Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC) Registration

American Sailing Association First 22 built by Beneteau sailing in Annapolis MD.
American Sailing Association First 22 built by Beneteau sailing in Annapolis MD.

Registering for an ASA Certified Instructor Clinic

  1. The instructor membership must be current in order to apply for the instructor clinics.
  2. Members can upgrade into the instructor membership by logging in and pay the balance to convert.

Once you are logged in, follow the instructions to fill out the application. There are prerequisites and fees for all levels of the instructor clinics. Be prepared to pay upon the finalization of the registration fees.

Twice a year the ASA publishes a schedule of upcoming Instructor Qualification Clinics. Please take a look at the current list and select a convenient location. To date we have certified well over 3000 instructors nationwide. Each individual brings with him/her a wealth of knowledge and ability. As an instructor candidate you will share in this exciting exchange of information in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.
ASA Instructor Clinics test and evaluate knowledge and ability. Time is also spent understanding and perfecting communication skills. In the end instructors come away with credentials which distinguish them as professionals. They also possess the necessary tools to efficiently guide others through the first steps of their sailing experience.
Without challenge there can be no growth. The instructor clinic offers a unique opportunity for you to challenge yourself and grow as a result. You may follow the steps listed below to register for a clinic and receive your study material. This will give you a head start. Preparation can make the difference between success and failure.

  1. Select a clinic from the IQC clinic schedule.
  2. Go to the Members/Instructors login page and login, if you do not have a login identification number, select the “Join Now” link.
  3. Upon acceptance status and study material will be an email electronic package as well as a shipped textbook (2) for the clinic. Candidates will receive the name, email and phone # of the hosting school and the Instructor Evaluator.
  4. Remember that all clinic fees are not refundable.
  5. Cancellations are filed on a pending status until rescheduled.

Instructor Clinic Fees

U. S. Annual Instructor Membership $79
International Membership $89
(Instructor Membership is required for all clinic registration*)
Basic Small Boat Instr. (BSBI – 210) $295
Basic Celestial Endorsement Instr. (BCEI – 217) $210
Docking Endorsement Instr.(DEI – 218) $195
Radar Endorsement Instr. (REI – 220) $299
Weather Endorsement Instr. (WEI – 219) $299
*  All Instructor memberships expire at the end of the calendar year.
** The Coastal Navigation Exam is taken as part of the BCCI clinic at no additional charge less than a 90% score qualifies for a retest at $75.
Shipping Standard Materials via UPS (10 Business Days) – $15

Each instructor level (except BSBI) is a prerequisite for the next higher level. Instructors must teach for one year as a BCCI or BBCI before they are allowed to advance to ACCI. Clinic fees will be refunded if a candidate is rejected. ASA instructor membership fee is not refundable. Clinic fees will be credited to accepted applicants only if ASA cancels the clinic. Do not schedule conflicts. ASA maintains a NO REFUND policy. Make a commitment to quality that makes a difference. A sailing instructor with experience and credentials is, in fact, a PROFESSIONAL.

What candidates have said about the clinic:

“Very demanding but fair and a great experience.” – John Charles, B.C. Canada

“I approached this class with a complacent, smug attitude, but when finished I was genuinely proud to have passed and have the certifications.” – Larry Hansz, Traverse City, MI

“The most mentally demanding program I have participated in since attending the Army Command and General Staff College. Bob Diamond is a no nonsense I.E. who ASA can be sure is upholding the standards set for instructor status in all courses. I am personally proud to have been certified by this master” – Dave Archer, Novato CA

What candidates have said about the Instructor Evaluators:

“…the I.E. of my IQC was and is one of the most professional and personable instructors I have had the good fortune to meet.”

“…handled one set back after the other professionally. He is an excellent and dedicated instructor…”

“… a super facilitator, keeping things light, on purpose and keeping everyone motivated when we started to slack…”