RYA Crusing Instructor with much experience and multiple skills sets

About Tanya

January 2020

Qualifications • RYA Crusing Instructor Sail

• RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

• SRC(VHF) License

• Food Safety Catering II

• Power Boat II Tidal


• Professional Hair Stylist!

Currently Freelance RYA Instructor based in St. Petersburg, Florida. If you twist my arm I might even style your hair for you! Working towards OOW.

Experience I grew up on a farm in Canada getting my hands dirty looking after livestock, maintaining equipment and anything else my parents threw at me! My holidays were spent on a nearby lake and that is where my interest in sailing developed. Eventually I found myself at Cowes Week in the UK with the opportunity to crew on a bigger yacht which was my first introduction to open sea sailing. Since then I have been  a freelance Cruising Instructor in Gibraltar and Spain, crossed the Atlantic in my own Jeanneau 45.2 as skipper, where I joined Miramar Sailing School in Antigua as a freelance Cruising Instructor. Since that school was sold I have been first mate or crew on various yachts including a 65ft Swan, a 75ft Classic Yacht and a 60ft Hanse. I have now settled in Florida and am looking for further sailing instructing opportunities.

I have a passion for sailing, travel, adventure and really enjoy meeting people and working with them. When not working I enjoy good food, in good company, working out, music, singing and playing ukulele.

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Using a Sextant

Tanya using a Sextant


During my sailing instruction in Spain, Gibraltar and Antigua I taught many people to sail all of whom went away with greater knowledge and a new passion.

Lisa – Day Skipper Practical

“Really enjoyed the course, was nice and busy. Tanya is really good at guiding without explicit telling us what to do so that we can do some problem solving on our own”.

Ali – 8 Day Charter

“Such a great week with Tanya – what a beautiful island and we had such fun exploring. Tanya is a great instructor and really informative about sailing and the island. Thanks”.

Emma – Competent Crew

“Great week. Learnt lots. Great teacher! Tanya made the learning experience fun and professional”.

Sarah – Day Skipper Practical

“Great course, loved working with Tanya. Learned loads”.

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