Women's Sailing Lessons
in Pensacola Beach, FL
Gulf Breeze Sailing is excited to announce our Women’s Sailing Lessons Series! This 8 lesson series, held on Pensacola Beach, will culminate in a sailing charter in the British Virgin Islands in January 2020 where you will be able to put all your skills together and gain captaining experience while chartering! Many of you have asked how you can gain the skills necessary to captain your own boat, whether in your home waters or someplace exotic, so we have structured these classes to do just that. The series is set up so you can take one class to see if sailing is for you, or you can take all 8 and get your American Sailing certifications as well as gain chartering experience. Previous sailing experience is not necessary.
Lessons 1-4 involve learning to skipper a 30 ft keelboat. You will learn basic sailing terminology, parts of the boat and their function, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules. It is highly recommended that you read American Sailing Association’s book “Sailing Made Easy” before beginning class so that you can get the most out of your lessons. We will spend the majority of time on the water, not in a classroom. You will have the option after to Lesson 4 to take a test and obtain your ASA 101 certification.
Lessons 5-6 involve learning cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather interpretation, and safety and seamanship. It is highly recommended that you read American Sailing Association’s book “Basic Coastal Cruising” before beginning class so that you can get the most out of your lessons. You will have the option after Lesson 6 to take a test and obtain your ASA 103 certification.
In Lessons 7 and 8 you will continue to build on the skills learned in Lessons 1-6 and also learn about provisioning your boat for an extended cruise, galley operations, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, and dinghy/tender operations. It is highly recommended that you read American Sailing Association’s book “Bareboat Cruising” before beginning class so that you can get the most out of your lessons. You will have the option after Lesson 8 to take a test and obtain your ASA 104 certification.
Captain Linda has introduced many women to the sport of sailing and continues to do so with her calm, patient demeanor. Join our mailing list to keep posted on upcoming women only sailing classes and vacations.
* I highly recommend Captain Linda, for a safe, enjoyable learning experience. She is reliable, patient, and excellent at teaching. She's also generous with her time, and enthusiastic about providing the experience of sailing, from helm to crew. She has a lifetime of experience sailing all over, and she knows boats / wind / water like the back of her hand. She has a wonderful personality for this. She even threw in a few dolphin sightings, and even the America's Cup team practice. - Jeannie I.
* Captain Linda is an awesome teacher. I have taken the ASA 101, 103 and 104 sailing certification courses from her. She is highly competent, personable and knowledgeable and VERY patient in her teaching technique. Cannot recommend her highly enough. I will definitely go back to her for future courses. She made learning fun!! -Vicki B.