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Are there any books that I should start reading that would prepare me towards asa101 course ?

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So don't we have a textbook kinda thing for the course?
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Re: books on basic sailing..

Yes, and read and know the textbook to prepare yourself for the course. There is the actual sailing, but the textbook prepares you for the exam. You will have good knowledge of the material and a primer on boating and sailing.

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Ah ok so do we get the book when we sign up for the course?
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Yes, and possibly try Amazon for a good used copy!
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Are there any books that I should start reading that would prepare me towards asa101 course ?

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"Basic Sailing" by M.B. George (Hearst Marine Books, N.Y., 1984) is a great primer with beautiful photographs.

Take all the Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses you can in your area. In fact, if you can take the full U.S.C.G. "Boating Skills and Seamanship" course, you will learn all you need to know to get started.

Sailing itself is not that difficult to master. What gets folks into trouble is basic safe boating practices, navigation, seamanship, proper preparation, and decision-making, some of which you learn through experience and some of which you can acquire through study.
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Re: books on basic sailing..

ASA SAILING MADE EASY TEXTBOOK - 101

This is the textbook that ASA uses for 101. They should provide it to you along with a logbook with your registration. You can look on the ASA site, if you haven't already; it covers the knowledge needed to pass the 101 exam in the Standards: here:

Basic Keelboat Sailing - ASA 101 - Certification by American Sailing Association

Do a google search on ASA 101 test questions, there's a couple of power point review sessions posted by instructors.

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Re: books on basic sailing..

When I took ASA101 the instructor Fed Exed the course book as soon as I enrolled so I could read it prior to attending the weekend course.

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Take all the Coast Guard Auxiliary Courses you can in your area. In fact, if you can take the full U.S.C.G. "Boating Skills and Seamanship" course, you will learn all you need to know to get started.
Twice a year I teach the USCGA Sailing Skills and Seamanship course. It includes all the chapters in BSS but with four chapters on sailing skills. Sailors would probably do better looking for that course in their area.

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Sailing itself is not that difficult to master. What gets folks into trouble is basic safe boating practices, navigation, seamanship, proper preparation, and decision-making, some of which you learn through experience and some of which you can acquire through study.
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