Courses

Seven days. They start on a Sunday morning and finish the following Saturday midday.

Courses start at 9.30am on Sunday morning.

Courses finish at midday on Saturday.

We can be flexible for flights leaving early, just let us know!

If you arrive on the Saturday you will be fine. You can arrive on the Sunday of the course if you must, but you may miss out on the briefings at the beginning.

You can fly out anytime after your course finishes (midday Saturday). If you’re flying out from St Thomas, the least stressful option is to choose a flight on the next day (Sunday).

If your course starts in the BVI you will go to the Fish N Lime Inn, which is a five minute walk from the ferry terminal (ask anyone there and they will point you in the right direction).

If your course start in Martinique you will go to Marina du Marin, in the south of the island.

If your course starts in Guadeloupe

 

If you want more information on how to get there, check out our ‘How to get to us’ page.

The NauticEd online courses are done in your own time. Only exception is if you do an ASA course with us.

We are flexible on the odd day here and there, but the course is intense so you will be missing out if you are absent for more then one day.

One of the people in the ‘Our Instructors’ section of the website. All have worked with James for several seasons. All are awesome. ?

No problem, do our Beginner Course is a perfect way to get into sailing!

Yes, most days we use to explore different bays.

Financial

Courses start from $2670. Check out our course page for a complete overview.

Everything really. Instruction, food on board, accommodation on board,  sheets & towels, mooring fees, certification fees, NauticEd course fees, food on board, drinks on board, even tips!

It’s easier to ask what isn’t included.

Visa & Immigration fees. When we dine out each person pays for themselves. That’s about it.

There’s no foot-tapping on a 20% loading at Sailing Virgins. However, although there’s no expectation, if you feel like giving something to thank your instructor it will always be greatly appreciated!

US Dollar in the BVI.

Euros in Martinique.

Practical

The Sailing Virgins boats are awesome. We love sailing and believe the machine has a lot do with it. Our main training yacht is Libertas. Read more on her here.

Our typical instructor to student ratio is 1:4. People who choose Sailing Virgins are overwhelmingly like you: adventurous, intelligent, in their 20s-40s, out to meet new people. So rest assured you’re going to meet some cool new friends.

On the boat. Our training boats have 3 or 4 double cabins, and 1 or 2 singles.

It’s great! It’s adventurous. Nevertheless space is always a precious commodity on a boat.

Generally speaking, less is more. Just a couple of t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops/boating shoes, a hat, rain jacket, underwear, swimwear and sunscreen.

If you do have a tendency for motion sickness, there are good pharmaceuticals, wrist bands and ear patches you can look at to deal with this. Lord Nelson suffered seasickness. Don’t lose heart.

You can if you like but we supply everything required for the course.

If that’s your jam, yes.

If you’d like internet. You may wish to have a week off the drug though, just suggesting…

US plugs, 110 volts. Basically it’s the same as the US.

Yes, in a limited wattage (ie. laptops, phones, no problem, but power hungry devices such as hairdryers don’t work on the boat)

It’s great in the BVI for about nine months of the year, between November and June.

They generally happen during the summer months (July – October).

No; we have sufficient warning and everyone has trip insurance which covers cancellation due to named storms.

Generally no but make sure your tetanus is up to date.

Yes there is, in a boat fashion (read: small). However during the day there will always be a time to use the toilets on shore.

You can shower on board. Boats have a shower off the back and one in the heads (aka toilet).

Very safe, particularly compared to other Caribbean islands

Martinique is another of the safer islands, which is why we like it so much.

We are always close to land plus the areas we sail have rescue organisations such as VISAR in the BVI and its equivalent (COSMA).

We will go through the Man OverBoard (MOB) procedures so you know what happens during an MOB situation. While this is a potentially serious incident, we have never had an unintentional MOB happen on any of our courses.

No there is no problem, just be open about it and let people know so they can keep an eye on you.

Absolutely. Just no EDM before 5pm. Them’s the rules.

If there is a chance to, yes.

Shucks, we don’t know, maybe just luck. Hashtag humblebrag