ASA 101 to 114 week long Learn And Cruise on a Catamaran
The Basic Learn-’N-Cruise (LNC) Catamaran course covers the ASA 101, 103 and 104 certifications, the 104 being recognised by charter companies around the world as a Captain’s Licence, in addition to the ASA 114 Multihull certification.
As with the monohull (single hull) courses, we run the catamaran certification cruises 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).
On account of the design, construction and sailing characteristics of a Multihull, there are certain aspects of groundwork sail training which are more easily demonstrated on a Monohull (single hull). Whilst it’s not an issue for complete novices to take our Cat cruises, if you have the opportunity to get out on a monohull prior to arrival, we strongly recommend that you do so – it will stand you in good stead.
Catamarans are a gentler introduction to life afloat than a monohull – they don’t heel (“lean over”) and have tons more deck space. They are very often also faster than single-hulled yachts.
The courses run 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 and 114 – 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. Instruction is highly personalized and therefore differing levels of experience amongst the guests does not necessarily present a problem.
Students usually meet up with the Instructor around 10.30 a.m. on the Sunday. You’ll then board the yacht, stow your gear and be given a vessel orientation and safety briefings. After lunch, the yacht will set sail for Admiralty Bay, Bequia, only an hour across the channel.
Neither the itinerary nor the day’s schedule are carved in stone, but the typical day will consist of –
Early morning, swim, breakfast on board
4 to 6 hours under sail and instruction
At a new anchorage by mid afternoon
De-briefings, time to explore ashore or swim/snorkel
Sunset drinks on board
Dinner on board or ashore
We provide pretty well everything you’ll need including linens and towels (also beach towels), full snorkel gear, and food for most meals. Students are expected to share in meal preparation and clean-up duties.
The yacht will be in the 38 to 45 foot range. Singles or couples will have their own cabin.
During the week the instructor will cover the curriculum for four levels of certification: 101 Basic Keelboat, Basic 103 Coastal Cruising, 104 Intermediate Coastal Cruising (Bareboat Certification) and 114 Cruising Catamaran. The course will end on Saturday, with the yacht returning around 11.00 a.m. so a flight departure of 3.00 p.m. or later will work fine – though if you need to leave earlier, please let us know and we can work around it.
Although no prior sailing is required, if you own a boat or have friends who own one, it will be an advantage to try and get out on the water before you get here
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 you have completed the week and performed all tasks correctly and to the satisfaction of our ASA Instructor and the course requirements, you can gain your ASA certificates! In this Catamaran Basic-Learn-n-Cruise course, we can gain ASA 101, 103, 104 and 114 depending on our individual tests and on the water practical examinations.
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.
Fully-equipped yacht with ASA Instructor
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 – 7% of course cost
Cruising permit – $14 per person
ASA Membership – $49 per person (if not already held)