Meet the Crew
Paul Keever – School Owner. An entrepreneur at heart, born with a love of being in and on the water, moved from Long Beach, California, to the Florida Keys where he started a small resort renting cottages each with a free sailboat. Now, Paul shares his love of sailing and the Florida Keys through the America Sailing Academy. He deeply believes that if one teaches a person to sail, it will entertain their dreams for life.
Captain Mike – School Director/Lead Instructor. Captain Mike holds a USCG Master’s license with Sailing Endorsement and has been on and around boats all his life. He has spent the last 10 years sailing the sounds of North Carolina, Chesapeake Bay, Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Since October of 2010, he has logged more than 25,000 miles and spent more than 800 days at sea, delivering boats from Maine to Tortola and serving as Charter Captain from New Jersey to Key Largo, on sailboats ranging from a 31′ sloop to a 72′ ketch. He is an ASA and US Sailing Certified Instructor and is dedicated to teaching you the art of sail.
Captain Jerry – Senior Instructor. Capt. Jerry has been sailing since 1965 from Long Island Sound to Key West, out to Bermuda, the Bahamas and the BVI’s. His experience is as varied as the waters he has traveled. Some include dingy sailing, collegiate racing and blue water cruising. His sailing career as a USCG licensed Master (100GT) has included charters, teaching, deliveries and working on a 115’ eco-education schooner. Jerry became an ASA instructor in 1998. His accomplishments include Outstanding Instructor of the Year 2012, instructor evaluator and new school site inspector. His previous career as a therapist gives him a very laid back approach to encourage students to develop the skills and confidence to grow as a sailor.
Captain Jorge – Instructor. Captain Jorge began his maritime career in the United States Coast Guard where he was selected to serve on the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard and later in the areas of Search and Rescue and Maritime Law Enforcement. An experienced mariner with Towing, Sail, and Marine Radio endorsements, he has worked in commercial assistance as well as serving as a charter captain on pleasure and commercial vessels. Captain Jorge is fluent in English and Spanish and prides himself on attention to detail with his students.
Captain “G” – Intsructor Emeritus. Cap’n g has been sailing for over 40 years and spent over 20 years in the United States Coast Guard. Because of his skill, he was tapped to teach boat handling to Coast Guard members at the USCG Training Center in Cape May, NJ. Capping a long career in Intelligence and Law Enforcement, he was assigned as the Subject Matter Expert in criminal law, and also taught boarding procedures and defensive tactics at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, where he attained Master Instructor Certification. Cap’n g was co-owner of East Carolina Sailing School in Washington, NC, at which time it was selected as ASA Outstanding School of the Year and he was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year.