Our Coaches
Committed to the Development and Safety of our Young Sailors
Our US Sailing Certified Coaches and Instructors are experienced sailors with a love of teaching sailing to the next generation. Every Coach and Instructor we hire is prepared to share their diverse experiences in sailing with our program’s youth to engage and motivate them to succeed both on and off the water.

All of our Coaches and Instructors are required to have the following certifications:
  • US Sailing Level 1 Instructor (many have their Level 2s or 3s)
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • SafeSport Training through Team USA
  • Concussion Awareness through the CDC
  • NASBLA Valid in FL
  • FL Department of Children and Families Level 2 Background Screening
Safety is a priority for everyone at the VYBA. Sailors are under constant supervision while on the water by our Coaches and Instructors in powerboats. Every powerboat carries a first aid kit and VHF radio to provide immediate care and contact with the VYBA Director, the Venice Yacht Club Dock Master, and the Venice Marine Patrol. Our Program Director monitors a variety of sources for weather and lightning updates in the area.


2019-2020 COACHES

Executive Director - Kelley Severns

Opti Green Fleet - Olivia Hanley

Opti RWB -  Evan Occhino

420 Race - Eric Van Gennip

Venice High School - John Thomas

Adventure Sailing - Annabelle Riggs, Anthony Gosner


Our Board of Directors
Committed to the Safe, Efficient and Fun Operations of VYBA

Our Board of Directors is a highly effective group of community leaders, parents and sailors working hard to make sure the VYBA operates effectively and efficiently.

Edmund (Ed) B. Campbell, III -  Chair

Florence Fauls - Vice Chair

Richard (Dick) Lawson - Secretary

Joseph A. Occhino - Treasurer

Richard “Dick” Hitchcock - Director

Shaun D. Graser D.M.D. - Director 

Donald D. Hay - Director

Michael Kirk - Director

Kim Whiteman - Director


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CONTACT US:


Executive Director - Kelley Severns

1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL  34285

941-468-1719

director@veniceyouthboating.com 


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