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Old 09-12-2015, 06:33   #31
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Re: Liveaboard Sailing Schools

As posted earlier my husband and I did a week with water sailing">blue water sailing school, in St. Thomas. Instructor was awful (advised ASA in review). I would not have passed without the other couple teaching me everything. It was the other couple that showed me the weather vane at the top of the mast after half a day of my not knowing what I was doing -- it was the other couple that showed me how to reach and plot on the charts. I had studied everything in tremendous detail prior to the trip, even using flash cards -- but it is not the same as actually doing it. since I had never been on a sailboat before, I would not have passed the exams if I had not spent countless hours going thru the books sent six months before the class and memorizing and learning everything I could before the trip. You do not want to have to spend your evenings studying.

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Old 09-12-2015, 06:59   #32
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Re: Liveaboard Sailing Schools

I can recommend with conviction that you go the Roadtown in the BVI's and take SunSail's ASA courses...and ask for Matt H. to be your instructor. I just completed this in Oct. (104 & 114), and it was well worth it. BVIs are simply amazing and Matt was demanding of us but in a good way. Great teacher, patient and knowledgeable. I agree 100% that the instructor would make all the difference. Now I just need a boat!

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Hi Mark, I would seriously consider taking a course in the PNW, our navigation, winds, and sea conditions cannot be duplicated elsewhere and it is the BEST place to learn.
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Re: Liveaboard Sailing Schools

Earlier this year I used Ultimate Liveaboard Sailing Courses ASA Certification School Nautilus and took their course in La Paz. The Sea of Cortez was an excellent place to learn as it's not crowded and the weather is always nice. Some things I would note:

  • Fly to San Diego, cross the border and fly from Tijuana to La Paz vs flying from the US to Cabo. Much cheaper. I was actually living in Ensenada at the time and bused from there to La Paz and then flew back afterwards.
  • Read and do all the prep beforehand. A week goes quickly. You'll be doing so won't have much time for studying.
  • Don't think it will be a vacation. There was little time for playing if you really want to learn to sail.
  • Your instructor will play an important part. As will your fellow students. If everyone is focused on learning to sail you'll learn to sail. If everyone is focused on a vacation you'll enjoy the vacation.
I was lucky in that the other 2 people I was with (thrown together randomly) were focused on learning to sail.

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