The American Sailing Association provides standards for progressive sailing certification programs, including:
- Keelboat Sailing
- Small Boat Sailing
- Multihull Sailing
In addition, ASA provides standards for a number of endorsements, which are intended to supplement the main certification series. These include Docking, Weather, Celestial, and Radar.
Listed below are the prerequisites and descriptions for each available course. The detailed standards for each certification may be found by clicking the title. Standards are also published in the ASA Official International Certification Log Book.
Each certification requires participants to fully satisfy both knowledge and skills standards, which will be verified through a written exam and an on-the-water practical exam.
The standards are intended to be a minimum set of requirements. ASA affiliate sailing schools and instructors may choose to include additional requirements if they wish to emphasize knowledge or skills appropriate to local waters, conditions or practice vessels.
Obtaining sailing education is an important step toward a lifetime of sailing enjoyment, yet education is just part of the process. ASA highly recommends that each certification level be augmented with a minimum of 24 to 40 hours of practice in between courses.
All participants are encouraged to become proficient in swimming, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).