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My wife and I took the 2-day ASA 101 course with Brad, then added an extra day to practice and have some more fun. The training was excellent, and we really enjoyed the extra day with no "exam pressure" and some more interesting, gusty winds that gave us extra learning beyond what we had seen in the course to that point. I highly recommend adding an extra day if you have it in your itinerary.We also stayed on the boat all 3 nights and had fun with it. Lots of great food in the vicinity, everything walkable so no car needed, and the marina has a nice bathroom/shower setup.We had very little boat experience but Brad is very patient teacher, as well as just being a great guy! Sherri was also excellent at handling the various trip details and getting us the study materials in time, even starting us a day early to avoid some potential weather issues.I chose Southernmost Sailing over other Key West options because I got the feeling it was a more intimate experience, not a corporate type of school, and that is definitely the case. Also, I think Key West is a particularly good area for sailing training, with warm mostly shallow water (so no wet suits needed and no huge waves to deal with) and good wind and weather year-round.Really, you just can't go wrong with choosing Brad as your instructor. Nice boats, nice folks, nice place, nice waters (and nice dogs too)!
If you are looking for an experienced sailing instructor that Is great in the classroom & on the water, Captain Brad is your guy! We took ASA101 from Capt. Brad and it was an excellent experience. We learned so much in the two days we spent with Capt. Brad that we know we are ready to get back on the water asap to begin practicing all of the skills he taught us. He was definitely a patient and knowledgeable instructor. My husband and I are already talking about taking the next ASA103 course from him in January. That dream of chartering our own sailboat will definitely be a reality thanks to Capt. Brad! We will see you, Cheryl, Sugar and Spice next year, Capt. Brad! Thanks so much!
My son and I did a 2-day intensive first-time sailing instruction ASA 101 with Captain Brad. It was an incredible, memorable experience for us both, from fast-paced hands-on application of the sailing terms we studied to an overnight stay on the boat docked at the historic, bustling seaport in Key West near many restaurants and attractions. We feel very confident that we learned with the course the basics of sailing and safety to keep sailing. We look forward to sailing out again with the Captain to the Dry Tortugas in the near future!
I had a great time completing the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising course July 10 to 13. We sailed and motor sailed from Miami to close to Key West Florida. Captain Brad is a great instructor and knows the area very well. With Captain Brad help I was able to improve my chart reading, GPS navigation, anchoring and may other skill. Thanks Capt. Brad and Sherri for a great time.
My wife and I took ASA101 w/Capt. Brad July 16-17th 2018,what an awesome experience. Capt.Brad an Sherri are a great team they got the course books to us promptly and it took my wife and I a week to read. I was very confused after reading the book and worried I would not pass the written test. My wife was fine with it because she had done some sailing before this so it was like a refresher course for her.At the end of our first day with Capt.Brad I was more relaxed and less confused, he's very patient and detailed oriented in his explanations of everything. Our 2nd and final day went even better both in the classroom(which is the cabin of the sailboat)and on the water. At the end of the day we took our written test and my wife and I passed. Capt.Brad had created a fun and relaxing atmosphere that we both greatly appreciated. I Strongly recommend learning to sail with Southernmost Sailing School, we are already planning our next greatest adventure with Capt.Brad & Sherri
Taken 101 and 103 certification from Capt Brad and wasn't too sure on 104 as I dont own a sailboat or belong to a sailing club. Decided to sail on an extended trip to get a feel of the space, lifestyle, and issues that go along with boating and build on previous experience. Seemed like I took the 104 practical everyday as I was on a schedule, repeating a process, and experiencing different conditions you would not encounter in a certification class. Great experience and looking forward to the 104 certification next year.
My family and I had a great trip with Captain Mike overnight on his vessel. He was courteous, informative,and provided anple necessitities. Will return again!
Mike is a new Captain at Southernmost sailing school in Key West
doing a Great Job teaching sailing in this Beautiful Paradice
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Great instructor . Great boat for learning. Sleeping on boat was cheep and fun but not recommended for people who need luxury. Marina bathroom was good enough but not hotel quality. Currently parking is a minor hassle. No hurricane damage issues at all. May want to fly to key west and avoid traffic around Miami but is more expensive to land in the keys. Read your book and practice your knots before you get there but if you don’t you probably can pass if you cram . My son and I had a great time and plan to return for more certifications.
WOW, experience maters and Capt. Brad has it and more. I just completed my ASA 101 course and thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather didn't cooperate, but Captain Brad was able to adapt our training. The Captain is an excellent teacher as he was patient and understanding. I took advantage of staying on the boat, it saved me as it was high season in Key West, I would highly recommend The Southernmost Sailing School and following my own advice signed up for the ASA 103 course for march. Thanks, Capt. Brad!
I Highly recommend this sailing school to any curious and/or adventure seeking individual or couple! The professional and cheerful Cap’t Brad lead me (A slightly dyslexic navigator) expertly through the 101 course with patience and calm instruction even when Mother Nature gave us strong winds and high waves! His 26 ft boat was clean, Swift, nimble, and beautiful to learn sailing on. We spent the night on the boat (great experience!) and saved tons of money by not going to a hotel! The ceiling over the queen sized bed was lower than I’m accustomed to, but having an open window right above you balanced out my claustrophobia. The test at the end of our 2 day instruction was easily aced since we had received a small rope and book to study our knots and vocabulary prior to our arrival. Cap’t Brad spent all the time we needed discussing the terms and sailing concepts using a magnetic board with props to demonstrate maneuvers and rules of sailing.This was a vacation that ranked up on our bucket list! Thanks Captain... hope to sail with you again soon!
I completed my ASA 104 Bareboat certification with Captain Brad! We had a great sail on both days and anchored out overnight. Captain Brad is a knowledgable and patient teacher who has taught me a lot about sailing. I look forward to sailing with him again as I pursue more ASA certifications. I recommend this school to anyone who is interested in learning to sail.
Had an amazing time doing the ASA 103 with Capt Brad recently. He was willing to flex when weather didn't cooperate and provided first class training in all aspects. Highly recommended!
I just completed ASA 101, 103, 104 with Capt Brad. Taking these three courses back to back was like cramming in years of sailing learning and experience into one week. It was great. Capt Brad was a great instructor, both in the classroom and on the water. In the classroom, Capt Brad was thorough with the book info we needed to learn, supplementing his teaching with visual aids and personal lessons learned from his time on the water. He was patient and positive with us, answering any questions we had and taking the time to show us the right way. Classes 103 and 104 were particularly valuable to me, as I own and live on a sailboat; which just so happens to be the exact same sailboat Capt Brad lives and cruises on. We were able to complete 103 and 104 on my boat, which upped the learning curve on my own vessel exponentially. He went above and beyond, passing along knowledge about my boat that would have taken me painstaking years to learn otherwise. He also saved my boat, twice...as we were leaving the marina, the engine failed in light winds in the narrow channel with rocky shallows on either side. Capt Brad instantly instructed us through an emergency sail lift, got us on course, and somehow found a safe anchorage on the side of the channel. He and my classmate then proceeded to spend hours working on my engine, all along the way showing me what I needed to know to fix my engine on my own. We finally got it running and resumed our course, only to have the engine quit 5 minutes later, in an even more precarious section of narrow channel. Again Capt Brad was able to get us under sail and navigate to safety. Again he went to work on the engine...as it turns out, I had forgotten to turn on the gas switch...but the experience was invaluable! We learned a ton in a short period of time, on top of having so much fun. Our crew of three was a perfect fit for a great trip, and I look forward to putting my new knowledge to use!
Thank you Cpt. Brad for an amazing time and the knowledge you have passed on. It seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong (unfavorable winds, students leaving the fuel valve shut and hours replacing fuel filters and trouble shooting while the wind was against us only to find it was student error, and several other student errors that caused us problems along the way) but not only were they great learning experiences but you were always upbeat and positive and your attitude carried over to us. Even with the adversities and time lost I somehow passed 101, 103, and 104 with A's thanks to your ability to teach me not teach at me. This is at the top of my list of most memorable and enjoyable things i have done in my 40 years of living. I really did have an amazing time and mad some lifelong amazing friends. Thank you very much it was a blast and I am absolutely looking forward to our sail to Hawaii. God bless you until we set sail together again.
My girlfriend and I have discussed taking sailing lessons for years now and only on our most recent trip to Key West October 26-31st 2017 did we finally commit to the idea. We were at first concerned about the recent hurricane damage but to our surprise Key West was great, all businesses were open and most important the Southernmost Sailing School. We had no issues doing all the fun things we like to do and not to mention the weather was beautiful. Capt. Brad was the right Capt for us. Neither myself or GF had much of any sailing experience. We enjoyed the quality instruction and his years of experience were great to have aboard on our 2 day journey. Thanks Capt Brad for making our trip to Key West the most memorable. Sincerely, your two Keelboat students from Missouri. P.S. - stop thinking about taking sailing lessons, just do it!