KYC Sailing School an American Sailing Association Affiliate

KYC Sailing School

Learn to Sail at Keyport Yacht Club! 

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.
Although a recent addition to the ASA Sailing Affiliate Family, 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 is conveniently located just off exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway.
KYC 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 KYC Sailing School, 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, a J24.
For those who want to get into a cruising boat faster, you can experience a boat 30’ 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 will teach you how to sail but give boat options that suit your future plans.


Our small group classes are taught on weekends and include classroom instruction and on the water participation. The average day involves around five hours of hands on sailing
-  Richard Branson



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 two-day weekend course (9AM-4PM) includes two to three hours of classroom time (7PM-10PM) on a weeknight evening before the weekend class  on the water.  Here you will apply the knowledge gained at the helm of one of our sailboats. On the water portion of the course is limited to a maximum of four students. Fee includes all training materials, ASA certification, and a one-year membership to the American Sailing Association.  $395
Perfect if you desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills, imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s).  Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review. Student receives a written, personalized Recommended Plan suggesting steps for continued improvement in knowledge and skills proficiencies after the review is completed. Sailing Review may be taken multiple times. 4 Hours on the water. $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 all training materials and ASA certification. $345
ASA 104, Bareboat CruisingASA 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. $495


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 text and practice chart.  $325


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 course.
KYC Sailing School is offering $50.00 off to veterans and their spouses for any ASA course.
If you're interested in Adult Sailing classes or need further information please email