For a tremendous cruise and learning experience, try combining the ASA Bareboat Chartering 104 or the Advanced Coastal Cruising 106 course with a several day coastal cruise, or combining a coastal cruise with leisure instruction. Old Pass Lagoon at Destin is just a ½ day sail away; Panama City with spectacular beaches and shelling (Shell Island) and pristine anchorages (Smack Bayou) is just a day away. Anchor in St Joe Bay and skin dive or enjoy the beaches and coastal dunes. The intracoastal waterway between Port St Joe and Apalachicola is among the prettiest anywere!
Or, better still, the Caribbean Soul is in Key West from mid January through February - and will be available for charter down there during that time frame!!