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Old 12-11-2013
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Re: ASA instructor certification?

I got my asa instructor cert this past spring.
I was not able to land a teaching gig from ASA, just did private lessons.

One downside is that if you are not affiliated with an ASA school even if you are a certified instructor you can't give your private students an ASA cert.

I understand why and is probably a good thing but should be known however.

ASA has a website for instructors looking for jobs.

They have a very good beginners book.
They have a good list of skills they expect you to cover for each level.

I was impressed with the effort they give to have the certificate be meaningful but that being said many schools teach 101 in two day.
Unless a person has some prior experience it is probably impossible to take someone who has never been on a boat before and really get them where they can pilot their own boat.

But it is a good introduction and they really try.
I think for most students it ends up being a list of things they need to learn on their own.

The instructors have widely varying styles, I've taken many classes both as a student and as an instructor.
I'm amazed at the difference in styles.
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Last edited by davidpm; 12-11-2013 at 10:05 PM.
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