sailing school
Learning The Language  
Sailing, like other sports, has its own terminology. When faced with so many unfamiliar terms it may help to remember that salt water is in the blood of all of us. Our speech continues to be abundantly peppered with words and phrases originating from the days when men went down to the sea in tall ships. For safety's sake communication aboard must be precise. You will soon recognize each term, associate it with its definition or function, and then incorporate it into your vocabulary. 

What happens if there is a storm or bad weather while I'm on the class?  
Due to the nature of sailing and the weather, we do not cancel classes nor are we able to provide refunds for bad weather, with the following exception: If, at any time during your school, a storm watch, warning or hurricane watch or warning is issued for the area you are sailing, you may take a rain check for the unused portion of your class. You may also be given a rain check if we feel its prudent not to sail, even if a storm watch has not been issued. 

Do I need to study before the class starts?  
YES, A thorough study of the material in advance is required to get the most out of the course. Sailing Fundamentals : The Official Learn-To-Sail Manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary by Gary Jobson 

Why should I choose Marblehead Sailing Center?  
The goal of MSC is to provide training and education in sailing, seamanship and boating safety. We offer the finest quality education in one of the nicest areas for sailing in the United States. We are one of the few sailing schools that offers not only the basic sailing courses, but also the most advanced sailing courses available: Advanced Coastal Cruising, Navigation and Offshore Passagemaking . At all levels you will be taught by instructors who are not only expert sailors, but expert teachers. You can start at Basic Sailing and continue with our program to owning your own boat and sailing around the world. We not only teach sailing techniques, we prepare you for a sailor's way of life. The ASA sailing curriculum is composed of seven levels, from Basic Sailing to Navigation and Offshore Passagemaking. Our courses combine two to three levels of the ASA program taught in a one week format. 

I've been sailing for years - why should I take a class?  
Many people, even people who have been sailing for years, have experience on only one type or size of boat or in a limited geographic area. Also, many people who are self taught lack the fundamental knowledge that can let them proceed easily to an unfamiliar boat or an unfamiliar area. We provide the education and the fundamentals so that a student can then proceed on his or herown. 

What are the advantages of certification?  
ASA certification provides internationally recognized credentials, quality educational materials, professional instruction, specific goals and training for each level of the program, and discounts with many charter companies throughout the world. 

Do I need certification to charter?  
Every charter company has their own standards to qualify prospective charterers. Some may accept the ASA Bareboat certification alone; most will also ask for resumes of experience. Charter companies look at a variety of variables in qualifying a charterer: experience, certifications, size of boat being applied for, charter area and conditions, experience and certifications of crew. A certification in Bareboat Chartering or higher will show the charter company that you have received formal training and have passed a rigorous program with specific standards.