"You're not here to have
fun. You're here to learn how to sail."
-a quote attributed to one of our competitors' instructors, relayed to
us by a student who said she wished she'd chosen us instead.
harsh, isn't it?)
All the best boats, equipment, and curriculum
won't do you much good without a great instructor. It's the instructor
who brings it all together, and makes or breaks your sailing school experience.
Our instructors teach because they enjoy doing it, and they're patient
|"If there was something left of 'excellent' they'd get it."
-Mo Kraushar, New York, NY, in response to our satisfaction survey.
We ask students to rate their instructors thusly:
Mo's a graduate of Start Sailing.
|"I thought the instructors were great - both Jim in the classroom
and John on the water. Very patient, wonderful about answering questions,
very enthusiastic, etc."
-Stephanie Azzarone, Manhattan. Stephanie is a graduate of Start
At New York Sailing Center & YC, you'll
sail with an instructor who is certified by either
Sailing. These are the two organizations in the United
States that evaluate and certify potential sailing instructors. (Most
of our instructors also hold US Coast Guard licenses.) Simply put,
your instructor should be certified by either or both. Don't accept
Many schools that claim to use only certified instructors regularly fail
to. How do you know if the instructor you're getting is certified?
Ask for credentials! Instructors are issued the same log books and
seals that you earn as a student, only with seals reflecting instructor
status. They also get wallet-sized cards. Another way to verify
is to get the name of the instructor and check with ASA or US Sailing.
Call or e-mail them to verify your instructors credentials if their log
book wasn't handy. (The school director, for one, is a card-carrying