Please note the date change on the women’s sailing course from Anacortes, WA from May to June 2-6, 2018. Also, the class is now 5 days instead of 7 days, at a reduced price of $2550. More information can be found on our sailing schedule page. Space is limited, so call us now at 727-289-6917.
DATES POSTED FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST WOMEN’S POWERBOATING COURSE!
The dates are published for the powerboating course for women in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Leaving from Anacortes, WA this is boating in a land of unparalleled scenery. See the Sailing or Powerboating Schedule pages for more information!
CHECK OUT THE 2018 SCHEDULE FOR SAILING & POWERBOATING CLASSES!
The 2018 schedules are here! Due to overwhelming demand, we’re sailing along the Amalfi Coast of Italy again, in June! And also because you asked, we’ll have classes in the Pacific Northwest – Washington State’s San Juan Islands – in May. Sailing and powerboating courses are scheduled in Florida, for all of you who want to warm up in the sunshine while learning or polishing your boating skills. We’re still working on additions, so check in with us often.
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GREAT WORDS FROM A NEW BOATER!
We get mail about our live-aboard courses …
A little free publicity for Sea Sense Boating … I spent Sunday through Friday with Capt Carol Cuddyer and Capt. Jill McCarthy as instructors, and Diana as my fellow student, on a 42′ Californian power yacht. I came away with a new confidence in my ability to drive, dock and anchor a boat. I can read a chart, plot a course. I know the Rules of the Road, I can navigate through crab pots, various markers, and how to use the radio. Of course, I have much to learn yet but I’m ready to partner with my husband in life aboard a boat! I highly recommend this company – owned by and operated by women, both licensed captains, extremely knowledgeable and very patient. Carol owns the company with Patti and they have been doing the teaching, moving boats all over (including in other parts of the world), readying folks for handling their own boats for well over 20 years. Love them, love what they do! Gena
NEW BAHAMAS SAILING DATES!
We’ve added a new sailing class in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas! See International Sailing Courses for more info!
SAILING IN THE BAHAMAS IN 2017
The Bahama Islands are a sailing paradise, easy to get to and so close to home. It’s an incredible feeling to sail in the Sea of Abaco with the trade winds blowing, all the while tucked behind the barrier islands with calm and brilliant blue water. There are small settlements, snug harbors and deserted white sand beaches. It is a fantastic place to learn or upgrade skills, while chasing away the winter blahs and getting ready for the sailing season. The 8 day live-aboard sailing class will be taught aboard a comfortable, modern sloop, and departs from Marsh Harbour.
The women-only course is April 29 through May 6, 2017. See the Sailing Schedule Page for more details!
NEW ALL WOMEN SAILING COURSES IN FLORIDA
When the weather is cold in the northern states & Canada and you need a dose of warm weather sailing to help you make it through the winter, come sail in Florida with SEA SENSE! Dates for women’s sailing courses in St. Petersburg are January 23-27 and March 20-24, 2017.
IS REPOSITIONING YOUR BOAT IN YOUR FUTURE?
Do you see a re-positioning trip for your boat in your future? Call SEA SENSE about a Teaching Delivery, where you learn as you go!
Recently, SEA SENSE was contacted to do a Teaching Delivery from St. Charles, MO to St. Petersburg, FL. The couple who called had just purchased a 50+ foot powerboat and wanted to bring it to warmer waters for winter cruising. As they were former sailors, this boat would be a totally new experience. They wanted to learn about their boat and have instructors who were familiar with their type of boat and with the journey to Florida, a route the instructors had done many times.
The trip started on the Mississippi River heading downstream near St. Louis, the western side of the Great Loop. It would be a journey filled with many first-time experiences for them! The teaching delivery would include the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, The Tennessee River, the Tennessee-Tombigby Waterway, Intracoastal Waterway and an offshore crossing of the Gulf of Mexico to arrive at Tampa Bay. In addition, there would be tugs and barges (called “tows” on the river) to deal with, huge locks including some of the largest in the U.S., strong currents, and many shallow areas. They learned so much from this voyage and we are sure that they will be successful in all their future cruising.
When we start a SEA SENSE Teaching Delivery, one of our philosophies is that we prepare as much as is humanly possible, but we know that the boat has a plan that it is keeping to itself and Mother Nature has a plan that she’s not talking about either! So we have our charts and cruising guides, we’ve checked out the boat, we have our plan for the days ahead, we’ve checked on the weather and we deal with surprises along the way.
SEA SENSE has done Teaching Deliveries as short as two or three days and as long as several months.
LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM BOATS
Just finished an article is Soundings magazine’s August 2016 issue (Soundingsonline.com). It was written by Daniel S. Parrott, about a trip to Ireland with the cadets on the Coast Guard’s tall ship Eagle. The article was great but there was one paragraph that really stood out. What he wrote has been proven to be right over and over again, and it applies to sailing and powerboating. He said “Anyone who has spent time in this environment knows that a [boat…] is arguably the greatest vehicle the world has ever known for transmitting lessons in leadership, teamwork, cooperation, coordination, communication and the importance of doing something right, exactly right. You can fool the world in some disciplines, but the sea will slap you silly the moment you get complacent or try to bluff what you don’t know.”
Part of what SEA SENSE been passing along for 27 years now. And it applies to more than boats!
AUTOMATED RADIO CHECKS ON VHF RADIO
Do you know that radio checks on channel 16 are no longer proper radio procedure? So how are we supposed to check that our radio is working?
Well, SEA TOW has come up with solution! In fact, you’ll often hear them answer a blind request with these words: “For an automated radio check, please switch to Channels 24 (or 26, 27, or 28), key your mic and speak your request. Then listen for the response.” What comes back at you is a repeat of what you just broadcast, proving that your radio both sends and receives. Pretty cool, huh? And it clears a lot of traffic off Channel 16 that could potentially interfere with an emergency call.