What are your options
Updated on August 23, 2019. In nauticalknowhowby
How are you going to learn to
operate your new boat?
Where can you learn advanced
Thinking of upgrading to a
Just want to know more?
Never been on a boat before?
are your options?
1. You can learn by trial and
error. Though this is dangerous, and potentially
expensive, this is the way many people learn. Or don’t
learn. (These are the people you try to avoid on the
water. You never can tell which is a trial and which is
2. You can go to a school.
This is an option if your schedule permits you to spend a
week or so away from home and work . . . learning with a
group of other students all with varying degrees of
experience . . . on a boat that’s not yours and, most
likely, very different from yours . . . learning in an
area you probably won’t be boating in . . . and learning
what the school wants to teach, not necessarily what you
want to learn.
3. You can teach yourself.
(See #1) There is a lot to learn and much of it you can
teach yourself. (We can help you with that, too.)
Unfortunately, you usually find out what you don’t know
under very unpleasant, and very real, conditions.
4. You can read books. We
recommend many good books depending on your training
goals. In conjunction with hands-on learning with
experienced instructor/captains, this is an excellent
alternative. But a book can’t give you the feel of
actually docking your own boat or maneuvering in close
5. You can have a friend
teach you (or worse, your spouse). This is the way to
lose all enthusiasm for boating, not to mention your
relationship. Good teachers are rare, and just knowing
how to do something doesn’t make anyone a good teacher.
OR . . . I.M.E. can tailor a
program just for your needs.
Our instructors are teachers first; their subject (and
their expertise) is boating. We choose instruc-tors based
upon their skill, their experience, and their level of
professional attainment, but only after they have proven
themselves to be good teachers. They don’t lecture, they
certainly don’t yell and they believe the only dumb
question is the one you didn’t ask. Their mission is to
encourage you with their enthusiasm, enable you with
new-found skills, and create a comfortable and
confidence-building atmosphere that lets you learn in
your own unique way and at your own pace.
We match qualified instructors with your training
goals. If the instructor best suited for your training is
not available on the dates you have requested, we tell
you that up front – we don’t just send whoever is
available. If your goal is to be able to make passage to
Venezuela, we send you an instructor who has done it. If
we don’t have a qualified instructor who has done what
you want to do, we tell you that.
We custom tailor a program to fit your needs. Whether
you want to know what that gadget is in the bilge or what
star to use to get a celestial fix, we cover it all.
We can go through your boat with you and explain
systems; we can teach you how to handle your boat safely
in all conditions; we can teach you to navigate by sight,
stars or electronically. Our hands-on training on your
boat can be invaluable. Have you ever tried to get into a
dock with wind and current against you, or get away from
a dock with the same elements not in your favor? We show
you simple techniques to make a safe landing or
departure. We can handle any request you have to reach
Who We Are:
I.M.E. is a group of dedicated, talented and
experienced marine instructors. In addition to
professional careers and extensive boating experience,
all of our instructors have taught at major boating
schools and have come to believe that there is a better,
more comfortable, and more cost-effective way to learn
these skills. We believe that the best way to learn is on
the boat you will be using, with the people with whom you
will be boating, in the area in which you will do most of
As the Director of I.M.E., I personally select all
instructor/captains based on their experience,
personality and ability to communicate their knowledge. I
believe you will find our program the best way to learn
boating safety, skills and seamanship.
Please feel free to call with any questions you may
have or to discuss a personalized training program for
yourself, your family or for small groups.
U.S.C.G. Masters license, 100 ton with auxiliary sail
American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified Instructor
ASA Certified Instructor, all levels
Instructor, Lanier Sailing Academy
Instructor, Chapman School of Seamanship
Instructor, Florida Yacht Charters
U.S.N. Sailing Club Instructor
F.C.C. Marine Radio Operators
License First Aid/CPR Certification
PDIC Open Water Diver Certification
Masters Degree Business & Industrial Psychology –
Texas A & M University
B.S. Degrees in Psychology & Sociology – Texas A
& M University
B.S. Degree Biology – University of Oklahoma
Premed Associate Degree – University of Oklahoma