Horizon Sailing School
What better way to learn to sail, or hone your existing sailing skills, than on a sailing vacation in the Caribbean? We have ASA sailing schools in the BVI and St Vincent; some of the most idyllic cruising grounds in the world, offering first-class tuition, consistent breeze and 365 days of sunshine.
“I loved every minute of my certification. My ASA Instructor gave me such confidence”
Our schools are American Sailing Association certified facilities offering you first-class tuition with our great Instructors. All of our ASA courses are taught on our private boats as opposed to renting a cabin with other people; it’s just you and your friends or family onboard. Our courses are personally tailored around your own vacation schedule; you let us know when you would like to take your Learn to Sail adventure. You will experience a true ‘liveaboard’ experience; all of your study and practical work takes place on your private yacht as you sail the beautiful Caribbean.
After your safety briefing and initial theory work, you will depart from your Horizon Yacht Charters Base, having provisioned and organized your snorkel equipment, and sail to the next stunning anchorage; all the time working through your ASA certification with your ASA Instructor.
Over the course of a week you will gain the knowledge and experience to charter sailing boats anywhere in the world, and embark on your own sailing adventure. The emphasis at Horizon Yacht Charters Caribbean sailing schools is on gaining hands-on experience at your own pace. Typically, the day will be split between theory work and practicing new skills through sailing exercises.
“My wife and I undertook the certification together which makes us more confident sailing together now”
Once anchored for the afternoon; put the books away and enjoy a swim, a snorkel or spend time exploring ashore. After all, it’s your Caribbean vacation!
HOW DOES IT WORK
The American Sailing Association (ASA) program has structured levels of sailing standards, which are examined at progressive certification levels at our Caribbean sailing schools. Students who learn to sail with Horizon Yacht Charters receive an ASA Logbook that lists the standards, certification and records sailing experience. All courses and examinations are run by our ASA qualified instructors. When a certification level is successfully completed, your ASA Logbook is signed and stamped so that any charter or rental fleet operator can see your level of competency. The most popular American Sailing Association courses we offer are as follows:
- Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard (#101)
- Basic Coastal Cruising Standard (#103)
- Bareboat Chartering Standard (#104)
- Cruising Catamaran Standard (#114)
If you have little or no experience, then we recommend that you begin with ASA 101 and ASA 103. If you are on a week’s charter, these two courses can be taught in 5 days, giving you a couple of days to practice your new-found skills at the end of the week or to simply relax in the Caribbean sunshine.
Those that have cruising experience and basic seamanship skills should also add ASA 104 to their instruction. The three courses can be taught in one week, but don’t forget you are on vacation too so you may want to extend a few days to relax. We also offer the catamaran ASA 114 certification.
“This has given me a taste of what it could be like to buy our own boat in the future and go cruising – that’s the dream, isn’t it?”
Email our Horizon Caribbean bases to check availability and full pricing.