I disagree - there are far better options. For the cost of the course and the roundtrip flight, you could have bought a used sailboat, on which you could have used to practice sailing in all different conditions by yourself, while you crewed on other people's big boats for free.
You would be a far better sailor and have much greater confidence, than having spent a week being led around by the nose and having little to show for it...
Buy a used, trailerable daysailor or a small keelboat, read books, read this forum and others, take the Coast Guard auxiliary courses and the Power Squadron courses, volunteer to crew on others' boats - you will gain far
A major part of successful sailing is problem solving on the fly, extensive practical experience, and seasons of practice, and you don't learn that from a supposed "expert" teaching a group of students on a big boat for a week.
Some good points were made above but also consider:
(1) If you've got a week, I cannot think of a more intensive experience than the 7-day ASA 101/103/104 live aboard course. It is not supposed to be a substitute for "extensive practical experience" or "seasons of practice". It is just supposed to be a really good head start which I think it was.
(2) If you get the sailing itch during the winter months, as I did, then you really need to fly south to Florida, Texas, or the islands. What else can you do?
(3) I sure hope that my certification is not meaningless. Aren't I more likely to get crewing opportunities on other people's boats now that I have my certification? I am new at this so I cannot be sure but I do have a 3-day Hope Town-to-Ft. Lauderdale trip that I am going to be making in July on an Ericson 34. The airfare will be expensive but I've never been to the Bahamas.
(4) If you live in a land-locked state without any large lakes, the trailerable sailboat option is not so appealing. Also, the trailerable sailboat doesn't give you a taste of the live aboard life which I needed to sample.
I cannot disagree with the importance of experience which I don't have yet. Also, I can confirm that you do learn more in a small boat, especially one that can capsize.