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American Sailing Association’s Veterans Sailing Education Program

by American Sailing Association 8 Nov 2018 13:57 PST
ASA's Veterans Sailing Education Program © American Sailing Association

The American Sailing Association (ASA), in partnership with its national network of affiliate sailing schools, announced today a special initiative exclusively for active and retired military to thank them for their sacrifices in carrying out their respective missions to protect the United States and its interests, and maintain the safety and freedom of U.S. citizens.

For 365 days beginning on Veterans Day 2018, America's premier sail education authority will take advantage of its unique position to express its gratitude to these brave individuals by offering ASA's basic sailing course (ASA 101) at a special rate.

"We believe that sailing places people in the 'here and now' like few other activities can," said Lenny Shabes, ASA's Chairman of the Board. "Immersed in beautiful, natural scenery, sailing offers a healthy and peaceful environment in which to recharge and reduce stress – something we can all use, especially our military who have given so much while defending our daily freedom."

The official kick-off date is November 11, 2018, with a soft launch scheduled for October 15 2018. Participating ASA schools will offer a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off of their regular "Basic Keelboat Sailing" (ASA 101) tuition to U.S. veterans and active duty military through November 11, 2019. Many schools will be offering a greater savings and several have sailboats to accommodate disabled students who need a more stable or custom platform. School specific program details can be found at asa.com/veterans.

"This exclusive offer for U.S. military personnel is a token of our appreciation for the contributions they make on our behalf every single day," Shabes added. "We hope that it will serve as an invitation to explore the fun and exciting world of sailing with family and friends."

During ASA's "Basic Keelboat Sailing" course, students begin their sailing journeys by learning the essential skills to take the helm or crew a sailboat. Taught by ASA-certified instructors, the multi-day class covers basic sailing terminology, sailboat parts and functions, basic sail trim, points of sail, seamanship, basic navigation rules and more. Upon completion of the course, students will receive their ASA 101 certification from the ASA and can safely continue to enjoy the sailing lifestyle with family and friends.

Active and retired military interested in this program can go to asa.com/veterans to find a participating school in their area. Alternatively, they can consider an ASA school in a vacation destination and contact the school for participation information and other details.

Additional Gift on Veterans Day 2018 Only
Coinciding with the launch of the program, the ASA is offering all veterans and active military a free download of its best-selling sailing app, SAILING CHALLENGE, on November 11, 2018 only. This nationally acclaimed app teaches sailing skills in a 3D virtual world. Both entertaining and educational, users can practice their sailing skills and compete with friends on time and precision.

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