Our knowledgeable and supportive instructors will provide you with the education needed to experience the ultimate fun and adventure sailing on the Salish Sea. All of our instructors are either US Coast Guard licensed and American Sailing Association (ASA) or US Sailing Instructor Certification.
Michael has extensive experience sailing and racing a wide variety of boats over many years. He was a US Navy Lt. and started sailing shortly after leaving the Navy. He first started sailing Hobie 16’s in wide variety of settings and then sailed and raced dinghies like the Coronodo 15 for a number of years. Mike has also owned and raced on a variety of larger sailboats. He has taught a number of people to sail over the years, including several man-overboard training sessions for cruising couples. He has participated in international yacht races and cruised in a wide variety of locations.
He has a current Master Merchant Mariner US Coast Guard license, for near-coastal navigation, up to 150 miles offshore. Recently he updated his training skills by becoming a Certified Level I instructor and Keel Boat Instructor with the US Sailing Association. This is one of the premier sail training organizations that have been actively promoting sailing since 1898.
He particularly enjoys teaching people how to sail so they can gain confidence and experience to broaden their world.
A UCSC graduate in Marine Biology, Keith holds a 100 ton USCG Capt. License and is both an ASA certified sailing instructor and a US Sailing Certified Instructor. Keith has been teaching sailing for the past 25 years through Pacific Yachting and Sailing in Santa Cruz, CA and was instrumental in the creation of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey Program which provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities. He shares his passion for our ocean ecology and sailing with his three sons by cruising as a family whenever possible.