So you want to join ASU Sailing…

Now you’ve seen a bit about us and you want to join the club. Joining ASU Sailing is a pretty simple process, although there’s enough paperwork to make it look complicated. We are open to ASU students and faculty, although intercollegiate racing is limited to undergraduate students. There are no requirements on experience level. All we ask is for you to bring a willingness to learn and be a part of the program. As for equipment, we strongly recommend that you get a Coast Guard approved Type III PFD (life jacket) designed for small boat sailing. Kayaking vests also work very well due to their design for ease of movement and comfort. We have a few for people to use, but not enough for everyone. When we’re sailing, remember that we’ll be out in the elements. That means we’ll be exposed to sun, heat, water and wind in the warmer months, and to cold, wet conditions in the cooler months and in cooler venues. Please bring appropriate clothing, water and sunscreen.

Fun with ASU Sailing

Now for the paperwork…

There are several registration requirements which need to be taken care of before you can participate in the club. These are a float test, SRC registration and pay your club dues.

Float Test

You need to be able to demonstrate that you can tread water for 10 min., swim a lap and put a life jacket on and get out of the pool with whatever clothes you would be wearing while sailing.

The float test can be administered by any Red Cross certified lifeguard. The SDFC pool doesn’t charge anything, but you can take it to a City of Tempe pool and they will charge five dollars to get it done. Just remember to bring the float test form with you. You can download the form here.

SDFC Registration

First register yourself online with the SDFC. Go to this link to join:

Once you get that done, please pay the SDFC registration fee. This can be done by going to and search for sailing. You only need to pay an annual fee of $25 since we are an off campus club. Anyone who is not a current student must purchase a SDFC Membership.

Club Dues

If you ARE interested in being a part of the traveling racing team (traveling to California for regattas) you will owe the club $250 per semester. This includes your transportation, hotel, and entry fees for each regatta, as well as your sailing practices and involvement with all club events. If you are NOT interested in joining the traveling racing team, but would like to learn how to sail, be a part of our adaptive sailing program and other community outreach events, and go to our fun team-building activities, you will owe $150 per semester. There is also the opportunity to race locally against the Arizona Yacht Club. You can decide after the first few weeks of practice if that is something you would like to pursue.We take cash, checks and money orders. Checks should be made out to ASU Sailing. Without your dues, it would be impossible for the club to keep doing the things we do.

Did you follow all that to this point? Congratulations! You’re part of ASU Sailing.

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