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Where Jim is on Fall 2018 Passage south from Norfolk to St. Thomas




Jim Pravel is a patent and trademark attorney with Intella IP

Over the years, Jim has gained training and experience in sailing, scuba, first aid and communications.  His early sailing and scuba were done on the lakes in Texas and on the Texas Gulf Coast.  The first big sail boat experiences were in Southern California and he has cruised and explored extensively on the Chesapeake Bay.

His first big sailboat was a Pearson 30, SamaSama

He has earned sailing qualifications from the American Sailing Association, including the following certifications:

Student Certifications:

  • (1991) Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)
  • (1991) Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
  • (2015) Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
  • (2015) Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
  • (2018) Celestial Navigation (ASA 107)
  • (2018) Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) – trip scheduled for Norfolk to St. Thomas aboard Gallivant, a Pearson 39
  • (2018) Offshore Passage Making (ASA 108)

Instructor Certifications:

  • (2015) Basic Keelboat Sailing Instructor (ASA 201)
  • (2015) Basic Coastal Cruising Instructor (ASA 203)
  • (2015) Bareboat Cruising Instructor (ASA 204)

(2015) US Coast Guard Captains License – Master

Scuba Certifications:

  • (1973) Open Water Scuba (NASDS)
  • (1980) Advanced Open Water Scuba (PADI)
  • (1991) Rescue Diver (NAUI)
  • (1991) DiveMaster (PADI)
  • (2007) Solo Diver (SSI)
  • (2007) Enriched Air Diver (PADI)
  • (2019) Open Water Instructor (PADI)
  • (2019) Master Scuba Diver Trainer (PADI)

First Aid Certifications:

  • Red Cross Basic First Aid
  • (2009) Wilderness First Aid

Communications Certifications:

Jill Sargent is a Special Education Director with the Williamsburg/James City County Virginia Schools.  Her goal is to go cruising for at least a year to see what living on a small boat and cruising up and down the US East Coast is all about.

Jill completes the US Sailing Basic Keelboat Course this summer (2018) and is about to get re-certified as an Open Water Scuba course this month (November 2018).