Docking Endorsement (ASA 118)

Prerequisites: none

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Old Salts say you are only as good as your last docking. Most damage is done in and around the marinas – not some adventurous  battle with wind and wave. Start learning to dock like a salt in just 2 days. There are a few important tricks we can show you to be able to handle a variety of boats.

Plus- learn the skills required for your 2 Kyu practical exam as they pertain to sailboats. We will simulate some of your 2 kyu practical exam requirements.

Course Schedule:

Two Days on the dock and in the marina. Dock training and on the water activities.

Course topics:

  • Learn to dock confidently in various weather conditions.
  • Boat dynamics such as pivot points, rudder friction, and throttle kick.
  • Create a plan considering course, speed – and always having a secondary plan.
  • Appropriate line handling.
  • Skipper and crew responsibilities while docking.
  • Boat tie-up and docking knots.
  • Maneuvering in tight quarters.
  • Learn to dock confidently in various weather conditions.


Q: How can I prepare for my ASA course? Are there any course materials I need before the lesson?

  1. Schedule your lesson. Email Bliss to schedule your lesson.
  2. ASA 118 syllabus and texts are available at Bliss. Information to access will be available after you register.
  3. Get a head start on the reading. Reading over the course handouts and syllabus will give you an idea of what to expect during the lesson.
  4. Pack your bag according to the marine weather forecast. We suggest bringing a waterproof outershell, warm layers made with polyester, fleece, wool or merino wool (no cotton), non-slip/non-marking shoes, a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, and chap stick.

Q: What is the certification process and how much does it cost?

  1. Complete the lessons.
  2. Pass the ASA 118 written endorsement exam.

Tuition: Y29,500