Founder and Lead Instructor

Hello there! My name is Philippe Dastous, and I am the founder of Hold Fast Sailing School. Originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada, I have worked all around Canada and the US. My passion for sailing started when I was just 9 years old, during my summer camps. At the age of 17, I purchased my first 20 ft catamaran and have been sailing ever since.

My love for sailing inspired me to study naval architecture, which led me to design various types of vessels over the years. From bulk carriers and cruise ships to landing craft for the US army, high-speed passenger catamarans, tankers, offshore drilling rigs, and more.

However, my love for teaching and cruising eventually drew me to become a full-time sailing instructor, and that’s when Hold Fast Sailing School was born. I am now dedicated to sharing my passion and expertise with anyone who wishes to learn how to sail. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sailor, I am committed to helping you develop the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the open waters with confidence.

Thank you for considering Hold Fast Sailing School, and I hope to see you on the water soon!

sailing courses

Explore our ASA certified sailing courses and bareboat bundles. Learn the fundamentals of sailing with our Introduction to Sailing class, , perfect for anyone looking to start their sailing journey.


Puerto vallarta

Welcome to one of the top destinations for sailing in the world! Banderas Bay, which includes the popular sailing destination of Puerto Vallarta, is the perfect place to learn to sail.


Sailing school

Unlock your sailing potential, we offer a new way to learn sailing that combines dynamic theoretical classes with hands-on training aboard our high-quality sailing equipment.



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