Basic to Bareboat Courses - Covering the ASA’s 101, 103 and 104
15th to 21st October – Monohull – $ 1,299 pp
22nd to 28th October – Catamaran – $ 1,499 pp
The Basic Learn-’N-Cruise (LNC) covers the ASA 101, 103 and 104 certifications, the 104 being recognised by charter companies around the world as a Captain’s Licence.
We run the courses every week of the year – and up to 5 at the same time (we’re the most active ASA sailing school in the south-eastern Caribbean, the only one in St Vincent and the Grenadines and the longest-established (more than 20 years).
The course runs from a Sunday morning through the following Saturday afternoon, and during the week you’ll learn the basics of sailing. Guests with zero or minimal prior sailing experience should be able to get through the 101 and 103 certifcations without problems, and we’ve had many guests who have also completed the 104 – though to do this you should carefully study the syllabus books prior to arrival. Folks who have had some previous on-the-water experience will find this useful.
Our courses are entirely hands-on, live-aboard – no falling asleep behind a classroom desk! Because of this, you’ll find that the learning curve is steep and we’ve found over the years that the majority of our guests are surprised at how much they were able to get through.
Whilst the aim of these cruises is to offer guests the opportunity to pass an internationally recognised certification on board an ocean-going yacht, we also remember that this is a vacation – and thus leisure time will be available for swimming, snorkelling, diving, or exploring ashore. The Instructor will run the course at the pace of the guests, with their safety and comfort of prime importance and guests will have every opportunity to participate in the planning of the itinerary and daily schedule.
We will do our best to match up guests with similar objectives and to enable them to achieve the level of certification that equates to their experience. Because of the small number of guests on board the yacht (usually no more than 4 plus the Instructor, though we may occasionally take a 5th guest, and, on request, if the guests all know one another, then we will take a 6th) instruction is highly personalised and therefore differing levels of experience amongst the guests does not necessarily present a problem.
Most guests arrive the day before the course starts, and our School Director, Christine Burfield, will be at our restaurant around 7.00 p.m. to welcome you with a drink after your long day travelling. Guests meet up with the Instructor around 10.00 a.m. on Sunday, and, after briefings and taking the 101 written examination, you’ll board the yacht, stow your gear and be shown some of the basic on-board systems. After lunch, you’ll set sail for Bequia, northernmost of the Grenadines.
The sailing itinerary will be flexible according to weather conditions, but a typical 1-week cruise will take guests to all the high spots of the Grenadines – Bequia, the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union Island, Canouan – and will cover around 90 miles of cruising. Distances between islands are generally short (from 2 to 5 hours) and there will be ample time for relaxation, swimming, snorkelling or exploring ashore.
We provide everything you will need including linens and towels, snorkel gear and most food. Singles or couples will have their own cabin. Students are expected to share in meal preparation and clean-up duties. You just need to pack a few clothes – a swimsuit, your sandals and a desire to learn and sail in this tropical environment.
During the week your instructor will cover the curriculum for three levels of certification: Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Intermediate Coastal Cruising (Bareboat Charter). The course will end on Saturday around noon.
Although no prior on-the-water experience is required, if you have a friend back home who has a yacht and can get you out on the water for a day, you’ll find that this will be of great benefit.
Learn the basics!
Through the Basic-Learn-n-Cruise Course we will start from the beginning and learn the basics.
Practice Makes Perfect
As we learn to sail on this course, we will practice constantly to assure that we are getting the feel for how to sail and how to do so in a controlled and safe manner.
Gain ASA formal Certification
Once we have completed the week and performed all tasks correctly and to the satisfaction of our ASA Instructor and course requirements, we can gain our ASA certificates! In this Basic-Learn-n;Cruise course, we can gain our ASA 101, 103 and 104.
Our LNC courses are probably the best-priced anywhere in the Caribbean – we can do this because we’ve been running the school for more than 20 years, run the classes every week of the year, fill the slots, and have many returning guests.
Course Fees: $ 1,599 per person / $ 3,198 per couple
Fully-equipped yacht with ASA Instructor – singles or couples will have their own cabin
Food for 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 evening meals
ASA Log book
Fuel, ice, tank water
Does not include:
Air fare and ground transfers
Optional cancellation insurance – $ 95.94 per person
Cruising permit – $ 14 per person
ASA Membership – $ 39 per person (if not already held)