In addition to the great experiences and memories of traveling by sail, being part of the crew that gets us there and visiting and experiencing some wonderful places, the kids will bring home some tangible rewards.
Your kids will come home certified by the American Sailing Association (ASA) in the following internationally recognized certification curricula:
- ASA101 – Basic Keelboat Sailing
- ASA103 – Basic Coastal Cruising
- ASA104 – Bareboat Cruising
Earning these three certifications make your sailors eligible to receive the International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) which is required by many countries before being permitted to sail in their waters. (The IPC is available upon request from the ASA once they have received confirmation of successful course completion from us. Please allow up to 6 weeks for your certification to be sent to and recorded by ASA before requesting your IPC.)
In addition to the basic competencies listed above, your sailors will be certified with the following additional intermediate and advanced certificates:
- ASA105 – Coastal Navigation
- ASA106 – Advanced Coastal Cruising
- ASA117 and ASA107 – Celestial Navigation
- ASA108 – Offshore Passagemaking
- ASA118 – Docking Endorsement
- ASA119 – Weather Endorsement
- ASA120 – Radar Endorsement
Sailors will also receive a letter of documented Sea Service for 45 days of time spent on the water. This should be of special interest to those who may wish to pursue a professional maritime career. Sailors who want to captain their own boat will be required to earn a US Coast Guard Maritime license. In order to qualify for the lowest grade of inshore captain’s or offshore mate’s license, they will need to prove a minimum of 360 days of Sea Service as an operator or crew of a vessel. 45 days of service is 1/8th or 12.5% of the service time required, and is a significant chunk of the service time requirement out of the way.