The American Sailing Association includes a network of over 300 professionally accredited sailing schools and has certified more than 260,000 students since 1983. Its system of certification standards is recognized by charter companies throughout the world.
The BSC offers four levels of ASA certification. After successfully completing the corresponding course students can take the written test. Your instructor will sign the log book and the ASA will send the certification seal by mail.
Basic Keelboat Certification ASA 101
Description: Able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required.
BSC Course: Learn to Sail
Cost: ASA Membership $39
Basic Coastal Cruising ASA 103
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate
General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions
BSC Course: Advanced
Bareboat Cruising ASA 104
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification
General Description: An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.
BSC Course: Cruising or Caribbean Cruising
Coastal Navigation ASA 105
General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard.
BSC Course: Coastal Navigation
Experienced sailors can receive ASA certification without taking a course by challenging the standards. Each level of certification requires passing a written exam and an on the water evaluation. The instructor signs the candidate's log book and the ASA issues the certification stickers by mail.
The most common challenge is for Bare Boat Certification (104). The steps and cost are:
|Basic Keel Boat Exam 101
|Basic Cruising Exam 103
|Bare Boat Exam 104
|On the Water Evaluation
A summary of the ASA Standards can be found on their web site. The ASA course text books can be used as study guides and are available from the BSC.
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