Halifax Sailing Association

Our United States Sailing Association Certified Instructors


 Keith AmaroKeith Amaro

 As an avid sailer since 1978 living in San Francisco, I learned how to navigate the challenging waters of the bay and fell in love with the sport.  At 12 years old, I wanted to know all about sailing and soon it was in my blood.  My family owned a Catalina 22 and I sailed it often.

After moving to Florida, I discovered the Halifax Sailing Club and quickly joined as a member.  I am a flight instructor at Epic Flight Academy and knew that I wanted to instruct sailing as well.  I completed the Sailing Instructor Course and look forward to inspiring others.  


Picture of Pete Burg. Pete Burg

I really learned to sail when I joined a sailing club in Delaware about thirty years ago. I could say I've been sailing for thirty years but the Delaware club only sailed for six months each summer so maybe I've only been sailing for fifteen years. I was so happy when I found HSA after moving here five years ago. HSA is a wonderful club and not just for its affordability. The members are a great group of people willing to work at the club and help other members. I'm a boat captain, Instructor and Board of Directors member. I love teaching and really enjoy the Adult Sunfish and Capri classes.



Picture of Ellen Glynn. Ellen Glynn

I fulfilled my desire to learn to sail in 1990 at The Boston Sailing Center. I sailed along the New England Coastline until moving to Fl. in 2008. I joined HSA in 2009 and recently got my teaching certification. I enjoy being able to teach others the sport of sailing. When not working or sailing, I make and design unique jewelry, using wire, beads and semiprecious stones.




Picture of Lisa Herbster. Lisa Herbster

I've been sailing since I was a young kid. My dad learned how to sail when I was about 10. I watched him try to figure it out and taught myself how to sail. The next summer, my mom signed me up for Sunfish Sailing lessons. Every summer after that I returned to where I learned to sail and assisted where I could. When I turned 16, I was finally able to teach Sunfish sailing for the town of Southampton on Shinnecock Bay, on the South Shore of Long Island. It was the best summer job! One I held all through high school and college (7 or 8 summers). My husband, Chris, and I met in college because of the sailing team. We've been sailing together for 32 years and love sharing this passion with our two kids, Caroline and Brian. My family and I have lived and sailed in the Daytona/Halifax area for 20 years. After taking time to raise my family, I'm glad to return to teaching what I love - Sunfish sailing!


Picture of Ernst MatheusErnst Matheus

My dad took me sailing in his folding kajak, and I was hooked from that moment on. In my late teens I got heavily into Windsurfing, and travelled Europe to find the best spots. These days we sail our 36 foot West Indies almost every weekend, preparing for the day to get away from the grind, and sail around the world. HSA is a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy sailing, and teaching at the club is one of my favorite things to do!



Picture of Jake MorganJake Morgan

I began sailing in the late 1940's here on the Halifax River. My experience is mainly in small boats. I am a licensed USCG Master and I teach Keelboat and Small Boat sailing.





Picture of Mike Thompson. Mike Thompson

I learned to sail on Lake Michigan in my early teens and have been sailing ever since. I’ve sailed small boats, large boats, fresh water, salt water and have owned anything from a Laser to a 26 foot cruiser over the years. In 2010 I took up wooden sailboat building. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and am more of a cruiser than a racer. My son is the racer and placed 10th in the Lightening class world championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2008. I was very happy to discover the HSA. It’s a great club with great people and a lot of fun.



instructor trecoWesley Treco

I took my first sailing lesson on a Hobie in 1993 on a beach in the Bahamas.  I've been hooked ever since.  Life interrupted my sailing bug for a few years but because of HSA I have been able to enjoy a passion I have missed for too many years.  HSA is full of people willing to help anyone at all levels of sailing. It is the best club around!  I hold US Sailing Small Boat Instructor certification and ASA Keelboat Bareboat Captain Certification.


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