Basic Sailing 101
Learn to sail a 23-foot sailboat.
Class held every weekend from May through September
No previous experience necessary.
* This is a three-day course offered on weekends -- Saturday and Sunday, plus the following Saturday from 9:30 to 5:00 pm each day.
*Three of the weekend classes run from Saturday to Monday instead due to the holidays, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
* Also available are three classes held during the week (see class schedule) or suggest your own dates during June or September for three or more students.
The first day of this ASA 3-day course begins in the classroom followed by on-the-water instruction for the remainder of the course until the written exam. A half hour break for lunch each day. Our years of experience teaching have proven that learned control and time on the water creates a confident sailor.
This course includes:
16 hours instruction plus 8 hours of practice sailing.
Three students per boat (subject to change).
Solo sail after completing the class.
Textbook and American Sailing Association certification.
A fleet of day sailboats to sail, after completing the course.
Successful completion of the BK 101 course results in ASA certification. If you have difficulty, no worries; we will give you additional help to meet the ASA requirements.
Free Bonus! After you've successfully completed the course, return for 2 free 4-hour (9am-1pm) 23-foot boat practice sails. It is important to practice what you've learned within two weeks after completing the course. It is best to sail with the newbies that just completed the course not with people who know nothing about sailing.
Need someone to sail with after the course? Just ask, and will be glad to refer you to other sailors after you complete the course. Don't be fooled by other schools that don't allow you to sail their boats after completing their sailing class.
Not ready for big boats? See our dinghy program.
Course fee $790
Family or group discount:
get one free when you enroll
Coastal Cruising 103
We teach you on boats you can charter
With Basic Sailing Skills BK 101 as a prerequisite, students will sail aboard a 40 to 43-foot sailboat with two to three other students aboard. The two-day weekday evening course or weekend day course is spent aboard the boat and underway.
Practice docking, anchoring, sailing, and emergency procedures
Understand the systems aboard a cruising boat with an auxiliary inboard engine
All weekday classes are held from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Weekend classes are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Maximum of (3) persons per class. Successful completion of the Coastal Cruising course results in American Sailing Association (ASA) Certification.
Bring a snack and drink. Written exam for certification scheduled later at student's convenience.
This course is also available in the winter as a seven day, live aboard sailing class in the Caribbean.
Course fee $690
Bareboat Chartering 104
Winter Class offered in the Caribbean
Learn to skipper your own bareboat charter in a week! Upon successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to skipper, crew, or charter a boat for an extended cruise. Learn the ropes: provisioning, navigation, cruising boat systems, and planning a trip are among the many topics covered. Course fee includes (2) ASA certifications. Certifications available during this 7 day live aboard class are ASA 101, 103.104.105 and 106. Breakfast, lunch and two dinners are included too. Additional dinners are on your own at shore side restaurants on St Thomas or St Johns. Passports are not required for US citizens visiting the US Virgin Islands territory.
Classes start in January. You arrive on a Sunday afternoon and depart the next Saturday a 12 noon. Boat departs from Crown Bay in St Thomas and sails to bays in St Thomas and St Johns. Non-sailors are welcome too! Read more about this great seven-day Winter Sailing Experience in the Caribbean.
Program Fee: $2395
Course fee $2,395
Adult Dinghy Program
9:00 am to 12:30 meets on 3 consecutive Saturdays
Learn to sail a 14 foot Laser or Zuma. Sailing a small boat requires getting wet when you start out, so wear a bathing suit. You must be able to swim. We recommend one adult per boat. These boats are easy to sail on alone and are available for rental after completion of program. The lessons take place inside the bay.
Session 1- rig your boat, launch it from a float, capsize and recover it.
Session 2- upwind, down wind drills, coming about and jibing around marks.
Session 3- will continue to build your skills so that you can sail the boats safely inside and outside of the bay.
Your instructor will coach you from a motorboat.
Course fee $450
No prerequisites, no sailing skills required
No prerequisites. No sailing skills required, open to anyone. Course provides you with navigation theory required to operate a boat in coastal waters. This includes: converting courses between true and magnetic, determining drift, taking bearings, working with light lists and more. This is a four-hour course with a take home study.
Course fee $325
If you would like the benefit of the accelerated learning that individual attention can provide, private lessons are an excellent option. The lesson can be scheduled to best meet your free time. Whatever your focus is -- advanced racing techniques, docking, mooring pickup, anchoring, or a refresher class -- we have experienced instructors to handle your needs. Three hours (3 ) of instruction.
Call to reserve
Course fee $300. (3 hr minimum)
($40 per additional person)