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With more than 35 years of maritime experience involving large and small sail and power boats, Captain Frank Silver has what it takes to make your day on the water fulfilling, fun, and safe. Captain Frank is a United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master, endorsed to take excursions Near Shore (up to 200 nm off shore) by power or sail. In addition he holds endorsements for international travel and assisted towing. Furthermore he is current and certified in CPR and First-Aid. Captain Frank is an American Sailing Association Certified Sailing Instructor with teaching credentials in small boat, basic keel boat, coastal cruising, coastal navigation, bare-boat chartering, advanced coastal cruising, cruising catamaran sailing and docking instruction. Furthermore he is a certified powerboat instructor with credentials in close quarters maneuvering of all propulsion systems from single outboard through twin inboard. In addition he is a certified Instructor Examiner by the ASA to certify sailing instructors through all levels. Captain Frank is a certified SCUBA diver. He maintains a federal government certified TWIC as well. In addition to his maritime credentials the Captain also holds a single engine land IFR Pilots license. Having been a successful racing skipper has added a tremendous amount of experience to Captain Frank’s background. He has won many major regattas over the years including his class in the prestigious and highly competitive Key West Race Week, Charleston Race Week and numerous regional events. Captain Frank has cruised the waters of the East Coast, the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Eastern Shores of Mexico, the Bahamas, and Virgin Islands. Many trips have been taken both with power and sail boats. Captains Frank’s experience allows him to run his cruises with safety and professionalism yet his trips always have a easygoing light atmosphere. Whether it’s adventure, relaxing, or romantic private and discreet quite time, this captain can make your trip special in every way. All in all Captain Frank’s skills are exemplary. He communicates calmly and decisively, his navigation skills are honed, his boat handling is smooth and confident, his teaching skills are calm and methodical. He can get the job done for you. Edit

Sailing Opportunities Abound!

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Sailing Opportunities Abound!

Boy, it’s been a longtime since I ‘ve posted, and that’s not a good thing!  It’s funny, it’s not that I’ve been all that busy, although I’ve been busier than I expected for this time of year, it’s just that I’ve been in a lot of turmoil.

Anyhow, I’ve got several sailing opportunities for sailors of all experience levels.

First, I have two trips from Annapolis to St Pete coming in the month of October.  For those that have the pre-requisite certifications for 114 and 106, those certs can be earned.  These trips are 9-10 days in duration and will involve both open water and ICW work.  They are planned non-stop.    Lots of fun and lots of challenge is what these trips are all about!  Learn to identify threats at night, route planning, watch work, and all the little things that turn people that know how to sail into sailors.

Cost will be $1,300.00 + provisions + certification costs (if attempting).  Arrival at the boat is your responsibility.

Sailing florida has space for two students in an October 106 class.  This is just the normal class based out of St Pete.  Contact me or the office for details on this class.

Looks like I’ll be doing another Sailing Boot Camp nera the end of October or the beginning of November.  This is a two day traing sail.  No class work, no agenda, no pass/fail, no certification.  This session is designed to let you build the experience that new sailors need so badly.  This is how you become truly ready to earn the next level of certification.  These two day classes take what ever mother nature throws at us and turns it into a learning experience.  No wind, lets go work in the local marinas.  Lots of wind, lets go see exactly what it’s like to have too much sail up and how we get rid of it.  Get the idea?  These sessions are limited to 4 students and cost is $450.00 per person.  Contact me directly if you are interested.   Let me know what dates work best for you!

I sure hope to see you folks at the Tampa Boat show (Oct 2-4).  Come take a power or sailing clinic on the water with me.  Click here to sign up!

Remember, of all the places you could be, the best place is On the Water…With Captain Frank

1st IQC is a Big Success!

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 1st IQC is a Big Success!

So, Sailing Florida and I, Captain Frank, held our first Instructor Evaluation Clinic (IQC) recently. In fact, the clinic ran from June 5th through the 9th. It was five long days of hard work, hard decisions, lots of stress on the part of the candidates, and I think all would agree, a good time.

The clinic encompassed four levels of certification, Basic Keel Boat (101), Basic Coastal Cruising (103), Bareboat Chartering (104), and Coastal Navigation (105). There were 4 candidates, 3 from various parts of Florida–Ron, Joe, and Rick, and one from Puerto Rico—Guillermo.

Some had previous teaching experience; Rick and Joe were US Sailing instructors and Ron works for a maritime museum on the panhandle of Florida. Guillermo was the only candidate that had not ever taught before. All brought with them qualities and knowledge that was shared and enjoyed by everyone attending including myself.

Very early in the clinic the candidates have to demonstrate single-handed sailing. This 20150605_174818includes all maneuvers that are taught in ASA101 from raising sails to crew-overboard-recovery. They all showed me very quickly that they were experienced and accomplished sailors.

Also, they all showed me that they had not studied the ASA’s methods. As the week wore on they continued to demonstrate knowledge of the various subject matter that was assigned to them. But, most didn’t teach that material utilizing ASA terminology and methods.

In one case at the end of the lesson I told the candidate I thought the lesson was excellent. In all aspects he had done a great job, great class involvement, voice tones, use of aids, blah blah blah blah blah. I simply didn’t agree with a word he said. He taught his “students” the way that he does it. Not the way the ASA does it. The ASA teaches concrete methods that always work. Many of us as sailors do things our way. Sometimes like this and sometimes like that. Often with many variables and gray areas. We can’t teach to new students that way. We need to give them concrete techniques for doing things; methods that work every single time. He passed that lesson. Why? Because, it was a great lesson. But, he didn’t pass it until he demonstrated to me in his next lesson that he took my words to heart and ran that great class with correct subject matter and methods.

See, I do have a heart deep down inside. I recognized his abilities, told him where he fell short, and warned him (as well as his fellow compadres) that they all better hit their books that evening. He did, in fact they all did. They just hadn’t comprehended the goal of the ASA–to teach a proven curriculum with standardization from school to school worldwide. 20150607_101150Quite frankly, they simply didn’t read the ASA materials. Once they got the ASA idea they modified their lessons and proved to me that they had what it takes.

In the end, I was able to, in good conscience, award the certifications that they sought. It took a lot of teaching on my part (not my job in an IQC) and scrambling on their part (to learn the ASA way). Some came into this challenge with good teaching skills and some learned those skills while here. That’s okay, see, it is the candidate that has raw talent and is willing to shut-up and learn rather defend the indefensible that I want to see advance on to become an ASA instructor. Those folks will carry that humility and understanding forward to their students. It is those folks that will attempt again and again, each time using a different method, to teach their students some idea, concept, or technique that they are struggling with. That, my friends, is being a teacher.

This being my first IQC (to run), I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Now I know.   I should expect to be really tired, to be frustrated, to teach and demonstrate more than I think I will need to, and to be very rewarded. These guys worked their asses off for five days. They never complained about extra hours we spent and they never balked at some tough criticism. I know how hard it is because I’ve been there many many times.

Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t ever give away gift certification, which was ten fold true for these guys. These four guys earned their certifications the hard way. They worked for it. I hope that they carry that forward to all their future students. I’m very proud of them and I’m glad to call them fellow ASA instructors. Job well done, Joe, Rick, Ron, and Guillermo! Job well done!20150609_185752