American Sailing Association was founded in 1983 with a simply stated mission: to teach people to
sail safely and confidently. To achieve that goal, the ASA set out to establish standards against which
to measure a sailor’s level of knowledge and skill, the first such unified standards in the U.S. to apply
to sailors in keelboats.
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.