ASA is the American Sailing Association. They are a private company and not a government recognized institution of any sort. ASA has been around for about 30 years and so they have a lot of name recognition and a lot of sailing schools associated with them. Sailing schools for ASA are independently owned schools. Each school implements an ASA check box training system , a book published by ASA, a paper test published by ASA. Schools decide if the student passes or fails the certification. Quality between each school varies according to the owner of the school. Their theory training is in book format only.
NauticEd is also a private company. NauticEd is recognized by the United States Coast Guard as a sailing education entity.
See this link which shows NauticEd as an approved Sailing Education company for the American National Standards. At the time this article was written Jan 2019, ASA was NOT listed as complying to the American National Standards.
NauticEd uses 21st century education techniques. Our approach to certification is based in competence. Certifications and licenses are issued by our software in real time. They require an appropriate amount of experience logged in an electronic logbook before a certification is issued.
NauticEd uses top quality training schools for on-the-water training. On the water portion is broken out into 2 parts to ensure competence as developed by the United States Coast Guard; Training and then Assessment using a standardized education methodology - Rubrics. Students are trained on-the-water over a series of approximately 35 tasks. The student is then assessed as to their grade of competence for each task. At the en of the assessment, the instructor has objective information so as to assign an overall practical competence to the student; Fail - Qualified Crew - Skipper - Bareboat Charter Master - Offshore Captain. In this manner, the instructor feels no pressure to pass some one just because they paid their money. If a less than desired practical competence is awarded then a remediation plan is developed with the student to bring the student up to the desired expectations.
Overall, NauticEd focuses more on competence of the student and delivers a Coast Guard recognized sailing certification in a manner that is more fitting for the 21st century.