Learn to Sail at Keyport Yacht Club Sailing School (KYCSS)
At KYCSS we keep it Simple and FUN!
Whether you are new to sailing, need a refresher, or wish to expand your sailing skills, we have American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified Courses available that are perfect for you.
The Keyport Yacht Club (KYC) has promoted sailing and sailing instruction since its inception in 1908. Racing, cruising, adult learn to sail programs, and summer sailing camps for children have long been part of the on water activities enjoyed on one of New Jersey’s best sailing areas, the Raritan Bay.
Raritan Bay and Keyport Harbor provide protected sailing areas for novices as well as open water challenges for advanced students. Learn to sail while taking in magnificent views of the Manhattan Skyline and soak in the beauty of our New Jersey sunsets. This area is ideally suited to learning the sport of sailing, from basic techniques to coastal cruising, navigation and chartering.
The Keyport Yacht Club Sailing School (KYCSS) is conveniently located just off exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway.
KYCSS ASA certified instructors are experienced sailors who will teach you to sail confidently and safely while having fun learning a sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime.
At KYCSS, as an ASA certified facility, you can experience the class and boat style to make you comfortable with sailing on the level you desire. For those who may want to start from the beginning, as so many young sailors have, or would like to become involved with racing sailboats, we offer sessions aboard a tiller boat with an outboard.
For those who want to get into a cruising boat faster, you can experience a boat 26’ or larger with wheel steering and inboard diesel engine. This option provides a very stable platform for those seeking a certain level of comfort.
We offer choices that not only teach you how to sail but give boat options that suit your future plans.
Our small group classes are mostly taught on weekends and include classroom instruction and on the water participation.
Weekday classes can be arranged if needed. The average day involves five to six hours of hands on sailing
- Richard Branson
COMMENTS from STUDENTS
" I had a great experience this weekend, learned alot . You're a great teacher/ instructor. I hope to be intouch with you when we join and get involved with boat share." D.H (101)
"I really appreciate your guidance on the water and in the classroom. You made sailing look easy and a lot of fun. Thank you again for everything!" M.B. (101)
"It was an absolute pleasure working with you. Your love of sailing was evident as well as your professionalism and pride in what you do for the club, was inspiring." S.A. (101)
"Thank you for the wonderful weekend. I have learned so much and it was so much fun." L.G. (101)
"I just want to thank you for a great experience on the 103. What I enjoyed most besides the knowledge you imparted is how through verbal visualization i.e. your stories, you incorporated the lesson. I personally loved to hear old mariner stories and life lessons. The best part of this weekends 103 for me was being on the Navstar with its rich history and her Captain." P.T. (103)
"We had an amazing time this weekend and cannot thank you enough! It was such a great experience. " AR (103)
ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered
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. This is a two-day course, 9 AM-4 PM each day, limited to a maximum of four (4) students. Here you will apply the knowledge gained at the helm of one of our sailboats. Fee includes textbook, ASA certification, membership to the American Sailing Association and full access to all ASA benefits including a complimentary trial subscription to Sailing Magazine. $395
ASA 111, Sailing Review
Perfect if you desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills, imparted during previous sailing course(s). Sailing Review may be taken multiple times and may include friends or family - contact us for details. Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review. 3 Hours on the water with a Certified ASA Instructor. $195
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
With Basic Sailing Skills ASA 101 as a prerequisite, students will learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 28'-40' keelboat. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking and mooring procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and Seamanship. Understand the systems aboard a cruising boat with an Auxiliary inboard engine. The two-day weekend course (9AM-4PM) is spent aboard the boat and underway with a maximum of three (3) other students. Fee includes textbook, and ASA certification. $345
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn to skipper your own bareboat charter aboard an auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during an overnight cruise with a maximum of three (3) other students. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and planning a trip. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to skipper, crew, or charter a boat for an extended cruise. Basic Cruising (103) is a prerequisite. $595
No prerequisites! No sailing skills required!
Learn the theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters, be a NAVIGATOR! This includes understanding: navigation chart basics, course planning, dead reckoning, cruising guides, true and magnetic courses, correcting for current, bearings, and much more. Fee includes a $75 textbook, practice charts and ASA Certification. $375
Winter Classes to be scheduled - check back in December
ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program
At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing
KYC Sailing School is offering $50.00 off to veterans and their spouses for any ASA course.
The State of New Jersey requires anyone operating a boat with an engine to obtain a Boating Safety Certificate!
Where can I take a Boat Safety Course? To find an approved safety course in your area, it is easiest to search the internet for NJ Boating Safety Classes or check newspapers. Can I take the boat safety course on-line? Yes. However, after successful completion of the internet portion of the course, the student will have to complete an in-person, proctored exam. The Marine Services Bureau cautions students, prior to beginning the on-line study, to check with the on-line course provider to insure they provide a testing location within driving distance from the student’s location.
Search online for NJ Boater Safety Online classes or https://www.boaterexam.com/usa/newjersey/
Keyport Yacht Club Sailing School Director is Captain Ed Mustra
USCG Licensed Captain - Master of Steam, Motor or Auxiliary Sail vessels of not more than 100 Gross Registered Tons (Domestic Tonnage) upon Inland Waters. Assistance Towing Endorsement. OUPV-6 upon coastal waters not more than 100 miles offshore. American Sailing Association certified Instructor since 2008. Certified to teach 101, 103, 104, 105, 114, 118: Basic Keel Boat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charter, Coastal Navigation, Cruising Catamaran, Monohull Docking