Bruce Schwaegel

Rated 5/5 by 61 students

Credentials

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
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My personal comment and commitment to you

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 www.landfallsailing.com/contact/ for yo

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Feedback from previous students

Reid F., USA, TX Austin at 2020, Jun 05
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is an exceptional instructor. My experience with him was calm, organized, and thorough. He taught me a number of tricks that only experience can show you. I really enjoyed my experience.
Peter N., USA, MN Cambridge at 2020, Mar 09
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce was wonderful! It is clear that he is passionate about sailing, and that he loves what he does. He is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. He was joyful and my Dad and I enjoyed our time on the water with him.
Timothy N., USA, MN Isanti at 2020, Mar 11
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
The "rust-off" day was extremely helpful. Living in "snow country", we don't get as many chances to sail as we would like, and Bruce was very helpful to get our performance up to snuff before the test day. We find him to be a very thoughtful expert, whose love of sailing is infectious. We highly recommend him!
Paul P., USA, TX Houston at 2020, Jan 29
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is a very competent, and patient instructor/examiner. I never like exams, Bruce put me at ease, prepped me thoroughly, and was a pleasure to work with the two full days. I would recommend his methodology, which is to take two full days, one to prepare, and one for the exam. I am a corporate pilot, this is one of most difficult tests I have taken, study hard! With Grant's recommendation, I chose Bruce. Great thing I did. Bruce your a gentleman, and a scholar!!!!!! Thank you, Sincerely, Paul Parsons Parsons Project Houston, TX
Jeffrey R., USA, NY Waterville at 2019, Dec 16
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Two days well spent. Bruce knows his stuff, for sure. He proved that an old dinghy dog can learn new tricks. I recommend him highly for a fair and realistic appraisal of one's seagoing capabilities and potential. Many thanks!
Jan S., Norway, Akershus Nesoya at 2019, Dec 13
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is a fantastic instructor, very friendly and patient, yet focused such that we covered an large amount of subjects and exercises during the refresher and subsequent examination. I picked up a lot of good practices that will come in handy and left confident in my refreshed abilities to captain a crew and vessel responsibly.
John D., USA, TX Austin at 2019, Dec 04
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce is a wonderful instructor and a genuine pleasure to be around. He goes above and beyond to ensure that his students are not only competent to sail, but are confidently competent to do so. There are a lot of minutiae to sailing, and Bruce's depth of knowledge means that any question is met with an in depth answer. Could not recommend more highly!
Peter D., USA, TX Sachse at 2019, Nov 05
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is a fantastic instructor. He's knowledgeable, patient and thoughtful. His boat is pristine and a joy to sail. Lake Travis is a lovely. I highly recommend Landfall Sailing and Bruce to anyone looking for lessons or assessments.
Peter D., USA, TX Sachse at 2019, Nov 05
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is a fantastic instructor. He's knowledgeable, patient and thoughtful. His boat is pristine and a joy to sail. Lake Travis is a lovely. I highly recommend Landfall Sailing and Bruce to anyone looking for lessons or assessments.
Brianne C., USA, TX Austin at 2019, Oct 25
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
I have received incredible one on one instruction by Bruce Schwaegel on his beautiful Hunter sailboat. I have taken quite a few lessons with him and I am so excited about it. His knowledge and positivity make for a great sailing experience. My dream is to be a sailor in the caribbean and with the guidance I have received from Bruce makes me realize that my dream can be a reality. I wouldn't be where I am today with out the knowledge, tips, kind words, and experience that I have received from Bruce, and I am truly greatful.
Fernando B., USA, TX Houston at 2019, Aug 20
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
I recently booked a charter and learned that a special license was required for the Mediterranean. We recently spent two days with Bruce, brushing-up our skills and learning new things while being assessed for practical, on-the-water knowledge. Although I was the only one being tested for SLC competency, my wife and son to come along to get some crewing experience. Bruce is a wonderful and thorough Instructor. He explained the material well, using practical demonstrations while making the process engaging and fun. Besides his wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge, one could see that he enjoys what he does. He is a generous being, and his fleet of sailboats is well equipped and in immaculate condition. Bruce would be a great sailing instructor to anyone wanting to learn how to sail, looking to brush-up old tricks, or to learn new techniques. Knowing that we will be back for more sailing and learning from Bruce, I highly recommend him as a “one-of-a-kind” instructor!
Daniel D., USA, TX Austin at 2019, Oct 27
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce is an amazing instructor. It’s obvious he truly loves sharing his passion for sailing with his students. He dedicated far more hours towards helping me learn to sail than I ever expected. I’m extremely thankful.
Brianne C., USA, TX Austin at 2019, Jul 29
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Michael G., USA, TX AUSTIN at 2019, Jun 06
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is professional and passionate about his teaching responsibilities. He not only understands the theory side of the course materials but also ensures a strong application of practical tools are part of each students sailing toolkit.
Greg H., USA, TX dallas at 2019, May 25
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce is a functional expert and always willing to teach/share ways to be a better sailor
Eric F., USA, TX Austin at 2019, May 23
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is thorough and knowledgable, and constantly teaching. He was patient in addressing procedures that were new or not used often. He clearly communicated the process we were going through and provided valuable feedback along the way. He made the process enjoyable, but required a great deal of effort from me as we worked our way through -- as this licensing process should. I obtained my BBCM Level 5 and the SLC working with Bruce, and I would highly recommend working with him to anyone really wanting to learn all aspects of sailing.
Harvey F. B., USA, AR Little Rock at 2019, May 07
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce was a thorough and detail instructor. He clearly explained the material and procedures. He made the whole experience pleasurable and i look forward to continuing my education with NauticEd and Bruce.
Chris B., USA, AR Little Rock at 2019, May 14
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
L Dee J., USA, UT South Jordan at 2019, Mar 22
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Excellent instructor and coach. Took the time to understand my questions and offer superb coaching. You never know enough and Bruce is a great asset to our sport of sailing.
Thomas M., USA, MA Medfield at 2019, Mar 25
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
"To Young men (women) contemplating a voyage I say go- Joshua Slocum" An appropriate quote from a famous sailor. Go to Landfall sailing and spend a day on the water with Bruce, you won't be sorry. He is very knowledgeable and extremely focused on getting each individual the training and tools for your "Toolbox" to make sailing more pleasurable through knowledge and practice. I am a Maritime College graduate and spent years on ships at sea as well as holding a USCG Masters License. Bruce's in-depth discussion and knowledge added tools that will help in sailing my boat and on future charters around the world. Everyone can benefit and enjoy a day on the water with Bruce. Five Stars Plus!
Tim B., USA, TX Austin at 2019, Mar 20
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
It's easy to develop empathy with someone when you spend time on phone calls ahead and then a whole day on the water with him. However, my ratings were not based on that empathy. I considered each category prior to assigning a 5 star to it. I have 50 years of sailing as well as power boating experience. I teach boat handling. I needed this certification in order to professionally charter in the Mediterranean even though I maintain a 100 ton USCG Masters license in power, sail and tow. However, as self-confident as I felt about adding the SLC to my tool chest of credentials, Bruce still taught me a few things. And, even more importantly, he made me challenge some of my thinking which is not an easy thing for a proverbial "old salt". He's a conscientious professional instructor and a nice guy with whom to simply enjoy a sail. Good job!
Patric J., USA, GA Atlanta at 2019, Mar 17
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce did an outstanding job in providing a comprehensive and fair evaluation. He was a pleasure to work with.
James B., USA, ME Portland at 2019, Mar 05
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
I spent two wonderful days with Bruce on Lake Travis in February. His ability to convey his sailing knowledge, teach and assess the complex information contained in the SLC rubrics is exceptional. As any good instructor/examiner, Bruce made me feel at ease, and comfortable during the entire process. (One day “rust off,” one day assessment) I now feel ready and eager to take my chartering to the next level. Thank you Bruce.
Barry S., USA, TX San Antonio at 2019, Jan 18
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is an excellent instructor and a really nice guy. The condition of the boat was absolutely impeccable.
Dennis W., USA, SC Columbia at 2018, Dec 16
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce was a very knowledgeable instructor and more importantly he was able to convey that knowledge in a way that was easy to understand and grasp. This was by first explaining the procedure and its concept, then demonstrating and finally having me, the student, perform the task. His attention to detail was unsurpassed. The condition of his vessel was excellent. The most important aspect of the experience, as least for me, was Bruce was able to tailor my instruction to meet my specific needs and goals. He also provided good information prior to my visit, to assure maximum preparedness. I would certainly recommend Bruce as an instructor to anyone interested in learning to sail and getting certified.
Robert S., USA, TX houston at 2018, Dec 04
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
It's hard to sum up my experience with Bruce in a few short sentences. We are transiting the Atlantic on our catamaran next spring and I needed to complete the SLC to meet clearing-in requirements. I completed the required coursework and testing on Nauticed.org, and then proceeded to the practical assessment. The assessment was administered by Bruce. He added much more value than a typical assessor. Before, during and after the assessment, he was not just performing the assessing. He was interacting to gain a full understanding of my abilities, my boat and my sailing plans. After the assessment he provided an array of useful tips and opinions that will be invaluable on our journey. The assessment itself was rigorous and comprehensive. The detailed rubric left we with a clear understanding of my strengths and exposed weaknesses to me; things every serious sailor should know about him/her self. This was a pass/fail assessment. Even with a passing score, the rubric format identifies area
Matthew A., Canada, ON Oakville at 2018, Nov 15
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Amazing experience! Thanks Bruce!
James R., USA, TX Sugar Land at 2018, Nov 19
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce is the consummate professional. He takes his business seriously and readily shares his very extensive knowledge.
ANDREA L., USA, TX Austin at 2018, Aug 13
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Great approach and teaching style.
Pete H., USA, TX Austin at 2018, Jul 29
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
I keep “learning and confirming” with Bruce. Even when we are off the clock, his passion for excellence spills over into casual conversation and the student benefits from his experience and discipline. Thanks Bruce.
Adam P., USA, TX Mount Pleasant at 2019, Jan 16
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
I could not ask for a more knowledgeable and professional instructor. From never stepping foot on a sailboat to currently being a Bareboat Charter Master, Bruce has helped me reach my goals that otherwise I would not have met without him.
Pete H., USA, TX Austin at 2018, Jul 21
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Practical additional insights very valuable
ANDREA L., USA, TX Austin at 2018, Aug 13
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
I feel confident and that we covered all the bases. Bruce was great about taking the time needed if I needed more review.
Vernon S., USA, TX Dripping Springs at 2018, Jun 17
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
W Gordon H., USA, NM Santa Fe at 2018, Jun 11
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
W Gordon H., USA, NM Santa Fe at 2018, Jun 11
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Paul F., USA, TX Austin at 2018, Jun 03
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bruce was friendly, knowledgeable, approachable and great instructor all around. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Hugh Texas M., USA, TX Austin at 2018, May 30
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
David B., USA, TX Plano at 2018, Apr 23
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce is an excellent instructor. I am now able to confidently maneuver under power in a tight space and back into a slip.
Sara W., USA, TX Austin at 2018, Apr 04
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Bruce is an amazing instructor. His patience, knowledge and ability to communicate clearly are truly exceptional. He is a true professional.
Steve E., USA, TX Austin at 2017, Oct 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Great attention to detail and very descriptive on each lesson.
Steve E., USA, TX Austin at 2017, Sep 25
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Adam P., USA, TX Mount Pleasant at 2018, Feb 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
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Steve E., USA, TX Austin at 2017, Aug 15
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Adam P., USA, TX Mount Pleasant at 2018, Feb 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
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Sean H., USA, TX Crowley at 2017, Apr 26
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Mr Schwaegel is very polite & professional with a straight forward teaching and his extensive knowledge of sailing , I am looking forward to more advanced parctical training with landfall sailing
Adam P., USA, TX Mount Pleasant at 2017, Apr 26
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Member Rank
Could NOT ask for a better instructor.
Charles V., USA, Austin at 2017, Feb 11
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
What can I say, Bruce is the best. He is patient and tailors instruction to your needs, focusing on the things that you feel weak on. I look forward to sailing with Bruce again!
Jonathan F., USA, NJ Belmar at 2017, Feb 13
Practical Competence of Bareboat Charter Master Rank
I would recommend Bruce to anyone seeking training. Bruce not only tested me out for the Practical Competency portion of NauticEd’s Bareboat Charter Master rank, but also more than prepared me for the assessment for the ICC (United Nations Resolution 40 Global Sailing License). Despite all of my prior experience, I would not have passed the ICC assessment without Bruce’s patient and clear instructions.
Naomi E., USA, NV Las Vegas at 2016, Oct 19
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce was such a joy to be with for the very long "test" day out on the water. He was very accommodating with my requests for specific things I needed to be tested on, as well as following the check list by NauticEd. We were so lucky to have a gently wind with sunny skies! His boat was very clean and rigged to make it easy to sail solo. I look forward to getting back for my ICC!
Ernest L., USA, TX Austin at 2016, Oct 16
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce's passion for sailing and excellence in nautical education are infectious He is one of the most motivated and motivating person I have ever met. He is an operational definition of what a sailing instructor should be.
Christopher W., USA, UT Midvale at 2016, Aug 22
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce was a one of the best sailing instructors I have ever had. He is a great communicator and knows how to properly "teach" sailing to students. I say that because I have had instruction for qualified sailors, but they did not have the "teaching skills" necessary to get important points across. Bruce has a very detail oriented nature so of course the boats were in "OCD" perfect condition which made the me feel very comfortable from a safety perspective. The entire NauticEd team was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend Bruce as a sailing instructor for beginning to advanced sailing. - Chris W.
Neil P., USA, UT Sandy at 2016, Aug 19
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Rank
I would recommend Bruce to anyone seeking training or certification. Bruce, is not just vastly experienced, he is patient and a great teacher able to give clear instructions and constructive advice when needed. He was able to intelligently respond to my every curiosity about sailing, boat maintenance and even the culture surrounding the sport. Bruce’s boat is absolutely immaculate, a further indication of his passion for sailing.
Charles V., USA, Austin at 2016, Aug 22
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Sailing with Bruce was an incredible learning experience. He is so patient and made sure we spent more time on things I needed help with. Bruce worked around my schedule to make meeting up very easy. The work he did with my building and then polishing my maneuvering under power skills helped make me really competent and confident moving a large boat around in tight quarters. When I went to the BVI and took a class to earn my Catamaran Endorsement, my instructor there got very excited about my skills and told everyone else in the class to come watch how I maneuvered a 39ft catamaran to a dock. I was beaming with pride, and know that all the kudos go to Bruce for being a great teacher. I highly recommend choosing Bruce as a sailing instructor.
John P., USA, TX Austin at 2016, Aug 09
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce far exceeded my expectations as an instructer. It's clear that Bruce not only has a true passion for sailing, but also a love of sharing his knowledge with others. Bruce was patient and took the time to really explain things in an easy to understand manner. I never felt like I was "on the clock". In fact, Bruce went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable captaining my own boat. I would recommend Bruce to anyone just getting into sailing or looking to refresh their skills.
Daniel R., USA, TX Edinburg at 2016, Aug 03
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Bruce did an awesome job! Top notch! Boats are very, very good. Well maintained. Very thorough and friendly. Made me feel comfortable and welcomed my questions.
Chris R., USA, TX Austin at 2016, May 26
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Rank
Landfall Sailing is great! They have amazing boats and Bruce the instructor is even better. He has you go through the online course material on you own and then covers it with you again on the boat. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone from beginners to even more experience sailors.
Jimmy H., USA, TX Austin at 2016, May 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Small Keelboat (24ft, 7m) Rank
Bruce is an excellent instructor and all around good guy. Highly enjoyed my time with Landfall Sailing!
Daniel R., USA, TX Edinburg at 2016, May 12
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
I got to sail with Bruce to help"knock off some of the rust" before a BVI Charter. He did a great job assessing where I was. We were able to focus on what needed attention. He did an excellent job! His passion for sailing is evident and boat is top notch. Highly recommend.
Thomas D., USA, TX San Antonio at 2015, Jun 05
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Great instruction from a seasoned professional.
Thomas D., USA, TX San Antonio at 2014, May 05
Practical Competence of Qualified Crew Rank
Bruce has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is able to transfer and explain the complex to a novice or experienced sailor. I will be back for more!