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Thoroughly enjoyed my first formal sailing training under Captain Brad. The winds weren’t always favorable but the experience was not diminished. By the end of the second day I was confident at the helm and both sails. Brad is personable, entertaining and knowledgeable. If you every think you want to learn to sail this is the way to do it!
I took the ASA101 course with Captain Brad this week & it was great! I left after two enjoyable days capable to sail mid-sized monohulls & knowledgable enough to communicate clearly using sailing terminology. I plan to take 103 & 104 with Captain Brad, because I know that he can successfully make me a competent sailor able to charter & eventually own my own boat. Thanks Brad!
My friends and I had a great time sailing with Brad last January. Though the weather wasn't perfect, Brad was able to find times of the day and areas to sail where we could still complete our instruction. All three of us acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the ASA 101 course. We're already planning our next sailing adventure!
My wife and I had a great experience learning to sail with Brad. One big goal of mine was for my wife to feel comfortable being on a sailboat and learning the basics so we can someday have a boat of our own. Mission accomplished she is ready and so am I. Brad you have the patience of Job.
After a 14 year absence, my wife and I wanted to refresh our bare boat chartering and ASA sailing skills. We worked with Captain Brad to devise a 3 day custom on the water training program. He provided the expertise and coaching we needed to become comfortable and safe when we next take out a chartered sailboat. Most of Key West's waters are very shallow and sailing them is safer when you have aboard someone with local knowledge. We were very impressed with Captain Brad's command of the local waterways and his low-key yet effective teaching style. We highly recommend considering the Southernmost Sailing School for either your ASA training or for a flexible re-entry training to tune up your bare boat charter sailing skills.
I had an amazing experience with Brad. Thanks to his coaching and teaching I was able to score a 97 on my 101 exam! I'm looking forward to coming back to move on to more advanced topics. I don't think you can find a better school!
I'm 59 and my son is 31. We finished our 101 class with Capt. Brad and loved it. We learned a ton. Great balance of bookwork and time on the water. Capt Brad was both patient and effective in his instruction. Staying on his boat for three nights was an added plus. We were also able to snorkel a bit and enjoy the evenings in Key West.
Looking forward to getting experience on the water and make it back to take the 103 and 104 classes in the near future!
My wife and I took the ASA 101,103,and 104 classes with Captain
Brad in December. It was amazing. The sailing was great, The water was beautiful and Captain Brad was fantastic. I would reccomend Southernmost Sailing School to anyone interested in sailing. We can't wait to go back!!!
In November of 2017, I took the ASA 103 and 104 courses with Captain Brad. I had such a good time sailing with him, that when I decided to sail again in November of 2018 he was the only call I made.
On the first day we sailed to Cottrell Key to get some snorkeling in. Brad knew exactly where we needed to be to get in the best snorkeling, we even got to see some dolphins on the way out.
The second day we sailed over to watch one of the powerboat races and ended up watching all three. After the races were over we got back to sailing and threw a couple fishing lines out to see if we could catch supper. We struck out with the fish, but there was a great sunset to watch as we sailed back to the marina.
After having two great days on the water Captain Brad had somehow saved the best for last. We threw the fishing lines back in the water as we sailed to Archer Key. We caught one small fish, threw it back after some thought about it becoming bait, but at least we weren't skunked again. Brad knew exactly where to find the sponges by Archer Key so that we could try to catch some lobsters. He gave me a lot of advice and had all the equipment to catch lobsters, but I wasn't able to catch any. On the way back to the marina we stopped by a shipwreck got in some more snorkeling.
Brad and Sherri are great people, easygoing and fun to talk to. They will do anything they can to make your trip to Key West more enjoyable and always seem happy to help. I'm glad I found their school and will absolutely be using them again.
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.