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Learn to Sail a Sunfish Sailboat

Gulf Breeze, United States

Experience hosted by Jamie

4 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 2 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

This practical on-the-water course will help teach you the fundamentals of sailing, build your sense of self confidence, and let you experience the first joys of becoming one with the wind and waves.

You will spend the morning in a sit-down, classroom (outdoor gazebo) learning the parts of the sailboat, points of sail, navigation, and basic knots.

After lunch (snacks provided by host) the in-water lesson begins with rigging the Sunfish, then righting a Sunfish in shallow water, then out on the water instruction, including trimming the main and manning the tiller.

Ultimately you will sail the boat on your own 150 feet from shore, and your instructor will take amazing digital photos of you in action!
Other things to note
This includes classroom and on-the-water sailing on the world's most popular boat. Be prepared to get in the water and get wet. There is a degree of athletic ability to this experience, you should be limber and able to squat and duck quickly and have good hand eye coordination.
This practical on-the-water course will help teach you the fundamentals of sailing, build your sense of self confidence, and let you experience the first joys of becoming one with the wind and waves.

You will spend the morning in a sit-down, classroom (outdoor gazebo) learning the parts of the sailboat, points of sail, navigation, and basic knots.

After lunch (snacks provided by host) the in-water lesson begins with rigging…

What's included

  • Food
    Snacks (chips, soda).
  • Drinks
    Water, Soda
  • Equipment
    Sailboat, gloves, life jackets, workbook, skipper certificate, digital phot...

Meet your host, Jamie

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 22 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a certified skipper and lifelong sailor. I've made 16 crossings of the Gulf Stream (Florida-Bahamas) and have sailed in the North Sea off the coast of Holland. I race many classes of sailboats and yachts but my passion is the SUNFISH, the most popular design of sailboat in the world.

As a Sunfish racer in South Florida I won multiple regattas and was an assistant Learn-to-Sail Instructor but I LOVE just cruising the waves on a Sunfish.

Bottom Line: Learning to sail at 8 was Dad's best present to me:
THE GIFT OF SAILING A SUNFISH!
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Where you'll be

We will meet at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze, Florida, a picturesque waterside park with a beach and beach-side gazebos where the sit-down class will take place. The sailing will take place on Santa Rosa Sound, a protected waterway in-between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach.
Mary
August 2019
Jamie was so knowledgeable and fun - he made our vacation so special. His love for sailing was so infectious- we will continue to build on what he taught us!
Renee
August 2019
This was an amazing experience! Jamie was a really good teacher. I'd reccomend this to anyone who's interested, I knew nothing about sailing when I showed up and was able to do it with Jamie's help. It's a fun experience and we were totally inspired to continue sailing after this.
This was an amazing experience! Jamie was a really good teacher. I'd reccomend this to anyone who's interested, I knew nothing about sailing when I showed up and was able to do…
Stacey
August 2019
This is a great experience for first time sailors.. I have never been on a Sun Fish before today and felt like one with the water . Jamie teaches you things like instinct you never knew you had. His passion is contagious and knowledge is like world class traveled sailer . Price point on this trip makes it a WIN, 100% . Thanks Jamie
This is a great experience for first time sailors.. I have never been on a Sun Fish before today and felt like one with the water . Jamie teaches you things like instinct you never…
Amanda
July 2019
I have always wanted to go sailing but been scared to try. Jamie was a great teacher and his sunfish is easy to operate. I had so much fun, two days later I’m now driving home with my own sunfish. Definitely try this activity. You won’t regret it
I have always wanted to go sailing but been scared to try. Jamie was a great teacher and his sunfish is easy to operate. I had so much fun, two days later I’m now driving home with…
Tin
July 2019
This is a must do for everyone visiting Pensacola or Destin. Such a wonderful experience. I'm so grateful for Jamie providing this experience. Such a steal for how hard he has to work to provide this experience.
Tammy
July 2019
It was a wonderful experience. I had never been sailing before and by the end I was able to sail a bit on my own and felt comfortable doing so. Jamie was very knowledgeable and a great teacher. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn the basics of sailing. I now want to practice what I’ve learned and eventually buy my own sunfish.
It was a wonderful experience. I had never been sailing before and by the end I was able to sail a bit on my own and felt comfortable doing so. Jamie was very knowledgeable and a g…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

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Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Bathing Suit

Wet suit (if cold)