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Are ASA certifications legally required to sail certain size boats? In certain places? With passengers? For bareboating? Is it like a drivers license and you need a certification to sail a Sunfish?

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No!......just your common sense and a little experience, for chartering (taking paying passengers) you will need a Coast Guard license. What is an ASA certificate??
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Re: ASA Certifications

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Re: ASA Certifications

Just to expand on a question that is already answered: Can help to get bareboat with ASA certs. However, I think they are interested more in actual sailing experience. Some sailing clubs require certifications, or ratings to take out boats. Probably not ASA, however.
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Re: ASA Certifications

Hi

This is a great question with all of the above answers correct. Being an ASA instructor I get asked this question a lot. The simple answer is: You don't need ASA certifications to sail but, it makes it easier to qualify for bareboat charter. I've had students with almost no sailing experience take classes, earn certificates (through bareboat charter), then have no problem chartering a similar size (35-50') boat for their vacation. Know that in the US, if you take out passengers for hire, you will need to have an appropriate license issued by the Coast Guard.

I became a much better sailor because I chose to teach sailing rather than just doing it. I believe that almost all sailors, or want to be sailors, would benefit from structured lessons and hands on teaching. Another point of view can be most beneficial.

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Re: ASA Certifications

I agree with CaptailShel that there is not need ASA certifications to sail but ASA will do much more than simply show you the basics; a affiliated schools can teach you everything you need to be a skilled and experienced sailor, including helping you earn your sailing certification.
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Re: ASA Certifications

One fine point: In the USA, most states require that boat operators, particularly those born after a certain date or under a certain age, have some boating safety training. This might be met by completing an on-line class, or taking a free class sponsored by a state, taking a class from a boating organization, or by some other means.
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