Private Boating Instruction



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This personalized private instruction comes to you, wherever you have your boat. Learn what you need to know to handle YOUR boat safely and comfortably. Lessons are custom-tailored to meet your needs, on your boat, in your harbor, for individuals, couples or groups. Spend your day learning docking and close quarters maneuvering, helmsmanship, boat systems, line handling or electronics – it’s your choice. This is the best investment you can make for your peace of mind and the safety of your vessel and your crew.

TEACHING DELIVERIES on sailboats or powerboats – an expansion of our renowned “On Your Own Boat©” courses. This instruction is designed for many applications, including teaching someone who has just bought a boat how to take it from the point of purchase to their home port. It works equally well for those contemplating a trip to a new cruising ground.

Have you been thinking about a long distance passage and never made a voyage of that length, or run the Intracoastal Waterway, or been offshore? We’ll put a Coast Guard licensed, Sea Sense Instructor aboard your boat to teach and consult with you with respect to your plans and decisions every step of the way.


Many different situations can be encountered on any passage, be it two days or two weeks duration. Each new occurrence will be used as a teaching tool, from tides and currents in different areas to entering new harbors, dealing with traffic, learning about channel markers and planning the next day’s run.

Planning and achieving cruising goals are the point of this course, with emphasis on teaching you how to make the necessary decisions to be able to do-it-yourself, and send you on your way safely and confident in your own ability.

You’ll be issued a certificate, which will make your insurance company smile.

Would you like to speak with some of the people we have taught? They’d be glad to share their Sea Sense experiences with you by phone or e-mail. Contact us!


Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, New England, Pacific Northwest! CLASSES ON DEMAND! We will teach anywhere you have you boat or that charter boats are available! So grab your boating partner or friends, pick your dates, give us a call and we’ll make it happen!

Do yourself a favor – invest in your own education!

Contact us today to schedule your private instruction.

Phone: 727-289-6917


We get mail about couples’ instruction …
“We found Sea Sense! Captains Patti Moore and Patti Lanphear were incredible. They gave us the basics and by the time we finished with them we were pretty much convinced that boating was something we wanted to do. They were patient, considerate and thorough. We bought a 49’ Grand Banks motor yacht. Last year Margy and I spent 144 days on board. My wife does most of the steering. When she docks our boat she gets applause and praise from other boaters and dockhands. The last time a mariner was onboard, he commented that he wished he could handle the boat as well as she does. We give out Sea Sense business cards at any opportunity, stressing that we are beneficiaries of absolutely great instruction. Excellent training gave us the skills and confidence necessary for our concept of boating.”  – Gates & Margy
“You are a great teacher! Just who we all needed. Thanks for your calm patient manner – it made it easy and fun! Wish we had done it sooner.”  – Elaine & Bob