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I called the sailing school up at Flathead lake yesterday to inquire about the veteran discount program. They honor us with a discount. I talked it over with the wife and she said "Happy Father's day!" So, I'll be going through the course the 22/23rd. I registered yesterday and already received the book today. That has to be a record for the USPS!
Anyway, I'm excited to get my first cert taken care of, and I know the wife will feel better when we get my boat out on the water.

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Does the school do the ASA 101 agenda in just two days? No instructor could do justice to 101 in only two days.

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Yup. Two days, one on one
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Congratulations Lou!

Do the read ahead and enjoy the course!
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Man, what a fun weekend! I am totally hooked. Now to finish getting my boat ready.

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Congrats! I need to see if there is a class or school near us!
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Congrats! I need to see if there is a class or school near us!
In opposition to formal classes my suggestion is to buy a 15 foot or smaller very cheap dinghy that's pretty beat up, but serviceable. This is not going to be a boat to take your friends out on, but instead you will be crashing into docks, running aground and even tipping her over on occasion.
This is how almost every professional sailor of note learned to sail, not through some cookie cutter expensive course.
Along with your little beater, I would highly recommend a great little book called Royce's Sailing Illustrated, a fun yet very comprehensive book filled with information for the novice sailor or experienced professional. No massive preachy tome this, just a well put together book with everything from rigging, docking and even splicing. I've been using it to teach sailing for nearly 45 years.
Good luck and remember, sailing is supposed to be fun, so keep that in mind when you are having a hard day.

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Try some free learning to sail videos

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Twenty to thirty years ago PHRF racing was a lot more popular than it is today (at least in my area) and it's really a shame that it has dropped off so much. It is a great way to learn to sail. If you are anywhere near an area that has a club that offers PHRF racing it's definitely worth finding a skipper and or crew that you can join even if you have to start out as rail meat only. If you show a genuine interest most likely you will advance quickly and learn an awful lot in the process. Since I've never had any formal sailing classes other than Coast Guard navigation classes, I wouldn't know what is covered in the classes but I would imagine that whatever information is gathered from taking such a class couldn't hurt. Not sure if the Coasties are still offering classes but if they are it's worth checking out.
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