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07-31-2013 02:23 PM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

A school owner commented to me that ASA caters more to cruising sailors and US Sailing more to racing sailors......

07-29-2013 10:07 AM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Many good points - thanks. I have the experience and sea time to both challenge the ASA/USA courses up through Coastal KBI and qualify for CG time for a Captains rating so I'm set there.....just have to pass the courses.

Comparing ASA vs US Sailing, I see ASA advertises a lot more in magazines than does US Sailing although their programs read very similar on their websites.

From a service providers perspective (ie - operating a new sailing school), I'd like to affiliate with the organization that will catch the eye of the majority of prospective students and initially it looks like that would be ASA.

More thoughts? and thanks!
07-26-2013 07:35 PM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Another thing to think about is that most yacht clubs will only hire US Sailing instructors for their counselors / instructor staff and sailing directors. The reason for this is simple -- almost every US yacht club holds their insurance through Gowrie / Chubb, which is affiliated with US Sailing and requires it.
07-25-2013 09:26 PM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Originally Posted by TJC45 View Post
Plus you have to know how to get gum out of hair.
Peanut butter - that part was easy!
07-25-2013 01:33 PM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Not sure of your current experience. As you are planning on taking the basic classes, and not testing out of them, my assumption would be that you are new to sailing. If so, and you are looking at this as a future career, why not take classes from both groups so you can get an idea of the curriculum, testbooks, etc. as well as see how the companies that operate the schools perform. Sailing classes and business research rolled into one. The end result is about the same.

After that you work on your captains licence so that you can teach. That will take some hours of experience, I think over a 100 now, and passing the class. After successfully completing that, and a business plan so the bank will give you money, you will have your chance. Good luck.
07-25-2013 11:37 AM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Just to throw out an alternative you might want to take a gander at IYT Yachtmaster program. The advantage here is that I believe they are more internationally recognized. It is modeled (or closely resembles) after the RYA Yachtmaster program that I went through. Pretty tough but well worth it.

There are schools in Florida and the Caribbean.

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07-25-2013 10:12 AM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...


Most of us folks are looking at this from a consumer's position. ASA and USS are the sailing equivalents of PADI and NAUI in the scuba realm. Both are reputable, both impart knowledge, both issue certs -- it's a wash as to curricula. The discriminators in most cases are the quality of particular instructors, school location & sailing grounds, and customer service.

However, your interest seems to be as a potential service provider. I think more useful to you would be for some of our actual instructors to weigh in with their experiences with the two organizations.
07-25-2013 09:51 AM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Another thing to consider: Most sailing schools require a U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License in addition to the sailing school certs. A Six Pack is the minimum and will usually get you in the door. Obtaining this license requires verifiable minimum experience levels.

Additionally, most schools require a current Red Cross CPR cert.

Finally, yacht club affiliated programs will require a Lifeguard cert in addition to the ASA/U.S.sailing certs. Plus you have to know how to get gum out of hair.

Good luck!!!
07-25-2013 09:33 AM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

Neither is "best." They are just different. And frankly, when it comes to the cruising courses, not all that different.

I have ASA certifications myself, but that's only because an ASA school was the most convenient to our location.
07-24-2013 05:48 PM
Re: ASA or US Sailing...who's best...

What course was that?
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