It’s a whole new frontier when people learn to sail. The connection with water, wind, weather and nature is an experience beyond the humdrum everyday life on land. I enjoy sharing my love and knowledge of sailing with others. As owner of SailTime Door County and captain of the 35-foot Alissa Joy, I’m looking forward to teaching sailing classes this summer.

After completing an intense and challenging sailing instruction course in California, I am now an American Sailing Association-certified sailing instructor. I teach sailing classes to adults at Wave Point Marina in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in beautiful Door County. My focus is making sure everyone is safe, learning to sail, and having fun.

I am now certified to teach three American Sailing Association courses:

  • ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
  • ASA 103: Basic Coastal Cruising
  • ASA 104: Bareboat Cruising

ASA is the premier school in the nation for preparing sailing instructors. The ASA sailing instructor program is rigorous and demanding, and becoming an ASA sailing instructor is quite an accomplishment. Over the course of four days, I learned the teaching techniques to instruct beginning and experienced sailors.

My sailing and teaching skills were tested in a classroom and aboard a sailboat. I prepared lesson plans, presented the material to classmates, and took written exams. On the water, my instructor evaluated my ability to singlehandedly maneuver a 25-foot and 36-foot sailboat through a busy Marina del Rey harbor in California. On my final day of instruction, the sailboat was rocking and rolling in strong winds over 20 knots. Teaching under those circumstances was a challenge, but the experience I gained was worth it!

It was wonderful to leave the cold and snow of Wisconsin’s winter to travel to sunny Marina del Rey. It felt good to be on a sailboat again and rise to the challenge of earning my ASA instructor certification.

I’m excited to teach ASA-certified sailing lessons to adults at Wave Point Marina in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. I have been sailing for years, and I look forward to introducing students to the amazing sensation of using wind to propel a boat.

Contact me at 920-371-5599 for more information or to register for an ASA certified sailing class.