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American Sailing's New IPC

American Sailing's updated IPC now has the convenience, portability, and durability of an ID card. The front of the IPC contains vital information of the holder, this includes their photograph, name, home address, nationality, ASID, birthdate, expiration, as well as a VHF endorsement from American Sailing.

The back of the IPC is designed specifically for charter companies. It summarizes and describes what the IPC is as well as a QR code for this very page for more details.

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IPC CREDENTIALS

To qualify for American Sailing's IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), applicants must be certified in up to at least ASA's 101, 103, and 104 courses. These three courses are the foundation of American Sailing's worldwide renowned educational standards.
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing

ASA 101
KEELBOAT SAILING 1


Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

ASA 103
Coastal Cruising


Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising

ASA 104
Bareboat Cruising


Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.

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WHAT IS THE IPC?

The IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) is a document American Sailing designed specifically for charter companies in the Mediterranean as proof of bareboat competency in another format other than our official log book. And it's meant mainly for countries who do not accept the UNECE's ICC (International Certificate of Competency) but still want proof of bareboat competency.
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American Sailing - Who We Are

The American Sailing Association was founded in 1983 with a simply stated mission: to teach people to sail safely and confidently. To achieve that goal, the ASA set out to establish standards against which to measure a sailor's level of knowledge and skill, the first such unified standards in the U.S. to apply to sailors in keelboats.

Today, the ASA is an association of sailing schools, charter companies, professional sailing instructors, and sailors, with over 400+ affiliated sailing schools located throughout the U.S., as well as in the Caribbean, Europe, Central America, and Asia. These accredited schools offer ASA certification to individuals who meet the requirements for a given level. To date, ASA schools have certified over half a million sailors!

The ASA system has eight primary levels of student certification from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passagemaking. Whether your goal is to skipper a bareboat charter in the Caribbean or to crew confidently on a short weekend sail, the ASA's sailing-education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel safely and within the law.

Our Goal

Learning to sail is just the beginning. Through partnerships with environmental organizations, AS is becoming a leader in the fight to protect our oceans. Through ASA initiatives, underrepresented communities are invited to share in the sailing lifestyle. Our members are embarking on sailing adventures around the world while utilizing the knowledge they have gained in ASA classrooms. The American Sailing Association is a model for how a modern-day organization can work to build an inclusive environment for all.

Sailing is for everyone.

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