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04-01-2012 06:57 PM
barnacle bill
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 !!!!!!
03-29-2012 04:59 PM
RatHatDiver
Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

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Originally Posted by itsaboat View Post
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.
Have fun.
03-29-2012 04:57 PM
RatHatDiver
Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

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.
03-28-2012 10:58 PM
itsaboat
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.
03-28-2012 10:07 PM
rgscpat
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.
03-28-2012 05:38 PM
TejasSailer
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.
03-28-2012 03:28 PM
MarkSF
Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

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Originally Posted by gpgyo View Post
From the standpoint of what's on the 101 written exam, I'm sure the book you have covers it all but the ASA approved class I just took used, Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson.
Sailing Fundamentals is OK but was subject to some criticism, and as a response ASA came out with Sailing Made Easy. So the latter is the latest, greatest ASA101 book and is supposed to be a considerable improvement on the old course book.

The biggest criticism I would have concerning Sailing Fundamentals is that it mixes 101 and 103 content and it is seldom clear which material applies to which standard.

If you want a sort of simple summary of everything, the course notes I got from the sailing school take some beating.
03-28-2012 03:02 PM
gpgyo
Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

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Originally Posted by itsaboat View Post
I have read Sailing Made Easy (the ASA-approved training book), as well as several others.
From the standpoint of what's on the 101 written exam, I'm sure the book you have covers it all but the ASA approved class I just took used, Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson.
03-28-2012 11:47 AM
06HarleyUltra
Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

When I recently took the ASA 101 course (3 Sundays, IIRC), I had very limited experience with sailing. I could not repeatedly perform the MOB drill to perfection, and the instructor would not pass me until I could. He brought me in for 4 additional hours of practice on his own time. We worked until I could do it SPOT ON. I feel that with any certification course, you get out what you put in. If your just looking for a stamp, do the challenge. If your looking to perfect a technique that may one day save someone....Just my 2 $ from a nube. Best of luck either way.
03-28-2012 11:08 AM
DRFerron
Re: ASA 101 course or challenge?

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Originally Posted by Wandrian View Post
After searching my memory, I can honestly say that I don't believe I have ever been asked by any individual or organization if I have had passed ASA101 - except to take other ASA courses. At any rate, it's fun sailing past all of those huge Naval ships in San Diego Bay.
I have only been asked for it to charter a boat. But when I first wanted to learn how to sail, with no family or friends who sailed and no knowledge of local, inexpensive sailing clubs, it was the only option that I could see to get me on the road to reaching my goal. I'm sure there are others in that situation.

I hope we're not discouraging future sailors because taking the course is a learning experience. It's not always about getting the little sticker for your log book (and in the course I took, the PA state boating certificate as well).

In any event, I also see it as a way to pick the brain of a more experienced sailor. Something everyone should take advantage of whenever possible.
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