Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to the Caribbean Sailing Schools and Caribbean Sailing Vacations page covering our Frequently Asked Questions. While we strive to provide the best possible answers to your questions, some may obviously need additional details or further explanation. This is a common step for many people who wish to book with a Caribbean Sailing School. It is especially true for first time individuals who want to experience not only the best Caribbean sailing adventure, but also the right one!  Outline of Caribbean, BVI, USVI, Belize, and Flathead Lake Destinations are briefly covered in the FAQ below.

Please, take your time and scroll the FAQ below, and as always, if you need any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

ASA Sailing School

How do I become an Sailing Instructor?

We welcome all sailors to look into our instructor qualifying clinic (IQC) process. The best way to learn something is to teach it. First step is to check out our calendar for upcoming IQC’s. We are offering two per year usually one in the Fall in the Caribbean and one in the spring in MT. Heck, why not. Check out this ASA link for IQC Registration for more info about the application process.

ASA Sailing School Qualifications

Why ASA?

The American Sailing Association introduced certifications to the United States over 30 years ago. Today, with 300 sailing schools worldwide and 476,200 ASA-certified sailors, ASA represents the largest and most trusted network of schools in the United States.

Whether you’re already an active sailor or have never set foot on a sailboat, the American Sailing Association offers many exciting opportunities to experience sailing.

  • ASA has certified more than 476,000 sailing students.
  • Over 300 professional sailing schools around the world use the ASA system.
  • ASA membership represents about 85% of the viable, commercial sailing schools in the U.S.
  • ASA is the standard for sailing education in the US and increasingly elsewhere in the world.
  • ASA certification is recognized by major charter boat companies as well as other ASA facilities around the world.
  • ASA has had a functioning, nationwide keelboat program since 1983.
  • ASA is the only certifying organization which has adopted an instructor code of ethics.
  • ASA has a complete, functioning 7 level keelboat program, multihull courses, small boat program plus radar, celestial, weather and docking endorsements.

Can I Book As A Single Traveler?

Can I book as a single traveler?

Of course you can, single occupancy is great! Have the whole cabin to yourself! Join a group class. It doesn’t matter as long as you come and join us!  There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. You will have your own cabin and head (toilet) secured at time of reservation.

Can I Buy My Own Provisions?

Can I buy my own Provisions?

Absolutely! Snacks can be purchased along the way as most anchorages have little stores that sell snacks, gifts, ice, beer, sodas and of course, de rum.

  • In St Thomas there is a grocery store across from the marina.
  • In Road Town BVI There a big supermarket to do your shopping for the week.
  • In Belize there will be a chance to visit a few island stores along the way

Can I Change or Cancel?

Can I Change or Cancel?

Unfortunately, things can happen in life. You can easily purchase travel insurance to help out in the hopefully rare event that you must cancel your charter at a late date. Otherwise, the rates, charges, and fees associated with any changes or cancellation are listed below.

Days Prior to DepartureCancellation/RefundChange Fee
120 Days or MoreFull Refund less the cost of text booksNo Charge
90 to 119 DaysLess 5% of the Total CostNo Charge
60 to 89 DaysLess 10% of the Total Cost5% Up-Charge
30 to 59 DaysChanges Only15% Up-Charge
Less than 30 DaysNo RefundN/A

Please read our Terms and Conditions

Can We Book If It Is 3 Of Us?

Can we book if it is 3 of us?

Join a group class. There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. You will have your own cabin and head (toilet) secured at time of reservation.

Do I Need A Passport?

Do I need a passport?

US Virgin Islands do not require a passport because it is a US territory, however we will travel through customs at the BVI.

  • British Virgin Islands REQUIRES A PASSPORT!
  • Belize REQUIRES A PASSPORT!
  • Croatia REQUIRES A PASSPORT!

It is the responsibility of every student/participant to obtain and carry with them a valid passport.  This includes all necessary visa(s) as well as any other travel documents which may be required.  It is advised to check the status of your travel with any local officials such as embassy or consulate officials.

 

 

Does Everyone Have To Participate In The Class?

Does everyone have to participate in the class?

The short answer is no. Classes are designed and adapted to your needs. If someone just wants the vacation and join the fun. We like that as well. If they are just interested in participating some of the time that’s okay too.

Flathead Lake Sailing Lessons

Flathead Lake Sailing Lessons

Flathead Lake – Montana

Options available for Flathead Lake Sailing Lessons are ASA 101 and ASA 103

ASA 101

ASA 103

How is the Sailing Class Structured?

How Is The Sailing Class Structured?

The sailing class is structured with your needs in mind! The goal is to build confidence, create a no stress sailing adventure, ensure options, and develop a number of choices for future sailing adventures. Of course, we want you to feel confident with all of the ASA log book knowledge and skills required. We like everyone to utilize their strengths and focus on their weaknesses. Each class is a team building effort. When you are crew, you are part of the ship.

How Much Are The Sailing Classes?

How Much Are The Sailing Classes?

Check our list of all ASA certified courses with text books offered.

  • US $115 per person per course (ASA 101/103/104/114) US $140 for ASA 105
  • 1-time student fee w/log book (for students new to ASA) US $45 per person

Should I Get Travel Insurance?

Should I Get Travel Insurance?

The best response to this is probably – Yes!  Ask yourself these questions – Have you ever had a delayed flight?  Have you ever missed a flight?  Have you or an airline ever lost your luggage?  Have you ever experienced any type of urgent medical or health problems?  Have you ever experienced any type of cancellations before?  These are just some of the things which could eventually cause interruptions in your travel plans.

Of course, it’s really a personal choice and an available option that can help to protect you financially for any unexpected circumstances that might come up.

There are a number of companies that provide travel insurance, including some credit card companies. We are not affiliated with any of them, but one option is available at
https://www.travelexinsurance.com/

Travel Within The Caribbean

Travel Within The Caribbean

FLIGHTS
Prices are around $150-300 pp for a 2-way ticket. The following airlines serve most of the Caribbean islands:

Cape Air -http://www.flycapeair.com/www.flycapeair.com
American Airlines – www.aa.com
Air Sunshine – www.airsunshine.com
Liat Airline – www.liatairline.com

FERRY
Prices are around $55 pp. If you fly in to St. Thomas (USVI) then a short ferry ride is needed to get to Tortola. St. Thomas is very close and the ferry to Tortola goes on a regular basis, taking 45 minutes. The best option is to take a ferry to Road Town, which drops you off a short taxi ride to the main marina for check-in. For a ferry schedule check out the website: www.roadtownfastferry.com

Alternatively, you can take a ferry to West End, Tortola which is about a 30 minute taxi to Road Town and our marina. For a ferry schedule check out the website: www.bestofbvi.com

External Links For More Information:

www.bvitourism.com
www.britishvirginislands.com

What Bookings Are Open For 2017?

What Bookings Are Open For 2017?

2017 Sailing Bookings Are Available Now

 

March 2017 US Virgin Islands/ British Virgin Islands – There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. You will have your own cabin and head (toilet) secured at time of reservation. 8 days, 7 nights All-inclusive Class ASA certification 103-114. Alumni boat ASA 105 and 106.

April 2017 US Virgin Islands/ British Virgin Islands – There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. You will have your own cabin and head (toilet) secured at time of reservation. 8 days, 7 nights All-inclusive Class ASA certification 103-114. Alumni boat optional to enroll in or just as refresher course ASA 105 and 106.

For complete listings on location, class/course/event, yacht types, and cost –

Please visit our Class and Event Schedules for 2017

What Currencies Are Accepted In The BVI and USVI?

What currencies are accepted in the British Virgin Islands?

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) both utilize the US Dollar

What If I Cant't Book A Full Yacht?

What if I can’t Book a Full Yacht?

No Problem!  Join a group class instead. There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. You will have your own cabin and head (toilet) secured at time of reservation.

What If I Don't Pass The Tests?

What if I don’t pass the tests?

Knowledge and skills tests can be taken as many times as you need. Think – NO STRESS – this is an adventure vacation remember? The goal is to gain confidence to operate the boat on your own with pride and safety success. Only you can understand that undertaking for yourself.

Written Tests can be retaken as many times as you need. The tests are a tool instructors use to evaluate your level of understanding. You must score 80% or above to pass.

Remember – use your time wisely by studying and preparing before your trip.  Read the text material that will be provided after registration.

What Is Included?

What’s Included?

  • Your Captain/Sailing Instructor.
  • Fully customizable, 8-day, 7-night itinerary.
  • As much informal sailing instruction as you like
  • Double occupancy accommodations with private bathroom and shower
  • Textbooks, study guides, test and certificates of completion
  • Fuel, water, dock & mooring fees and all other boat operating costs
  • Provisioning for Breakfast, lunch, and 3 dinners.
  • Drinking Water
  • For group classes Sailing Adventure School will cover Customs fees and duties in & out of the BVIs
  • Fuel
  • Single-occupancy of cabin with queen size berth available for additional $370 cost

What Is Not Included?

What’s Not Included?

  • Air and ground transportation
  • Customs and immigration fees for full boat charters.
  • Dinner 4 nights
  • Snacks
  • Adult beverages
  • Captain’s gratuity (usually 15%-20%)

What Is The Best Travel To US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands?

What is the best travel to US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands?

FLIGHTS FROM THE US
We recommend US citizens to fly directly to St. Thomas, which is very close and only a 45min boat ride to the BVIs – see details below!

Best option is to fly to St. Thomas (code STT) and take a ferry to Tortola or take a taxi to the Marina on St Thomas.
Fly to Puerto Rico, San Juan (code SJU) and take a flight to Tortola (SJU-EIS)
Fly to Antigua (code ANU) and take a flight to Tortola (ANU-EIS)

RECOMMENDED SEARCH ENGINES TO FIND THE BEST FLIGHT PRICES:

www.expedia.com
www.skyscanner.com
www.kayak.com

What Is The Cost of a Full Yacht?

What is the cost of a full yacht?

Chartering the full yacht with a Captain is always a great option. It all depends on what boat you would like and in what location. It can be a class or just a sailing vacation. We have an alumni program for ASA graduates that can book a boat with an instructor to get a refresher course or just have someone as a backup. Bareboat chartering is also a great option.

What Is The Cost Of The Group Class?

What is the cost of the group class?

Example for US Virgin Islands (USVI) – British Virgin Islands (BVI) All Inclusive Group Sailing Class 2017

Prices for USVI/BVI 8 day – 7 night:

Please visit the Class and Event Schedules for more information on Class/Course/Event, Location, and Prices.

Payment expected 50% at time of booking, remaining 50% 60 days out.

What Is The Deposit and Why Do I Need To Pay It?

What is the deposit and Why do I need to pay it?

A 50% deposit is required at the time of reservation.

  • The remaining balance is due 60 days out and prior to your scheduled departure date.

Time, effort and commitments are set in motion once a reservation has been made.  Commitments also require preparation for the planned class and trip.

What other services do you provide?

What other services do you provide?

Sailing Adventure Vacations

We offer and provide the following services in the Caribbean region.

  • Learn to Sail Vacations
  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Vacation Charters
  • Sailing Vacations
  • Flotilla Booking
  • Bareboat Charters

What outlets or voltage supply will the yachts have in USVI/British Virgin Islands?

What outlets or voltage supply will the yachts have in USVI/British Virgin Islands?

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12V. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220V/120V you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter. Your captain will provide an inverter for charging phones, cameras, and most electronics. No hair dryers or curling irons.

What Type of Sailing Classes Do You Offer in the Virgin Islands?

BVI Sailing

US Virgin Islands – British Virgin Islands Group Sailing Class

USVI BVI All Inclusive Group Sailing Class

2017 Schedules start with an all inclusive group sailing class in the US Virgin Islands/British Virgin Islands. There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. You will have your own cabin and head (toilet) secured at time of reservation. This is an 8 day, 7 nights All-inclusive Class ASA certification 103-114. Alumni boat ASA 105 and 106.

Please visit this page for more information Class and Event Schedules

 

 

What Type of Yacht Will I Be On?

What type of yacht will I be on?

The type of yacht will be based on the boat that is booked for the class. Catamaran classes will be booked on Catamarans and Monohull classes will be booked on a Monohull.

What Will The Itinerary Of The Week Look Like?

What will the itinerary of the week look like?

Adventure awaits!

The sailing adventure will be centered are three priorities. SAFETY, LEARNING, and FUN! We want you to enjoy your vacation and help plan the destinations on the first day of class. Create confidence in yourself and crew! That’s part of the fun. We want to schedule time for exploring the beautiful ports and relaxing in the sun. Sailing is about giving you access to untouched places and your own pace.

Learning is about giving you CONFIDENCE to get there safely. SO ITS ALWAYS WEATHER AND WIND DEPENDING.

  • Class will start at 12 noon on the Saturday of the booking week. Everyone should schedule flights so you can arrive prior to 12 noon on the Saturday of class start.
  • DAY 1 Boat orientation, crew meeting, menu planning, first sailing lesson, sail to overnight mooring location.
  • DAY 2-7 Class begins at 8am, Sail to lunch location for snorkeling 1pm, sail to overnight mooring location 5pm, debrief, free time/test taking time and dinner 7pm.
  • DAY 8 Class begins at 8am, Sail to the Marina, boat clean up and packing.

When Will I Know Who I Will Be Sharing the Yacht With?

When will I know who I will be sharing the yacht with?

At the time of booking we will let you know who is in the group class. If the bookings are not complete when you register, we will immediately notify you when the class/yacht has completed its booking and how many individuals will be aboard.  There is a max of 6 students on the boat so it will not be over crowded. Depending on the class and boat type, you should have your own cabin and head (toilet), which is determined and secured at time of reservation.

Where Are You Located in the Caribbean?

Where are you located in the Caribbean?

American Yacht Harbor

Smith Bay Rd
St Thomas 00802
U.S. Virgin Islands

Phone:  406-207-2408

Email:  info@sailingadventure.vacations

Caribbean-Learn-to-Sail-Vacations

Sailing Adventure Vacations
Phone:  406-207-2408
Email:  info@sailingadventure.vacations
Website:   www.sailingadventure.vacations

Captain-Genevieve-Evans

Captain Genevieve
USCG 50Ton Master/ ASA Sailing Instructor 214