Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-12-2006, 00:10   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1
Sailing Training

As a kid I went to sailing school and got the whitesail, bronzesail, silversail levels from the Canadian Yachting Association.

Now, as an adult (sort of, I'm 21) I am interested in learning about sailing bigger boats.

Before buying a boat, I'd like to enrol in some courses to learn some of the theory and skills about sailing. My question for those more experienced than I, is that I've done research and found a wide variety of sailing associations/organizations that have different training levels etc. Which of these is considered the most respected?

As a scuba diver, I learned to dive under padi and became a divemaster. I've heard the term yachtmaster thrown around in some of the different associations. I really want to learn as much as I can and attain something similar to what I did as a scuba diver.

Thanks in advance!

border reiver II is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 11:24   #2
Senior Cruiser
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Aloha Kevin,
I've found that nearly all the organizations you may join have their own term for the top level of qualification. When I was involved in the U. S. Naval Sailing Association out of Annapolis it was "Master Skipper." I gained that qualification by going through a succession of qualifications and proving that I could race large sailing vessels at sea.
The ASA and US Sailing have different terms and qualifications as I'm certain the associations in Canada do.
Find an organization that you're happy with and then learn what is necessary for their top level certification and go for it.
Welcome aboard!!.
Kind Regards,

SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 16:14   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
ASA and US Sail in the US are pretty close to the same thing. They issue certificates for each course completed. Some are more hands on and many are more technical and hands on both. I've been through quite a few of the ASA courses and the one thing about both organizations is that the instructors are certified to teach what they teach. The idea is you get the same course taught properly no matter what.

One nice thing about these groups is you can take any course any place they offer it provided you have completed the prerequisites. So you take a course near home, and a course in the BVI and do some off shore stuff in Florida. Combined with a vacation it's nice. My wife and I took a live aboard session at an ASA school in San Diego and the cost of the course was less than a downtown hotel in San Diego would cost and we stayed on the boat.

If you can, always try to meet the instructor or at least have a conversation with them. Some instructors are just better than others and some you may get along with better than others.

Some places will offer say the first three ASA course as a two week blitz. Unless you really have a lot behind you already I doubt you can actually complete them that fast. It does take a lot of practice to get so you really know the material and can perform the skills required. They all require a lot of book learning especially the navigation parts.
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2006, 16:57   #4
Marine Service Provider
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,618
Kevin, You do not say what area you are in. We have a few folks that used the Annapolis Sailing School and were very pleased. Have not kept up with them but they had several locations along the east coast. Talk to anyone you are considering and ask lots of questions. Find one what feels right with the type of experience you would like to get. Go with the one that has the right answers and takes the time with you to answer them rather then sell you a weekend. That is the important thing. Whatever certification they issue will be basically a fuzzy. The fact is that it won't get you much more than a little conversation. The charter companies will accept almost anything and for on the water work, experience is more important that any certification. Look for the ASA certification or others as a plus but not a guarantee. Good luck and have fun.
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is sailing for me? sun50 General Sailing Forum 9 08-09-2006 03:22
Lessons sluissa General Sailing Forum 15 12-05-2006 04:57
Yacht Charter Company Sunsail Earns "Outstanding" Award CaptainK The Library 0 10-04-2006 19:15
Getting in Shape for Sailing Season Sonosailor General Sailing Forum 0 23-06-2004 05:11
Portal sailing website project CaptainTom Meets & Greets 2 20-03-2003 06:50

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:43.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.