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Stephen Frankland

Rated 4.94/5 by 115 students

Credentials

NauticEd Credentials

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

Other Credentials

USCG Near Coastal OUPV license. Certified Bareboat Yacht Charter Instructor
View Sailing Resume.

My personal comment and commitment to you

I grew up sailing on Lake Michigan – I got a Sunfish when I was ten and have been in love with sailing ever since. At 12 I was ‘adopted’ by the crew of The Northern Light: the 1938 12 meter US14. I raced and cruised on the boat until I was 19; the high point each summer being the famous Chicago to Mackinac race. For six years I worked the waters of Alaska from Prince William Sound to the top of the Bearing Sea as a commercial fisherman. I chose to settle down in Portland, Or. and was very happily surprised to discover the amazing sailing on the Columbia! I joined ISC right away and began racing avidly and working and teaching at the club. Now I sail my 78 C&C Lancer 30 out of Portland – sharing the joy of flying along in almost daily 15-20+ mph summer winds with countless friends through the years. Teaching allows me the pleasure of sharing this amazing world of sailing with the many wonderful students who, like me, "have been called by the sea..."

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Feedback from previous students

Justin B., USA, OR Newberg at 2019, Jul 27
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
David C., USA, WA Vancouver at 2019, Jul 15
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Much more practice required before I skipper a boat! I would prefer less students on the boat during the onwater lessons, which would give more time to think about what I am trying to learn. I tended to forget any question I had with all the hubbub aboard.
Kris G., USA, OR Hillsboro at 2019, Sep 02
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Adrian P., USA, OR Beaverton at 2019, Jul 15
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen taught a very effective class that scaled to the level of the students abilities. His class taught much more than just small skipper sailing -- he covered things like effective line management and boat care, common courtesy on the water, and much more. He was very thorough and patient with his class. I highly recommend him.
Tim C., USA, OR Portland at 2019, Jun 26
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Robert D., Peru, Lima y Callao San Borja at 2019, Jun 16
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
My wife Nora, and I truly enjoyed our first experience with NauticEd. We appreciate the online curriculum format with videos, animations and humor throughout the courses. Josh at Island Sailing was very friendly and helpful, listening to our training needs and hooking us up with Stephen Franklin our instructor for 5 days. Following several phone calls with Stephen regarding our needs, and goals Stephen customized a 5-day course focused on course competencies. One of Stephen’s greatest strengths as an instructor is his level of patience with new students. He never Flogs a student with a “Cat of Nine Tails” for accidently gybing. His other strengths include his depth of knowledge based on years of experience and focus on safety. Having been an instructor for 30+ years in emergency response, my teaching philosophy and Stephen’s are identical. Adult students learn by doing, although they can learn the theoretical through self-study and classroom, true retention of knowled
Jamie A., USA, OR Portland at 2019, Aug 05
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Casey E., USA, OR at 2019, May 31
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Was clearly very passionate about sailing and his enthusiasm was infectious. I had a great few days on the water and will be looking for opportunities to get out in the future now because of my time during the training.
Heather L., USA, WA Washougal at 2019, May 04
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is highly knowledgeable and does a great job at guiding students through the learning process and accommodating to the individuals' needs and goals.
DAVID B., USA, OR Bend at 2019, May 03
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Steven M., USA, OR Portland at 2019, Apr 27
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Joe J., , WA Vancouver at 2019, Apr 10
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen has been a fun and thorough instructor. Emphasis on safety and seamanship were of paramount importance in his teaching.
Aslinn A., USA, at 2019, Apr 10
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen's enthusiasm for sailing and his decades of experience made the training super informative and fun. He does a great job of simplifying the basics and adding complexity as a student progresses, and he has the uncanny ability to let us make mistakes and learn from our experiences while keeping us safe and the boat controlled. I highly recommend this instructor.
Aaron A., USA, OR Portland at 2019, Apr 14
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Heather L., USA, WA Washougal at 2019, Apr 18
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is highly knowledgeable and experience in a variety of sailing vessels. He values teaching to the needs and desires of the students and is encouraging while also giving suggestions for improvement.
Mathieu M., USA, Kirkland at 2019, Feb 06
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Stephen provided great guidance and teaching on our catamaran. As a beginner on catamaran I am amazed by how comfortable I was and I felt at the end of the week thanks to Stephen. His calm and teaching style really empowers the student all while giving a strong feeling of safety.
Rick Z., USA, OR Portland at 2019, Jan 29
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Charles G G., USA, AZ Sedona at 2018, Dec 29
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Very pragmatic approach to teaching with ample opportunities to jump in and learn/do the many functions related to sailing and boating. Excellent tutoring on boat handling and catamaran sail trim. Activities focused on self-assessment and working on items that need the most attention.
Amy P., USA, OR Portland at 2018, Sep 17
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
The course and the instructor were great. I especially appreciated the instruction and practice on the "less fun", but critical skills of leaving the marina and docking. I will only feel competent, in my own mind, after many more days of practice and time on the water - which I am looking forward to.
Kristine W., USA, OR Portland at 2018, Sep 18
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Thank you for an informative and enjoyable weekend, Stephen!
Bob E., USA, WA at 2018, Sep 03
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Josephine T., USA, Vancouver at 2018, Sep 03
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Great Instructor, very patient. Really learned a lot and had a great time!
Benjamin G., USA, OR Lincoln City at 2018, Aug 22
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Benjamin G., USA, OR Lincoln City at 2018, Aug 22
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Michelle J., USA, at 2018, Aug 24
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Cindy B., USA, OR Tillamook at 2018, Aug 20
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephan is a fantastic instructor and very kind in how he corrected us as we learned. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to sail or sail better. Thank youso much!!
Laurell H., USA, OR Tillamook at 2018, Aug 20
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Amazing instructor!
Erik L., USA, OR BEND at 2018, Aug 29
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was very personable and an effective instructor.
Mary W., USA, OR at 2018, Jul 29
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Wonderful experience. Great instructor. Very passionate and knowledgable. My only suggestion is to create a moment to digest information being presented and allow for questions before moving on to new teachings. I heard "bookmark that question" many times and then didn't have the opportunity to ask the question or forgot the question because so many new questions came forward with so much information being presented at once. Thank you for sharing your love of sailing with us.
Luken U., USA, at 2018, Jul 22
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is one of the most relaxed, nice, and informative instructirs I've had for anything
Mike N., USA, WA Vancouver at 2018, Jun 25
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephan was an excellent instructor. He explained each maneuver orally and visually. He guided us by letting us do the maneuvers ourselves and giving us pointers all the way through. Thereby giving us the true feel of each maneuver but being close enough to take over if there was any danger. He never had to take over because his instruction was so spot on every time. I would and will recommend Stephan to all my associates who would love to learn how to sail the proper way.
Jeremy P., USA, OR Portland at 2018, Jul 29
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Scott H., USA, OR Beaverton at 2018, Jun 25
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Thomas T., USA, OR Gresham at 2018, Jun 20
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Chu T., USA, at 2018, Jun 18
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Russell K., USA, OR Troutdale at 2018, Jun 30
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was patient with the group and very clear about what he wanted us to know. A bonus came from the fact that we all had a great time while learning.
Anita M., USA, WA Camas at 2018, Aug 22
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Very patient and great instuctor
Michael R., USA, OR Beaverton at 2018, Jun 10
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
I am very appreciative of my time with Stephan. He has the heart of a teacher and genuinely wanted to insure we had a great experience and left competent to sail on our own with a love of the activity. Beyond his professionalism and teaching approach I am really impressed how he went out of his way to get us extra time on the water with him when we lost an afternoon due to calm winds. This was above and beyond what I could have expected. I would highly recommend him to others and I hope I get to sail with him again in the future. Mark me a satisfied customer! Mike Rizzo
John B., USA, OR Portland at 2018, Jun 10
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen has a deep sailing knowledge and is so willing to share it with others. His passion for sailing is evident through his generous gift of time and dedication to teaching. Stephan was objective in his assessments of our understanding, confidence and abilities and took pains to ensure we met the objectives of the course while feeling comfortable with each of the points of skill. Cheers to Stephan for providing such a warm and welcoming introduction to the science, art and passion of sailing!
Tanya T., USA, OR boring at 2018, Jun 03
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
I couldn’t say enough! What a great experience with such a great instructor!
James T., USA, OR Boring at 2018, May 29
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
I felt very satified with Stephens teaching and instructing. He showed great patients and had a deep knowledge of sailing.
steven M., USA, OR terrebonne at 2018, May 18
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Captain Stephen made a day long testing (SLC) on an incredible amount of material fun and informative. I highly recommend Stephen Frankland for any level of your sailing education or needs.
Shelley H., , at 2018, Jun 19
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is a great instructor. I'd prefer a course that takes place with more days on the boat with an instructor to develop a depth of competency.
R Kelley D., USA, WA Seattle at 2019, Mar 17
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
R Kelley D., USA, WA Seattle at 2019, Mar 17
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
R Kelley D., USA, WA Seattle at 2018, Jan 23
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Mark T., USA, OR PORTLAND at 2017, Sep 18
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Sarah H., USA, WA Olympia at 2017, Dec 30
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephan is an excellent instructor. He is very knowledgeable and gave us lots of tips he has gathered from years of experience sailing. I would take love to take additional courses from him.
Tom F., USA, WA Vancouver at 2017, Sep 11
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Excellent instructor, provides the background and reason why something is done the best way and easiest way.
Oren T., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Sep 09
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was not just a great teacher, he really was concerned that each student understood and was competent in executing each of the skills required for the class. It was obvious within the first hour that this class was about practical application, and an introduction to proper seamanship. I will absolutely be requesting Stephen for all of my sailing classes. Thank you Stephen for a great introduction to sailing.
Arthur "Dow" W., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Sep 09
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephan was very good at "Do you need a visual on that?" showing what he had done. We also went through a lot of drills which I had not done before which I probably should have like heaving to. I have done it before but not as a drill or a learning exercise just doing what was told. Overall a very good learning experience.
Sumeet S., USA, at 2017, Sep 09
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was very thorough and knowledgable. He knew the ins and outs of the local area and obviously sailing in general. Best of all, he knew how to transfer that knowledge and teach it. I came in with zero knowledge of sailing and learned enough to be comfortable on sailing without an instructor present.
Justen M., USA, WA West Richland at 2017, Aug 28
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Donovan M., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Aug 21
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Not only was he super professional, but had all the tricks of a true sailor
Jon B., USA, WA Vancouver at 2017, Aug 16
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is outstanding ! Very knowledgeable and loves what he does. I am so fortunate to have him as my instructor.
R Kelley D., USA, WA Seattle at 2017, Aug 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Lisa L., USA, OR Portland at 2018, Aug 23
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Mark W., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Jul 22
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Brent B., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Jul 19
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Fantastic instruction and depth of knowledge. Stephen was informative and reassuring.
Jessica Kyle B., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Jul 20
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was excellent. He was able to clearly articulate the concepts we were reviewing, answer questions with in depth answers, provide practical skills, and demonstrate how to calmly assess and respond to a variety of situations on the water. i would love to take more classes with him!
Ashley H., USA, at 2017, Jun 02
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is the best instructor I have ever had. His ability to teach to many different levels of learning and ability spoke volumes. When you learn to sail Stephen is the man to teach you.
Mark W., USA, at 2017, May 23
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen's patients and knowledge are exceptional. The manner in which he teaches makes it easy to understand and bulids a solid foundation on which a sailing career can be built. I look forward to sailing with him again in the future. Thank you vety much Stephen!
Rebecca P., USA, OR West Linn at 2017, May 22
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
He structured the class very well. Couldn't ask for a more knowledgeable and approachable teacher. Even when conditions changed in unexpected ways, he handled every situation with positivity and turned them all into teachable moments.
Ed A., USA, WA Ocean Park at 2017, May 24
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
I came to ISC with no knowledge about sailing but I have extensive knowledge in instructing Law Enforcement in Defensive Tactics. I was impressed by Stephen's ability to patiently teach us Sailor language and still instructing us in a language and cadence that calmed the Newbie Butterflies yet commanded the response necessary for safe sailing. Taking us in under sail when our boat motor died convinced me that I can only hope my future instructors will be as qualified.
Robert L., USA, WA Brush Prairie at 2017, May 23
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
It's clear that Stephen has a wealth of sailing knowledge and experience. But he's also very good at teaching to the level of the student. I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone that is interested in sailing!
Caitlin P., USA, at 2017, Apr 24
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was amazing! He was encouraging, challenging, and very knowledgeable. His way of teaching was easy to understand, and he went out of his way to make sure everyone in the boat understood what we were doing and why. I was also very impressed with how respectful he was. Anytime he would take over a task that a student was doing to show a new technique or easier way of doing it, he would ask permission first, and then thank us when he gave the control back to us. All around an excellent teacher!
Lynn V., USA, OR Lake Oswego at 2017, Apr 19
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was great - he quickly and clearly explained concepts before we tried them out. His advice during maneuvers built instant confidence in each student. It was an amazing experience!
Julie S., USA, WA Rdigefield at 2017, Apr 10
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephan is a wonderful instructor. He is able to explain concepts in multiple ways which was very helpful to my learning. He really knows boats and the physics of the wind and the effect on the sails. I really enjoyed my weekend in his course and plan to take more classes with him as the instructor.
mark C., USA, OR portland at 2018, Mar 22
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Chizuru N., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Mar 20
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
He is an excellent instructor! Clear instruction, be always there to teach, answer all my questions!
Sarah L., USA, at 2017, Mar 21
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is an excellent teacher and has the skill and knowledge to make it worthwhile to be his student. Five stars on all...except professionalism. And I only rated him less than perfect there, because I think he has a bit of saltiness that is necessary and respectable in any great captain.
JonAlan P., USA, WA La Center at 2017, Mar 13
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Rich A., USA, WA Lacey at 2017, Apr 03
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Very enthusiastic and made learning to sail stress-free. Used a combination of anecdotes and structured training to facilitate learning. I left the course feeling that it was two FULL days of sailing - would have liked to have done 3 days.
Ryan P., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Mar 08
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen was an excellent instructor. I really appreciated his safety-first perspective, his great practical tips and tricks, and the hard-earned knowledge he was happy to share. I am grateful that I had the chance to spend time on the water with him.
Kimberly G., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Apr 15
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
calm and supportive, created a low stress environment
Shawna M., USA, OR Portland at 2017, Sep 03
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Kyle H., USA, OR Beaverton at 2016, Nov 16
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Stephen is a fantastic instructor. Never in a hurry, he will take the time necessary to address your questions at a technical level that challenges you to be your very best. His calm, collected demeanor is wonderfully contagious. I learned more about sailing in a weekend as his pupil than I have in several 1-on-1 lessons with the local 'old salts'.
Erica M., USA, OR West Linn at 2017, Dec 29
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Not sure what is intended about the Y/N survey question about the "National Standard Rubrics assessment methodology," so for the sake of rating the instructor, I replied yes as I believe he made good effort to cover the all of the material required. Also, responding to whether or not I feel competent to skipper a sailboat--using the definition of competent as "acceptable and satisfactory, though not outstanding"--I responded yes. While having safely skippered a boat twice now, over the past 12 months, I feel like more practice would be good to feel more confident about it. As any [good] sailor knows, there's always room for improvement. Enough about me though, Steven was a fantastic instructor and I would enjoy and look forward to the possibility of taking additional classes from him. He is enjoyable to learn from, passionate, professional, and weaves the concept of "safety first" into what he teaches. Thanks Steven!
Gary D., USA, OR Tualatin at 2016, Nov 09
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
What an ideal experience with a superb instructor, Stephen Frankland. With an introduction to a large amount of new information we left feeling comfortable and confident of what we learned. Stephen's focus on fun, safety, fun, practical explanations that made complete sense, attentiveness, fun, focus on as much hands on time as possible, seamanship, fun, and so much more made it a very pleasurable encounter. We can't wait to get out and practice/hone our new found skills! Thank you Stephen. Gary & Jenifer
Robert R., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Sep 14
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
I feel confidant I will be able to reach my goals, which may be many foreign shores
Mary K., USA, OR PORTLAND at 2016, Dec 22
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Traci W., USA, at 2016, Sep 05
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
I appreciated that Stephen was calm and receptive throughout our lessons. He is very kind, very knowledgeable and very helpful. You can see where it would be easy to finish the course overwhelmed and completely flabbergasted considering all the material and experience to be had. Stephen provides a safe and open learning environment so everyone can begin to experience the joy of sailing. I can't wait to sail more!
Laura S., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Sep 09
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen was an amazing instructor -- so patient with us newbies, very nicely detail-oriented, enthusiastic and passionate about the sport, and diligent about issues of safety and practice. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Matt W., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Sep 19
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Scott H., USA, OR at 2016, Aug 30
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Overall one of the best educational experiences of my life. I do not rate things highly very often. I like to think there is always room to improve. In this case, Stephen did such a superb job I cannot in good conscience rate him a 4 star on anything. Stephen was fund and engaging. He kept us working continually. Though we had fun, we rarely had time to kick back and relax and just enjoy the sailing. There was always something to learn at every moment. What a blast. I love the spirit he taught with. We weren't learning to pass a test. We were learning what would help us have joy in sailing. Thanks Stephen!
Benjamin H., USA, at 2016, Aug 30
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen seemed slightly intimidating for the first two minutes, but I discovered quickly that he was very friendly. He obviously knew what he was doing, and was confident, calm, and collected in the couple close incidents we had on the water. Stephen is very good at teaching concepts, such as the letting the mainsheet out in gusts. He gets the point across with clarity and good humor. Many thanks to him for teaching me in the Skipper Small Keelboat Course.
Kyle R., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Aug 31
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen is a sailor's sailor. He is kind enough to put you at total ease in the learning environment, but he is not a coddling instructor. He will tell you the truth and challenge you no matter what your skill level to step it up a notch. This was a very rewarding experience. He is very precise with instructions and I feel that has given me the experience of having done the skills correctly, even if because being instructed. That gives me the ability to know how it should look as I go out on my own. A good guy.
Ron H., USA, WA Camas at 2016, Aug 22
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Tom S., USA, OR Tigard at 2016, Aug 20
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
We greatly appreciate Stephen's skill, knowledge, and the ability to teach and translate the sailing curriculum so that we could both understand it and also apply it.
Tom F., USA, WA Vancouver at 2016, Aug 09
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen is one of the best teachers of any discipline that I've studied. Great guy!!!!
Emily S., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Aug 08
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stefan taught me so much in just two days. The weather varied significantly during the class, and great use was made of both high and low wind times. He is a very professional sailor and imparts attention to detail.
Cory K., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Aug 08
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Jacob R., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Aug 15
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen was a great instructor. Really knowledgeable and friendly, and made us feel comfortable taking boats out on our own.
Robert R., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Jul 25
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
I felt Stephen presented a very professional and very approachable person. I was impressed by is patience and firm guiding process. Clearly he loves sailing and wants others to join the fold. I would both take other classes from him and send my friends to him.
Brian S., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Jul 07
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
First impressions mean a lot when it comes to something like sailing. Stephen has both a passion and a deep knowledge of sailing, and as a student his enthusiasm was contagious. His class included a great blend of theory and quality hands on learning. I cannot thank him enough for the great experience.
Jim J., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Jun 20
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Excellent Sailor and Teacher! Great patience and enthusiasm.
Nick B., USA, OR Fairview at 2016, Jun 06
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Awesome class. I look forward to more of them.
Christie F., USA, WA Vancouver at 2016, Jun 22
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
His focus on safety was especially great. I think he taught us many things that others might have glossed over, such as repeated practice on Man Overboard, how to "heave to", anchoring, taking us out to observe a channel marker.
Josephine D., USA, at 2016, May 29
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen was a great instructor!
Patrick B., USA, at 2016, May 25
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen was a very knowledge, patient and excellent instructor. I recommend him highly.
Alia H., USA, OR Forest Grove at 2016, May 10
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen is an ideal instructor. He taught us all of the basic sailing techniques and encouraged each student to take on increasing responsibility for the vessel. He has a great deal of boating experience that helped us to gain a better understanding of waterway rules, boating safety and communication skillsn necessary to Skipper a sailboat. It was a great course, and I feel confident in the foundation that we set in the Skipper course.
Elaine G., USA, OR Portland at 2016, May 09
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
While taking the lessons Stephen explained the situation and showed the results if done correctly or incorrectly. He encouraged you to work towards being the best that you can be and he didn't get impatient when you didn't quite achieve what he wanted you to accomplish. In his teaching he showed both visually and verbally how to sail and to manage the crew to keep them and yourself safe. He didn't mind showing it more than once and answered questions showing all of the knowledge he has had in past experiences in his sailing life. He made sure that all of the students had equal time to make the best of the lesson time out on the water and in the classroom. You could tell that he wanted to teach so that sailing would be fun and not stressful. I would take lessons from him again and also tell others what a good instructor he is. Thank you.
Dylan B., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Apr 18
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen was enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable, encouraging and competent. Nothing but the best things to say about him as a teacher! He has me very excited to get out on the water!
Sherry B., USA, OR PORTLAND at 2016, May 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Chris K., USA, WA burbank at 2016, Apr 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Very capable and competent skipper and instructor. Enthusiasm for sailing and introducing others to it is inspiring.
Terri L., USA, OR Tigard at 2016, Apr 06
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen has a true passion for sailing and he's excited to share his knowledge with his students. He is very concerned with the students experience and learning and he goes in depth to explain everything in great detail and add stories and situations for a full understanding and learning experience. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone wanting to learn how to sail.
Tom S., USA, OR Tigard at 2016, Apr 04
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
An amazing day ..., looking forward to greater proficiency!
Christopher B., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Apr 05
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Martha S., USA, OR Tigard at 2016, Apr 06
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
JonAlan P., USA, WA La Center at 2016, Mar 18
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Larry P., USA, OR Portland at 2016, Mar 27
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
A great sailing instructor! Very knowledgeable and knows how to make it understandable. Highly recommended.
Jeanne A., USA, WA Ridgefield at 2016, Mar 17
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Rank
Had a great time, learned a lot, not quite as scared as I was.
Mark A., USA, WA Ridgefield at 2016, Mar 17
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Owen S., USA, OR Bend at 2018, May 15
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen is an excellent instructor. I would definitely take more courses with him.
Robin V., USA, WA Vancouver at 2016, Mar 18
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Stephen is a fantastic instructor. Very good at explaining and demonstrating the essentials to our group. He clearly has a passion for sailing and is so personable in sharing history and sailing etiquette. I would also add he really has a natural gift of being able to teach effectively and unending patients. Thanks you so much Stephen!!