I started working at Key Sailing during my middle school years as a boat dog. I was also the primary parasail boat deckhand until I became the Key Sailing mechanic in the late 90's when I was in high school. It was my job to keep everything running. In 2003 I got my captains license and started driving parasail and cruise boats. In 2011 I became the GM of Keysailing and that is where I am today
Kirk Newkirk started what is now Key Sailing in 1974. "It opened up as Kirks Catamarans on the very location we are at now. In 1974 I had never sailed a Catamaran and so figured with a name like Kirks Catamarans I should probably learn, and learn quickly! We started with paddle boats, Sunfish, and Venture Catamarans. I soon discovered Hobie Cats as well as NACRA and Prindle catamarans and ended up being the Prindle dealer and got into racing and enjoyed it. Later we got the NACRA dealership as well as the Hobie Cat dealership."
- Kirk has numerous national sailing titles as well as U.S. Multihull champion.
- First started parasailing in 1975
- Started renting jet skis in 1981 and then waverunners in 1987 when they first came out.
- First parasail winch boat on Pensacola beach in 1993
- First dolphin eco tour boat on Pensacola beach in 2001
A life long resident of the Pensacola Beach area, Michael became a member of the team in 2005 working on the beach pushing jet skis and raising sails, general "boat dogging". Then a wise man came to him and suggested that he work with customers behind the counter and guide everyone to their watersport activity. Through time , he discovered he enjoyed talking with people about fishing and kayaks. So in addition to helping customers enjoy their watersport activity at Keysailing, as sales manager, he services and sells Hobie kayaks to the growing customer base Keysailing has developed over the years.