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Re: ASA 101 Prep?
I will give a "chalk talk" at the outset, but if everyone has studied either a book or an on-line tutorial, or even just looked at the standard Points-of-sail circular diagram, I can make the talk-time shorter and sailing time longer.
But I do not assume anyone has read or studied anything, I'll ask them, and ask about any prior sailing experience no matter how long ago.
I think the bigger question here is about learning styles and how they mesh with teaching styles. I tend to think sailors learn better by sailing, then looking afterward to see how "the book is right", than reading the book and comparing their experience to it--almost too much to think about when it's all new. So I'm more likely to give a short "debrief" with (my beat-up) book afterward if they have time, showing them how much of the book they just did. I think it leaves them on a high note.
I could be wrong doing "do, then read about it", if someone's learning style is the opposite, but haven't seen a downside in actual practice.
Reading beforehand is fine, just don't let it make you nervous or intimidated. Sailing is easier than you will expect..