I've thought about that some. I liked that the local place does their bareboat class down on the coast and they spend 5 days going someplace on the ocean(where depends on the year). I hadn't really thought about planning a short vacation and doing the earlier ASA classes that way.
The dream someday is to finally move off to one of the coasts and own my own boat. The club deal I'm in now is kind of nice in that once a month we have work party and I get to help on the maintenance/repair/troubleshooting on the boats in a managed/overseen situation. Lots of learning opportunities so far.
Thanks for the suggestion/thoughts!