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Get Your Sailing Dream Started Online

your first sailSailors often have to patiently wait out the capricious winds, tides, and storms, but there is one sailing ground where the conditions are always perfect: the Internet. ASA offers online sailing lessons to get first-timers, or those who need a refresher, up to speed in advance of an outing on the water!

Of course, getting outside with the wind and waves is always preferable to getting in front of a computer, but ASA’s online sailing lessons can help you prepare for that first trip out, and give you something useful to do when real sailing just isn’t possible! Our online courses are developed by the same expert sailing instructors who create ASA’s internationally recognized certification standards!

Going sailing for the first time can be intimidating. The boat is a foreign environment to most people, full of a lot of strange lingo and unfamiliar equipment. Our e-course, Your First Sail, is designed to kick start your sailing dreams by getting you comfortable with the basic concepts of sailing so that you can feel more confident right off the bat.
your first sail boat parts
Your First Sail is geared especially toward those who have never sailed before, those who have sailed a few times as someone’s guest, those who are getting ready to take a sailing class, and those who just want to be more helpful the next time they’re out on a friend’s boat. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete, and is full of interactive games, puzzles, and diagrams to keep it fun and help you retain information.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • What do I wear?
  • The parts of the boat.
  • How a sailboat works.
  • Sailing terminology.

You can get a head start and lay a solid foundation before you ever step foot on a boat! There is no substitute for the hands-on learning of an ASA in-water sailing course, but brushing up on the basics in the comfort of your own home frees you up to get the most out of that experience. That way, you’ll go into it ready to learn and absorb, not intimidated or worrying so much about picking up the vocabulary and fundamental concepts.

After all, the reason many people sail is to experience the rush of freedom and exhilaration that comes from successfully maneuvering the boat on the open water. So take the first step toward that freedom, right here!

ASA launches learn to sail online system with “Your First Sail” course

your first sailStepping aboard a sailboat for the first time takes courage. The new sailor is entering a floating world where there are new rules, and even, in some cases, a new language. What happens when someone asks you to ease the main sheet, or calls out “helms-a-lee?” Well, you don’t have to be unprepared when that moment comes! Before you hit the water, you can begin to learn to sail online.

The American Sailing Association is taking its dedication to quality sailing education to a new level, launching its eLearning system and the brand new course, Your First Sail.

Who is this course for?

If any one of the following describes you, this course is for you!

  • I have never been sailing.
  • I’ve been sailing a couple of times as someone’s guest, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a close tack and a broad reach.
  • I’m not interested in taking a sailing class at this time, but I would like to know enough to be helpful on a sailboat.
  • I’ve enrolled in a basic sailing class, but I’d like to get a solid head start before my first on-the-water lesson.

After completing this course, you’ll understand how a sailboat works, the common commands used to steer one and some basic sailing terminology. You’ll not only get the most out of your time on the water, but also be able to actively participate in the magic of sailing!

The course is a primer for ASA 101 (Basic Keelboat Sailing), covering topics such as the parts of a boat, wind direction, points of sail, and more. It even addresses what to wear and how to board the boat! Despite its thoroughness, this self-paced course only takes around 30-45 minutes to complete, and is full of interactive diagrams, videos, and pictures to keep the learning fun.
your first sail boat diagram
The course has only been live for a couple of days, but rave reviews are already coming in:

“It was extremely informative and I really enjoyed it. I was very impressed with the eCourse; every detail flowed together smoothly. I now feel that the next time I go out with friends sailing I can participate and help now that I know the basics. I learned a great deal in a relatively short time, for a basic course I feel it was GREAT!! Thank you for the opportunity to further my boating education and I look forward to sailing with my friends!” -T.W.

So don’t let yourself or anyone you know miss out on a lifetime of enjoyment in the sport of sailing. Check out Your First Sail, and when you take that first courageous step onto a boat, you’ll be doing it with confidence. Click here to get started!