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Time to Get Cruising Catamaran Certified

Time to Get Cruising Catamaran Certified

The cruising catamaran is the fastest growing segment in the sailing world. Heralded for their incredible comfort at a mooring or under sail, more and more cruising destinations are jam packed with what, are in essence, self-sufficient little islands for friends and family. They are stable, fast and readily available for charter in almost every exotic location on the planet.

Since the launch of ASA’s new Cruising Catamarans Made Easy textbook there has been a lot of interest in the ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certification and a lot of our affiliate schools and our instructors are eager to start teaching sailors how to skipper a catamaran so that they can charter one on their next sailing vacation.

ASA Certified Sailors:

See the list of 93 ASA Certified Schools that offer ASA 114 Courses ⟩⟩

Are you interested in exploring the comfort, speed and stability of a beautiful cruising catamaran? Sailors need to appreciate that there is a unique art of sailing when it comes to a larger catamaran with its distinctive characteristics and operating systems. The ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran certification, will take you from bowsprit to stern rail and all points in between, describing and illustrating how to sail these beamy, twin engine cruising crafts. Whether your aspirations are for chartering, owning or simply sailing on a big cat, you need to learn the differences between monohulls and catamarans and prepare yourself for the nuances of handling a cruising catamaran under sail and under power. ASA will teach you about catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response. Having completed your ASA 114 Certification you will have the confidence you need to a sail on a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Get Certified ⟩⟩

ASA Certified Instructors:

See the calendar of upcoming IQCs ⟩⟩

The most recent 214 Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC), taught by Instructor Evaluator Barry Sroka, was held at the Sunrise Sailing Academy, on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. Here is the latest group of ASA Instructors certified to teach ASA 114 – Jim Peta, Mike Pendly, Tom Samford, Kevin Murphy, and Dan Kingery. Sign up for a 214 IQC ⟩⟩

Time to Get Cruising Catamaran Certified
Left to right:
Jim Peta, Mike Pendly, Barry Sroka (Instructor Evaluator), Tom Samford, Kevin Murphy, Dan Kingery.

LOHAS sailing School.

IQCs in Taiwan

The ASA currently has four certified sailing schools in Taiwan which means there must be ASA Certified Instructors to teach there. On a recent trip to the area Barry Sroka, an instructor evaluator, conducted nine IQC’s with 23 candidates. One of the Basic Keelboat IQCs had a record 11 candidates. He also completed three facility Evaluations with one being on an island offshore from Taiwan.

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IQC at RnR

Summer School for Sailing Instructors

Sometimes summer school can be fun, especially for those sailing instructors who attended an ASA Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC) held at R&R Charters and Sail School in Chester, MD.

Congratulations to all the newly certified ASA Instructors:

  • ASA 201 – Phinehas Bowen, Larry Dean, Miguel Moravec
  • ASA 203 – William Rathbun, Suzanne Acevedo
  • ASA 204 – Suzanne Acevedo, William Rathbun
  • ASA 218 – Maragret Pmmert, Jeffrey Sippy, Kenneth Roach, & William Rathbun

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Duncan Hood Instructor Evaluator

Meet Duncan Hood, ASA Instructor Evaluator

Duncan Hood is an ASA Instructor Evaluator and has played a key role at ASA since it was founded in 1983. His recent trips to China have helped start numerous sailing schools and put sailing on the map in the region.

In this entertaining podcast from 59ยบ NORTH Duncan talks about his colorful sailing career and his trips to China. Definitely worth a listen.

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IQC at Sea Safaris Sailing School

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

Conducting an Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC) in April on Lake Michigan can be a roll of the dice weatherwise. Over the 3.5 days of our clinic (ASA 201, 203, 205) we experienced chilly conditions and one day were rained out completely – but as any good sailors, we adjusted and worked through the requirements of the clinic and were blessed graduation day with perfect weather spring weather. This group of instructors came from both far and near – as far north as Sturgeon Bay in Northern Wisconsin as well as local sailors to Chicago. Hosted by Sea Safaris Sailing School and Captain Brian Earl, ASA IE, all of these sailors were accustom to the vagaries of early season sailing.

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IQC 203 Sailing Instructor Graduates

Raising the Bar at R&R

ASA would like to congratualate the latest group of sailing instructor graduates from an IQC hosted by R&R Charters and Sail School in Maryland.

The Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC) hosted multiple groups of instructors from April 24 through April 29. There were candidates for the ASA 201 Basic Keelboat, ASA 203 Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 204 Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 218 Docking Endorsement.

“The weather was great with very nice winds and the 204 students had some of the best sailing we’ve seen since last fall.” reported David Renoll, Instructor Evaluator and owner of R&R Charters and Sail School. He went on to comment how “IQC candidates can vary so much from one year to the next, and the sailors in this IQC were great and will be excellent representatives for ASA.”.

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