Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ASA?
After studying programs offered in other countries, the founders of the ASA selected the Canadian yachting association’s (CYA) “learn to Cruise” program and licensed it for use in the U.S. With this strong heritage behind it, the ASA has continually improved and expanded its educational system by drawing on valuable input from the ASA school network.
Today, the ASA is an association of sailing schools, charter companies, professional sailing instructors, and sailors, with over 300 affiliated sailing schools located throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe, Japan, Central America, Taiwan, China, and other far eastern countries. These accredited schools offer ASA certification to individuals who meet the requirements for a given level. To date ASA schools have certified nearly half a million sailors!
The ASA system has eight primary levels of student certification from Basic Keelboat all the way to Offshore Passagemaking. Whether your goal is to skipper a bareboat charter in the Caribbean or to crew confidently on a short weekend sail, the ASA’s sailing-education system will guide you as you learn the theory behind sailing, practice the skills needed to handle a sailboat, and build the foundation of knowledge that will enable you to navigate a vessel safely and within the law.
By establishing national standards for sailing education, the ASA has provided a way for more people to take part in the sport safely, with the proper training and respect for their responsibilities as boaters, ensuring that sailing will be safer, smarter, and more fun for everybody.
Where should I stay?
What amenities does your marina have?
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
- 110v / 30A
- 220v / 50A
- Pumpout Facilities
- Heads and Showers
- Groceries Nearby
- Swimming Pool
- Picnic Area
- Barbecue Grills
- Ship’s Store
- Bike Trails to Bristol & Providence
Is there an age requirement to take a sailing class?
Students must be 18 years old or older.
What is the time schedule for classes?
What if none of the dates that you have scheduled work for me? Can I choose dates?
What happens in bad weather?
All other courses will go out as long as it’s safe, and conducive to learning. We may reschedule water time if there is a small craft advisory.
What should I bring and/or wear?
How much on the water time will I get?
Can I bring my child?
What is your cancellation policy?
As we need at least three folks to hold a class, if you cancel last minute you may be canceling the other students’ class as well. We need at least two weeks to find a replacement student, so if you cancel 14 days or less it is a problem for us, and a last minute cancellation is extremely disruptive. Accordingly, here is our policy:
- No refunds if cancelled 14 days prior to your scheduled class.
Do you provide a guarantee?
Do I have a boat to practice on after class or can I rent a boat?
We have a 20’ Bristol and 22’ Ensign that both have tillers. You can rent these boats for ½ day at $100 weekday or $150 on a weekend, a full day costs $150 weekday and $200 weekend
There are also two 30’ boats with wheel. The full day price is only $250 for a weekday and $350 on the weekend. For three-days midweek you may rent it for $750, or $950 for a three day weekend rental.