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 BVI 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 learn to sail holiday in Tortola, British Virgin Islands for the whole family! (Not everyone aboard has to take part, but they 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.
Step Two - Contact us in Tortola for yacht availability
After looking over sailboat options and having established the dates you'd like to learn 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(s) 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 decided you're going to take ASA sailing lessons. You've chosen the boat you want. Now what? Just call or e:mail us and let us know you would like to proceed with a booking. We will put your 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 payment for the cost of your BVI learn to sail vacation. 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 above) and purchase your manuals to study at home before you arrive in the British Virgin Islands. 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 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 can spend the majority of your time aboard learning the practical side of sailing and you'll still have enough time to enjoy all the British Virgin Islands have to offer. Go snorkelling, visit our fabulous BVI beaches or just chill out and enjoy an ice cold refreshment while lounging on your private sailboat at a beautiful anchorage!
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 your lessons. These are available at your charter base in Tortola.
Contact us to find out costs for your ASA lessons in the British Virgin Islands!
Need more information about ASA lessons in the British Virgin Islands?
Call or write our bareboat sailboat specialist!
Phone: (284) 495-4168 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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