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Experience the Southern Sailing Academy difference!

* U.S. Sailing certified academy and instructors for all levels!

* Quality instruction in your choice of inland or ocean sailing!

* All instruction is on the yacht, versus others who offer 50% classroom and 50% at sea!

* Weekday and weekend classes to fit YOUR schedule

* Private and customized lessons available!

* Your choice of certification -- why pay for pieces of paper you don't want or need?

* You pick the boat that is right for you!  Why sail on a boat that doesn't fit your needs?

* Why stay at a budget motel when you can stay at our AAA Four-Diamond rated partner hotel at an affordable rate?

* Our corporate program features savings and special team-loyalty activities!

Studies have shown that people who spend time near the sea restore their body with inhaled IODINE from sea air, as well as SUNLIGHT to regulate their thyroid hormonal function.

SAILING is one of the best ways to get both - and have healthy fun.  Come learn sailing with us for both recreation and health benefits!

Why is SSA the preferred choice of sailing schools worldwide? We are the preferred choice for novice through experienced sailors worldwide because we specialize in individualized, custom training tailored to the student's specialized needs and learning curve. One obvious advantage to private instruction is that the instructor is free to concentrate exclusively on one student or couple. Both the lesson plan and its pace can be custom tailored to the individual. For some students, particularly those with time constraints or special learning needs, private instruction and hands-on experience are the ideal way to learn to sail. In a private lesson, the relationship between instructor and student is analogous to that of doctor and patient. A doctor examines a patient, makes a diagnosis, prescribes a course of treatment, then monitors and adjusts the therapy as the patient responds. Similarly, an instructor assesses a student's ability, maturity, and learning style, and makes a diagnosis as to what deficiencies need attention, prescribes and administers an appropriate lesson plan. Private instruction is also affordable. Our rates for private instruction carry a surcharge of 30% over group rates.

Call 1-866-252-SAIL to set up your private instruction session today!

Experience St. Augustine Fl. Ocean Sailing on a 39' luxury yacht.
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Winner of the 2001 King's Day Regatta, Non Spinnaker & the 1984 Foley's-Sperry Challenge Cup 1st in Fleet.

30 minute instructional video free with sailing course booking. Order Now!

Fill out the secure form for $19.95 and receive full credit if you book sailing lessons. Sailing lesson was shot on the same boat you will be aboard.
Click here to order the instructional video. Wherever you live, you may enjoy a memorable, informative and relaxing Learn to Sail weekend vacation in beautiful Jacksonville or St. Augustine Florida, flying Southwest Airlines ( from most major US Cities ) for $99 pp to Jacksonville or Orlando Fl. and taking a short scenic drive to the marina. You will learn docking and undocking, weight distribution on the vessel for optimum performance, light and heavy air sail trim, tacking, jibing, navigation, wind shift and intensity analysis and prediction, VHF radio use, GPS navigation and many other necessary skills.

"Lickety Split" a pristine
39' Frers Dufour Sloop





Our courses are designed to prepare the student to successfully challenge the certification standards for that particular skill level. Some of our students are able to pass the SSA practical skill requirements during course time. Many, however, require an additional Review Course or two before they are ready to challenge the Practical Checkout. No two students are alike. We all learn at our own pace. Those with previous boating experience can pick up the fundamentals more quickly than those without previous experience. While there are no guarantees, on average, students at our sailing school are ready to charter on their own after they complete six days of formal instruction plus an additional Review Course. *While certification provides a basis for chartering companies to evaluate a customer's competency, even with ASA or US Sailing certification many charter companies may require an on-the-water test of sailing skill (called a "practical checkout") before chartering. SSA Charter Certification is available to others who successfully challenge the Practical Checkout.
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Links to all bareboat companies: http://www.eBare.com Visit Old City: http://www.VisitOldCity.com
For U.S. Sailing Dinghy Certification and Lesson in East Central Florida [Melbourne]:  http://www.perfsail.com

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Inclement weather conditions will result in the issuance of a rain check for the unused portion of the course. Not refunds.

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