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ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program

ASA’s Veteran Sailing Education Program Has Been Extended

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:

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Learning To Sail: A Navy Son and His Army Veteran Father

Learning To Sail With Veteran Sailing Association in Tavernier, Florida

The ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program is in its third month of operation and several stories about the program have arrived at ASA from veterans and ASA Affiliates.  

US Navy man Galen Gambino and his Army veteran father, Robert Gambino, both of Atlanta, GA, flew into Miami International, rented a car and drove down to Veteran Sailing Association, an ASA Affiliate in Tavernier, FL, to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s with the owner, former Navy SEAL and ASA Certified Instructor, Captain Joseph “CJ” Mastrangelo. “CJ” offers a bundle ASA 101, 103, 104 class free of charge to active duty and honorably discharged veteran military personnel, provided that they study and pass both written and open-water sailing tests. This is the story of how Galen and his father Robert spent the final week of 2018.

Neither had ever before set foot upon a sailing vessel.
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ASA's Veteran Sailing Education Program

ASA’s Veterans Sailing Education Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: American Sailing Association and Affiliate Schools Join Forces in Year-Long Program Starting on Veterans Day to Introduce U.S. Military to World of Sailing

LOS ANGELES, October 1, 2018 – The American Sailing Association (ASA), in partnership with its national network of affiliate sailing schools, announced today a special initiative exclusively for active and retired military to thank them for their sacrifices in carrying out their respective missions to protect the United States and its interests, and maintain the safety and freedom of U.S. citizens. For 365 days beginning on Veterans Day 2018, America’s premier sail education authority will take advantage of its unique position to express its gratitude to these brave individuals by offering ASA’s basic sailing course (ASA 101) at a special rate.

We believe that sailing places people in the ‘here and now’ like few other activities can,” said Lenny Shabes, ASA’s Chairman of the Board. “Immersed in beautiful, natural scenery, sailing offers a healthy and peaceful environment in which to recharge and reduce stress – something we can all use, especially our military who have given so much while defending our daily freedom.

The official kick-off date is November 11, 2018, with a soft launch scheduled for October 15 2018. 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 through November 11, 2019. Many schools will be offering a greater 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,” Shabes added. “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.

Additional Gift on Veterans Day 2018 Only
Coinciding with the launch of the program, the ASA is offering all veterans and active military a free download of its best-selling sailing app, SAILING CHALLENGE, on November 11, 2018 only. This nationally acclaimed app teaches sailing skills in a 3D virtual world. Both entertaining and educational, users can practice their sailing skills and compete with friends on time and precision.

About the American Sailing Association
The American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for 35 years. The Association has grown to include an international network of more than 350 professionally accredited sailing schools. More than one million certifications have been awarded to over 500,000 people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools, clubs and programs since 1983. For more information, visit www.asa.com.

Jill Hoffman
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