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Old 15-06-2020, 18:47   #1
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Sailing Certifications Worthwhile?

Hi, all, from a forum newbie.

Wife and I are planning to begin snowbirding in Florida. Sailing will be a big part of that--but not sure what size/shape of sailing, yet. We'll try things out this winter. My sailing background--sailed small boats most of my life. Have a few dozen hours crewing some larger cats and tri's, and monohulls up to 37'.

Question: is it worthwhile getting ASA certifications? We're thinking maybe ASA 103-104. Do the certifications give you lower costs on boat insurance? Make it easier to rent or try? Are there other certifications we should be considering?

I'm of the basic opinion that any learning is 'rarely wasted,' but figured you all would be the best source of knowledgeable opinions.

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My view is education is never wasted. But whether you need to take a formal course is really dependent on you, your competencies, your learning style, and perhaps the benefits gained from formal certification.

I've never received any insurance discount based on my accreditations. This is based on Canadian certifications (CYA, which is similar to ASA) dealing with Canadian insurance underwriters. But I have read here that some underwriters do offer such discounts. So it might be worth checking first if that is your primary reason.
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