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Congratulations on your interest in learning to sail, or in improving your sailing skills. The American Sailing Association is the world's foremost organization dedicated to training, teaching and certifying schools, sailing instructors and sailing enthusiasts. When you join the American Sailing Association, or work with an ASA certified sailing school, you know you're learning how to sail and getting the most rigorous, safety-first education and the best sailing instruction available.
Summary of ASA Sailing Standards
Summary of Student Standards
The American Sailing Association has adopted two separate Progressive Sailing Certification Programs: a seven stage Keelboat Sailing Certification Program and a two stage Small Boat Sailing Program. The following are the general descriptions or summaries of these Standards. Candidates must have attained the stated prerequisites before they may "Challenge" or take the required ASA examination.
The ASA "Challenge"
Sailors who consider themselves qualified to ASA Standards may "Challenge" the ASA Standards at any ASA Certification Facility. To challenge the Standards one must progress successfully through the ASA system of Standards.
Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)
ASA Standards / Pacific Sailing Curriculum
Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate
Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104)
(Intermediate Coastal Cruising)
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)