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ASA Sailing Certification
The importance of being ASA Certified
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300+ Schools
7,000 Instructors
500,000 Students

ASA’s Certification was born out of a clear need for a nationally accepted system of sailing instruction with a uniform curriculum, based on an agreed upon set of standards of sailing proficiency for students and instructors.

ASA Certification is just the beginning…

Becoming ASA Certified gives you the knowledge and experience to be confident and safe on all your sailing adventures
– whether you charter a boat from a local harbor, go on an exotic sailing vacation, or even buy your own boat.

Ongoing Education
Ongoing Education
Sailing Vacations
Sailing Vacations
Sailing Flotillas
Sailing Flotillas
Boat Ownership
Boat Ownership

Once you have achieved certification, practice, practice, practice! How your sailing ability will be evaluated depends on many things; when, where, and to what level you become ASA certified, and how much you have sailed since your certification. However, being ASA certified will be yours for life as a testament to your ability and commitment from the day your ASA instructor signs your Log Book.

ASA Certified Schools

BaySail School and Yacht Charters - Havre de Grace, MD BaySail’s teaching philosophy is to ensure that the student gets as much time behind the helm as possible while making certain the experience is fun, educ... Read More...
Beaches Resorts Sailing
Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort - Caribbean Beaches Sailing Fun has international recognition from the American Sailing Association with competent and highly trained Instructors who are meticulous on int... Read More...
Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing - Raleigh, NC Located in the heart of Carolina, Carolina Mainsheet School of Sailing has been providing Sailing Education as an American Sailing Association Affiliate for Cen... Read More...
Barnegat Bay Sailing School and Sailboat Charters - Bayville, NJ Barnegat Bay Sailing School is a small, highly personalized New Jersey sailing school offering introductory and advanced sailing courses in a safe and enjoyable... Read More...
California Sailing Cooperative - Marina del Rey, CA California Sailing Cooperative (CSC), founded in 1994, is a non-profit club and school offering comprehensive sailing instruction, including ASA certifications,... Read More...
ASA accredited sailing schools are authorized to offer the internationally recognized ASA keelboat certification system and are held to the highest standards in the sailing education world. All ASA schools are required to pass a rigorous application process, conduct their businesses in an ethical and professional manner, and must pass an on site evaluation that requires a well maintained facility that accommodates its students in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to learning. ASA accredited schools also must have clean, well-maintained vessels that are safety checked by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary annually and must employ ASA certified instructors and ensure that all hold a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license (where applicable). They are champions of a cooperative effort to elevate sail training to the highest standards possible.

ASA Certified Instructors

2017 Outstanding Instructors ASA’s Outstanding Sailing Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
She’s a Lifer "The aspect of teaching sailing that I like best is being able to introduce students to a new outdoor activity" - Kim Walther Read More...
Outstanding Instructor - Yonatan Bresler
From the Navy to Owning His Own Sailing School As a child, sailing instructor Yonatan Bresler found his love for sailing aboard Lasers and catamarans with his father in the waters of Israel Read More...
2011 Outstanding Instructors ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
2007 Outstanding Instructors ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
When your Instructor is ASA Certified you can be sure that he or she is a professional who has been accredited to teach sailing that complies with ASA’s nationally and internationally accepted standards. Their hard-earned ASA instructor certification assures you of their ability to teach sailing better, safer, and more enjoyably. ASA instructors have the responsibility to teach and evaluate their students’ sailing ability and knowledge, and have been authorized by the American Sailing Association to award certifications to their students after successfully passing their ASA courses.

ASA Certified Students

When you are ASA Certified you have successfully demonstrated your ability to act as skipper or crew of a sailboat to one or more of the ASA’s eight internationally recognized levels of sailing proficiency. Becoming ASA Certified is not only validation of your hard work and sailing skills; it also boosts your confidence on board and the confidence of everyone who sails with you. ASA Certification affords sailors recognized confirmation of their individual sailing ability by other ASA certified sailors, instructors and sailing entities around the world.

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The fun really does start with ASA. The classes are small, the instructors are knowledgeable and the sport itself is a fantastic way to get outside for discovery and adventure!

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We chose the sailing lifestyle because it offers something for everyone. Our days and nights on the water give us a chance to spend quality time together away from our demanding daily lives.

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Earning our ASA certifications was a phenomenal experience. We had no idea that our dream of sailing together would turn out to be so rewarding AND fun!

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We met in an ASA sailing class and decided we should help each other practice our new skills. Two years later were married and we still sail every chance we get.