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Re: newbie from seattle want to learn sailing.
US Sailing is the other well understood accredited program besides ASA. They are fairly interchangable from what I understand.
Learning at CWB doesn't get you the ability to charter from ASA or US Sailing associated companies, but my impression is that it gives you a better introduction to sailing. I have no personal experience with ASA or US Sailing, but in reading their curriculums it looks like you'll have more hands on time on the boat with the sails up in the CWB classes. A lot of people go on from taking the basic class as CWB to doing ASA or US Sailing classes later so that they can charter. I think of them as being complementary to each other.
If you volunteer at CWB you can also trade your volunteer hours for boat time.
Lake Union Charters also offers instruction for a reasonable price on a nice boat. He occasionally posts on Craigslist or you can find his website online.
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Last edited by Alex W; 07-27-2013 at 02:10 PM.