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Yes, I think it is appreciate to tip the instructor. Again as with any tipping it should be in relationship to the service provided and somewhat on the duration.
We took an ASA class in Florida. Seven day trip, four students, my wife, myself and two other gentlemen. We had a great time as well as a great learning experience. The instructor was almost just one of the crew, he helped with meals, clean up etc., asked us what we would like the emphasis on and made sure that each one of us, all with a great variance of experience came away with something worth wild. He and I made an agreement that we would not let my wife depend on me through out the trip. It really worked out well. My wife came away with a much stronger belief in her ability.
He was a great instructor, extremely experienced sailor, and wonderful captain. At the end of the trip we tipped him about 15% per person. ($150.00).
On another ASA course I took, the instructor was a very experienced sailor, taught us quite a bit but was some what of a jurk. What made the trip was the course, the sailing and the rest of the crew. At the end of the trip we tipped the captain $50.00 per person, all agreed it would have been more if his attitude was better.
I also think it is dependant on what you can afford. I think even a small tip if given with gratitude will be accepted with the same.
Good Luck, and remember no matter how long you''ve been sailing it is a class, you''re not suppose to know everything. Learn from all aboard.