American Sailing Association Honors
Sailing and Cruising School
Named One of the Best in North America
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – American Sailing
Association (ASA), the international accreditation
organization, named Florida Sailing & Cruising
School to its honor roll of 2007 Outstanding
Schools, saluting it as one of its 20 best sailing
instruction programs in North America.
Florida Sailing and Cruising School scored in the
top tier out of more than 300 ASA-accredited schools
based on the number of excellent evaluations
submitted by students who have attended its courses.
FS&CS conducts liveaboard sailing courses for up to
four students at a time, and has been ASA-accredited
since shortly after it was founded in 1984. Students
live aboard the vessels while taking courses
conducted by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed
FS&CS students learn by doing -- steering, plotting,
casting-off, cruising, using the radio, anchoring,
maneuvering, tying-up -- and more. Students bring
their own groceries and prepare their own meals. By
night, around the salon table, they study their
textbooks before retiring to one of the vessel's
"Our students learn a lot, and they retain what they
learn, because by living aboard the vessel they are
using all learning powers, mental and physical,"
said proprietor Barb Hansen. "Our students watch it
being done, then they do it themselves, and then
they do it again. They study it, they laugh about
it, they even sleep on it and dream about it."
Tuition for liveaboard courses includes on board
accommodations, instruction, fuel, and course
materials. Students are responsible for their meals
and personal expenses, dockage at other marinas, and
other provisions for themselves and the instructor.
The school also conducts liveaboard power yacht
courses at Marinatown Marina in N. Fort Myers.
Hansen and her husband and co-founder Vic Hansen
also manage Southwest Florida Yachts which charters
sail and power yachts for cruising the Gulf of
Mexico and inland waterway coastlines of Southwest