American Sailing Association Proclaims July as Learn to Sail Month to Encourage More People to Sail
The American Sailing Association (ASA), America’s sail education authority, is energizing more people to take up sailing this month with its latest education campaign,Learn to Sail Month. By proclaiming July as the best month to learn how to sail, the ASA is aiming to change the perceptions held by many people that sailing is not affordable and is for stuffy older men; on the contrary, there are a variety of ways to enjoy sailing to suit most budgets, and it is a healthy, fun and rewarding activity anyone can enjoy. With Learn to Sail Month, the ASA is aiming to encourage people to “Give it (sailing) a try in July.”
To further incentivize people to participate in Learn to Sail Month, the ASA is tying learning to sail with its ongoing marine environmental work. From today through July 31, 2019, the ASA will make a charitable donation to Sailors for the Sea for every new sailing lesson purchased at one of 350 ASA affiliated schools nationwide. A 501c3 nonprofit organization, Sailors for the Sea is the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates and activates the sailing and boating community toward restoring ocean health.
“More Americans than ever before are focused on having new experiences, and sailing can easily be one of them,” said Lenny Shabes, chairman of ASA. “With so many schools offering group lessons, and options to share and rent new boats or buy older smaller boats, sailing can fit into almost any budget. It is surprisingly affordable.”
ASA’s Learn to Sail Month includes:
● Help from the Harbor in the form of one donation to Sailors for the Sea for each new lesson purchased from an ASA school through July 31, 2019;
● New Technology. Students will be introduced to new technologies that are making it easier for people to steer, power and maneuver a boat, as well as navigate on the water, enhancing comfort and safety;
● Lighter Lifting. Heavy sails that previously required significant upper body strength have been replaced with lighter synthetic sails. Due to more efficient mechanisms and techniques, it is no longer necessary to “muscle” the lines as in the past;
● Tie the knot. Knots can be tricky and intimidating, but students will feel confident in this important skill after taking ASA’s basic sailing class;
● Person Overboard Drill. Students will also learn the procedure to follow if someone falls off a boat.
ASA’s Learn to Sail Month follows recent ASA education campaigns aimed at getting more women and veterans on the water.
To find a local American Sailing Association affiliated school, click here: https://asa.com/find-sailing-school/
About the American Sailing Association
The American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for 35 years. The Association has grown to include an international network of more than 350 professionally accredited sailing schools. More than one million certifications have been awarded to over 515,000 people who have been introduced to sailing through ASA schools, clubs and programs since 1983. For more information, visit https://asa.com/.