The world's leading authority in the areas of boating, marine safety and sailing.


Author of the world's most successful "Learn to Sail" book Start Sailing Right; adopted by US Sailing and the American Red Cross.


Winner of 6 world sailing titles and 15 North American/National Sailing Championships.


Contact Info

248.265.9171 home
248.941.1365 cell

US Post
7320 Scenic Ridge
Clarkston, MI 48346

[email protected]

Derrick Fries is the world's leading expert in Boating/Sailing Instruction and Safety. As author of the most successful "Learn to Sail" book Start Sailing Right, which was adopted by US Sailing and the American Red Cross, he is the perfect choice in a wide area of services. These include, Sailing Seminars, Marine Safety Consultant, and many others which can be found on the services page.


Derrick is the original US Sailing's Master Instructor Trainer (1985). He has certified over 165 Instructor Trainers in the United States and around the world. Dr. Fries was recently inducted into the Sunfish Class Hall of Fame and in 2005 was nominated for the Sailing World International Hall of Fame.


1984 - Author of best selling book Successful Sunfish Racing

1985 - First US Sailing Master Training Instructor

1986 - Is author of the world's best "Learn to Sail" book, Start Sailing Right

1991 - US Sunfish Class Association Hall of Fame inductee

2001 - National Exemplary Blue Ribbon School Principal

2003 - Michigan Regional Principal of the Year

2005 - Nominated to the Sailing World International Hall of Fame

Services Offered

Expert Witness
Assist legal firms in boating related cases. I will work with yacht clubs and other marine facilities in safety prevention.
Sailing Seminars
One or multi-day sailing seminars can be scheduled anywhere in the world.
Private/Group Instruction
Private boating/sailing lessons can be arranged. New boat orientation and skill development can also be included.
World Renowned Speaker
Sailing tactics, water reading, informative and entertaining speaches can be arranged. This includes generally powerpoint slides and videos.
Technical Writer
Assist in the writing and creation of technical boating or marine manuals.
Personal Watercraft Expert
Over thirty-five years of PWC experiance and safety instruction.
Expert Water Skiier
Forty years of water skiing experiance including competitive water skiing and safe power boat operational skills.

If you have any questions regarding availability or pricing, please contact Dr. Fries for a more personally tailored response.


1972 B.A. Michigan State University - Education
East Lansing, MI
1979 M.A. Oakland University - Special Education
Rochester, MI
1993 Ph. D. University of Michigan - Educational Administration
Ann Arbor, MI

Educational Positions

1986 NASA Teacher in Space Finalist
Washington D.C.
NASA Space Ambassador
Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH
Teacher, Department Head, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Deputy
Superintendant (MI Public Schools)