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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

New Jersey Sailing School & Charter - Brick, NJ With some of the best sailing waters in New Jersey, NJSS offers the perfect learning environment. All our instructors are ASA certified and all love the sport a... Read More...
Yachts Fun Sailing Club-Shanghai - China ...
Dunbar Sails - Saint Simons Island, GA ...
Marina Sailing – San Diego - San Diego, CA Marina Sailing is Southern California’s oldest and largest sailing charter and instruction company. Started in 1962, our six locations along the coast offer a... Read More...
Learn to Sail San Diego - San Diego, CA We offer live aboard and learn to sail courses in beautiful San Diego. All of our classes are private, so only you and your friends or family will be on board o... 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...
2010 Outstanding Instructors ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
2012 Outstanding Instructors ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
Outstanding Instructor Kathy Struchen  Captain Kathy Struchen started sailing after college and today she is being recognized as one of the American Sailing Association’s Outstanding Instructors. Read More...
Jim King - Outstanding ASA Sailing Instructor Spotlight
King of Sailing In 2006 Jim King took his first ASA 101 & ASA 103 courses - he bought a boat the next weekend! Now he owns his own sailing school, North Star Sailing Charters. 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.


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!


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.


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!


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.