When you are choosing a sailing school it is very important that you ask if the course includes certification.

Here’s why it’s important to get certified…

  1. ASA certification is recognized by sailing professionals and charter companies worldwide which is important if you would like to rent or charter a boat some day. Certification allows charter companies like BaySail and others around the world to “know what you know”. It’s a little like having a driver’s license.
  2. At BaySail, our “Bareboat Cruising” graduates receive the ASA International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) which is required by most European/Mediterranean countries for bareboat charters.
  3. ASA certification ensures that our school, instructors and curriculum comply with an established and comprehensive program.
  4. Getting certified will often help with your insurance if you decide to buy a boat.
  5. If you would like to take an advanced course some day, you will need to be certified in the prerequisite courses.