In November of 2018, ASA launched its Veterans Sailing Education Program aimed at getting more veterans out on the water. Since then, ASA has donated over $13,000 to the Veterans Sailing cause and more than 120 schools have offered a discount to military members seeking a sailing education.
Take a look at the participating sailing schools and find one for you.
ASA would like to recognize the top schools in the Veterans Education Program:
The Top Sailing Schools Were:
- Veterans Sailing Association
- Kadena Marina
- Warrior Sailing
- Navy Patuxent Sailing Club
- Sailtime Virginia Beach
Veterans Sailing Association in Tavernier, Florida caters to veterans and is led by Captain Joe Mastrangelo, a US Navy Seal who has been sailing, diving and spearfishing the waters of the Florida Keys/Bahamas for over 30 years. Warrior Sailing helps veterans cope with the long term effects of PTSD, brain injury, amputation, paralysis and nerve damage with their on-the-water program.
One year since the inception of the Veterans Sailing Education Program ASA has decided to extend the program to reach more potential sailors and introduce additional service members to the sailing lifestyle.
Participating ASA schools will offer a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off of their regular “Basic Keelboat Sailing” (ASA 101) tuition to U.S. veterans and active-duty military. Many schools already offer more significant savings, and several have sailboats to accommodate disabled students who need a more stable or custom platform. School-specific program details can be found at asa.com/veterans.
“This exclusive offer for U.S. military personnel is a token of our appreciation for the contributions they make on our behalf every single day,” Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board, said. “We hope that it will serve as an invitation to explore the fun and exciting world of sailing with family and friends.”
During ASA’s “Basic Keelboat Sailing” course, students begin their sailing journeys by learning the essential skills to take the helm or crew a sailboat. Taught by ASA-certified instructors, the multi-day class covers basic sailing terminology, sailboat parts and functions, basic sail trim, points of sail, seamanship, basic navigation rules, and more. Upon completion of the course, students will receive their ASA 101 certification from the ASA and can safely continue to enjoy the sailing lifestyle with family and friends.
Active and retired military interested in this program can go to asa.com/veterans to find a participating school in their area. Alternatively, they can consider an ASA school in a vacation destination and contact the school for participation information and other details.