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Need Help picking a sailing school.

Hello,

I am new to this forum. Thanks for all the great information here.
I am looking for recommendations for a Sailing School.
My wife would like to take part of this journey and learn to sail with me.
I had a little experience in the past as crew. ( 5 or 6 two hour sails) My wife has no experience.

The goal is to get certification. We would like to qualify to rent or charter sailboats to gain more experience and enjoy coastal sailing in various locations. As of now we have no plans to race or embark in a long cruise.
We live in the New York City area, but I would go to any coast of Florida to find a good school that has sailing during winter(up north) months.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Re: Need Help picking a sailing school.

Blackrock Sailing school (www.blackrocksailingschool.com) is a well reviewed ASA school in Boston who runs winter classes in the islands. They may have two open berths. Otherwise come to Boston in May, the learning experience is worth it.

( full disclosure - I teach at BRSS during the summer, and happy to say so.)

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Re: Need Help picking a sailing school.

Offshore Sailing school in Captiva,FL is highly recommnded
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Re: Need Help picking a sailing school.

My wife learned to sail with Offshore Sailing School's week long Fast Track to Cruising liveaboard course. I was highly impressed with how much she learned so quickly. Her class was in Tortola, while the school has the Captiva location noted above, as well as one in New York harbor. I can't recall if it's at North Cove in NYC or Liberty Landing in NJ. Look em up.


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Relative to the fast track program concept, I just have to observe that cramming three courses, normally requiring ten class days into five days, with four students in the class, means a lot of learning has to give.

I teach many three day ASA 101 a summer, classes which are limited to THREE students a the boat, and I can say that doing a 101 in only TWO days with FOUR students in the boat will produce limited results, sort of like getting an MBA in three weekends. I guess you need to decide why one is taking the class.

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Re: Need Help picking a sailing school.

I learned to sail about 18 years ago in Seattle. I went to a US Sailing certified school there and I thought their sailing curriculum was really pretty good. There are probably quite a few US Sailing certified schools in your area. If you go to their website www dot sailingcertification dot net (sorry I can't post links yet). They have a listing of the schools in your area.
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I'm going over to Spain in February to Costa Blanca Sailing. Weather will be cool, but it's doable. Price is right when you look at dollar to euro rate. It's RYA certification.
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Re: Need Help picking a sailing school.

For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of Blackrock. My wife and I took keel boat, coastal cruising and bare boat with Blackrock, and we learned a lot and had a lot of fun. The classes are well thought out, and the small class size enables a lot of tiller time.

Good luck finding a school that works for you.
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Re: Need Help picking a sailing school.

Also look into online education and logging (to prepare a resume) of your daily sailing background at NauticEd (google it....I can't attach the link since I haven't posted enough here yet).
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Relative to the fast track program concept, I just have to observe that cramming three courses, normally requiring ten class days into five days, with four students in the class, means a lot of learning has to give......
My observation is limited, but I was impressed. Have you actually observed a student that took a fast track course and came back with substandard learning, or is this theoretical?

I will completely agree that what is learned fast is lost fast, unless you quickly put it to use.

There is also an education theory argument over whether any given process creates superior skill or just provides a filter to identify those that naturally have aptitude for the skill. Egg head academics ponder this question about college too. Is it creating smart people, or just filtering out those that inherently have the ability to graduate. Would giving the failing student 6 years to graduate, make them just as good as those that can do it in 4 years? What makes 10 days the magic number to learn to sail?

In any event, one's aptitude for learning to sail, will greatly impact the method that works best for them.


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