Virgin Islands Sailing Academy
Virgin Islands Location, Classes, and Prices
We offer three different plans for students as shown below:
Beginning students should sign up for Plan 1 or Plan 2. Students who have already taken ASA101 or could successfully challenge ASA101 should sign up for Plan 3.
Plan 1- New students go from beginner to competent sailor in our 9 day, all on the water, live aboard, combination ASA101/ASA103/ASA104 class. Students learn all the major sailing concepts listed in the individual descriptions below for ASA101, ASA103, and ASA104. Students learn from a patient and competent captain while sailing to beautiful destinations in St. Thomas and St. John. Pricing includes everything described in the ASA101, ASA103, and ASA104 descriptions. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five allowed. Prerequisites: None. Single price- $2,999. Price includes 20% off for taking all three classes in combination. Couples can get an additional 10% off and pay only $5,398. Students sleep on board all night of the classes and the evening before the class begins. On board breakfasts and lunched included.
Plan 2- ASA101/ASA103 is the best combination class if a new student only has six days. Our combination ASA101/ASA103 class is a 6 day, all on the water, live aboard program. Students learn all the major sailing concepts listed in the individual descriptions below for ASA101 and ASA103. Students learn from a patient and competent captain while sailing to beautiful destinations in St. Thomas and St. John. Pricing includes everything described in the ASA101 and ASA103 descriptions. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five allowed. Prerequisites: None. Single price- $2,250. Price includes 10% off for taking two classes in combination. Couples get an additional 10% off and pay only $4,050. Students sleep on board all night of the classes and the evening before the class begins. On board breakfasts and lunched included.
Plan 3- Students who have completed ASA101, or students with experience who feel they can challenge ASA101 successfully, can jump start their sailing education by taking our combination ASA103/ASA104 class. See ASA101 Challenge information on left side of page. Our ASA103/A104 combination class is a 6 day, all on the water, live aboard program. Students complete the basic sailing concepts listed below in the ASA103 and ASA104 class descriptions. Students learn from a patient and competent captain while sailing to destinations in St. Thomas and St. John. Pricing includes everything described in the ASA101 and ASA103 descriptions. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101. $2,250 for singles. Price includes 10% off for taking two classes in combination. Couples get an additional 10% off and pay only $4,050. Challenging ASA101 is $199 for students who do not already have ASA101 certification and want to challenge ASA101. Students sleep on board all night of the classes and the evening before the class begins. On board breakfasts and lunched included.
ASA 101/103 Combo Class
Combination Class Descriptions and Prices:
ASA 106 Adv. Coastal Cruising
ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising: Our 106 class is an awesome six day class which takes students to a higher level of knowledge and seamanship. Students sail over night approximately 40 nautical miles from Red Hook, St. Thomas to Christiansted, St. Croix. Students learn advanced navigation skills and weather analysis and much time is given to understanding failure analysis and what to do when things go wrong. 106 students should be prepared for long days of sailing and learning. This class also explores Frederiksted and Buck Island in St. Croix.
Price includes sleeping on board all nights and the night prior to the class start date, the ASA textbook 'Advanced Cruising & Seamanship' by Bill Gladstone, ASA Test, and ASA Certification. Price includes all on board food and beverages. Dinners taken off the boat are the responsibility of the student. Class size: 3-4 typically with maximum of five allowed. Prerequisites: ASA101, ASA103, ASA104, ASA105. Single price: $2250. Couples get an additional 10% off and pay only $4,050. Students sleep on board all night of the classes and the evening before the class begins. On board breakfasts and lunched included.
We operate out of Red Hook in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands
American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook, USVI
Red Hook is on the east side of St. Thomas.
ASA 103/104 Combo Class
Individual Class Descriptions
Virgin Islands Sailing Academy sailing classes combine learning to sail with vacation. Learn to sail during the day and then immerse yourself in island life in the late afternoons and evenings while you enjoy the golden sunshine and crystal clear turquoise water in the US Virgin Islands. Enjoy relaxing or go swimming and snorkeling near tropical reefs or visit an exotic restaurant as you explore one or more of the destinations we will visit. Destinations for classes include exotic locations in beautiful St. Thomas, St. John, and St, Croix. Please scroll down the page to see Class Descriptions and Prices below, and visit our Schedule and How to Sign Up page to complete the process of signing up for classes.
ASA 108 Ocean Passage
ASA108 Ocean Passage Making Class: Basically all of our lower level classes lead up to learning how to sail across an ocean. In ASA108 students learn the skills required to safely sail offshore for an extended period. 12 day, live aboard class, which provides students with an understanding of yacht preparation for ocean sailing, course planning, working a watch schedule, use of celestial navigation, weather analysis, storm avoidance, heavy weather sailing techniques including use of drogue and storm jib, use of radar, techniques for crossing the Gulf Stream, and other elements involved in ocean passage making. Our ASA108 classes are conducted while we are on real passages so students experience the real deal. All classes taught by an ASA certified and USCG ocean master licensed captain and highly experienced ocean sailor. Destinations and times change each year. Our current passages are as follows:
Norfolk, VA to St. Thomas, USVI November 1-12, 2022. Distance 1450 nautical miles. This passage goes direct nonstop from Norfolk, VA to St. Thomas, USVI. Instructor- Captain Mike Brown. Price $3999 for singles and $7198 for couples.
Price includes all on board food and beverages for passages. Same price with or without ASA certification. Prerequisites for ASA108 are ASA101- ASA107. Students who have ASA101-ASA105 but not ASA107 can get certified to ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising or they can also take ASA107 and receive both ASA106 and ASA108 certification. $500 adder for ASA106/108 combination and $299 adder for ASA105 or $349 adder for ASA107 home studies.
Click on button to download a flyer that describes our Ocean Passage Making Class.
ASA101 ASA103 ASA104
ASA 107 Celestial Navigation
ASA 105 Coastal Navigation
ASA105 Coastal Navigation & Piloting: Home Study Program. Learn the navigational skills required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. Includes chart symbols, publications, chart scaling, navigation rules, tide and current tables, List of lights, converting courses between true, magnetic, and compass, hand bearing compass, navigation tools, compass deviation, plotting a dead reckoning course using speed, time, and course to steer, understanding current and leeway and its effect on your estimated position, determining what course to steer taking into account current and leeway, two bearing fix, three bearing fix, estimated position, running fix, danger bearing, characteristics of lighted navigation aids, understanding the buoyage system, and more. Learn at home and then take the open book take home test to complete the requirement for ASA105 certification. Prerequisites: None. Price includes Coastal Navigation and Piloting Textbook by Tom Tursi, Solutions Workbook, Practice chart, Dividers, and Parallel Rules. Price: $299.
ASA107 Celestial Navigation Home Study: Learn at home and then take the open book take home test to complete the requirement for ASA107 certification. Students who successfully complete the program will receive certification to the ASA107 standard. ASA107 is required for those planning on getting certified to the ASA108 Ocean Passage Making standard. Learn the parts, principals, and operation of a marine sextant, basic terms and theory of celestial navigation, including time conversion between Standard and Greenwich Mean Time, calculation of zone time at a given longitude, determination of time for sunrise, sunset, and civil twilight given your position. Students get to try out the school's Cassens & Plath Horizon Ultra sextant as part of the ASA108 standard. Students learn how to determine latitude using Polaris, and how to use the Sun at Local Apparent Noon to find latitude and an approximate longitude. Students learn about the celestial triangle, and learn how to use work forms to find a line of position using all celestial bodies normally used for celestial navigation, including the sun, moon, planets, and stars. Use of the Rude Star Finder, which allows students to identify stars and planets, is also part of the home study program. Prerequisites: None from ASA but students should already be familiar with coastal navigation techniques including Estimated Position, Running Fix, and Dead Reckoning. Students should have their own parallel rules and dividers. Prices include Celestial Navigation Textbook, Practice Plotting sheets, Rude Star Finder ASA test, and ASA certification. Price ASA107 $349.
In ASA101, ASA103, ASA104, and ASA106 classes students eat all or nearly all breakfasts and lunches on board. Dinners are eaten off of the boat in local restaurants unless there is no restaurant available. In the event that our boat stays overnight at anchor or on a mooring ball where local shore-based dinner is unavailable, dinner will be planned, provisioned and provided by the school. Students are responsible for purchase of any meals in local restaurants.
Add a home study ASA105 Coastal Navigation Class oo ASA107 Celestial Navigation Class for just $299 more for ASA105 and $349 more for ASA107.
Families should consider doing a Captained charter with ASA sailing instruction. Please visit our Captained Charter page for more details. Excellent rates are available.
Classes go forward with a minimum of 2 students. Most classes have 2-4 students. with maximum of five allowed. Students should not book flights until the they have confirmed that there are sufficient students for the class to go forward.
Give the Sailor in your life a Sailing Class:
Please consider giving the sailor in your life a course for Christmas, birthdays, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, etc. We will mail out the course materials in a box suitable for wrapping. After your loved one receives their present, they can contact us to schedule their class.
ASA 101 Challenge- Students with significant experience are welcome to challenge ASA101 and sign up for an ASA103/ASA104 Combination class. Challenging ASA101 requires the student to pass the ASA101 written test with an 80%, and demonstrate the on-the-water skills required for the ASA101 standard. Although a separate on-the-water test can be arranged, demonstrating the on-the-water skills typically happens while the student takes a ASA103/ASA104 Combination class. Price: $199. Price includes Sailing Made Easy Textbook, ASA three month Membership, ASA logbook, ASA Test, and ASA 101 Certification.
ASA119 Marine Weather Endorsement is available as home study only and is for those who want to understand the proper use of weather information in planning and adapting navigation during voyages. Course includes a description of basic weather concepts, pressure and wind, global winds and currents, strong wind systems, clouds fog and sea state, wind and terrain, weather maps, sources of marine weather, on board forecasting and tactics, and southern hemisphere weather. Learn at home and then take the open book take home test to complete the requirement for ASA119 certification. Prerequisites: None. Price: $299 for home study.
ASA 119 Marine Weather Home Study
ASA 101/103 Combo Class
ASA 101/103/104 Combo Class
Individual Class Descriptions:
Each of the three classes have their own goals and objectives and itineraries. Please see below a description of each of the three classes.
Please note that we only offer combination classes. We do not offer individual classes.
If a student already has ASA103 and wants to take ASA104 they can take ASA103/104 and audit the ASA103 portion of the class. We will give them $50 off since they do not need a textbook, test, or certification. This gives them more helm time and we do not require that they retake the ASA103 test.
If a student wants to just take ASA101 they should take ASA101/103. We have tried offering individual classes in the islands and too much time is spend just meeting up and dropping off students. Students who have taken individual classes in the past feel it is time to leave almost as soon as they arrive. There is not enough time to fly in and out of the islands and take individual classes.
ASA101 Basic Keelboat Sailing ($1,250 Value): 3 Day all on the water, live aboard, beginner level sailing class. ASA101 provides all you need to get started sailing, including sailing vocabulary, principles of sailing, sail trim, steering, required safety equipment, proper commands for tacks and jibes, crew overboard recovery, and much more. Class takes place all on the water between Red Hook and Cruz Bay in Pillsbury Sound. You will be able to sail on a basic level after completing ASA101.
ASA103 Basic Coastal Cruising ($1,250 value): 3 day all on the water live aboard program. ASA103 provides training in the remaining sailing concepts that are not covered in ASA101 including more on gear and equipment, safety, duties of skipper and crew, seamanship, boat handling, navigation concepts, picking up a mooring ball, docking, anchoring, reefing, heaving to and use of sail controls for proper sail trim. Students complete the basic sailing concepts while sailing to destinations in Saint Thomas and St. John. Typical destinations are Magens Bay, Christmas Cove, Cruz Bay, Caneel Bay, and Coral Bay and or Francis Cay.
ASA104 Bareboat Cruising Class $1,250 value): 3 Day all on the water, live aboard program where students master the navigation, maintenance, and seamanship skills required in order to safely handle a 30-50 foot sailboat. Students learn sailing and seamanship skills while sailing to destinations in Saint Thomas and St. John. Destinations include Charlotte Amalie, Turtle Cove off Buck Island, French Town, and Water Island. ASA104 is the certification level that most charter companies look for to prove proficiency to charter and safely handle a similar sized sailboat on your own. Students take over the navigation in our ASA104 classes by making and following a detailed navigation plan each day. Students take turns being captain so they can demonstrate their ability to control crew and the boat properly and safely. Students learn about the engine and mechanical systems so they can identify problems and perform simple maintenance. After completing ASA104 students are able to charter and handle a similar sized sailboat on their own.
All Combination Classes and ASA106 Advanced Coastal Cruising classes begin and end in Red Hook, St. Thomas.
We give 10% off for couples in group classes. A couple is defined as two people who share the same berth. Two or more singles who sign up together do not qualify for a discount unless they share a double berth.