Become a Sailing Instructor

Become a sailing instructor photoA very special group of sailors feel the need to share their knowledge and love of sailing with others through sailing instruction. In the past, a good sailor became a Sailing Instructor simply by beginning to teach and declaring himself or herself an instructor.

The American Sailing Association was organized to establish national standards for sailing instructor certification in the United States. We take experienced instructors and expert sailors and give them the tools they need to become certified sailing instructors.

ASA Sailing Instructor clinics test existing skills and knowledge while teaching a structured curriculum and proven presentation techniques. ASA certified saling instructors have proven they measure up to a national standard which is used by more than 90% of the commercial sailing schools in the country. Take the challenge and attend an ASA Instructor Qualification Clinic (IQC).


IQC are you ready?



Please watch this video before applying to the IQC program. During this video a code
will be provided and it must be entered on your IQC Application prior to submission.



sailing stepsSailing Instructor Prerequisites
Credentials prove your commitment. Join the thousands of professional sailing instructors and educators who have proven they measure up to the standards used by the American commercial sailing industry. You may enroll in an IQC if you have the ambition to become classified as a professional sailing instructor, and you meet the following criteria:

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ASA Small Boat (210) Instructor
  • ASA member in good standing
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Possess at least 3 years sailing experience
  • Have teaching experience or can demonstrate an aptitude for clearly communicating sailing concepts to the novice sailor
  • Have current CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Capable of performing the standards described in the ASA International Log Book
ASA Small Boat (209) Assistant Instructor
  • ASA member in good standing
  • 14 years of age or older
  • Possess sailing experience
  • Have current CPR/First Aid Certification
  • No teaching experience required
ASA Keelboat (201) Instructor
  • ASA member in good standing
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Possess at least 3 years sailing experience
  • Have teaching experience or can demonstrate an aptitude for clearly communicating sailing concepts to the novice sailor
  • Capable of performing the standards described in the ASA International Log Book

Instructor Clinics

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