Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-07-2008, 12:47   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
Posts: 7
Send a message via AIM to DougB954
Newbie from Ft. Lauderdale

Basically I just came back from a trip w/ my gf to Negril, Jamaica. At this particular resort I was staying at they had 14ft Hobie-cats that you could rent for an hour at a time. After some brief instructions from one of the locals I was out on the water sailing all by myself, needless to say I had a blast. I'm looking for any reccomendations in the Ft. Lauderdale area for some formal training in sailing (schools, private instruction).

Thanks
__________________

__________________
DougB954 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2008, 13:12   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Aloha Doug,
Welcome aboard! Try a local marina or club to get you started on local schools. Also look in the Yellow Pages of your phone directory. The most popular schools are U. S. Sailing and ASA. Both are about the same curricula and I would pick the cheapest. I recommend the book Start Sailing Right! that you might find in the library.
I would say that the instruction you got was enough to let you have some fun and a taste of sailing but might be just enough to make you dangerous (just kidding).
Kind regards,
JohnL
__________________

__________________
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2008, 13:30   #3
Moderator Emeritus
 
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
Resort Hobis is how we started sailing. I still love them too. It's different but I wouldn't stay out on one for more than a few hours at a time.

Quote:
The most popular schools are U. S. Sailing and ASA.
These are nationally certified instructors with a good program that you should even enjoy. Most of it happens on the water so you'll like it. These really are geared more to adults so it's not like you get stuck in a class with 10 year old kids.

You can take the various courses almost any place. Some are liveaboard and can be used as a vacation if you do the book work before you attend. It might seem like a lot to spend on training but it does get you started right. Compared to owning your own boat I think the cost on a per hour basis of actually sailing is cheaper.
__________________
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2008, 13:46   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
Posts: 7
Send a message via AIM to DougB954
Hey guys thanks for the replys. I'm gonna look into both of the schools mentioned and compare.
__________________
DougB954 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ft. Lauderdale Dockage bottleinamessage Marinas 3 15-08-2009 09:35
Ft Lauderdale to Bahamas 42AFJ Atlantic & the Caribbean 7 14-04-2008 19:22
Ft Lauderdale Accommodations ssullivan Other 3 10-02-2008 08:30
Grenada to Ft. Lauderdale iceman5 Atlantic & the Caribbean 5 08-11-2007 21:48
boatyard in fort Lauderdale claire Multihull Sailboats 4 21-03-2006 15:03



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:05.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.