Bruce Schwaegel

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Austin, Texas USA

Level V Captain Rank Chief Sailing Instructor / Assessor

Rated 5/5 by 86 students
Landfall Sailing was founded in 2005 as part of the Seraph Group on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas and is one of only a handful of schools in the U.S hosting the assessments for the internationally recognized SLC certification required for power and sail by many EU nations. Many of us had our first boating experience on powerboats but became fascinated with sailing. Sailing offers a lifelong learning opportunity, is quiet and environmentally-friendly, technically challenging, not entirely fuel dependent therefore offers unlimited range, is cost effective and enables adventures associated with bareboat chartering in exciting destinations. We are not solely focused on issuing stickers or certifications without also assuring that our students develop documented, tangible, verified, practical skills recognized by major charter companies worldwide. We tailor your classes to your schedule and limit our classes to 2 students Contact us today at for yo


NauticEd Credentials

  • Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor
  • American National Standards Instructor/Assessor
  • SLC Instructor/Assessor
  • ICC Preparatory Instructor

Other Credentials

Bareboat Charter Master Instructor NauticEd Captain Level V American National Standards Instructor-Assessor SLC Asssessor & License Holder RYA ICC licensed American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED trained

Associated practical schools


Landfall Sailing

I our training is conducted on 33 foot, diesel equipped racing cruiser yachts. We train seven days a week all year long except in extreme cold weather that we deem unsafe. I am also available to train in other areas of Lake Travis upon request.


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John W., Puerto Rico, Mayaguez-Aguadilla, Rincon at 2023, Jun 29
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
As a retired educator I know a good teacher when I see one. Bruce is an excellent instructor, he is very knowledgeable and personable. Even though this is a retirement gig for Bruce, he takes his job seriously. He throughly explains and reviews the tasks for the day and then expects you to go out and perform. He is patient, clear in his expectations, direct and efficient. Even though this course is demanding he made it a fun and rewarding experience! I highly recommend Bruce and would love to sail with him again!
Michael G., Germany, Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart at 2023, Jul 25
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Bruce provided all the information I needed to arrive informed, perform efficiently, and leave with confidence in my capability. Amazing teacher, experience and time.
Scott R., USA, TX, Leander at 2023, May 09
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce is amazing. I will continue to sail and learn from him.
Terence H., Canada, SK, Crossmount at 2023, Apr 06
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce provides a vessel that is fully capable for boat handling instruction and sailing instruction as well as for doing the on-water SLC assessment. His boat is he extremely well maintained. Bruce has an easy going teaching style. He takes the time to get to know you and where you are with respect to your sailing skill development. He explains the skill or task you are about to learn or preform by providing the amount of detail you need to understand the task. Sometimes it is difficult as a teacher to know how much information the student needs to understand and perform a new skill. Bruce seemed to have a 6th sense for providing just the right amount of detail for me to be successful. I really appreciated that he explained how certain procedures work, i.e. how and why the boat responded to the helm and sail inputs. He also took the time to explain alternate procedures to accomplish the same task. Bruce was a real professional, always calm, clear with his instructions, and always wil
Justin W., USA, KS, WICHITA at 2023, Mar 14
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Thankfully my wife and I found Landfall Sailing and Bruce through the NauticEd website. Bruce was always the utmost professional and has excellent communications skills. From course selection discussion through scheduling and on water classes Bruce did an excellent job. The care and attention to detail that Bruce has shines through as an instructor and on the 2005 Hunter 33 that we trained on. I doubt there is a better condition H33 out there. We travelled from Kansas to complete two separate weekends of training and for us it was well worth the time and cost. Lake Travis and the marina gave us some great and unique opportunities to deal with fluctuating wind conditions and concerns. The Nautic Ed Rubrics that Bruce followed were good building blocks and foundation for us to now be able to go away and practice safely to build more experience. We highly recommend Bruce and Landfall Sailing and will be do more training with him in the future.
Lee W., USA, KS, Bel Aire at 2023, Mar 14
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce did a great job communicating in advance of the class, providing course work, and answering all questions. His boat was immaculate and very well looked-after, a testament to his attention to detail and love of sailing. I learned a ton over two weekends, and would have enjoyed even more time on the water had the day allowed. Happy to have found Landfall Sailing, particularly as so few options were available to us in the Midwest. Learned lots of "tricks" about boat handling in general, not just sailing. Great experience and looking forward to new adventures on the water. Thanks Bruce !
Gustavo M., USA, TX, Canyon Lake at 2022, Sep 08
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
great experience
Isabell S., USA, TX, Austin at 2022, Jul 28
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Bruce has been a wonderful instructor. He is amazingly knowledgeable, very detail-oriented, patient, and friendly. His boat, Seraph, is spotless, and he takes great pride in keeping it (her) this way. I could not have asked for a better instructor introducing me to the sport of sailing. I would recommend Bruce to anyone who is learning to sail and /or is interested in expanding his/her skills. I am looking forward to learning a lot more from him. THANK YOU!
Stephan C., USA, TX, Dallas at 2022, Apr 30
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce has been fantastic, he was patient, he shared with me a lot of tips, I have learnt a lot during that day with him!
Lucas v., USA, NY, East Hampton at 2022, Apr 17
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce was great. He explained very clearly what the test was going to focus on, and he was meticulous in ensuring that all elements of the exam were covered. Although I am an experienced sailor, I’m really glad I took a day of instruction before being examined. Bruce was thoughtful, encouraging, and demanding. He helped me hone skills and learn a couple of new ones. The yachts we used were in immaculate condition and a pleasure to sail. Landfall Sailing gets 6 stars from me!
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