Coaching services are now available! Please use our online contact form for more information.

Professional Coaching:

All coaching sessions are customized to the individual or teams’ needs. Dawn has coached all levels from Junior Sailing to America’s Cup. A unique niche that she serves is the mid sized keel boat teams with goals from improving on the local Friday nights to putting together a team for traveling to Caribbean Regattas or to Europe.

Typical Day: 
Preparation begins before the coaching session starts. Dawn collects information from each team member including their self-assessment of what their skills are and where there are opportunities for improvement. She also works with the leaders of the team to set overall goals. The on the water session usually lasts 3-5 hours followed by an immediate debrief. A detailed written report is sent to the team within a week. Past teams have elected to have their sessions customized to include another boat or a fleet of boats and span the sessions over a weekend or multiple sessions culminating in a major regatta.

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Thanks for all of our great help and advice. We have come out of this experience stronger then we went in – Genevieve

FYI, you really helped our helm a lot with down wind steering. Your guidance really helped him handle the 12-17 knot boat speeds. I was really happy about that. I think he internalized what you asked him to do. Several times we stayed above 12-14 knots for a looooooong time! – Dave

Thanks MUCH for inviting me this past weekend. Not only was the sailing a blast, the Dawn factor was priceless. I’ll remember it forever.– Pete

Personal Coaching:

Seminars – corporate and group:

  • Achievement and Passion / Cognitive Planning: “mind mapping”

    • Full and part day seminars off the water working with Sports Psychologist Amy Baltzell and Dawn Riley to map out a plan for your future. You will go away with a renewed sense of purpose and a tool that can be used many times into the future.

  • Partner sailing

    • Full and part day seminars in your waters or in beautiful Captiva, Florida. Bring your significant other, your child, or your sailing buddy and learn how to streamline your communication, increase your skill levels and get more out of your favorite past time, sailing, as well as maybe a little bit more out of your friendship.

  • Physical fitness and nutritional training can be added to any of the above.