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Talking Going about getting lessons. Also requirements.

Im new to sailing but have been on sailnet going through every thread i can, i have also purchased multiple books on sailing. But in the end i find it to be easy for me at least to learn hands on in a boat. So i was wondering are there any trusted and reliable companys that offer this, im in tampa florida and am willing to travel a couple hours if need be. also as for documentation, what do i need in order to step foot on a boat or even sail it. I have a us boat association certificate showing i completed there boating course online. Besides drivers license is there anything else. Thank you for your time and i plan on posting more after i sail a little, hoping to buy first boat sometime next year if all goes well.
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Realm,

Welcome to Sailnet.

Generally, the beginner sailing courses expect that the students are just that: beginners. You are not expected to have been on a boat before.

On the other hand, if you take a class with other students it could be that there are a wide variety of experiences. The instructor should ask and adjust the class accordingly. It's a good thing to let your instructor know your experience level so that he or she can be sure to go over the basics with you.

You aren't expected to have taken other boating courses prior to a beginner course. Most schools will give you a test at the end and if you pass you'll end up with whatever state certification the state in which you took the course requires.

Now, when you decide to take advanced courses, proof of passing the prerequisite courses will be needed. I know American Sailing Association (ASA) saves that information in their database so if you become a member, it's stamped on the back of your member card. I'm sure there's an ASA course being given in Tampa or nearby. The website has a locator page.

Hands on, face-to-face courses are infinitely better than most online courses.

I would have your DL with you just in case. Not because the instructor will need it but, well, accidents do happen.

Good luck.
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As you get some actual sailing experience, you may consider taking the Coast Guard's sailing and seamanship course. You'll learn something about rules, laws and navigation. If you end up getting a boat, I believe most insurance companies will discount your policy if you've completed this. I enjoyed it when I took it 20 or so years ago.

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The Colgate Offshore Sailing School is right in your back yard. Google it and call them for options. Their Fast Track course gets great reviews.

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I'd call the st pete yacht club and see if they have a crew pool.
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when the have a regatta they usually need people, even if you are just rail meat.

travel light, and bring gloves, hat and ask if you should bring your own food and drinks.

I'd also say to try and learn on a small boat. sunfish, laser, or a 420/470.
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The Colgate Offshore Sailing School is right in your back yard. Google it and call them for options. Their Fast Track course gets great reviews.

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Thanks i actually contacted them a few weeks ago and they are in my top of the list of choices i have found.
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I would start with a local Coast Guard Auxiliary course. You can find one around here almost any weekend. Then crewing on someone else's boat is probably a good idea. I have also taken lessons (and chartered boats) from sailingflorida.com and can recommend them. They are located in St. Pete, at the Vinoy Renaissance marina.
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I used Windsong Charters in that area. It wasn't an ASA course, just a 1 on 1 class with a captain. What I liked about it was it really tailored down to the things I needed.
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