Swain Sailing School
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Rob Swain Sailing School is located in Tortola in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Founded 23 years ago by our lead instructor Rob Swain we pride ourselves in providing a complete experience. Whether you are learning to sail or wish to gain bareboat or coastal cruising certifications our ASA qualified instructors who are all experienced yachtsman and women will help you reach your goals.

The BVI is called a sailiors paradise for good reason. Warm and sunny with year round trade winds and lots of tropical islands to visit it provide one of the best sailing experiences you can have.

We are based in Nanny Cay on Tortola. It is a full service marina with hotel and restaurants. It also provides a sheltered harbour for those starting their sailing journey with a Basic Keelboat certification on the IC24.

For those taking ASA 103 Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising, we have a fleet of Beneteau and Jeanneau monohulls from 36’ – 54’ to accommodate you whatever your group size. We also have catamarans for those wishing to take your catamaran certifications.

We have been voted the BVI’s Best Sailing School 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014in the VI Property and Yacht Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards.

We can provide private charters and we specialise in family certification charters and groups. We can tailor our courses to fit your vacation and provide special pricing for large groups.

Want to put your certification into practice? We also have Bareboat charters and as a qualified student of ours you receive a discount.

Several times a year our boats go further afield, either down island or up north to Newport on the East Coast of the USA which are great trips for those wishing to gain some Offshore Passage making skills or just have more time on the water.

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
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.
ASA 102, Keelboat Sailing 2
ASA 102, Keelboat Sailing 2
Learn to skipper and crew aboard a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 30 feet in length by day in winds up to 20 knots. Depart, sail, and return with control demonstrating teamwork.
ASA 103, Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Coastal Cruising
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.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
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.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking
ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking
Learn to skipper a sailing vessel on extended offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Knowledge of long-term passage planning, offshore vessel selection, sail repair, offshore first aid, watch-keeping, emergency procedures, abandon ship protocols, safety and seamanship.
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
ASA 114, Cruising Catamaran
Learn to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30-45' feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
The successful sailor will have the knowledge and skills to safely and competently dock and maneuver a sailboat under auxiliary power (inboard and outboard engines) in a variety of conditions. Includes knowledge of steering and propulsion theory, wind and current, single and double-rudder monohulls, catamarans, safety precautions, knots and line handling, fixed and floating docks. This endorsement may be obtained on a monohull or a catamaran.

Other Services Available

  • Women Only Courses
  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses
  • Corporate Team Building Courses
  • ASA 'Challenges'
  • Vacation Charters
  • Flotillas


ASA Veterans Sailing Education Program - Sign Up Now >>

At ASA we recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served or are serving in our country's armed forces. As a token of our appreciation, and our way of saying thank you, we are inviting veterans and active military personnel to share our passion for sailing by offering a discount on our ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course. Swain Sailing School is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • This course was extremely beneficial for a non-experienced sailor in both instruction and education, as well as providing an all-around pleassant trip

    Sheryl B. - Swain Sailing School

  • Our instructor was awesome! His patience and knowledge have really gained me the confidence to sail

    Sari H. - Swain Sailing School

  • Excellent Instructor who emphasised safety. I learned a lot and would recommend this class and instructor to others who want to learn to sail

    Gary M. - Swain Sailing School

  • Excellent learning environment, great teacher. Enjoyed the vacation with RSSS

    Sandra B. - Swain Sailing School

Contact Information

Swain Sailing School

Address P.O. Box 108Road TownTortola, BVICaribbean
Phone (800) 948-7245
Website swainsailing.com
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