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Anyone with experience at the Bonneville School of Sailing, or other sources of instruction in Utah? The sources I've looked into offer a certificate of completion, but are not ASA or USSA; does it matter? I've read threads indicating experience is more the key, but will I be able to rent a boat while on vacation in Florida with a logbook and no ASA or USSA course certificate/certification?
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Don't know about schools in Utah, but, I would agree that what is important to most charter companies is your experience on similar size boats. If you know what you are doing, they may just take you on a short test sail. Costs a bit of $, but, you could make an ASA course in Florida into a vacation. Some do 'Friends and family', where others on board have the goal of learning enough to become crew, while you are working for a rating.
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Barquito,
Thank you for your input. Yes, a sailing vacation in Florida would be great and I've read good thing on Sailnet about instruction in the Fort Meyers area. Unfortunately it is not in the cards, at least not in the near future.

Question for comment by anyone: if the experience is more important than the certificate, would it be money better spent to buy a dingy and a few good books to teach my self to sail? Granted I would run the risk of teaching myself bad habits, and a few frustrations, etc. but the sailing lessons here in a group are about half the price of what i could get an older dingy and with it I would get more time for less money overall. Thoughts?
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