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We completed the ASA101 course last week. Captain Brad is awesome. He knows his stuff, has a great sense of humor, as well as a LOT of patience. He put me (an absolute beginner) at ease with the boat and, now, the word “jibe” no longer triggers a rising sense of panic. I am looking forward to returning and taking 103 with him. If you want to learn to sail, and maybe see a dolphin, or two, sign up with Southernmost Sailing School.
In the last four years I've taken no less than four (4) courses from Captain Brad @ Southernmost Sailing in Key West and the Sunset Marina on Stock Island.
I can say without hesitation these course have been far beyond my expectations each and every time, and providing the best most sought after training to become the sailor you want to be. The level of training is challenging as you would naturally want and expect it to be; but it is also fun and lively, with something new just around the bend each and every day!
Sailing in the waters around Key West and the Florida Keys is one of the most beautiful sailing experiences in the world, with natural features unique only to this part of the world; visually stunning!
Captain Brads equipment (both boats) are fun to sail and well maintained. They will provide you a seamless transition from entry level sailing to the advanced ASA course offered in the syllabus.
I will be returning often to the school for follow on training, and wholeheartedly recommend Southernmost Sailing in Key West!
I've sailed with Captain Brad 3 times, and I learn something new each time. Last winter I got the basics with ASA101 as well as an awesome day of snorkeling Cottrell Key. This year, I spent a few hours out in 'Last Call' sharpening my skills and then on to ASA104 to Boca Grande, and am now bareboat certified. Brad is knowledgeable and entertaining, patient with slow learners like me, and a hell of a good cook. I highly recommend this school.
My son and I took the ASA101 with Captain Brad and we are so glad we did. I’m 59 and my son is 29. We had no previous sailing experience but now we’re hooked. First Mate Sherri made a point of providing our ASA 101 books and a section of line (to practice knot tying) prior to the class. Captain Brad is very adept at gauging your knowledge level and adjusting his teaching so that you get the most out of your time. He does a fantastic job of explaining the concepts, reinforcing the terminology and then letting you put these into practice. The 26’ Hunter ‘Last Call’ is the perfect sailboat to learn on and the location can’t be beat. We will definitely be back to take his ASA103/104 course because we can’t imagine a more effective and fun instructor!
Excellent experience! Brad clearly understands the value of his clients time. If you already know something he moves right on to more advanced lessons while if you are struggling with something he spends adequate time teaching it. Good instructors are worth the cost.
ASA 101,103, and 104 with Captain Brad- what a time!!! Not only did we gain the ability to sail confidently, we also had a blast doing it. S/V Last Call is a great boat to learn to sail on and the area couldn’t be more picturesque. I highly recommend Captain Brad; he is a patient and thorough teacher and an all around cool guy! We would love to come back and sail with him again.
My husband and I took 101, 103, and 104 sailing classes with Capt. Brad and first mate Sherry. My husband had sailed years ago, and while I had been on sailboats, I had never officially sailed. They not only made the sailing fun, but went out of their way to pick us up every morning, and drop us off back at The Perry hotel (which we loved and highly recommend). Brad's laid back approach was perfect, yet he didn't miss a thing on instruction and pertinent points in learning. We plan on going back to sail around The Keys on the 26' Hunter "Last Call", and surrounding area to perfect all of what Brad taught us. Definitely recommend Southern Most Sailing School for fun while getting not only excellent instruction, but also amazing hospitality with Brad and Sherry.
My wife and I took 101, 103 and 104 with Captain Brad. We both had sailed before, but it was a long time ago. Captain Brad started each morning with lessons from the book after which we would go sailing and practice what we had talked about in the morning. His teaching was methodical and his instructions easy to understand. He also gave us a very thorough understanding of navigating around Key West and around the Keys. We enjoy our sailing skills a lot and will definitely use Southern Most Sailing school for any other sailing courses we want to take in the future.
I have 101, 103 and 104 certification but had not been sailing for 4 years. So, when a trip to the Keys was coming up and great sailing weather, it was time for a refresher course. Brad offered the ASA refresher course. We had a great day on the water with a fun boat. Brad was the best instructor we’ve had with the ability to explain techniques in a straightforward manner. And rather than just say “that’s just the way you do it”, as past instructors have, he gave great explanations as to the why. I learned a lot and will certainly look for another lesson with Brad the next time I’m in the Keys.
My wife and I took our 104 class recently with Captain Brad and can definitely recommend his sailing school. His teaching is low key but effective, and we both passed the 104 exam without trouble. One thing that we particularly liked was how Captain Brad tailored the lessons to our previous experiences as well as what we were looking for in a 104 class. We enjoyed his numerous sailing anecdotes, all of which were instructive in some way or another. Finally, we were impressed with his humanity: after our class was over and we were on our way back to the marina, we passed a small sloop at anchor that had onboard two large dogs who appeared to be alone and in trouble. Captain Brad did not hesitate to swing the Phoenix around and check on the dogs. After ascertaining that the dogs were indeed abandoned without food or water, we stayed on site until authorities and neighboring sailors rescued the dogs. I'm not sure how many other captains would have acted on the slim chance that the dogs were really in trouble, but they were and we firmly believe that two beautiful dogs are alive today because of Captain Brad. Thanks again Captain Brad and First Mate Sherri for a memorable ASA 104 experience!
Captain Brad is knowledgeable, patient and fun, everything you want in an instructor. Took the ASA 101 course, and his instruction was great, excellent direction without being overwhelming. His 26’ sloop was perfect for sailing and maneuvering around Key West. He also prepared us very well for the exam. I highly recommend Captain Brad for all your sailing instruction.
I had the time of my life going through ASA 101 aka "sailing boot camp" with Captain Brad! My husband originally booked the lessons alone because he just knew there was no way I would agree to do it with him, but, alas, I agreed to go and he booked it for the both of us. It was the best decision ever! I had had ZERO experience with sailing having grown up only on motorboats. Let me tell you, there is just something about cruising the ocean in a sailboat that a motorboat can NEVER give you. I am hooked! We are planning for ASA 103 soon! There is much to learn when learning to sail, but THANK YOU, Captain Brad, for making learning it so much fun! And I have to put on the record that, in fact, I got a better score than my husband on our final exam!! LOL!
We had an amazing sailing experience with Brad at Southernmost Sailing School in beautiful Key West! We had so much fun that we didn’t realize how much we were learning along the way...he did an excellent job of preparing us for the exam. The 26’ Hunter sailboat was not only great to learn on, we also slept well on it every night and got a taste of what life on a sailboat is all about. We had so many awesome wildlife encounters... a school of dolphins, a sea turtle, rolling Tarpon, and an up close and personal encounter with the resident manatee! Brad was great about making sure that we were able to take pictures and have the best experience possible. Getting to know Brad, Sherri and their two adorable dogs gave us a glimpse of the adventure and satisfaction that living on a sailboat offers. We would recommend the Southernmost Sailing School to anyone interested in making sailing part of their life!
I want to thank Captain Brad, Sherry, Sugar & Spice!
I started sailing with Captain Brad just 6 weeks ago and spent a mere 6 days with him & his crew, and today I passed my ASA104 exam, allowing me to charter around the world. He has opened up a new chapter in my life.
Captain Brad is the ideal teacher - knowledgeable, patient, supportive and has a great sense of humor. His qualities made my quest successful. If you really want to master sailing I can't think of a better teacher / captain.
Thanks a million Brad!
I'm 31 and not in the best physical shape of my life...but I did it! The whole thing 101,103 and 104. A "green horn" first time on a sailboat, Captain Brad made into a confident Helmsman in no time. Before long we were trolling for the colorful Mahi Mahi. Though we didnt hook our target there were fish a plenty Bonita, spanish macks, a beautiful red grouper an even a little grunt. We moored on the edge of Boca Grande for an overnight stay. With a sunset and rise even a post card couldn't capture. Captain Brad took the time to ensure I was comfortable with all aspects of the "sailing life". I took a wealth of knowledge from the experience and truly believe it will forever chang my course in life. So if your on the fence about taking the course's think of it as more than a certification it's "The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life". Less than 1% of the people you know an will meet in life, will not have this opportunity so reach out and contact Captain Brad or First Mate Sherry. I promise you'll wish you had sooner,then you'll wish you could do it again! A Big Thank You to Mrs. Sherry for your southern hospitality and Gooooood....Cook N. A shout out to Sugar & Spice " love you mean it"!