How do I book a trip?

Visit our website and select “Book Now.” You will then see a calendar of availabilities displayed by month.

Select “Browse by activity” to see a pictorial menu of items. Each item contains detailed information including price, duration, links to ASA certification standards, etc.

If you see an opening that fits your schedule, simply select it and book online.

Making a payment will secure your trip on the calendar.

Because of our focus on high quality experiential education with small class sizes, many trips are created based on customer request. We are more than happy to create a custom sailing adventure just for you! Please send an email or give us a call at +1.302.428.9754.

Providing answers to the following questions will help us create the best experience for you:

– Do you have any sailing experience? If yes, please describe (e.g., size and type of sailboat(s), role: skipper/crew/passenger, duration of trip(s), previous sailing courses or certifications, etc.)

– Do you have any powerboat experience? If yes, please describe.

– What are your goals for taking sail training? (e.g., buying a boat? bareboat chartering? just for fun / learning?, etc.)

– Are there additional participants planning to join you? If yes, how many? If not, would you prefer to be paired with another student or take private lessons?

– What time frame are you interested in getting started?

What forms do I need to fill out?

You will need to complete a liability waiver (one for each person) and a Student information form. Please download, print, and complete both forms, then scan and return via email to info@sailmiramar.com

What materials should I review prior to my course?

What are the pre-requisites for my ASA course?

ASA Course Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites
ASA 103 101
ASA 104 101, 103
ASA 114 101, 103, 104
ASA 106 101, 103, 104, 105

If you are new to sailing or need to get your basic keelboat certification, we can help! Through Sunshine Coast Adventures, we have access to an O’Day 19 for ASA 101 courses and ASA 101 Challenges. Please contact us for availability and pricing. We recommend American Sailing Association’s free online course, “Your First Sail“, to get acquainted with the world of sailing.

What if I want to get an ASA certification but my partner just wants to ride along?

We offer a “First Mate” certificate for those who prefer to play a supporting role to the primary sailing enthusiast who is planning to be the skipper on future outings. The First Mate will learn how to handle dock lines/fenders, trim sails, steer, assist with anchoring, etc. This takes the pressure off of someone who feels they do not need the official ASA certifications, and can enable a more relaxing time aboard.

What should I pack?

Download our recommended packing list: MiraMar Gearlist 20170211

Snorkel gear: We suggest buying and bringing your own snorkel gear. You can also rent snorkel equipment from the following dive shops for about $25/day. You will need a snorkel, mask, and fins. If you wear prescription glasses, you can order prescription lenses for your mask.

Snorkel gear rental:
Ocean Divers Key Largo
Phone 305 451-0996 or 800 451-1113
http://www.oceandivers.com/

Snorkel gear purchase:
World Watersports Key Largo
Phone 305 451-0118
http://www.diversdirect.com/scuba-diving/stores/key-largo-dive-shops

How do I get to the boat?

Air Travel: We suggest flying into Miami (MIA) or Ft Lauderdale (FLL) airport

Car Rentals: We suggest using Thrifty Car Rental as they are located very close to the boat and allow one-way rentals from the airport. A discount may be available with online reservations.

Thrifty Car Rental
KEY LARGO – TAVERNIER, FL TLE (KYL)
91831 Overseas Hwy
Tavernier, FL 33070
Local Office (305) 852-6088
Reservations (877) 283-0898
www.thrifty.com/

Driving Directions to Florida Keys from Miami

Address:
245 Oleander Dr.
Tavernier, FL 33070

Take the Florida Turnpike south to US 1
Exit on US 1 south and go 35 miles passing thru Key Largo
When you get to the Circle K in Tavernier at mile marker 94.5, turn left on Burton Drive
Take the 1st right onto Sable Palm
Turn left onto Oleander Drive
245 Oleander Dr. is on left

Download Google Maps directions from MIA airport to 245 Oleander Dr: MIA to 245 Oleander Dr

View directions online

Lodging

See http://www.keylargochamber.org/stay/index.aspx for lodging options.

What time should I arrive at the boat?

Multi-day charters and courses begin at 12:00 noon on the first day. Please arrive as close to noon as possible.

Where will we go on the trip?

Where we go during the trip depends on the weather forecast. We may be on the Ocean side (Atlantic Ocean/Florida Straits/Hawk Channel) and/or the Bay side (Florida Bay). Most trips include: sailing, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and island exploration on rigid inflatable dinghy (with outboard engine).

Do I need to get a fishing license?

Fishing licenses are included in the price of the trip.

What food will we eat and what if I have special dietary needs?

Aboard Mira Mar we prepare and serve delicious, fresh, healthy organic food. We favor the Paleo / Whole30 * eating style but are happy to add items that you prefer to eat. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs such as gluten-free, etc.

* Paleo / Whole30 Eating:
Protein: eggs/beef/chicken/pork/fish
Vegetables: All types (except legumes); lots of greens & salads
Fruit: All types
‘Good’ Fat: avocados, nuts, olives, etc.
Cooking oils: coconut oil, olive oil or ghee (clarified butter)
No grains, dairy, legumes, vegetable oils, added sugar, or processed foods

What can I expect from the weather?

Winter and Spring temperatures typically range from 70°F to 80°F during the day and from 60°F to 70°F at night with varying wind speeds and a humid climate. Cold fronts can move through the area causing lower temperatures temporarily. Winter water temperatures dip into the low 70’s.

Hurricane season runs from 01 June 1 to 30 November. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the captain will make a final decision regarding whether to continue with the trip or end early.

What is the refund / cancellation policy?

Once a trip is booked, there is no refund. However, in the event of an illness or family emergency, a credit will be issued for a future trip to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

In the case of cancellation due to extreme weather conditions, partial payments may be refunded based on the percent of the program cancelled. A credit may be issued for the remaining days of an uncompleted trip.

We are not able to refund any expenses related to meals, lodging or transportation incurred as a result of a weather evacuation. These expenses remain the responsibility of the participants. Please consider obtaining trip insurance.

How many certifications can I get during one trip?

Sailing is one of those activities in which one can learn new things every day, even after sailing for many years. Sailing education is a journey and not a destination. We believe in the power of experiential learning and recognize that everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way. The ability to complete a certain number of certifications in a given period of time is much less important than making sure all knowledge and skills elements are adequately covered and understood by all participants.

It is possible to achieve up to 3 certifications during a 7-day course if the student:
– Has sufficient experience beforehand
– Has studied all materials prior to the start of the course
– Is willing to work hard and put in extra time and effort

ASA 101 is a must-have prerequisite prior to taking a course on a catamaran and ASA 103 is preferred.
ASA 101 Challenges cannot be completed on a multi-hull sailboat.