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Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?
...This comment gets to the heart of the problems with "certification" in my opinion. Granted, an ASA101 certification is pretty much not worth more than the pride it gives to the receiver, but there should not be as much subjective grading as there is, especially if an instructor has an financial interest in failing a challenge student and "get sent to class" for another sum of cash. It smells of racket in this case.
No accreditation of any type would be worth much if the requirements it presents were lightly skipped. I dont think there's a lot of subjectivity about whether a skill is demonstrated properly or not. The subjectivity is what happens when it is not - after demonstrating what is expected, how often do you coach the candidate through additional attempts...actually an instructor may be just as disposed to pass a 101 challenge as diisposed otherwise, usually the challenger wants to go into a 103 or a club sailing program. A good instructor is free to be what he or she should naturally be, firm but fair. As in any business, a customer who is jerked around can go somewhere else.
Certified...in several regards...
Last edited by sailingfool; 03-28-2012 at 10:26 AM.