i got a 2 hour private lesson as a surprise bday present for my bday. i was so happy and excited. however, by the time we got off the boat, i was upset and disappointed. we were both newbies to sailing and there was so many things they could have taught us. instead, all we did was sit on the boat and watch the instructor just sit there and enjoy herself. i paid $300 so we could do nothing for two hours. we even tried to clue in the instructor to the fact that we liked to learn and we were active people. but all she would let us do was push and pull the wooden stick in the middle every now and then. i think sitting at a dog park would have been a better use of our time than what we ended up with. and this was his birthday. i can:t say it enough, it was a huge disappointment. if you want to learn, please go elsewhere. just please save your money and don:t get lessons here.