I'm a Professional Sailing Instructor, and I'm pretty happy about that! So many people I know work at things they Don’t like, so they can get out and do what they Do like. Getting passion and profession together took me a long time, but I have the right mix now.
I'm an educator first, and a sailor second. I’ve been fortunate to have great mentors, and to have built on that foundation and break new ground. I enjoy sharing the things I know and love with others, and if you want to improve your competence and confidence in the world of sailing and cruising, we're going to have a great time!
Juice up your Sailing Certificate. Take an online sailing course from NauticEd and get professional practical sailing instruction from Marc Hughston
Marc is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He is also a good teacher and pleasant to spend time with in close quarters. I highly recommend him. The experience was will worth the travel time from San Francisco, where I live.
Marc is a friendly, highly knowledgeable and effective instructor. He has extremely high standards for success and really cares about helping you learn the most critical aspects of safe sailing. To be sure, I feel I am a more confident sailor with new skills on the water. Thanks Marc!
Marc came recommended by NauticEd, so I expected him to be a knowledgeable instructor. He exceeded my expectations! He was friendly, understanding and observant. You're lucky to have him representing NauticEd!
Marc is an exceptional instructor and sailor. He is the kind of teacher you will remember as being one of the best you've met. I did a 5-day sailing adventure around the Channel Islands with him for the SLC practical competency verification. He is kind, fun and extremely knowledgeable. As a teacher, he knows how to push the student to do better and better and to make sure the technique is assimilated completely before moving on. If you take a class with Marc, you will definitely become a better sailor regardless of experience and goals. He also creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and those 5 days on the boat were an unforgettable experience. I would recommend Marc to anyone who wants to advance their sailing skills.
Taking additional instruction from Marc helped me master Mediterranean mooring and a few other skills I needed brushing up on. The practices he led us through were just what I needed. I very much appreciate his knowledge and experience.
The advantage of working with a real veteran of the sailing world is what Marc Hughston delivers. Marc is thoroughly knowledgeable and can convey that knowledge through excellent teaching and personal communications skills. The time spent with Marc was exactly what I needed at this step of my sailing education. But more, it was fun and akin to a mini vacation with a good friend.
I will work again with Marc in the future.
My sincere thank you for a perfect experience.
Marc was an outstanding instructor, kind, patient and knowledgeable. What we learned in our days with Marc was remarkable. My comfort level in my own abilities rose exponentially and he was excellent in both his delivery of praise and in his realistic assessment when we performed a task where more work was needed to build proficiency. He expects a certain skill set to be learned and spent the time to make sure that it was before moving forward in the educational progression. Marc was more than generous in taking the time to not only teach the curriculum but he seems to really enjoy spending time on the water indulging his students whims. He never rushed us back to the dock and we went over our allotted time every day we spent with him. He always spent extra time at the end of each session to review the days performance and gave well thought out advice and tips on what to work on to achieve the next level of competency in any given skill. Couldn't be happier with this course. We will be
Marc provided an exceptional 2-day training/evaluation event for my SLC practical competency evaluation! He gave excellent briefings and hands-on training, which made my evaluation go smoothly. Excellent instructional techniques which strongly reinforce the lessons being taught. I highly recommend Marc and Santana Sailing for anybody desiring to increase their sailing knowledge and competency!
The gift of quality instruction is rare. Patience, experience, knowledge, clarity, understanding, humor, firmness when appropriate, prepared, generous with knowledge and time, professional and just a pretty cool guy all around, would be my description of Marc. 5 stars. It is what it is. Todd Frye. Bonneville School of Sailing.
I have grown exponentially in my sailing knowledge and skills under Marc's instruction. He explains the "why" behind choices and I feel, teaches how to do things in an efficient manner. He is patient and very passionate about teaching and giving to his students.
Marc Hughston is an exceptional sailing instructor and Master Mariner, applying his unique and effective teaching techniques for an enjoyable and lasting learning experience. I highly recommend Marc and Santana Sailing to anyone at any level, looking to grow or extend their knowledge and sailing skill set.
Marc's instruction was the best I've experienced. He reviewed the written exam, explaining, in great detail, all improperly answered questions. The on-the-water exam was clearly explained, well paced, and complete in every detail. When complete, I felt I was a more competent skipper for the experience, and I had much more confidence in my ability to skipper a sailing vessel. Marc is a fantastic instructor.
Marc is an excellent instructor. He was able to completely explain each of the required maneuvers, before they were attempted. While the maneuver was tried, he competently coached me through the difficult parts. Afterward, he knowledgeably pointed out the problems and how to improve my performance, on the next attempt. I would heartily endorse Marc as an instructor to be sought out for top-notch training.
Very knowledgeable and patient instructor. Enthusiastically responded to every question. He covered all aspects of safely anchoring a boat and instilled a lot of confidence in all of us. Great course and I highly recommend this instructor.
Marc is an avid sailor whose many years of experience shine through in his ability to teach. I would recommend Marc to anyone serious about learning how to sail a Keelboat or looking to hone their skills.
Marc Hughston is a Amazing Sailing instructor. His knowledge in both practical and technical aspect of Sailing was very impressive. His passion for the sport and the sailing lifestyle comes through every time you are on the water with Marc. He is not only a great instructor, he is a true ambassador to the Sailing lifestyle and the Industry.
Marc is an excellent captain and sailor. He is patient, has a great sense of humor and truly loves what he is doing. What could be better than that in an instructor. He has fostered in me the knowledge that I can sail anywhere and in almost any conditions and do it safely.
Great learning experience! There is so much to learn and it can seem overwhelming, but Marc’s teaching style really helped me, taking my skills to the next level. I’ve had other lessons and didn’t walk away feeling as competent as I did here. Marc would explain a task & the reasons behind what does or doesn’t work. Second, he’d demonstrate it, explaining as he went. Then it was our turn to do it. He was right there besides us, talking us through each step. If we made a mistake, he was right there to help us correct it. I always felt safe & in control. We’d then discuss why things worked or didn’t work & we’d do it over & over. Marc made sure that not only could we do a task successfully, but that we could explain all the reasoning behind it. There’s so many instructors to choose from, many experienced captains…but, those qualifications don’t guarantee that they have the communication skills to be a good teacher. Marc definitely does & you can see the difference.
Capt Hughston is extremely knowledgeable and teaches the WHY you do something, not just HOW to do it. This is terribly important in knowing how to make decisions and what to do when you are on your own. He also lets the student really get their 'hands on' experience!
Marc is an excellent instructor and a knowledgeable sailor.
When things have gone south on the water as things sometimes do, Marc has repeatedly handled the situation in a calm professional manner.
He has the knowledge and skills to teach in a manner that makes learning easy and fun.
Marc is a very competent, friendly, and supportive instructor. He never lost his patience with his students, even when things got stressful. You can tell that Marc loves sailing and loves teaching others about his passion. I look forward to sailing with and learning more from Marc in the future.
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