Join Date: Dec 2008
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Disclaimer - I am a CYA and ISPA instructor.
Actually the $260 is a reasonable price, when compared to other online / corresponding courses.
CYA = Canadian Yachting Association, the official yachting organization in Canada. They coordinate the Olympic challenge. As well they have a recreational component.
One big advantage of CYA is that, with the exception of the navigation courses, a practical demonstration of boating skills on the water is required. Power Squadron courses are all theory. I expect that this is case because CYA instructors, who are professional instructors not volunteers, carry a couple of million dollars worth of liability insurance. International Sail and Power Association courses have practical assessments at all levels. They are not volunteers either and carry liability insurance.
BTW - the ASA used the CYA standard as a basis for their's; the wording used to be almost identical. This has changed somewhat.
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ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214
As I sail, I praise God, and care not. (Luke Foxe)