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Newsflash: Capt. Joan Gilmore named 2020 Outstanding Instructor by ASA
Sail Away Sailing School, LLC takes pride in excellent customer service, conducting classes, cruises and coaching in Minnesota, the Great Lakes, and Caribbean. Lead instructor is Captain Joan GiImore, who holds a master’s degree in adult learning styles. She has conducted research and presents seminars on how adults learn. She has been an Instructor Evaluator for ASA since 2000, training Small Boat through Advanced Coastal Cruising instructors in the U.S., Japan and Caribbean. The former ASA Education Coordinator now serves on three non-profit sailing boards and writes articles for Sailing and other national magazines.
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Minimum 10 years' experience for each instructor
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Experience in Minnesota, Florida Coast, Great Lakes, and Caribbean
All of our Instructors own a private vessel. Sailing is not a part time job for us. It is our life.
Specialists in instructing adults
In addition to all Instructors being experts in Adult Learning techniques, Captain Joan Gilmore has her Masters Degree in Adult Learning
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Congrats Capt. Joan Gilmore: ASA 2020 Outstanding Instructor
Safety Details for Safe Trailering
Safety Details for Safe Trailering By Capt. Joan Gilmore How many times have you seen a broken down boat trailer by the side of the road? Maybe you have experienced a trailer breakdown yourself. Often the problem is not a flat tire but a too-hot wheel bearing. Wheel bearings on boat trailers can get[…]
Of Windlasses and Kingpins
Of Windlasses and Kingpins – Teaching Couples to Sail by Captain Joan Gilmore Quite often, I get calls asking if I teach all women’s courses. The reason women ask for this, usually, is because they are tired of trying to learn sailing from their husbands, or they may have been in courses where the[…]
Sailing as Perfect “Wet Lab” By Captain Joan Gilmore of Sail Away Sailing School, LLC Contact: email@example.com or 612-871-8101 I believe that sailing is a perfect “wet lab” environment for team building and for self-discovery. It is particularly perfect for learning interpersonal skills quickly and effectively when participants are directed by a talented and[…]
Review of Call Me Captain
Review of Call Me Captain, by Susan Scott reviewed by Captain Joan Gilmore This was a surprisingly engaging book. I opened it with the intent to skim it quickly, and ended up savoring every page. Much like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love this is a memoir that reads like a novel. A bonus for[…]
ASA Featured Instructor: Joan Gilmore
ASA Featured Instructor: Joan Gilmore, Sail Away Sailing School
Article Lake Minnetonka magazine July 2018 Smooth Sailing (1)
Blind Ambition: My Adventure Teaching a Sight-Challenged Student
Reprinted from Bearings, American Sailing Association’s Instructor Newsletter, Spring 2014 Blind Ambition: My Adventure Teaching a Sight-Challenged Student by Captain Joan Gilmore of Sail Away Sailing School, LLC Minneapolis, MN I have rarely had a more motivated and dedicated sailing student than Deb, who signed up with her husband for Basic[…]
Why Can’t I Rely on GPS Alone on Extended Cruising Trips?
Why Can’t I Rely on GPS Alone on Extended Cruising Trips? Alternate title – GPS; Siren Song to Unprepared Navigators By Capt. Joan Gilmore Have you heard the story of the Swedish couple cruising the Mediterranean, who mistakenly typed “Capra” into their GPS, when they actually intended to go to the island of Capri?[…]