I hope that you do not mind if a foreigner interjects some thoughts and queries.
I do not know how the system operates in the US. For example, is a certificate issued by ASA obligatory before you take a boat out to sea? That is the case in some countries although not the UK. The RYA view is that compulsory certification
leads to people taking the test in a perfunctory manner just to get the bit of paper. We have seen examples of this in some European countries. The RYA prefers that sailors take their courses because they (the sailors) have a genuine interest in learning
My son and grandson have just done a short high intensity course in the US. I understand that they have some form of ASA certificate as a result. My impression was that the course was very detailed in some ways – such as symbols on charts
. There was a part on tidal and current
calculations. However, it did not seem to be as wide ranging as the shore based component of the UK RYA Yachtmaster
syllabus - see RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased: UKSA.org
Of course, my particular interest is the weather
and the course seemed to make no reference to getting or using forecasts. Nor did there seem to be any reference to radio communications
. I was surprised that there was nothing on electronic navigation
The full Yachtmaster Offshore
syllabus is at http://www.hamble.co.uk/pdf/rya-trai...m-syllabus.pdf
. As will be seen, this involves a practical test, going to sea with an examiner as well as having a number of hours sea time. In those courses, First aid is often taught and examined separately as is VHF/DSC use.
The ocean going equivalent is at http://www.hamble.co.uk/pdf/rya-trai...-syllabus.pdf/