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Old 01-03-2012, 15:29   #1
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Question South West Florida Schools

Hi everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here on cruisers forum. I'm moving to Fort Myers, FL in less than a month from Colorado. I have very limited sailing experience but huge future sailing aspirations and am looking for a good sailing school where I can earn a foundation of knowledge that I can build upon. So far I have been looking at "Offshore Sailing School" and "Florida Sailing & Cruising School" primarily. Does anybody have any feedback on either or both of these schools or other schools in the area? Is there a better/cheaper way to learn these skills? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2012, 15:38   #2
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Re: South West Florida Schools

Just my 2cents, a better cheaper way to learn sailing is on a dinghy. Buy a sunfish to practice on, pay for a few lessons to get the basics down. This won't teach you passage makeing or navigation but will teach you to feel a boat. the rest will come in time and you won't have to learn a million things all at the same time.
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Old 01-03-2012, 16:24   #3
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Thanks Sailmonkey for your prompt response. I agree with you advise, perhaps I should have been a little more specific when I said that I have "very limited experience" in my initial post. I actually joined a sail club on a local lake a couple years back and have taken informal lessons with club members on sunfish, snipes, lasers, and J-22s. I guess I'm trying to bridge the gap of small lake boat sailing to reach the point where I can handle a larger boat, on a larger body of water, for longer passages with confidence.
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Ahhhh, very well
I'll bow out now and let the Floridians fill in their favorite ASA schools.
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Could be some folks looking for help for daysails down there !! I think I would walk the docks and talk to some folks and I think you mite be suprised !! we in the past always took young folks along when we did some raceing and daysailing ! we had to learn once and try to help others and its a lot of fun to see them smile !! try it you never know what might happen !! have fun !! Bob and Connie
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Thanks bobconnie, I will try it. It could be a good way to pick up some of the skills I want to learn and meet up with some of the local sailors at the same time.
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I took ASA 101 & 103 from Capt. Richard Ham at Sail Marco, Marco Island, FL in January 2009. Link attached. I'd recommend him. Good Luck!

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Juliette.
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Thanks everybody. I think I will see if I can make a few contacts for crewing with somebody that doesn't mind having a novice on board and then maybe go see some of the local schools in person if it seems like it would benefit me a lot.
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