Whether you own a boat or do not own one, ASA has developed a great curriculum to start your sailing journey through its Learn to Sail programs which are fun, challenging and if you plan for a career, rewarding too. The ASA affiliated schools provide much more than teaching you how to sail. They also provide you with in-depth understanding of the environment, safety (the most important factor in any adventure sports), mechanics (technical training) and skills to become a seasoned sailor.
ASA provides standards for progressive sailing certification programs, including Keelboat, Small Boat and Multihull. The standards are intended to be a minimum set of requirements. ASA affiliate sailing schools and instructors may choose to include additional requirements if they wish to emphasize knowledge or skills appropriate to local waters, conditions or practice vessels.
European / Mediterranean Chartering Certificates: ASA also provides International Proficiency sailing certificate in the USA. The certificate is useful for enthusiasts who wish to charter in European or Mediterranean maritime waters. It provides a documentary proof of bareboat charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies.
US SAILING is another agency which provides guidelines and courses nationwide. They organize several events and programs throughout the year such as One-Design Sailing Symposiums, Safety at Sea Seminar, National Championships and National Sailing Programs. They also certifies race officials, judges, and umpires and by ensuring standardized rules and sailing instructions. US SAILING provides rating certificates such as IRC and ORR to enable boats of various sizes to compete against each other.
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Driven by a clear need for uniform sailing teaching standards and increased access to sailing activities, the American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in US sailing education for nearly two decades.
Through the sailing classes, ASA will help you learn sailing, safely & with confidence.ASA Certified Students can go from basic sailing lessons to advanced sailing courses, enjoying sailing experiences around the world.
The association has grown to include an international network of 300 plus professionally accredited sailing schools. More than 260,000 students have graduated from ASA schools and clubs since 1983. The ASA has formed a strategic partnership with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary which now uses ASA book, Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson. ASA is instrumental in establishing national sailing education standards through the work on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrator's Education Committee.
What is a Mega Yacht?
A megayacht is defined within the industry as a yacht over 80 feet or approximately 24 meters. The industry average has grown tremendously over the years and the term being used now to reflect the larger yachts is “superyachts”. These superyachts, both private and charter have grown to over 400 feet long. These vessels are operated and manned by professional crew members who take their jobs very seriously. The crews are formally trained and certificated in their areas of expertise. The salaries are generally commensurate with the training and experience of the crew member as well as the size and use of the vessel.
Interesting Yacht Facts:
Of the top 200 yachts in the world the smallest is almost 180 feet. Current average build length is over 100 feet. There are currently more new megayachts under construction than there ever were before. Over 73,000 feet of new builds are underway in 25 different countries.
West Marine is based in Watsonville, California which operates a chain of boating supply and fishing retail stores. They operate over 300 retail stores in North America.
The company was founded in 1968 by Randy Repass in Sunnyvale, California with the name West Coast Ropes, selling nylon rope from his garage. The first retail West Coast Ropes store opened in 1975 in Palo Alto, California. With the acquisition of assets from West Products in 1977, the company changed its name to West Marine Products, Inc. In 1978 West Marine established a wholesale division called Port Supply. In 1991, the first West Marine stores opened on the East Coast of the United States in Miami and Annapolis and in 1993 the company went public on the NASDAQ exchange.
West Marine currently provides over 100,000 products online, in stores, and via mail-order catalog. In July of 2008, West Marine opened its first franchise store in Istanbul, Turkey. The newly setup company, East Marine Denizcilik ve Turizm A.Ş trades as West Marine Turkey and is majority owned by Rahmi Koç and İbrahim Yazıcı. June 2009 saw the opening of the second franchise store in, Bodrum, Turkey with more stores planned around the coast of Turkey. Check out..