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Old 06-03-2011, 10:11   #1
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Any of You Guys ASA Instructors doing/did the job ?

Thinking of getting that license. I thought it might be nice to try to pick up some work at the local sailing schools this summer on the weekends.
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Re: any of you guys ASA instructors? doing/did the job?

I was and did. In fact, I taught in S.D. at both of the "main" ASA schools and was "instructor of the year" many years back. At the time I thought it was a fun gig. It's just about mandatory to have a USCG license, so factor that into your plan as well. An ASA instructor's certificate without a USCG skipper's license is just about worthless. Be sure to ask the schools if they need instructors before you invest the $$ in the course and license(s). The last I checked (a while back) pay was about half what I used to get and they weren't offering as many classes either.
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I was and did. In fact, I taught in S.D. at both of the "main" ASA schools and was "instructor of the year" many years back. At the time I thought it was a fun gig. It's just about mandatory to have a USCG license, so factor that into your plan as well. An ASA instructor's certificate without a USCG skipper's license is just about worthless. Be sure to ask the schools if they need instructors before you invest the $$ in the course and license(s). The last I checked (a while back) pay was about half what I used to get and they weren't offering as many classes either.
Was it fun though? How were the students? Is it seasonal?

I have my uscg 50 ton and I saw the asa course was like three days so I figured it would be worth knocking out.

JWorld is 300 yards away from me here.
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Re: any of you guys ASA instructors? doing/did the job?

If you can get your ASA Instructor Certification from JWorld in three days, I'm buying the beer.
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If you can get your ASA Instructor Certification from JWorld in three days, I'm buying the beer.
No idea if JWorld does the class but they hire a lot of instructors.

Am I missing something? Looks like three days to me over a weekend.

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J World San Diego: The Performance Sailing School

#10. Why only offer US SAILING certifications?
US SAILING offers the only non-profit sailing certification system in the US, thereby guaranteeing rigorous standards uncompromised by profit motives. These standards are the only ones that come close to the ones we set for ourselves and our students at J World San Diego.

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Re: any of you guys ASA instructors? doing/did the job?

How much time do you get on the water as an instructor?
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Ah, we're talking two different things. ASA's basic keelboat instructor is indeed three days, and US Sailing's is what jworld is hiring for: J World San Diego: The Performance Sailing School .

But actually, that one is three days as well:

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How much time do you get on the water as an instructor?
A friend of mine used to teach at jworld. He was making like $12/hour and his schedule shifted around a lot depending on the classes he was teaching. The 5 day keelboat one has him pretty busy.
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US Sailing and ASA are two different birds. I was certified through the ASA which, at the time, had many more schools than USS. J World is the only school in San Diego that uses USS as I recall.

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I enjoyed it. I taught all levels including classroom training. The most fun were the higher level courses that usually included extended cruises.

As I recall, we taught year round in San Diego. I filled the time between classes by doing deliveries, private charters, and "corporate team building" as well. The only thing I didn't enjoy were some of those "team building" events, often they were little more than booze-a-thons. From what I saw (but I never worked there), J World seemed to run a first class operation. I would be careful, though, when considering working for some of the other operations in S.D. Some were well run, others were a lawsuit waiting to happen. Send me a private message if you'd like more specific info.
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Re: any of you guys ASA instructors? doing/did the job?

I wasn't an ASA Instructor but was a US Sailing Basic Instructor for many years. Best pay I ever got was about $12 an hour with the YMCA. However, because it was a basic it turned into being a talented baby sitter on many occasions.

When the Red Cross used to have sailing classes I was a certified Red Cross Sailing instructor teaching out of Pearl Harbor and that was a great deal of fun with no pay.

I used to teach sailing at a local Navy club in San Diego to adults in keel boats and it was a great deal more fun with 98% adults. Here in Hawaii too I've taught keel and basic courses for our local club. A lot more fun with mostly adults. But in both those cases it was volunteer too.

Although US Sailing might call themselves non-profit. They get a lot of money for their instructional certification courses and charge an annual fee as well as a fee for recertification. They also encourage you to be a missionary for the US Sailing form of instruction which is very much the same as any other sailing curriculum.

Teaching sailing is fun. If you can find a local college or university that has a sailing program you might find a job which pays a bit more.

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