The American Sailing Association (ASA) is an organisation dedicated to training, teaching and certifying sailing schools, instructors and sailors. Over 300 sailing schools around the world use the ASA system, the standard for sailing education in the USA, and it is recognised by major charter boat companies worldwide.
The ASA offers two separate progressive Sailing Certification Programs: a seven stage Keelboat Sailing program and a two stage Small Boat Sailing program. Additional endorsements are available in Radar, Weather, Docking and Basic Celestial Navigation.
Go to the American Sailing Association website for more information.
The RYA is the UK national body for all forms of boating and, whether you are interested in recreational boating or want to pursue a career in the marine industry, the RYA has courses for all ages, abilities and goals. RYA qualifications are recognised all over the world and there are more than 2,200 recognised training centres in 23 countries to choose from.
Through these training centres, the RYA delivers a wide range of courses in Sail Cruising, Motor Cruising, Navigation and Seamanship Theory, Power Boating, Small Boat Sailing and Specialist Short Courses as well as courses for those interested in Windsurfing, Inland Waterways and Personal Watercraft. Follow the links above for further details about these courses or go the RYA website to find out more about membership and their work.
The RYA is also the UK issuing authority for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping and these qualifications are required by most professional seafarers. The STCW 95 convention is regulated by the International Maritime Organisation and administered in the UK by the MCA.
STCW 95 Basic Safety Training is a requirement for anyone working aboard superyachts and commercial vessels and consists of four modules: Personal Survival Techniques, Basic Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention, Elementary First Aid and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility. Courses generally last five to six days but may also be offered as separate modules.