Do I Really Need Sailing Lessons?

plotting courseThey say there is more than one way to skin a cat, and though they’re not referring to catamarans, the phrase still applies to sailing. There is more than one way to learn to do anything–so why do you need to take ASA sailing lessons? The answer is: You’ve got to learn somehow, so you may as well learn from the best.

Some people are lucky enough to be raised on the water, and for them sailing comes as naturally as breathing. (Many of those people grow up to become ASA instructors, by the way.) For the rest of us, who weren’t so fortunate, a helping hand is needed and professional sailing lessons make the difference.

We don’t believe that sailing has to be hard–that’s why our books are called Sailing Made Easy and Coastal Cruising Made Easy. But it is an artform, and to be a good sailor you need good training, just as writers, painters, and athletes require instruction and practice to reach their potential.
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ASA sailing lessons are designed to establish confidence through a strong understanding of the fundamentals of sailing, starting with the basics: Understanding how the parts of the boat work, how to use the wind, how to steer, tie knots, and deal comfortably with problems that arise. From that strong platform of skills, you can go anywhere: For example, bareboat chartering in the tropics (ASA 104), or sailing out of sight of land with Offshore Passagemaking (ASA 108).

There are other ways to learn these skills. You could happen to have a friend who is a great sailor, and has the spare time to teach you the ropes. You could teach yourself through trial and error (we strongly do not recommend this method), and some local clubs give lessons, although these certifications are unlikely to be recognized by charter companies or boat rentals.

We simply feel that none of these options offers what ASA does: expert instruction, a feeling of confidence, and membership in an association that supports you in the sailing lifestyle through benefits, events, flotillas, camaraderie, and more.

To see ASA lessons in action, watch this video of Bareboat Charter students sailing on our recent St. Martin flotilla. You’ll notice the instructor calmly coaching his students through the maneuvers–that comes from years of experience teaching the ASA curriculum. No panic, drama, or stress! Instead, the learning environment, even on the windy Caribbean Sea, is conducive to skillbuilding and retention.
(If you can’t see the video, click this link.)

If you want to know more about what sailing lessons are like at our over 300 sailing schools around the world, click here.

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Chris
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Chris

When sailing schools learn to lower their prices, more people will take lessons. i have tons of friends who are interested but just won’t pay that kind of money. If schools lower their prices, they’ll still make more money, considering how many people will sign up.

Rob Brady
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Rob Brady

Lower the price of sailing, and perhaps more people will take lessons.

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In response to the comments about the price of sailing lessons, let us offer this explanation, which we hope will be helpful: Price competition is alive and well in the sailing industry. Since neither ASA nor US Sailing establish franchise-like minimum boundaries on where a new sailing school can open relative to existing ones, a potential sailing school owner is free to choose the area with the best business opportunity. If prices are “too high” for lessons in an area, he or she is free to open a school and charge less than the competition. In fact, this is the… Read more »