We started with 101 and progressed thru 103 and 104. The first question Jason asked at the start of 101 foreshadowed the entire experience: “What are you looking to get from this experience?” Jason tailored the approach to each course, covering all the materials in alignment with our goals. Jason did his ‘classroom’ work on the trip from the marina along the intercoastal waterway (ICW) to the ocean. He took advantage of the ICW and more generally the local environment beautifully — using many moments as teaching opportunities. Jason’s style is welcoming, calming (there can be brief exciting moments at sea and while docking), and always full of learning. Did I mention he always provided good snacks, drinks, and lunches! We took advantage of the ‘live-aboard’ option — sure this saved on hotel bills, but it really gave a nice sense of life on a boat. We’ve now sailed both the Morgan and the Beneteau, in near dead calm and when the winds and seas picked up. The range of experiences has been great. I feel fortunate to have had Jason as an instructor. I’ve been an academic for three decades — Jason is an excellent teacher, with great interpersonal skills, and one for whom I have no hesitation giving my highest recommendation.
Jay & Michael, ASA101/3/4
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