Is it possible to go from novice to certified in one week of a boat charter with a certified instructor?
It's possible to take a one week course that allows certification
testing under ASA
criteria. US Sail may have that option too. Starting from nothing at all I doubt you could pass it. To even have a chance you would need to spend a month going through all the material that is required to pass the written parts
. That is not hard to pass but it's material you flat out have to know to be on the water
. The performance part of the testing you might pass because you paid the tuition or not. On a good day with a good week of weather
it could be successful.
It does not always mean you will get a boat. Moorings actually is pretty loose but they like to say "maybe we should send the captain
out with you the first day just to be sure". They won;t take you money
and call you a liar. On the water
sizes you up and decides if he can get off the boat. You'll pay for the captain the first day but maybe they feel you have the right stuff and he leaves or he stays and you learn some more. Captained charters I think are also great. At least the planning is done and usually the shopping
and boat is set ready for you upon arrival. You sail as much as you want and are sure things will be well tended.
We did 103/104 in a week and it was a full agenda. We had only us on the boat at night and the instructor all day with no other students. The last day we went out alone. It's the very first class you really need to know well. Basic operation of sails
its just something you need more time at. In one week you should have the ideas down but proficiency in varied conditions you just can't get there that fast. We had a whole season with a sail club before 103/104. ASA
will let you demonstrate out of the beginning courses. 101 is easy to test out of if you have sailing experience. You need to be more than minimal to cruise
but not to pass. That's the bad part.
In any case you have to start some place. Doing a course some place nice is a great way to learn to sail. You might as well go some place where you'll know why you wanted to learn. That part is a exceptional idea.
Afghanistan probably does not have much going for it as far as sailing opportunities.