ASA Instructor Training

If you are an experienced sailor and want to share your love of sailing with others, you may be wondering what it would take to become an ASA certified sailing instructor. If so, you will be interested in Flagship Sailing’s new Instructor Training Program which is designed to prepare you for an ASA Instructor Certification Clinic (IQC).

With an ASA certified Instructor Evaluator on its staff, Flagship Sailing is in the unique position of being able to acquaint you with the requirements necessary to become an ASA certified sailing instructor.

And, through its Instructor Qualification Clinic preparatory classes, you will be able to greatly increase the probability of successfully qualifying to become an American Sailing Association certified instructor.

Among the accomplishments of the American Sailing Association is the establishment of national standards for sailing instructor certification.  The objective is to take experienced sailors and give them the “tools” necessary to transform them into certified sailing instructors.

As explained in the ASA website, “ASA sailing instructor clinics test existing skills and knowledge while teaching a structured curriculum and proven presentation techniques.  ASA certified sailing 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”.

Throughout the year, the Flagship Sailing School presents official American Sailing Association IQC’s for the purpose of certifying new ASA instructors. Are you ready?

You may enroll in an IQC if you:

  • Are a member of ASA in good standing
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have sailed for at least three years
  • Have teaching experience and/or demonstrated communication capabilities
  • Can meet or exceed the Standards outlined in the ASA International Sailing Logbook

At a Flagship Sailing IQC, you may qualify as an instructor for Basic Keelboat Sailing (201); Basic Coastal Cruising (203); Bareboat Charter (204); Coastal Navigation (205); Advanced Coastal Cruising (206); Small Boat Sailing (210); and Docking (218).

Each is a prerequisite for the one that follows, but you may choose the level(s) that you wish to obtain. Most new instructors begin by seeking certification at the 201 and 203 levels.

Having presented numerous IQC’s since 1986, Flagship Sailing Instructor Examiners have developed a uniquely efficient schedule:

Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Small Boat (210) and Docking (218)
Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Orientation
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Basic Keelboat (201) & Basic Coastal Cruising (203)
Sunday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Navigation Test (105)
Sunday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Basic Keelboat (201) & Basic Coastal Cruising (203)
Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Bareboat Charter (204)
Monday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM Advanced Coastal Cruising (206)
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Advanced Coastal Cruising (206)

Certification as an ASA instructor requires the successful completion of a written three hour comprehensive ASA Instructor Qualification Examination and a single handed practical sailing exercise covering all of the points of sail, tacking, jibing, heaving to, reefing, and MOB procedures.

Certification beyond the 201 level requires that a candidate pass the NAV 105 exam with a score or at least 80%. It is a comprehensive fill-in-the-blank examination for which a candidate must prepare.

There are three sections.  Part 1 covers chart reading and symbols.  Part 2 is the actual navigation section. You must be able to compute a 2 and 3 point fix, a running fix, danger bearings, set and drift, time/speed/distance, fuel consumption, range, etc.  Part 3 covers tides and currents.

Flagship Sailing offers two optional courses (IQC 203 Basic Sailing and IQC 205 Coastal Navigation) to help a candidate successfully complete the Instructor Qualification Clinic.

See the ASA website to schedule and register for available instructor qualification clinics:

With an ASA certified Instructor Evaluator on its staff,