GET INTO SAILING!
Learn the basics of sailing
If you are already excited about sailing and are ready to develop your skills, this is the course for you!
Captain Dan introduces the world of sailing to you in a classroom setting, and then takes you on a sail from the Benicia Marina out on the picturesque Carquinez Strait.
There’s no prerequisite!
Who this is for: Anyone! No experience required. We start from the beginning and take it step by step.
What does this include? This course includes two two-hour classroom sessions, and two four-hour sailing sessions on the Carquinez Strait. Total of 12 hours of instruction, training, and practice.
1. All about sailboats
2. Crew positions
3. Steering, turning
4. How to stop the boat
5. Sails – handling
At the end of the course, you will have a good knowledge and basic sailing skills. You’ll feel comfortable and ready to help in nearly any position on the boat!
Tuition is only $325
What is the maximum group size? Up to four people may sign together, if they’d like.
Captain Dan School of Sailing
Dan Carnahan: firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-319-5706
Mailing Address: PO Box 1074, Benicia CA 94510
Classroom: 701 Southampton Rd, Suite 101, Benicia CA 94510
Boat: Benicia Marina, F Dock, Santana 22 “Sail la Vie”
About Captain Dan
Dan Carnahan was introduced to sailing on his uncle’s race yacht in Long Beach in the 1960s, and he has been sailing ever since. Dan completed nearly the full course catalog at Club Nautique Sailing School, Alameda, in the 1980s-1990s. For three years in the 1990s, Dan organized and skippered weekly sailing trips out of Alameda and Benicia. In the early 2000s, for another three years, Dan served as crew, foredeck, in the Benicia Thursday night races. Dan started racing his own boat, a Santana 22, starting in 2013. Dan took over the management of the races, as Race Chair, in 2017 and is still serving that that position. In 2018-2019, Dan earned his USCG captain’s license, and during 2019 he was employed as a professional captain for a pleasure cruising charting company in Alameda.
Dan’s experience in leadership, teaching and coaching began during high school years, serving as a YMCA camp counselor, then as Assistant Scoutmaster for his Boy Scout Troop. He was employed by his church, serving as Youth Counselor during college years. In Benicia, Dan has served as head of the Men’s Ministry at his church, and he served professionally as Youth Pastor. Dan has served as an adult volunteer with Benicia’s Boy Scout Troop 8 since 2000 and continues still. He served several years as Scoutmaster, and several more years as Committee Chair. Today, through his professional coaching business, Dan helps entrepreneurs and business owners in a coaching/accountability capacity to achieve their business goals.
Dan helps those who are learning to feel supported and understood. He is calm and patient. His students feel comfortable and safe, not only physically, but emotionally as well. Dan knows that everyone begins their learning from the beginning, as he did. And Dan’s love for being on the water and with others provides for a very happy experience for everyone.
Benicia, San Francisco Bay
Many people love the picturesque setting that surrounds the bustling little town of Benicia. It lies on the Carquinez Strait of the San Francisco Bay Area, has an active boating community and yacht club. Seeing the sailboats out on the glistening water gives many the inspiration and desire to be a part of the sailing activity. But, until now, there has been no organized method for people to become involved. Dan has a heart to help create the way to bring people to the water and to the boats. Dan is now in the perfect position, as Race Chair, and as an experienced teacher and coach, a sailboat owner, and licensed captain, to make it a reality. Captain Dan’s mission is to provide the pathway for anyone to gain access to the exciting world of sailing.