Originally Posted by equitiman
Slyrss3 makes a good point...the sailing schools are great if you don't know anyone who can take you out sailing and you have no other way to get into the sport. Otherwise, you won't learn anything in an expensive introductory class that a friend with a moderate amount of sailing experience can't teach you. Also, the school experience depends by-and-large on the instructor.
Well, I live in Philly and doubt I'll find anyone here - and I do not know any sailors - so It's either with the sailing schools here in Philly, or with some down the Jersey shore. The 2-day class for the ASA 101 course has maybe 1.5 hrs of class in the morning of the 1st day followed by sailing and I may be able to get a $50 discount since I signed up for it at the boat show - and the first class in in early May - think I have to go that route in the beginning.