the basics mostly on my own, I took the ASA
keelboat/coastal cruising/bareboat course as a liveaboard
course in St. Martin. I repeated it a year later as a review. The cost was less than chartering.
Ten years later I took the ASA Instructors courses. Most of what these courses covered, I knew, but I did come out with a few new things relating to teaching and technique. How to affectively use neutral and prop walk when reversing among them.
For anyone who wants to cruise
, I really recommend taking a live-aboard bareboat
course instead of a land based one. I'm a firm believer in experiental learning
and what you will learn actually anchored out each night is very differnet than what you will learn sleeing in a motel room. I also think if you are going to spend the money
for a week long live-aboard experience, consider spending a little more to travel to a wonderful destination
like the Caribbean