Sailing Lessons  
    
I provide both individual instruction, for those of you who have a specific sailing goals, to certified training through ASA affiliated schools. What better way to learn to sail than to receive personalized instruction on your boat or through an affilitated school and become certified by ASA for chartering throughout the world.  
The American Sailing Association is the oldest sailing certification school in the United States with sailing schools worldwide. I have been a Certified ASA instructor since 1997 and was chosen as "Outstanding Sailing Instructor" for 2008 and has an article on ASA website. The following is a list of courses that I teach. Looking for information on the "Quick Return" crew overboard technique, click here! Also, check out KQED's video on "The Physics of Sailing."

 
 "Sailing in the British Virgin Islands - 2014"  Photos from BVI Trips
 
 
Basic KeelBoat
(ASA 201)
This 20 hour course is a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles of sailing. Taught on stable 21 and 24 foot keelboats, you will be skippering on your first day of class and be confident sailing on your own.
Curriculum includes nautical terminology, docking, rules of the road, sail trim and shape, headsail changes, reefing, crew teamwork and responsibilities, docking under sail, safety procedures, points of sail, tacking/jibing, knots and crew overboard.
Basic Coastal Cruising
(ASA 203)
This course introduces the intermediate sailor to the cruising yacht and offshore sailing procedures. Curriculum includes mechanical and electrical systems, weather navigation, anchoring, reefing, heavy weather sailing, rules of the road, motoring skills, safety and emergency procedures, maneuvering under power, and VHF radio procedures. Prerequisites: ASA 101
Bareboat Chartering
(ASA 204)
This course is for sailors who wish to charter boats for multiple days anywhere in the world. Curriculum includes cruise planning, provisioning, anchoring, weather, navigation, boat systems, reefing and heavy weather sailing, safety, emergency procedures and long-distance passage making. Prerequisites: ASA 101 & ASA 103
Cruising Catamaran
(ASA 214)
An advanced cruising standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper and crew of a 30-50 foot multihull sailboat by day in coastal waters. The standard includes those skills unique to a 30-50 foot multihull. Prerequisites: ASA 101, ASA 103 & ASA 104.