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denverd0n 01-07-2013 11:02 AM

Female ASA Instructors?
Here's the deal... My wife and I took ASA 103 and 104 last year. I passed both. She only passed the 103. She and I both think this is because the instructor had a kind of "macho" attitude and really wasn't very good at teaching a woman.

This experience somewhat put her off on sailing. The good news is that a month or so ago we did a week long charter in the BVIs and my wife enjoyed it very much. On the last day, she actually suggested that we do some tacking back and forth, just so that she could practice. (FYI, she handles the helm most of the time, while I work the sheets, winches, docklines, etc.)

I think she would like to try again to get her ASA 104 certification, but it would definitely be necessary to find just the right instructor. I'm thinking she would be most open to a woman instructor--or at the very least a man who had a good reputation for teaching women.

So, any suggestions? By the way, we are located in the Tampa, FL area.


deniseO30 01-07-2013 11:08 AM

Re: Female ASA Instructors?

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DRFerron 01-07-2013 11:15 AM

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I don't have a suggestion for a teacher for you, but I do hope your wife hangs in there. It's a very good sign that she's asking to expand her skills. Kudos to you for being patient (as far as I can tell from your post) and encouraging. I've had to ask couples to separate in my nav classes because they can't get along to draw a course on a chart. Heaven knows how they get along on a boat.

Best of luck to her!

GCsailor 03-03-2013 12:29 PM

Re: Female ASA Instructors?
I am on the other side of the gulf coast, so the instructors I know are in Texas.

Captain Lucy at South Coast Sailing Adventures is superb if you end up here. South Coast Sailing Adventures, Charters and Sailing School

jephotog 05-11-2013 01:14 PM

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I don't know if you are still looking and are willing to travel but there is a woman that owns a school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She even wrote the book on it. She was one of the authors of the latest ASA sailing manuals. Her classes are also fairly well prepared the ASA 104 is 3 days as opposed to a 2 day 103/104 combo.

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You can make a vacation out of it and sail on the bay, maybe watch the America's Cup boats.

Minnewaska 05-11-2013 02:59 PM

Re: Female ASA Instructors?
Does Offshore Sailing School in St. Pete, Ft. Meyers or Captiva have any female instructors? Or, is that where you took your lessons?

Funny anecdote. When my wife first learned to sail, I went along. It was great, by the way. The instructor was definitely a bit of a hard a$$. A very good instructor, but we both recall that after he gave an instruction and you complied, he always said "thank you". However, the tone always came across like "F---- you". Still, she learned a lot and even references that he taught her to do things a certain way to this day.

Anyway, during the course, rather than buckle, she took it on. She volunteered to be the one to grind up the main halyard every time. She was not going to be intimidated. Very proud of her. It's just me she doesn't want telling her what to do. :)

wingNwing 05-11-2013 07:06 PM

Re: Female ASA Instructors?
If you/she is in the Chesapeake, this guy has a nice approach. I haven't sailed with him, but have met him several times and he's a class act: Chesapeake Flotillas - Women Under Sail

eherlihy 01-28-2016 10:25 AM

Re: Female ASA Instructors?

Originally Posted by Minnewaska (Post 1028733)
Does Offshore Sailing School in St. Pete, Ft. Meyers or Captiva have any female instructors? Or, is that where you took your lessons?

Offshore Sailing School, a US Sailing (not ASA) affiliate, DOES have female sailing instructors (currently, there is at least one full-time female instructor). However, I do not believe that they have a class that is only for women.

I know of at least one ASA affiliate school in Rhode Island that offers a Women-Teaching-Women program for ASA courses, and marine diesel and elecrical. PM me if you want details.

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