~~ no link here ~~
Enjoy a charter boat, and learn to sail
- a great combo.
Charter companies offer a full range of instructors and boat
arrangements. Keep in mind, one can hire a boat and an instructor
independently, although these often come from the same source. Some
certification courses require the use of a monohull sailboat, but
a catamaran can certainly be used in combination with an instructor
for any level of instruction. You can arrange a course from the a
full line of American Sailing Association (ASA) certification
The Rob Swain Sailing School is a well-respected training
facility out of Tortola, offering a full range of ASA courses, as
well as customized courses in performance sailing and racing.
Since 1964, Offshore Sailing School has been teaching
a broad range of sailing courses from beginning day sailor to advanced
racing and cruising (including US Sailing certifications). This link
will take you to their Tortola program, although they have schools
all over the U.S.
SeaTrek offers marine biology summer camps, summer
sailing programs, summer diving programs, or just the all around adventure
summer programs for jr. high, high school and college aged students.
All of the educational experiences are geared toward adventure, leadership,
growth, and fun. No experience is necessary! Live-aboard fantastic
sailing vessels, and learn from the highly respected Capt. Monk and
his dedicated crew. Programs like these change kids' lives. YouTube
ActionQuest (est. 1986) offers 3 week live-aboard summer
camps for teenagers ages 13 to 19 featuring multilevel
watersports training and certification courses in sailing, PADI scuba
diving, water sports of all kinds, exploration, and adventure. Programs
are available in the Caribbean, Galapagos Islands, Mediterranean Sea,
Tahiti and Australia. They also offer a range of academic voyages
including 80 and 40 day, credit-bearing semester programs
focusing on college level academics, seamanship and personal growth
for high school seniors, graduates, and college students.
Sail Caribbean has leading groups of teenagers
in their summer programs since 1979. I have never had a friend or
family member take the program, but it seems like the ultimate summer
camp for kids who eager for an experience like this. I have spoken
to the founder, Mike Liese on the phone. He is very accommodating
and willing to talk about his program. They will send you a fabulous
informational package which includes a video and huge list of student
Great YouTube videos that
will give you an solid idea of their program.
Sistership is a school offering sailing programs for
women, couples, and families. I only know of this outfit second hand,
but they are reputed to offer some pretty serious training. The owner,
Captain Pat Nolan, has vast experience in crusiing, racing, and instruction.
She has won numerous awards, over the years, for her effective programs.
They have a great website -- check it out.
This is NOT a school, but the American Sailing Association
(ASA), which sets the standards for sailing schools, instructors
and students. Most sailing schools offer ASA Certification as an option.
The various levels of certification are recognized credentials around
US Sailing is the National Governing Body (NGB), chosen
by Congress, for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing in the United
States. US Sailing Certification is the
other set national standards for sailing schools, instructors and
students (along with ASA above). Click the logo to the left
to go right to their education page. You can Click
Here to see their site map,
You'll soon see how deep this site is.
"SailNet" is an online sailing magazine. The "Articles"
section is a fantastic resource for folks learning to sail. There
are hundreds of articles, written in a down-to-earth, newbie-friendly
style. Definitely check this out. In fact... here's set of links to
some of the most popular
sailing magazines. Having a subscription to 2 or 3 periodicals
is an important part of the learning process.