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post #7 of Old 03-09-2013
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Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

You'll do fine, enthusiasm goes a long way, and so does dedication and attentiveness.

Ask questions! It will make it a teachable moment for the class. And after you've left the water each day, skim the book to see how what you did was "right". Some people learn best by doing it first then reading, others vice-versa. But there's no substitute for 'tiller time' so the smaller the class, the better.

"lifejacket overboard" drills are good boathandling practice, ask about them if your instructor doesn't bring up the subject first. And volunteer for the "who wants to..") questions.

I teach ASA Basic Keelboat as a weekend gig, the instructors want to do a good job, and typically appreciate student feedback.
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