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US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

What are the differences if any between these two courses? I believe they both give certificates. Any clarification? Thank-you

Can the US sailing "basic keelboat" class be good enough to skip the ASA 101 course and go to the 103 course etc?
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

The basic courses present the same material.

Overall US Sailing is more geared towards racing. ASA toward recreational sailing.

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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

There may also be non-certificate based programs near you that could be good options depending on your long term goals. I'd personally look for the school that has the smallest number of students on the boat so that you get as much on-helm time as possible. Learning on smaller boats (25' or under) will also teach you sail trim better and faster than learning on a larger boat.

I'm a volunteer instructor at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle and we teach on 20' boats with 2 students per boat. The basic class has 12 hours of on the water time, so every student gets a healthy amount of time on the helm.

The advantage of getting a certificate is that it can make chartering a boat a little easier down the line.
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The advantage of getting a certificate is that it can make chartering a boat a little easier down the line.
And potential insurance discounts.
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

I've never seen an insurance discount for ASA or US Sailing courses. Can you recommend an insurer that does take them into account? Boat US, for instance, are only interested in USCG qualifications.
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

Donna hit it on the head.
US Sailing is focused on developing competitive sailors, and is an entryway for the US Olympic Sailing program
ASA, and the ASA curriculum, is focused on developing competent cruisers
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

Ahhh I see...

So does the US Sailing syllabus include items like :

Ramming another sailboat while yelling "starboard"
Crashing into buoys
Overpowering the boat with massive foresails in strong winds resulting in a spectacular broach

I could go on...
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

I've completed the "Learn to Sail" class thru US Sailing recently. My goal is to move on and get a certificate at least in "basic keelboat" As of right now the racing doesn't interest me as much as the cruising but, I guess that all could change after some time/experience.

My biggest concern is if I were take my "basic keelboat" class thru US Sailing. Because its pretty close to where I live, and like the instructor and atmosphere. Would ASA recognize that if I decide to switch and want to take the next course (I believe it would be 103?) Or would I have to take ASA's 101 course first.
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

Or do people general stick to one or the other?
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Re: US Sailing Vs. ASA Sailing classes

Is your intention to be an ASA instructor?

I'm looking at the course descriptions. You might benefit more by saving your money, using the skills you learned in the course you took, practice them on the water and take the Coastal Navigation course, which has no prereq.

I'm all for boating education but unless you get out there and use it, you'll forget it anyway.
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