Gin Swilling Yacht Monkey
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: S.F. bay area, CA
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I've sailed with people from another US Sailing school, people from ASA, and even from Cal sailing club. The skills and terminology seem _very_ standard - same commands, same theories.
The real difference was the general clearheadedness of the person.
I think that the cert agency matters much less than the specific school and its instructors and gear, and the attentiveness of the student.
If you have lots of choices, look up yelp, talk to anyone you know who's been through the schools, and check out the programs in person.
I am pretty lucky to have a number of great schools in my area, so choosing was a matter of too many great choices. I based my choice on reputation, location, and the boats used in the classes.
There were other choices with better reputations but less variety in boats (BK and BC taught on the same boats), lower cost but farther away, cheaper but less great sailing area. There were a lot of trade-offs and options. If I didnt like the first course I took I would have switched schools.
Really the only thing that didn't really matter to me was the cert agency. US sailing and ASA seem to be very similarly respected worldwide.