and make you a more competent and proficient sailor.  Expand upon your basic keelboat (BKB) knowledge over another fun filled and challenging 2 days aboard a fully fitted cruising sloop.  Refine your sail handling and learn: weather forecasting and interpretation, chart reading and navigation, boat handling under sail and power, skipper and crew duties, and much more.  

Upon completion, you will be able to skipper and crew a sailboat of about 20 to 35 feet in length in moderate conditions in local and regional waters. 

For more information on what to expect in this class and the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising Standard, click here.

2 day class includes all course materials and certificate of completion.  Reservations are secured with a 50% deposit and a signed application form.  Balance is due 30 days prior to class date.

 

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ASA 104:  Bareboat Cruising Out in open water.(4 days, live aboard class)

For sailors with experience on cruising sailboats. 

Prerequisite:  ASA101 & ASA103

If your dream is to charter or bareboat a cruising sailboat, this is the course for you.  Refine your sail handling skills and learn about living aboard, extended cruise planning, boat systems and troubleshooting, ground tackle and anchoring, chart reading and course plotting, provisioning, and more.

This is intermediate coastal cruising for individuals with cruising experience.  Upon completion, you will be able to skipper or crew a sailboat of 30 to 50 feet by day in coastal waters.  Includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures. 

For more information on what to expect in this class and the ASA Bareboat Cruising Standard, click here.

4 day class includes lodging onboard, provisions, all course materials, and certificate of completion.  Reservations are secured with a 50% deposit and a signed application form.  Balance is due 30 days prior to class date.

 

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ASA 105:  Coastal Navigation Doing some chart work.(home study course)

Home study course.  No prerequisite.

Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters.  There is no sailing skills part to this course. 

For more information on what to expect in this class and the ASA Coastal Navigation Standard, click here.

At home study class includes all course materials, step by step DVD, and certificate of completion.  Study on your own and take the examination at our facility.  A signed application form with full payment in advance is required for this class.

 

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Introduction to Sailing Combo Learning to sail.(3 days, day sailing class)

Includes ASA101 and ASA103.  No prerequisite.

Maximize a long weekend (3 days) and cover all material in the ASA Basic Keelboat and ASA Basic Coastal Cruising courses.  The best value for the beginning sailor.

3 day class includes all course materials, ASA log book, and certificate of completion.  Reservations are secured with a 50% deposit and a signed application form.  Balance is due 30 days prior to class date.

 

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Coastal & Bareboat Cruising Combo Another beautiful day on the water.(5 days, live aboard class)

Includes ASA103 and ASA104.  Prerequisite:  ASA101

Enhance and extend your basic sailing skills to the coastal and bareboat environs by taking Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising.  Spend 5 action packed days living aboard a cruising class sailboat.  The best value for the experienced sailor who wants to advance his skill.

5 day class includes lodging onboard, provisions, all course materials, and certificate of completion.  Reservations are secured with a 50% deposit and a signed application form.  Balance is due 30 days prior to class date.

 

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Basic through Bareboat Combo Taking a test on the boat.(7 days, live aboard class)

Includes ASA101, ASA103, and ASA104. 

Sailing experience required as a prerequisite.

An action packed and fun filled full week of intensive training.  Live aboard a cruising sailboat and challenge yourself by taking 3 ASA courses (Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising) in 7 days on the water.  Upon completion, you will be certified to bareboat a sailboat in the 30' to 50' range.  The best value for the sailor with experience.

7 day class includes lodging onboard, provisions, all course materials, ASA log book, and certificate of completion.  Reservations are secured with a 50% deposit and a signed application form.  Balance is due 30 days prior to class date.

 

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Private Cruising Courses  

Enjoying a family day on the water.Custom and unique ASA course combinations are available upon request as well as private cruising courses.  Reef Runner Sailing can customize a private cruising/teaching course for couples, individuals, or small groups wishing that extra bit of attention and privacy.  Perfect for a couple or small family wishing to combine a teaching and vacation experience in a relaxed environment.  Courses normally run 3 to 7 days, but can be customized to fit your needs. 

Please contact us directly for a custom quote.

 

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