My instruction philosophy is to create for my customers a relaxed and friendly environment that allows easy acquisition of the skills, confidence and experience necessary for safe and enjoyable boating. While there are certain fundamentals that must be addressed to ensure competent boat-handling, my firmly-held opinion is that adherence to a strict or rigid training program is not the most effective.
No one is born “knowing this stuff” and we each have our own individual strengths and weaknesses. We begin by reviewing your boating experience and then use the remainder of our time together to build on your strengths as well as focus on those areas in which skills need enhancing. In this way, the instruction program will be flexible enough to match each customer’s learning abilities.
We will also spend time on a frequently contentious area - good Captain/First Mate communications! Central to the learning environment is the rule that there be NO YELLING. EVER. BY ANYONE! Learning is always easier and more effective when provided in a relaxed, no-pressure environment. If it isn’t fun and enjoyable, then why do it?
Our personalized instruction courses are available year-round on board your own boat, or in the Chesapeake Bay from March through the end of October we can cruise north or south out of Annapolis, MD and enjoy the protected waters of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, widely and rightly recognized as one of the world’s finest cruising regions, on board our 2003 Albin 36 Express Cruiser Sojourner. Details.
Perhaps you are among the ever-increasing number of sailboat owners now thinking about moving to a tug, trawler or semi-displacement motor-yacht? If so, I can certainly ease your transition to The Dark Side with experienced guidance on the differences in docking techniques and close-quarters maneuvering skills.
Please call or email me, as I am very confident that between us we can devise a suitable instruction program, based on your current experience, to best meet your specific needs. Testimonials and references are readily available.
I look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you.
Capt. Jeremy Hopkins.