ASA 101... Why Bother?
Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:47 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:14 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:17 AM
I do anything to keep Wifey loving sailing, and that included taking ASAs with her even though I had been sailing most of my life.
Nice thing thing about ASAs is they make it a little easier to charter worldwide. Outside the US people want some proof on paper thay you have some competency training.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:22 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:30 AM
Don't they had an option where you can "challenge" for a rating without actually taking the courses if you have experience? Should make it much cheaper to get the "official" rating and get whatever benefits that go with it for chartering etc
They do have something like that. I went through the bareboat charter certification a number of years ago, for 101 I found an ASA instructor that spent a day with me out sailing the boat. I showed him what I knew, he passed me. I then went on to do the rest of it at the Chapman Offshore School program.
But you DO have to know the basics of sailing even if you aren't perfect.
In theory the Bareboat certification (which is 101, 102, & 105 if memory serves) is supposed to tell charter companies you are 'certified' to skipper the boat. They guy I took my cert from also basically told me that it counted very little against your actual sailing resume & experience and they still are probably going to make you back in and out of the slip and do a check out.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:56 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:02 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:23 PM
First time I chartered was in the Whitsundays. Checkout was an actual sail, just me and the non sailing girlfriend and the checker. I raised the main, sailed off the mooring and as we left the mooring field asked what was next. His response was that we could do anything I wanted as I had already passed. Second time was in Charlotte Amalie on a spot charter. Checkout was a 5 minute discussion with the broker as we inspected the boat.
Has anyone been turned down for not having a "ticket"?
Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:59 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:45 PM
Not to say ASA (or anyone) is 'perfect' but you DO realize they are running a business, right ?
Just because YOU don't think they should pay a living wage and meet the costs of a boating business doesn't mean they are 'overpriced', -- and teaching anyone you KNOW a skill like sailing, driving or motorcycling can be fraught with peril - it is very easy for 'instruction' to be recieved as 'criticism' and for 'feedback' to be heard as 'whining'.
It may very well be worth it to have her learn from another source is all I'm saying.
Disclosure: I attended the ASA instructor's program in Annapolis in 1985, so I'm obviously in their pocket....
Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:46 PM
The best thing about that video is the green bikini.