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About Afterguard

Afterguard Sailing Academy’s Mission is to help people who want to sail to reach their sailing goals safely, at reasonable cost and without yelling. We help make sailing dreams real and the journey to accomplish the goals fun.


Afterguard is owned by Captain Mary SwiftSwan. Mary is the head Instr., ASA I.E., a contributing-author of ASA’ s 1st and 2nd level text books with more in the works.

All instructors that work with Afterguard are fun to learn from. All share our commitment to give back to the community through sailing.

What does Afterguard mean?

Afterguard (def.) Brain trust to accomplish a task or reach a goal. Most used is in reference to sailing. The Afterguard can include a navigator, tactician and/or coach as advisor(s). The Afterguard is most often seen at the back of a boat talking quietly to a skipper. They either provide direction to a skipper, and/or training for all aboard, to set and reach goals. Goal examples: to simply sail well, to sail to a respected level, to be an effective team ( family, friends or work colleagues), to reach a distant harbor.


During a high profile race with TV coverage, like the America's Cup, you will hear the Afterguard refered to often. What do they recommend? What might be their strategies? Find out by working with Afterguard.

Our Services Include:

  • Sailing Lessons, ASA Certifications and Specialty Courses (for both First-Time and Experienced Sailors)

  • Boat Rentals

  • Captained Charters

  • Private and Corporate Event Hosting

  • San Francisco Bay tours

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