Re: Too Much, Too Soon?
I took ASA 101 and 103 together over about 4-5 days, and I found it to be a good package and not too overwhelming. I considered the instant bareboat courses that cover 101, 103 & 104, but they were too far away and too expensive.
There is something to be said for an immersion course as you have described. My only strong suggestion is that as you complete the experience, you get out on the water to practice and solidify the skills you've learned. Without doing that consistently, you'll find that the knowledge you've gained will slip away quickly.
If you have the chance to rent a small keelboat where you live or can join a sailing club and use their boats, all the better.
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And straight on 'til morning