About Myrtle Beach Sailing School

MYRTLE BEACH SAILING SCHOOL is an American Sailing Association affiliate and offers year-round sailing certification instruction for individuals or couple/friends.

Established in 2013, Myrtle Beach Sailing School is located in Little River, SC, just north of Myrtle Beach, allowing you to not only learn to sail in an ever-changing ocean environment, but also preparing you for coastal cruising by giving you the added benefit of learning the “rules of the road” while traveling the Intracoastal Waterway.

Our Instructors are USCG Licensed, love teaching, and are passionate about sailing.

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2020, 2021 & 2022 ASA Outstanding Instructor of the Year (Top 1% of 900+ Instructors)

Jason was born and has lived in Myrtle Beach for most of life, enjoying the multiple water-related activities that the area has to offer. After graduating from college in Atlanta, getting married, and starting a career in graphic & web design, Jason and his wife, Amy, decided to leave the “rat race”, get back by the ocean, and return to the Myrtle Beach area.

Jason’s passion for sailing began years ago when his family purchased a 44′ CSY for cruising and chartering the local waters during the summer. Having learned the basics of sailing while crewing, Jason quickly fell in love with it and set his sights on getting properly trained and certified through the American Sailing Association, first as a student, then a few years later as a sailing Instructor. As part-time Captain of his family’s charter business, he decided sailing is what he wanted to do for his career, closed his web design business and began focusing on sailing full-time.

While chartering and teaching basic sailing skills to those interested, Jason decided to open Myrtle Beach Sailing School in 2013 and began non-certification instruction on Island Song, a 32′ Morgan 321. In 2014 he decided a more formal, progressive learning curriculum would be beneficial to his students and opted to become an American Sailing Association Certification Facility.

Jason now spends most of his working time on the Atlantic teaching others the lifetime enjoyment of sailing, and delivering sailboats up and down the East Coast or to the Caribbean. In his spare time he can be found with his wife and two sons either sailing, fishing, playing at the beach, or participating in some other outdoor activity.

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Sam has always loved the water, growing up in Kentucky along the Ohio River. At fourteen he attended camp where sailing was offered and completed his first sailing classes sailing dinghies and olympic style craft. Sam went on to study in Lexington, KY at the University of Kentucky and became interested in whitewater sports. He paddled whitewater around the globe with his principal achievement, co-leading the first successful expedition down the Yangtze River in China.

With a daughter in tow, Sam and his wife Karen decided to look into sailing as a family activity. They began with ASA instruction in Traverse City, MI with a local ASA facility there. Sam became active in a local Kentucky Sailing Club, Cave Run Sailing and while Commodore led the development of CRSA to develop their own school that continues to this day. During the early 2000’s Sam, Karen and Rachel sailed on chartered craft in the Caribbean, British Columbia, Brazil, Florida, Greece, Scotland, California, and Spain. During these events Sam would often take students for a genuine ASA 104 class where the students would do a bulk of the planning in addition to enjoying exotic destinations.

In 2016, Sam and Karen retired from corporate life to join a friend on the World ARC, a circumnavigation of the globe beginning and ending in St. Lucia. They completed that cruise in May of 2018. Upon returning to the US in 2018 they boarded their Sabre 402 “Muse 10” and began an extensive refit in Pensacola, Fl. They sailed the boat around Fl and found a new home in Hilton Head SC.

Sam loves sailing, the water and active sports. He feels like he’s been blessed and is excited to share his passion for sailing with those who are new to the sport and are eager to see what’s beyond the horizon.

Sam holds credentials for ASA 101-106 and a 100 Ton USCG Masters license.

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Peter first developed a love for the water while boating and waterskiing with his family on the Potomac while growing up in Northern Virginia.

After college, Peter discovered his love for teaching and spent time teaching in the school system and teaching English as a Second Language abroad in Europe. Upon returning to the United States, Peter got involved with a sailing club at the University of Wisconsin and quickly grew passionate about the sport. From teaching on small dinghies and large keelboats to racing, running the ASA program, snow-kiting, and leading work-parties, Peter found a way to get involved in many aspects of the sport.

Marriage, family, and the Navy took Peter around this last decade to Japan, Rhode Island, and finally North Carolina. It was during this time that Peter continued to refine his teaching skills working part-time in community college and adult education settings while teaching ASA classes on weekends. North Carolina finally brought Peter to a warmer weather place, and so Peter decided to transition from sailing being more of a hobby job to a more full-time career.

With his Captain’s license in hand now, Peter now teaches ASA classes on a more regular basis and runs charters for other organizations. Peter loves sharing his knowledge and skills and having others experience the freedom and joy of sailing! Outside of work, Peter enjoys spending time with his family including his three little boys. Someday, he and his family hope to embark on some epic sailing adventures!

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Tyler is a former Naval Officer and manufacturing manager who grew up in the Chesapeake Bay area, sailing and boating all his life. As a Ship’s Officer and Navy Diver, Tyler served on various ships, including a 100-thousand-ton-plus aircraft carrier.

Tyler has owned several sailboats himself ranging from 17 to 42 feet, and has sailed on the East & West Coast, the Caribbean and Scotland. Tyler also has a background as a fitness instructor and cycling coach. He enjoys sharing his passion for the water with his low-key approach to sailing instruction. Credentialed as a 100-Ton Coast Guard Master, Tyler is qualified to teach ASA 101, 103 and 104, and is available as a Charter Captain.

Tyler lives nearby in Wilmington NC where he enjoys time on the water with his Pioneer 20-foot center console boat.

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John and his wife Michele recently retired to North Carolina from California. “I love to teach and share in the fun of learning to sail safely and confidently. It’s all about preparing for the journey and learning along the way.”

John grew up in the Midwest sailing and racing keelboats. Cruising experiences include The Great Lakes, Northern Channel Islands (Canada), Grenadines, Bermuda and 18 years on the California Coast.

John owns a Pacific Seacraft 34, “Carolina,” and plans to start cruising the Carolina Coasts and beyond.

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Although Jeff has been sailing less than half his life (only 29 years now) he has gained a vast amount of experience on vessels from small daysailers to a 135 foot racing cutter as racing helmsman. He has held a 100 GT Master’s license with sailing and tow endorsements since 2003. Jeff has taught sailing in Brookline, Maine, Key West, Punta Gorda and Hilton Head Island.

Building boats in Maine and St Croix, USVI and working as a master rigger along the way throughout the East Coast as well as competing in regional and national regattas he has acquired knowledge of what makes a sailboat work and go fast. These qualifications have Jeff registered as a Professional Yacht Racer with the World Sailing Federation.

Jeff has completed tens of thousands of miles of offshore deliveries covering the globe from Halifax, Novi Scotia to the Rio Dulce in Guatemala and including the Eastern Caribbean and the Gulf Coast.

Jeff has been teaching within ASA at several schools in the Bahamas, USVI, Key Largo, Annapolis, St Augustine, and here in Myrtle Beach giving him an insight of how people learn in different ways to pick up the skills of sailing.

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Guy was born in Australia and grew up in Sydney. Aged 10 he joined the sea scouts and started learning to sail on Sydney Harbor. As kids he and his brother raced an 11ft VJ, and by the time he was 18 Guy was running the foredeck of 24 footers, learning the finer points of flying spinnakers.

Guy moved on to ocean racing at the international level in the One Ton division, participating in weekly overnight races, numerous Southern Cross Cups and three Sydney-Hobart races.

Guy met his wife Sue (an American from Minnesota) in Sydney. He and his family emigrated to the USA in 1987 and for 10 years Guy raced San Juan 24’s in the Twins Cites, on Lake Minnetonka.

Guy has been teaching with Minnesota’s Northern Breezes Sailing School for nearly 20 years. For the last 8 years Guy has been teaching cruising skills, on 34-to-40-foot sloops, sailing Lake Superior. He has skippered school boats crewed with students in 3 Trans Superior Races, a 320nm mile race. His best finish was in 2023, finishing 8th across the line and 3rd in his division.

He has completed many deliveries, including Rhode Island – Bermuda – BVI.

His 11 ASA certifications include coastal cruising, passage making, celestial navigation and docking.

Guy offers the following advice – the most difficult thing about sailing – leaving the dock and coming back. He recommends taking the docking class at least twice.

Guy and his wife now live in Calabash, NC.