Welcome to Gulf Coast Sailing and Cruising School, a best in class American Sailing Association School and destination of choice! We are located on Charlotte Harbor in sub-tropical Southwest Florida. From our base at beautiful Burnt Store Marina, our students have access to the protected waters of the harbor, Gulf of Mexico, gulf coast barrier islands, the Ten Thousand Islands, Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, and many other resort destinations. Our mission statement highlights the fact we focus on customizing training programs to achieve your objectives and they are designed for you to learn as well as taking time to relax and enjoy our beautiful sub-tropical vacation destinations.
Gulf Coast Sailing and Cruising School is the sailing academy for Yachting Vacations, our sailboat charter and management service. As such, our students have access to learning on a wide variety of mono-hull and catamaran yachts that are sailing vacation equipped and maintained. We strongly believe that new sailors taking Basic Keelboat Sailing should learn on tiller boats and then move to mid-size cruisers for next level courses. We have a wide range of sailing vessels including Catalina 22s, midsize mono-hull cruisers, and large catamarans. All of our classes, with the exception of Basic Keelboat Sailing, are live aboard so that you can enjoy your time with us at our beautiful Burnt Store Marina base or other vacation destinations.
Our instructors have been teaching sailing at our school for many years. All have been recognized as Outstanding Instructors by the ASA and hold USCG Master credentials. More importantly, they are not just competent sailors with many miles of coastal and blue water sailing experience; they are fantastic teachers as evidenced by their consistently high ratings by our students’ surveys. We are proud of our instructor team and confident they will facilitate achieving your sailing objectives and ensure you have a pleasant and fun learning experience.
We would love to talk to you about your sailing goals and help you design your learning vacation.Contact us via the links provided on this site. We look forward to hearing from you.
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.
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
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.
Learn to properly use small-craft radar (or radar simulator) for piloting, navigation, and collision avoidance. Knowledge of radar principles and practical matters of radar operation.
Other Services Offered
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Vacation Charters
Gulf Coast Sailing & Cruising School
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