I would highly recommend South Coast Sailing to anyone wanting to learn how to sail. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and capable of transferring their knowledge to you. I owned a powerboat for over 30 years, but I have never sailed. Upon registration, you are mailed a 126 page book with a lot of nautical terms and sailing techniques. Study the information in the book prior to attending the class, because the classroom portion of the course is only a 1/2 of a day. Anyone can read a book and pass a written test. For the second 1/2 day, you are taken on a sailboat and taught by doing - doing over and over until you are confident that you did it right. My instructor was extremely patient with all of us on the boat. Learning was actually fun for a change. By the end of the day, he would bark out a command, and we worked fluently as a team to execute the command. Day 2 formally tested your skills. I was amazed at how I went from being so confused on the first day to being completely confident for my practical exam on the second day. As far as the written exam, every topic was covered either by the classroom or by performing the task on the boat. I don't feel confident enough to solo-sail from Houston to Fiji, but I do feel that I can skipper a 26' sailboat on a lake or bay. I can't wait to take the next step of ASA 103/104 to get bigger and reach farther.
For all of you motorboaters, my biggest adjustment was to think of wind direction first and compass bearing second. Everything is about the wind direction.
I came in knowing very little about sailing and controlling a boat. I left feeling confident enough to helm a boat with a knowledgeable skipper.
Kudos to John Brian our instructor; and the whole South Coast Sailing team. Very efficiently run making it a fun, positive experience.
Instructors were AWESOME! Learned a ton, and had a phenomenal time out on the water!! Highly recommended!
Both of the instructors are very knowledgeable on the subject and did excellent job of passing the knowledge on, Captain Murat in the class room and Captain Tony on the water.
Jerry was a great skipper. I learned a lot and had fun. Thanks
Captain Scott was very knowledgeable and extremely helpfull
Overall the course was a great experience. Can't wait to do the next one.
Captain John Brian made the whole experience very satisfying and a wonderful learning experience while working with the sailing and real life experience with wind and weather conditions that limited fair-weather sailors and made the experience “fun” (weather was lower visibility rain showers lower winds a great deal of the time and 60 degrees) we got a lot more out of that Colgate 26 than really expected with the conditions. Truly a great time!
The instructors were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any question. The on board practice was fantastic! I learned so much in a short two days! Can't wait for the next course!
Instructor was knowledgeable and very competent. His teaching method was very laid back and made me feel comfortable. He didn't ever lose his cool or yell or act as if I should already know something and that made it easy to learn. Everything was clearly taught and we had lots of opportunity to do everything until I felt comfortable with the new skills.
The captain was very good, the class went smoothly and the sailing was fun.
Loved it! Great instructors that explained everything and answered all questions. Ample time on the water per person. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get Certified!
The instructors were very good and had great personalities. They did everything possible to work around the weather. We ended up wet but we finished with smiles and a great experience.
I found the class to be fast paced but complete. The sailing time was very enjoyable with well maintain equipment.
As a beginner, our instructor was very helpful and extremely patient with the whole group. Anybody thinking about taking the ASA 101 (or any ASA course) should definitely read/study the book provided and maybe watch some “how-to” sailing videos. It was a little challenging (like most rewarding things in life), but with a little practice time on the water it would quickly become an awesome experience for you and your family. What was most helpful to me was the the little learning tips provided on how to remember certain rules and the operation of the sailboat. I definitely plan on taking my ASA 103 and 104. If your thinking about learning how to sail, don’t wait, time and tide waits for no one ⛵️
Disorganized check in process the first day. Our Captain was nice but seemed inexperienced. Lecture skills were average. Our Captain needs to work on guiding inexperienced students through maneuvers on the boat to avoid confusion and errors. I would still return but request a different captain with honed teaching skills
Had a great time with you guys. I look forward to coming back for the 103 and 104 courses.
Staff is open and inviting to everyone. Flexible in how they approach each student. (Our class had ages 10 to 50+) The overall atmosphere is one of camaraderie and enjoyment of sailing. I got the feeling that everyone at the school is there because they enjoy sailing and enjoy teaching sailing not just because it’s their job. I’ve already booked 103/104 combo class.
A big thanx to all
The class was very well organized and the instructors were awesome. I am glad that I chose South Coast Sailing to begin my sailing training. I will definitely be back to take 103/104 and continue my training beyond that. Thanks to all of the staff at South Coast Sailing for your time and support this weekend.
I was impressed with the knowledge and education of the instructors.
This course is really designed for people of all ages and it does not require previous sailing experience.
In addition, the people taking the course were fantastic! I can say that in 2 days I made good friends!
Amazing classroom environment paired with an excellent hands-on experience. Can't be beat!
Capt Lori did a terrific job instructing the 101 basic keelboat class. My wife was a first time sailor so the amount of material to learn was a bit of challenge but she did pass the test!
It's a lot of material to put into a 2 day course but I felt it was the right balance of class room and sail time.
If your taking the class, try to complete the 4 tests in the book prior to coming to class and it will be much easier on you.