Virgin Islands Sailing Academy is an ASA affiliated sailing school. We teach and certify our students to ASA standards, and teach the entire series of ASA on the water classes, from beginner to advanced levels.
It costs less and is easier to start your sailing class in Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI rather than the BVI. Once you arrive in St. Thomas you can take a 20 minute taxi to our teaching vessel instead of flying to Tortola or taking a ferry. Why go through the hassle of clearing in at the airport when you can clear in to the BVI on our teaching vessel as part of your class.
Most of our sailing classes include sailing in St. Thomas, St. John, and the BVI. Why not experience all three rather than just the BVI.
Classes are available December – April to fit almost anyone’s schedule.
All of our sailing classes are taught in a 3-9 day, live aboard approach, where students are totally immersed into learning to sail and cruise, and no hotels are required. Class size is kept small and is typically 3-4 students.
Visit exotic destinations in Tortola, Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, St. John, and St. Thomas while taking beginner to intermediate level sailing classes. Visit St. Croix, Anegada, Vieques, and Culebra in advanced classes.
All of our instructors are ASA certified sailing instructors and have their US Coast Guard captain’s license, ensuring the finest instruction available.
Enjoy just the right mix of education and fun that most students are looking for. Although our classes emphasize educational content, when the day is done you will likely find yourself in an exotic location with time to explore and kick back.
Learn to sail on a 39 foot Pearson sloop rigged sailboat that is in superb condition, and equipped with the latest in electronics, and safety equipment.
Learn from instructors with multiple perspectives. We operate as Delmarva Sailing School on the Chesapeake Bay from May-October with the same great sailboat and instructors. We also teach Ocean Passage Making as we move our teaching vessel in the fall and the spring, to and from St. Thomas and the Chesapeake Bay, with a stop in Bermuda both ways.
By choosing Virgin Islands Sailing Academy for your sailing education you can realize your dream of learning to sail. Our alumni charter sailboats in destinations all over the world, and many have purchased their own sailboat.
Streamline your sailing education with our internally developed sailing curriculum that has proven effective in helping students quickly learn the information required to gain ASA certification, and cruise safely on their own.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.
Other Services Available
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
- ASA 'Challenges'
- Vacation Charters
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. Virgin Islands Sailing Academy is offering a minimum of $50.00 or 10% off their ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing course.
Virgin Islands Sailing Academy
|6100 Red Hook Quarters #2 Red Hook, US Virgin IslandsSt. Thomas, US Virgin Islands00802Caribbean