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Old 28-09-2020, 18:29   #1
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Should I take ASA Sailing classes

Me and my husband have no sailing experience except for 2 catamaran sailing charters with a captain to the BVI. Should we spend the money on the ASA 101,103, and 104 courses? We def. know we need and want to learn to sail proficiently. I’ve seen where some have taught themselves and just looking for suggestions on best thing to do. We found a class in Saint Petersburg, Florida at Smartersail. Has anyone took the classes there. Is that a good starting point?
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Old 28-09-2020, 18:42   #2
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Re: Should I take ASA Sailing classes

Absolutely! It’s money well spent on the basics of sailing, navigation, and water safety. Sure, you can read a book, and go out and pull some lines and start figuring it out. IMHO, that just puts you in the same class of a lot of sailors who “don’t know how much they don’t know”. Get a good foundation and build from there. Don’t teach yourself bad habits and technique. Additionally, you’ll build the experience AND documentation that will help you charter on your own in the future, and could save you money on insurance for your own boat.
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Old 03-10-2020, 06:59   #3
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Re: Should I take ASA Sailing classes

To self learn you need to go out and sail alot. Then you learn has you ho. You might figure a solution to a situation in 5 steps. A sailing instructor migth show you how do do it in 3 steps.
A good sailing scholl will have a good structured program. This will speed up your learning progress.
Yes do take sailing classes. You will be much better daikor after it.
And after that you need to go out and practice.
Mother nature has a way of throwing stuff at you.
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Old 03-10-2020, 07:30   #4
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Re: Should I take ASA Sailing classes

I have been multiple places where I was asked to produce my sailing “license”. I provided a copy of pages from my ASA logbook with my photo displayed, plus pages with colored stamps and signatures for the various courses - all under headings that say “Student Certification”. Everyone was happy with this. Much easier than arguing that the USA doesn’t require a “license”. Works for the insurance companies too.
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Re: Should I take ASA Sailing classes

RYA Dayskipper is also recognised world wide, just completed it myself, looking forward to chartering in Greece (next year)
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Old 03-10-2020, 08:15   #6
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Re: Should I take ASA Sailing classes

Prioritize sailing experience over courses.



Sail, sail, then sail more. And then sail some more.



Do take courses too, they do not hurt and will teach you many useful things.



Sailing is like dancing - it is done 99% on the water (on the dance floor), mostly when the boom hits our head!


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Old 03-10-2020, 10:54   #7
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Re: Should I take ASA Sailing classes

Yes, take the classes.

I was sailing before ASA existed. We were self taught. I wish I knew way back then, what I learned in the ASA classes.

Most of your learning will happen after the classes but the classes give you a great head start. The classes are not going to teach everything one needs to know but it is a good foundation for your future learning.

To take the 104 class the recommendation is to have 80 hours on the water. Take the 101/103 classes and then start sailing to gain experience. It is one thing to be on a boat with some one else in charge vs when it is all on YOU. That is when you really start learning.

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