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Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

We started with the US Sailing Basic Keelboat on a lake and wanted to take more advanced classes ASA classes on the coast. We took the challenge and passed. Our experience was that the ASA sailing challenge expected less of us than our US Sailing class, and that the written test was comparable.

Before taking keelboat classes, we both had earlier 18' catamaran sailing experience and thought that classes were well worth the time and money.
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Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

Individual sailing skills are mostly simple, but a tough job for a new sailor is combining them and using good judgment in applying them. Crew overboard drills combine several tasks and require concentration, communication, and teamwork. A good instructor who watches your COB performance can likely tell all sorts of things about how a student is progressing as a sailor.

Similarly, you can learn a whole lot about people and whether you'd want to sail with them when you watch them at the boat ramp and as they approach a marina slip or mooring.
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Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

Good input from all, thanks.

I called the place in San Diego that I am considering taking the challenge and asked for some details. A cheerful and knowledgeable employee told me that people do it all the time and told me the details of the preparation materials that they would send electronically and what time allowances to make for the paper and water exams. She told me to just schedule ahead to make sure an instructor is available.

I called another instructor a bit closer to me to inquire about challenging and received a response that was less than cheerful and informative.

I am looking forward to Coronado.
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Money well spent. Im 101,103 certified. Im doing my 104/114 this weekend.
Next will be 105/106 and that will be a rap for now. I never thought I would get as much as I have from the ASA and have fun at the same time.
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Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

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Good input from all, thanks.

I called the place in San Diego that I am considering taking the challenge and asked for some details. A cheerful and knowledgeable employee told me that people do it all the time and told me the details of the preparation materials that they would send electronically and what time allowances to make for the paper and water exams. She told me to just schedule ahead to make sure an instructor is available.

I called another instructor a bit closer to me to inquire about challenging and received a response that was less than cheerful and informative.

I am looking forward to Coronado.
If you ever need crew send me a pm. Im in SanDiego as well.
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Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

All training is great.
I personally believe there is no better way to learn how to sail than to crew on a racing boat. Find a local yacht club, volunteer to crew on a boat about the same size as yours. You'll learn more faster and in more circumstances than you would on your own.( and when things break it's not your boat.) It's been said that you will tack more times in one race than you would day sailing in a year !
Also you learn how to manage stress, fatigue, emergencies, and screwups in all kinds of conditions. The best part is; you'll make a bunch of friends who you'll enjoy sailing with for the rest of your life and have many stories to tell.

Arrrg!! matey, it brings tears too me one good eye !

Have fun !!!!!!
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