Local Sailing Instructor Recognized as Outstanding Instructor of the Year

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By Breeana Greenberg

Capistrano Beach resident Richard Dahlin was recently recognized as Outstanding Instructor of the Year by the American Sailing Association (ASA) for 2021.

Out of more than 2,300 active ASA instructors worldwide, Dahlin of Aventura Sailing Academy was named one of the top 25, based on student-submitted instructor surveys.

Richard Dahlin, sailing instructor at Aventura Sailing, was recently named the 2021 Outstanding Instructor of the Year by the American Sailing Association. Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Woodring

“His 2021 Outstanding Recognition is simply a reflection of his knowledge of the ocean and his excellent seamanship, his integrity as an instructor and the relationships he has built with his students,” said Jessica Woodring, the Dahlin’s daughter, in an email.

Dahlin joined Aventura Sailing, an ASA-affiliated school, in 2006, working as an instructor alongside Sailing Academy founder and then director Captain Mark Howe.

During Dahlin’s 33 years in public education, as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent of human resources, and superintendent, he also taught college-level sailing at USC and Saddleback Community College on nights and week ends.

Aventura Sailing has six instructors who have cumulatively certified nearly 600 students in 2021 alone, Woodring said.

“ASA is extremely proud of its Certified Instructors who provide excellence in sailing instruction in America and around the world,” ASA wrote in an April 4 letter, telling Dahlin of his recognition.

Breeana Greenberg

Breeana Greenberg is the city reporter for the Dana Point Times. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, she worked as a freelance journalist for the Laguna Beach Independent. Breeana can be reached by email at [email protected]

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