Sailing Certification



We officially became an American Sailing Association affiliate school in February 2019 and offer an Advanced Sailing Course where students earn their ASA 110 certifications: Basic Small Boat Sailing. The mission of ASA is “to teach people to sail safely and confidently” and has “over 300 affiliated sailing schools throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, Central America, Taiwan, China, and other far eastern countries”. Sailors who earn their ASA certifications are able to travel around the world and sail with other yacht clubs and sailing schools, utilizing the skills learned at Camp Emerald Bay.

ASA 110 Certification

The Advanced Sailing Course will offer participants the opportunity to earn ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing.

Who: Youth and adults are invited to take the course, but space will be reserved for youth, first. All participants must have previous sailing experience. Youth must have already completed the Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge and be at least 13 years of age to participate.

When: For the Advanced Sailing Course, participants will sign up in Traditional Merit Badge Program with their unit or as a Provisional Scout and enroll in the Advanced Small Boat Sailing: ASA 110 course offered during third and fifth session. They will need to be present for both 3rd and 5th Session each day. Upon arriving to camp on Sunday, all participants enrolled in a Sailing program will report to the Waterfront at 3pm for the prerequisite testing.

Benefits of Course: Throughout this course, students will be able to skipper our RS Quest 14’ sailboats by winds up to 15 knots. They will gain the “knowledge of basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.” There may also be opportunities to crew on our Beneteau First 22’s for the Sunset Sails.

Cost: $100 per person and covers the a sailing logbook (good for all future courses) and an ASA 110 course fee. Fees are collected online through Doubleknot, once registered for the course.

Process to Register: Once you have a participant interested in taking the Advanced Sailing course, you will add it as a merit badge/course selection. The ability to select courses is available from March until the Saturday before your week of summer camp. A “How to Register” guide can be found on our Forms and Documents Page.

Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge

Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge is available for any Scout who has completed Swimming, Lifesaving and Rowing or Canoeing. Although this is not a BSA prerequisite, Emerald Bay requires Scouts to have additional boating experience and are more comfortable in the water to ensure they are saver while on the open ocean.

Sailing Staff Opening

Camp Emerald Bay is currently looking for a Sailing Director. To learn more about the opportunity check out our employment page.