OK, we want to learn to saiI in Tortola! How does this work?
Step One - Select a monohull sailboat
Once you've read the ASA course outlines, go to sailing charters and select the right monohull sailboat for you and your party. There are several models from which to choose which are suitable for anywhere from 2 to 8 guests plus your instructor. Make it a family thing! Plan your BVI learn to sail holiday for the whole family! (Not everyone aboard has to take part, but anyone 12 and over may if they wish!)
Your ASA (American Sailing Association) instructor will live aboard the boat with you as you sail, so be sure to choose a boat with an extra cabin for your instructor. In other words, if you are a family of 4, (Mom, Dad and 2 children) you will need a 3 cabin sailboat in order to accommodate your instructor.
Step Two - Contact us for yacht availability
After looking over sailboat options and having established the dates you'd like to sail (remember, you need to plan for a minimum of 1 week for levels 1 & 2 ... or 10 days to be certified for bareboat chartering), contact us in Tortola to find out about availability of the yacht or yachts you are interested in chartering. We will then send you a quote which will outline all costs for your sailing lessons including the cost for your instructor. (ASA course materials are extra. More on that later.)
Step Three - Booking your "Caribbean Learn to Sail Vacation"
You've chosen the boat you want and you know the price. Now what? Just call or e:mail us and let us know you would like to proceed with a booking. We will put the boat on hold for you, send you a contract, information about the charter base, how to get to the British Virgin Islands, provisioning information, taxi order forms, etc.
You'll sign and return your contract together with a 50% deposit. The balance is due 45 days prior to arrival in Tortola.
Step Four - Course Materials
The American Sailing Association provides excellent manuals, log books and exams to compliment their lessons. You will contact them online (see link above) and purchase your manuals to study at home before you arrive in the BVI. You will need "Sailing Fundamentals" by Gary Jobson, "Coastal Navigation & Piloting" by Tom Tursi and "Cruising Fundamentals" by Harry Munns. You can buy your log books and exams at the charter base. (ASA accepts all major credit cards.)
Read and study your lessons at home in preparation for your lessons. Provided you have studied at home, you will spend the majority of your time aboard learning the practical side of sailing and you'll still have a "little" time to enjoy the British Virgin Islands. If you'd like to spend more time snorkelling, lounging on the beach and visiting various beach bars and restaurants, then you should definitely plan for a longer charter. Perhaps once you have completed the 104 bareboating level, you can take the boat on your own for a few days!
Note: It is not necessary to purchase manuals for all aboard. You may share! You will have to purchase log books & exams for all participating in the lessons. These are available at the charter base in Tortola.
Need more information about ASA lessons in the BVI?
Call or write our bareboat specialist!
Phone: (284) 495-4168 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands or email us!
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