Originally Posted by Wandrian
After searching my memory, I can honestly say that I don't believe I have ever been asked by any individual or organization if I have had passed ASA101 - except to take other ASA courses. At any rate, it's fun sailing past all of those huge Naval ships in San Diego Bay.
I have only been asked for it to charter a boat. But when I first wanted to learn how to sail, with no family or friends who sailed and no knowledge of local, inexpensive sailing clubs, it was the only option that I could see to get me on the road to reaching my goal. I'm sure there are others in that situation.
I hope we're not discouraging future sailors because taking the course is
a learning experience. It's not always about getting the little sticker for your log book (and in the course I took, the PA state boating certificate as well).
In any event, I also see it as a way to pick the brain of a more experienced sailor. Something everyone should take advantage of whenever possible.