NPSC offers ASA-101 and ASA-103 Challenges for members with sailing knowledge and experience who do not have those ASA certifications. Please read this entire section before scheduling a challenge.
While this option may be a more economical way to get your certification, it is not a substitute for structured training and experience. It should only be considered by candidates who are familiar with the PRACTICAL AND WRITTEN STANDARDS published by the ASA, and found elsewhere on this site. Many experienced sailors find it worthwhile to simply take the ASA courses we offer. You may know a lot already, but we guarantee you will still learn SOMETHING more!
BEFORE YOU DECIDE whether to challenge a standard, you should obtain the appropriate text book, read it, and answer the review questions at the end of each chapter. You should also sail on the appropriate boat with one of our certified skippers, (a social sail after a club meeting or the "crew wanted" forum are good options) and make sure your sailing skills are up to the level of the ASA, and that your practices are in line with the STANDARDS. We use standard nomenclature and commands and responses, as specified by the ASA, in a deliberate attempt to facilitate harmonious sailing within a diverse group. You will be expected demonstrate a thorough understanding of the ASA prescribed standard terms and commands during the challenge. The evaluator will not have time to "instruct" you on the ASA standards during the challenge, it is simply a verification for candidates who are already familiar with the standards.
SCHEDULE your challenge only after you are sure you are ready to challenge one (or both) of the standards by contacting the Rear Commodore, Training. He or she will arrange a mutually convenient time for you and an instructor to complete the challenge. Challenges will be combined with one or two other candidates whenever possible.
FEES: Candidates who challenge ASA-101 will pay a flat $100 fee, which includes an ASA membership for one year, plus applicable boat rental. ASA members who challenge ASA-103 will pay a flat fee of $50, plus boat rental. Boat rental fees will be split among all candidates who participate, and are posted on the "Boat Info" page. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for incomplete or unsuccessful challenges. (Fees current as of the 2015 calendar year)