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Check out the Power Squadron courses too.
Power Squadron courses are all theory. There is no practical on-the-water component.

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Power Squadron courses are all theory. There is no practical on-the-water component.
Quite true but it will give you a good working knowledge of coastal piloting and navigation. I took it many years ago at age 14 (and got no certif since you had to be 16). But these were the chart plotting skills I have used ever since. Good to know these before going on a cruise or a cruising course I would think.
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Re: US Sailing vs. ASA courses, vs. just get out there

Regardless of the quality of instruction, you are going to need to do two things to be a good (safe) sailor:

1) Sail a lot. On a variety of boats with many experienced sailors.
2) Keep pressing for more information from all sources possible: books, internet, sailors, etc.

Regarding USSailing vs ASA? Don't know. Probably doesn't matter as much as the individual instructor.

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