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Great experience to learn sailing from A to Z at a beautiful location

I booked the course from Zero to Hero. Meaning you can come as a total beginner and Mike and his... read more

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Reviewed August 22, 2018
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

I did the Zero to hero course at sail in asia past june and learned a lot. Ash my instructor was very knowledgeable and I learned loads during the times with him on the boat and in the classroom. Now I still sail with sail in asia regularly to get more experience on the water. The team is very friendly and welcoming I can recommend this school.

Date of experience: June 2017
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SailinAsia, General Manager at Sail In Asia, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Cheers Carlo! Been a pleasure having you here, always welcome to come back for a sail! It has been good fun having you here! Goodluck with everything!

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Reviewed February 20, 2018

The team at Sail in Asia is amazing! I spent 14 days learning to sail with these guys and feel ready to take on the world! I went from basically knowing nothing to being able to set up and command a boat on my own. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and come from very different backgrounds. You'll learn a lot and have great conversations along the way. Take the course, get the license, you won't regret it!

Date of experience: January 2018
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SailinAsia, Manager at Sail In Asia, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Thanks Chris! It was a pleasure having you on our Zero to Hero course! Wish you good luck with your next journey! You are always welcome to come back! Thanks, from the SIA Team.

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

I've been wanting to learn to sail well for years and am interested in buying my own boat. This December I decided to take 2 weeks to learn how to sail from professional instructors. Mike Downard is the owner of Sail in Asia. He's an affable and patient man who clearly loves his job, his boats, and his team. As a former school teacher, who left that career behind to sail around the world and eventually open up his own school (many moons ago), he is extremely good at conveying concepts and providing his students with pragmatic and experiential learning. I found his style to be well suited to my fast-paced and impatient lifestyle as a Type A lawyer.

Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to sail a variety of boats and gain the confidence to take them out on the water without instructors. I came in thinking that sailing would be easy, but there is much skill involved and the instructors (Ash, Bert, James, Thomas, and Roberto) all provided great hands-on training. Not all of this class is on the water, but the instructors made sure to balance classroom training and tests with water training. My "class" over the 14 days included one other student (who has become a friend). The intimate training ensured that I had the requisite amount of time on the water and "skippering." Most importantly, this was a very very fun experience.

In terms of practical steps, Jum, the office manager helped me get an apartment a block from the beach and school. She also arranged for transport and got me a scooter during my stay. The logistics were simple. The location is close to Chalong and Phuket town, but definitely sleepier. I liked it because it was away from throngs of "bad" tourists and very serene. Nothing like being on a beach by yourself.

I would highly recommend it to all my friends and feel like you can't go wrong with this outfit. The Sail in Asia team also caters to all needs from just day chartering of it's boats to organizing regattas, to custom trainings on your own boat. I plan to keep these guys on my resource list when I get my first boat in the next few months. Thanks Mike! It was a memorable way to cap off my year.

Some tips I thought I would share:
1) Stay protected from sun. I was hoping to look cool and get a tan. I got majorly burned the first day. Bring a couple long sleeve dry fit shirts to cover up and a big floppy hat. You are here to sail not look good. The tops of my feet even got sun burned
2) Use the apartments near the Sailing School. It will save you tons of travel time.
3) Bring a water bottle and reuse it. Save the environment and don't rely on bottled water, they have a fresh water tank at the school to refill.
4) Talk to the instructors about their sailing experience and past lives. They are all very colorful and inspiring. They are former military officers, lawyers, teachers, business people who found more meaning in something different in a beautiful location.
5) Learn to drive a scooter (safely). It is a great way to get around and explore Phuket.
6) I'm a big rock climber and Phuket Town has this great bouldering gym (Art C). Go there for workouts.
7) I also swim a bunch so get yourself a pair of waterproof headphones and audio players and get your miles in at the bay. There is little current and a great stretch to swim.
8) Eat local, fresh, thai fruit everyday for lunch. The landlord owns of my place (Maria) owns the local coffee shop Khao Khad Coffee. She was able to source all my favorite fruits for me at the local prices. Jackfruit (Khanoon), Snake Fruit (Sala), Sapodilla (La-Mut), Custard Apple (Noi-Na), Rambutan (NgoR), and bananas.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Christopher C
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Michael D, Owner at Sail In Asia, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Thank you for the comprehensive (and kind) review...please come again!

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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

We booked a private snorkelling tour with Sail in Asia but unfortunately the weather turned and it was too rough to do any snorkelling so we headed back. Mike the owner was apologetic about the conditions and offered us to take us out the next morning for free which we gladly accepted. He was fantastic and looked after our family's needs and was very careful with navigating the boat past choppy seas. I would highly recommend using this company, if it was just on customer service alone. I think the areas if best for sailing and snorkelling might be good when the weather is nice.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

I just completed the Zero to Hero course in November 2017. I arrived with no experience whatsoever, not even being able to tie a knot. I can sail with confidence and have an understanding on how to navigate a passage or find my bearings without the use of GPS. In the event of an emergency or the need to assist someone in an emergency I'm now certified for VHF which will be useful in Canada or anywhere else I travel. I was fortunate to have excellent instructors over my 2 week at Sail in Asia. Special thanks to Ash, Graham, Bert, Mike and Jum. I'm sure I will return in the future for more training and get the Yacht-master certificate. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: November 2017
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