We sail not to escape life, but for life not to escape us
Welcome to Ship Shape Sailing School and our beautiful Caribbean Islands. We are based in Barbados and lucky to have all different sailing conditions available right at our door step. We have an extensive fleet of training vessels available and can offer customized training courses to suit your needs. Our experienced team of instructors are ready to take you on your new journey.
Whether you are a complete novice, improver or an “old hand” looking to gain certifications, we are confident we can provide the solution with our offered courses.
Depending on your requirements, we offer 3-10 day courses. Our teaching philosophy is simple, fun, entertaining and engaging, focused on safety and providing the knowledge to set you confidently on your path for sailing.
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Other Services Offered
- Women Only Courses
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- Corporate Team Building Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Summer Camps for Kids
- Day Sail Charters (public)
- Vacation Charters
- Sunset Cruises
- Sailboat Cruises
Ship Shape Sailing School