Fun, Learning and Safety!
We know that everyone requires all three to grasp the sailing fundamentals and want to come back for more.
SmarterSail is a school that specializes in private sailing lessons for couples, friends and families. Kids of all ages (well, greater than 4 years old) are welcome to come along as crew. Our courses are liveaboard where the instructor departs after the lessons so you can enjoy the beauty and serenity of water life entre nous.
We are experienced sailors and ASA Outstanding Instructors who know how to tune in to each sailor’s individual learning style. A good instructor should be able to teach couples, families and children effectively. So, we teach everyone who will sail together to be a team, together on the sailboat, not separately.
Our sailboats are well maintained and equipped with safety and navigation equipment well in excess of the requirements. Our Hunter 295s have depth sounders, DSC/AIS equipped VHFs and moving map GPS chartplotters. PFD use is mandatory dockside and on the water. We utilize checklists to assure that nothing important is overlooked just like with the airlines.
You’ll notice that our pictures are of our sailboats, sailors and destination sails. Real, not some faraway fantasy. In all our 2+ day classes you can stay aboard your sailboat instead of a pricy hotel room or bunking in a private home. Evening wine in the cockpit is a great way to wind down from a day sailing. Besides, you came to get the whole experience…
We don’t need to talk about the weather. It’s the Florida West Coast and sailing is great all year. We are back at the Gulfport Municipal Marina where we started 14 years ago since our home for the last 8 years (Magnuson Marina Cove) has been sold and is under construction as The SkyBeach Hotel and Marina. Let us show you how easy, safe and fun it is to upgrade your sailing skills!
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review.
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
Other Services Available
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Day Sail Charters (public)
My wife and I completed the ASA 101/103 courses with Gary. We were thoroughly impressed. From scheduling to instruction to professionalism to follow through Gary was first class. We're now getting some sailing time under our belt before we go back!
Marcos M. - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Had a great instructor. We had private lessons on our boat and our schedule. Learned so much and has boosted our confidence level. If you need lessons the instructors at SmarterSail are patient and very knowledgeable and I highly recommend them.
Gina S. - SmarterSail
I’ve been on a few boats, but I must say that the 29.5 is the nicest! A bed I actually fit in, air conditioning, beautiful setting. It was a great way for my wife and I to spend our 25th anniversary! We just completed the ASA 103 & 104 course.
William R. - SmarterSail
My husband and I celebrated our 50th anniversary earning ASA 101,103 and 104 certification with SmarterSail. Altogether it was a week that was rewarding, memorable and fun. You’ve earned an “A” from us on quality of instruction and hospitality.
Delores T. - SmarterSail
My husband and I really enjoyed our weekend ASA 103 course with Gary. He's an attentive instructor with extensive experience that made the required parts much more interesting. I definitely rate Gary highly...
Vicky Z. - ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
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