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03-18-2013 08:18 PM
rgscpat
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

Congratulations! Of course, there will always be something new to learn -- sailing is so many different things.
03-18-2013 02:31 PM
jackdale
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

Congratulations

Get some sailing time in before your next course. After I got my first certification (CYA Basic and Coastal Navigation), I thought about getting the next course, my instructor said just go sailing. I sailed for 7 years before I got my next course.

Actually you might want do a coastal navigation course.
03-18-2013 02:24 PM
TheWollard
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

My overall experience was excellent. I had private instruction, 1-on-1, for ASA 101 for $395 from Beachside Sailing School.

Captain Bill was a great instructor.

I scored 97 out of 100 on the final (only because I was tricked by a two part question, so if you get the first part wrong, the second part is also wrong).

Before leaving, I decided to purchase Coastal Cruising Made Easy. I've already read 25 pages.
03-16-2013 07:30 PM
Shinook
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

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Originally Posted by TheWollard View Post
I had a fantastic day 1. I was the only person in the class. The wind was light all morning, but picked up after lunch.

I was tacking, jibing, and grinning from ear to ear. The one on one sessions were great for asking questions and trying maneuvers I wanted to practice.

Tomorrow we continue then I take the test.
That's one of the other reasons I really liked Beachside.
03-16-2013 07:06 PM
Lou452
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

Good for you. Keep us posted. Kind regards, Lou
03-16-2013 06:57 PM
TheWollard
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

I had a fantastic day 1. I was the only person in the class. The wind was light all morning, but picked up after lunch.

I was tacking, jibing, and grinning from ear to ear. The one on one sessions were great for asking questions and trying maneuvers I wanted to practice.

Tomorrow we continue then I take the test.
03-09-2013 03:12 PM
nolatom
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

You'll do fine, enthusiasm goes a long way, and so does dedication and attentiveness.

Ask questions! It will make it a teachable moment for the class. And after you've left the water each day, skim the book to see how what you did was "right". Some people learn best by doing it first then reading, others vice-versa. But there's no substitute for 'tiller time' so the smaller the class, the better.

"lifejacket overboard" drills are good boathandling practice, ask about them if your instructor doesn't bring up the subject first. And volunteer for the "who wants to..") questions.

I teach ASA Basic Keelboat as a weekend gig, the instructors want to do a good job, and typically appreciate student feedback.
03-07-2013 09:47 PM
awahl
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

Congrats and have a great time! We took it last season and thought it was great- We're anxiously awaiting spring and more learning on our own boat. Like you- we're at the beginning of our journey into the deep blue (unsalted for us) sea.

Cheers
03-07-2013 05:35 PM
eherlihy
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

Enjoy the course!

Also, take my suggestion and SAIL as much as you possibly can. If the organization that is conducting the class offers boats, make it a priority to get out there and use them. If you meet people there that own boats, offer to crew.
03-07-2013 05:28 PM
Silvio
Re: Starting ASA 101 Next Week

Congratulations and have fun!
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