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Captain Derrek

Derrek has been teaching sailing for us for the last 5 years. He has taught in the Keys in the winter and New Bern, NC and on Lake Superior in Minnesota in the summers. He is qualified to teach through ASA 106 along with Cruising Catamaran and Docking Endorsements. Besides living aboard he has both done multi day open ocean passages and have spent time doing serious mechanical work on different sailboats. He consistently gets rave review from our customers, a few are below.

Derrek Polt has been sailing since the age of twelve on boats ranging from small sunfish to 75’ schooners. He grew up in Minneapolis, MN mostly sailing on lake Washington. Derrek has been living in the Florida Keys where he worked for the National High Adventure Boy Scout Camp. He was a mate aboard the Schooner Yankee, a 75’ schooner and Calypso Gypsy, an 80’ sailing yacht, and Captain aboard Pirates Choice, a 45’ gaff rigged ketch. He taught scouts not only how to sail and snorkel the reefs, but also how to live at sea. Derrek has also sailed on the Tampa Bay, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the U.S Virgin Islands. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a minor in Environmental Engineering.  

Recent guest comments;

Hello Island Dreamer

Just finished your courses 102-114 for myself and my wife participating but not trying be be licensed. It turned out to be a great experience for both of us. I accomplished some goals and we both had a great time.

Captain Derek and his understudy Jim LOL were great teachers and very easy to be in close quarters with for that length of time.

While captain Derek was teaching Jim was whipping up many taste sensations that would sweep the nation.

Traveled lots but this was truly a memorable vacation.

Highly recommend and great for couples!!

Randy and Yvet

“Captains Derrek and Stephanie are AWESOME!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed Trip Advisor

Don't let their ages fool you, they are two of the best ASA Instructors out there! We took the 101 and 103 class and are going to meet them at Grace Harbor Watersports, LLC in Oriental, NC this summer for 104. So, either FL or NC, look these guys up if you want to learn to sail! You will feel very confident sailing after living with them for 6 days on a well equipped sailboat! They are firm about testing and make sure you know the materials, politely reminding you if you aren't getting it. The food is great and they work hard to keep you from hunger pains during the day. While the classes are almost constant there is plenty of time for play swimming or kayaking and one night on shore. Not too many naps! They charter trips in Greece and one is coming up this Sept...I am sure that will be a good time! Thanks so much for a "non yelling" sailing class and thanks for not flunking me when I yelled at Mark a few times! I was politely scolded! Great time, worth every dime!

Good day Harold,

 Donna and I are now back home in Pennsylvania from our week long sailing adventure with Stephanie and Derrek.  We can’t believe it’s over already.  We want you to know we had a fantastic time and learned so much from Stephanie and Derrek.  They have a huge skill set not only with sailing, but with teaching, mentoring, advising and making us feel welcome and comfortable.  Their level of experience, maturity and professionalism is greatly appreciated.

Our week was filled with learning, getting our confidence level up and working on the necessary skills for our certification goals.  We appreciate all that Stephanie and Derrek have done for us and I’m especially grateful in how they were able to keep us at ease (relatively speaking) and elevate our skills allowing us to confidently demonstrate what was learned.  I could see Donna’s progression to the point of her showing command of managing the vessel.

We highly recommend Stephanie and Derrek as ASA instructors and have absolutely no hesitation in utilizing their services in the future.  You have two winners in Stephanie and Derrek.  If they were part of my staff I, personally, would do what it takes to keep them.  This trip and learning experience truly exceeded our expectations.


 Paul and Donna W