Featured Posts

ASA’s First Regional Meeting Held in Shenzhen, ChinaASA’s First Regional Meeting Held in Shenzhen, China Last week ASA held its first ever regional Asian Affiliate & Instructors meeting in Shenzhen, China.  Over two dozen ASA Instructors and Affiliate representatives...

Read More

Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway SweepstakesHands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes Win a caribbean bareboat charter or tropical vacation... and help improve the lives of children in the Caribbean! Join the ASA/Hands Across the Sea Caribbean Getaway...

Read More

ASA Unveils Innovative TextbookASA Unveils Innovative Textbook ASA's brand new textbook, Bareboat Cruising Made Easy, has just been released to national acclaim. The updated manual of ASA’s bareboat cruising standard is designed to...

Read More

Sailing Fun for KidsSailing Fun for Kids Sailing is more fun with family and friends, so why not get your kids on the water on your next Caribbean vacation? The American Sailing Association is excited to debut the...

Read More

What you can do with your ASA sailing credentialsWhat you can do with your ASA sailing credentials Many prospective students ask us why getting certified is so important. Couldn't they pick up the same valuable sailing skills without passing a course and receiving a certificate?...

Read More

Dinghy Sailing vs. Yacht SailingDinghy Sailing vs. Yacht Sailing The kind of boat you choose to sail will define your relationship with the sport as a whole. Like wind and weather conditions, the boat is one part of the entire sailing experience....

Read More

Combine Sailing Lessons With an International VacationCombine Sailing Lessons With an International Vacation 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...

Read More

Sailing is a Great Way to Spend Quality Time with your FamilySailing is a Great Way to Spend Quality Time with your... Whether you have a six-year-old son or a sixteen-year-old daughter, sailing is a wonderful bonding experience that everyone in the family will enjoy. Next time you suggest...

Read More

When it Comes to Your Sailing Education, You're the Boss!When it Comes to Your Sailing Education, You're the... 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...

Read More

ASA in Croatia: Medieval Mysteries This is a story about ASA's 2012 Croatia Flotilla. For more info on upcoming ASA sailing flotillas, click here. Sailors (and tourists of all kinds) have beaten a well-worn...

Read More

Subscribe To ASA Feed

ASA Schools at Strictly Sail Pacific 2012

Category : At the Shows

Going to Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, CA, April 12th-15th? These ASA schools will have booths—visit them to talk sailing and for special promotions and deals only available at the show! Some of the specials are listed here, and others you will have to visit to discover. And be sure to check back periodically, because new deals may be added as the show rolls along!

ASA Main Booth
Booth 340

Anacortes Yacht Charters
Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor, Booth 3
- Buy one class, get one 25% off!

Afterguard Sailing Academy
Booth 39

Aoki Yacht School
Booth 85

BVI Yacht Charters
Booth 116
-20% off for all guests who book at the show!

Modern Sailing School & Club
Booth 53
- $200 discount on initiation fee!

Open Sailing School
Booth P2/P3

Sailtime San Francisco Bay
In the Water on a Hunter 39 at Slip #59  
- FREE ASA 101/103 for new Members who sign up at the show!

San Juan Sailing

Booth 214-216

Sunsail Tortola
Booth B16
-Check out Sunsail’s special – up to 30% off your next charter when you book it at the show!

Tradewinds Sailing School & Club
asa booth

A Look Back at ASA’s Free Sailing Lessons at Strictly Sail Miami 2012!

Category : At the Shows

on the water sailing lesson

Photo by b. cohen

At this year’s Strictly Sail Miami boat show, ASA partnered with Discover Sailing to offer free on-the-water sailing lessons. Taught by our world-class ASA instructors, these clinics on scenic Biscayne Bay introduced new sailors to the basics of seamanship. For those with more experience, we had a taste of ASA’s broad curriculum, with Advanced Cruising Seminars and Catamaran Cruising Seminars.

The weather was great, and we capped it off with a lifeboat demonstration by Switlik and a VIP Member Party on the docks. This was one boat show we won’t soon forget! To see more pictures from the show, visit us on Flickr.

Here’s what one of our instructors had to say afterward:

I think the program is great, introducing prospective new sailors to an on-water experience, as well as giving more seasoned sailors the opportunity to sharpen their skills while attending their local boat show. All of the captains were total pros, delivering top notch training while making sure everyone had FUN. As my teaching schedule allowed me time to also help out at the Discover Sailing Booth, I had the opportunity to ‘interview’ many of the returning guests, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

sailing biscayne bay

Photo by b. cohen

If you missed out on the Miami show, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities. We’ll be doing a similar program at Strictly Sail Pacific in Oakland, CA this April! Stay tuned to ASA Social Media for details!

Here’s a video of two of our boats leaving for a free lesson in Miami. You can even hear our instructors doing a bit of teaching…

Exciting times at the 2012 South West International Boat Show

Category : At the Shows

asa booth boat showThis year, ASA will be participating for the first time in Texas’ largest in-water boat show, the South West International Boat Show. And if it’s the biggest thing in Texas, you know it’s going to be HUGE. You’ll be able to find us there along with many of our sailing schools.

WHEN: March 22-25, 2012
WHERE: South Shore Harbour Marina, Bay Area Houston, Texas

All the biggest boat manufacturers will be there, including Beneteau, Hunter, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Catalina, and Leopard. Come check out their latest models in the beautiful warm-weather setting of the Texas gulf coast. Over 400 boats will be in the water, and many of them ready to demo!

ASA to offer free on-the-water lessons and advanced clinics at Strictly Sail Miami

Category : At the Shows

miami boat showStrictly Sail Miami, from February 16-20, 2012, is always a popular event–a chance for sailors from around the country to escape winter gloom–and this year’s version should be the best one yet. Why?

Because ASA will be partnering with the Discover Sailing Resource Center, and that means FREE on-the-water sailing lessons and clinics taught by experienced ASA instructors! These clinics are expected to fill up very quickly, so pre-registration is highly recommended! See below for details.

There will be opportunities for all skill levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned hands. All training is based on ASA’s internationally renowned training and certification programs and will be taught aboard 30’ to 40′ sailboats.

In addition to the free lessons, there will be an Advanced Cruising Skills Seminar for those looking to hone their bluewater sailing skills, and an exclusive Introduction to Cruising Catamarans. You’ll find all the details below!

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION:

Basic and Intermediate Hands-On Training Clinics

  • Introduction to Sailing
  • Intermediate Coastal Cruising
  • Docking Under Power

When: Held daily beginning Friday, February 17th

Requirements: Must be 18 or older and capable of participating as an active crewmember while underway.

Register online at http://www.regonline.com/strictlysailmiami2012.  Please note: a $4 online registration fee will be added to the cost of your boat show ticket.

Advanced Cruising Skills Seminars

Some of the American Sailing Association’s most experienced blue water instructors will conduct hands on seminars geared toward sailors interested in chartering and offshore sailing. These intensive 3 ½ hour sessions cover skills and techniques that are part of ASA’s Bareboat Charter (ASA 104) and Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) programs.

Advance registration is REQUIRED, and participation is limited to 5 persons per boat. The cost is $125 per person, which includes 2 days boat show admission (a $36 value). To register, click the following link:
www.regonline.com/strictlysailmiamiadvanced

Requirements: Participants must be at least 18 years old and capable of participating as an active crewmember while underway.

Here’s the schedule so you can plan your time at the show!

Miami Exclusive — Introduction to Cruising Catamarans

American Sailing Association instructors will cover Cruising Catamaran fundamentals including techniques for tacking and jibing in light air, correct sail trim, steering a compass course, line handling and winch safety, crew overboard recovery, maneuvering in tight spaces under power and much more.  All learning elements are taken directly from the ASA Cruising Catamaran certification course (ASA 114).

Advance registration is required

Space is very limited for the Cruising Catamaran clinic, and advance registration is required.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and capable of performing as an active crew member while underway.  Cost for this exclusive seminar is $125 including 2 days boat show admission.  You can find out more details, register online and get your boat show ticket in advance at the follow web link – http://www.regonline.com/ssmiamicruisingcats