The importance of being ASA Certified
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 Certified 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.
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 Instructors
2018 Outstanding Instructors
ASA’s Outstanding Sailing Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. Read More...
Living the Dream!
Matthew Holt, voted an ASA Outstanding Instructor in 2014, teaches sailing in one of the most beautiful places in the world - the British Virgin Islands. 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...
2015 Outstanding Instructors
ASA’s Outstanding Instructors are selected each year solely as a result of student feedback received throughout the year. The award then goes to the top 30 instructors, recognizing them as the top 1½% of their peers for quality education as judged by their own customers. Read More...
Sailing by the Lee
Since he was a kid, Lee Pearce has been around the water and boats, but he didn’t discover sailing until he was around 30-years old, living in Florida. Pearce soon found his groove and realized he could be more than a part time instructor and took the plunge, starting his own sailing school! 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.