Sailing Lessons

Learn to sail with confidence with ASA sailing Lessons.

Personalized Sailing Lessons for Individuals or Couples

The American Sailing Association has been in operation for more than 30 years. With over 300 sailing schools worldwide and almost half a million certified students, it is the largest and most widely recognized sailing certification body in the world.             

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Outbound Sailing is a premier ASA Sailing School located on Lake Travis in Austin, TX. All basic courses are taught on the lake, and we teach the advanced courses in the Caribbean. We provide you with personalized sailing lessons from Basic Sailing to Coastal Navigation and Advanced Coastal Cruising. 

Why Outbound Sailing? Because our sailing lessons are all about the quality of the learning experience. Our goal is to help you realize your sailing dreams by providing you with the best sailing instruction available, then providing you with options as to how you can easily and economically maintain the skills you’ve learned.

How? We start with world class sailing instructors.


Tim                                                 Doran

Tim Taylor and Doran Cushing are both recipients of the ASA Outstanding Sailing Instructor award, which ranks them in the top 2% of ASA sailing instructors world wide. Both are USCG Licensed Captains with 20+ years of blue water sailing experience. This includes voyaging on their own boats, yacht deliveries, and dozens of charters. As you read on you’ll see there are many other factors that make us a Premier sailing school.

So whether you are interested in day sailing or have visions of chartering a sailboat in exotic locations like the Caribbean or the Med, our sailing lessons are specifically designed to prepare you to safely skipper a cruising sailboat in a variety of conditions and locales with total confidence.

You will learn on boats that are clean, safe, professionally maintained, and fitted with safety equipment that exceeds the US Coast Guard requirements. Importantly, with a variety of boat sizes, you will be taking your lessons on a boat that is suitable to the level of class you are taking.

Since our sailing classes are limited to a maximum of two people, you are assured of receiving a level of attention and personalization that you cannot achieve in a large scale class. You have the instructor’s undivided attention and the “hands on” time is all you and your team mate working together learning to command a full size cruising sailboat. 

Retaining your sailing skills is important, so we not only teach you to sail, but provide you with opportunities to maintain and improve your skills through our Membership program and special charter rates on our boats for our students.

We encourage you to call and make an appointment to come out to the marina, meet our Instructors, and see the boats you’ll be learning on. So give us a call today – you’ll be glad you did!


Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) $595* 2 days. Lake Travis
Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) $625* 2 days. Lake Travis
Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104) $725* 3 days and 2 nights. Lake Travis or the Caribbean
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105) $595* 3 days. Classroom only course.
Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) $495 8 day Caribbean Adventure Learning only
Cruising Catamaran (ASA 114) $495 8 day Caribbean Adventure Learning only
Docking Endorsement (ASA118) $375* 1 day. Lake Travis
* Per person; Plus materials    

Course Schedules

The calendar shows when each course is offered and the number of slots currently available. There is a maximum of 2 students in each of the sailing courses and a maximum of 4 in the 105 (classroom) course.


The schedule is frequently updated, so please call to confirm availability before finalizing your plans.

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Course Descriptions