Over two dozen ASA Instructors and Affiliate representatives attended the first ever regional Asian Affiliate & Instructors meeting in Shenzhen, China.
Vacations are for rejuvenation and exploration, right? So why not one-up all the normal resort-goers and take sailing lessons at your vacation destination this summer! Sailing can be both relaxing and adventurous, so it’s the perfect sport to pick up on your next trip. Besides, who wouldn’t want to learn how to sail in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean? Many popular vacation destinations have nearly ideal sailing conditions, so there’s nothing standing in your way.
One of the most important parts of beginning your sailing education is finding the right sailing school. Every individual has different strengths, weaknesses, needs, and ideal learning methods. Likewise, every sailing school has different instructors, courses, boats, and teaching methods. Even a school’s location can affect your sailing education. For example, learning to sail in San Francisco Bay’s heavy winds might scare one student and motivate another. Here at ASA, we want to provide every sailor with a sailing education that conforms to their needs and inspires them to continue sailing. We know this for sure: you know yourself, and … Continue reading When it Comes to Your Sailing Education, You’re the Boss!
On this blog recently we’ve covered what sailing school is like, why you would want to take sailing lessons, and the history of ASA. Now, the question is, how many sailing schools does ASA have, and WHERE ARE THEY? The answer is: just about everywhere you can find water. (That includes several landlocked states, by the way!) And the more water…the more ASA sailing schools. Want proof? Coastal Living Magazine just published a list of America’s 15 happiest seaside towns, and what do they all have in common? You can find one of our schools in or near every single … Continue reading Sailing Schools from Coast to Coast and Around the World
A wise man or woman once said, knowledge is power. Nowhere is this truer than in sailing, where the more you learn, the more worlds of sailing fun are opened up to you. Like most things in life, the key to success is a good education. Courses from an ASA sailing school are designed to be thorough and enjoyable, and to leave you feeling confident on the boat. Each level expands your comfort zone, beginning with basic boat handling and continuing with coastal cruising and eventually offshore, blue-water sailing! How far you go depends on your goals and dreams as … Continue reading The More You Know, the More Fun Sailing Is!
This is the final installment in the “Voyaging with Velella” series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Harvey. Meghan, her husband Prescott, and their cat Nessie have been cruising for the last 8 months in Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. I find it rather fitting that we should “swallow the hook” in a place called Portland. The Land Where Boats Come to Port. The moment I stepped onto the dock in Portland, Oregon, it hit me that we were finally home. These were the docks I would walk over and over again on my way to work, these were the showers that … Continue reading Voyaging with Velella: Home Is Where the Boat Is
ASA regularly makes the rounds of the nation’s premier boat shows. Recently you may have encountered us in Annapolis or St. Petersburg, where we’ve had booths staffed with folks from ASA headquarters, volunteer instructors enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of the sailing lifestyle, and a wealth of materials available about our schools and sailing opportunities. Boat shows are places where sailors gather to geek out over the latest boat designs and cool gadgets, yes, but also a good spot for prospective boat owners or those just learning to sail to go for more information. So if you’ve been pondering taking … Continue reading Come Visit Us at Upcoming Boat Shows!