Rob Swain Sailing School - Certified Sailing Instructors - BVI Campus
RSSS is an owner operated school with Rob Swain leading our team of instructors.
Rob has taught sailing in the BVI for 20 years. He directed the Tortola branch of Offshore Sailing School for 8 years. Rob holds a US Coast Guard Master One Hundred Ton license; US Sailing instructor certified through Passage Making; American Sailing Association instructor certified through Advanced Coastal Cruising and Catarmaran Cruising. Rob has delivered up to 54' sailing yachts East Coast to BVI and BVI to St. Martin and Antigua. He has taught Coastal Passage Making from the BVI to St. Martin and St. Barths for 17 years. He has also lead our Passage Making/delivery course BVI- Bermuda- Newport in the Spring and Newport- Bermuda- BVI in the Fall for the past five years. Rob raced professionally 89-91.
In addition to Rob, RSSS has a staff of terrific instructors; people with years of teaching experience, who have worked for the competition and have lived in the BVI for many years.
We're confident that the quality of sailing education we provide is the best out there.
Paul Todd (Toddy)
An Englishman, Paul Todd (Toddy) began sailing at the age of 12. He completed his schooling aboard HMS Conway, on the Menai Straits of North Wales, before joining the UK Merchant Fleet as an apprentice Deck Officer, later joining the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter fleet as a Navigator/Winch operator.
Throughout his career, both in UK and the Mediterranean, Paul maintained a keen interest in sailing of all sorts, qualifying as a Royal Yachting Association Senior Instructor with experience in dinghies, keelboats, powerboats and yachts.
In 2000 as a Senior Flying Instructor at the Search and Rescue Training School, Paul returned to the West coast where he continued to cruise and race whilst becoming enthusiastically involved in coaching the Welsh National Youth Squad in both 29ers and keelboats. He now enjoys the warmer waters of the BVI!
Charlotte realized her passion for sailing at an early age, growing up in New York City sailing on her family's Seafearer 31. In addition to cruising the Eastern seaboard, she participated in racing dinghies as a child and teen. Having no high school sailing team, Charlotte became active in her yacht club's PHRF racing, and crewed on both monohulls and multihulls up to the national level.
Charlotte began teaching on a volunteer basis at age 14, and by 17 she was running a junior sailing program at her yacht club. While completing her degree in Psychology, she began teaching and running a sailing school based in the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay. Charlotte most recently worked in New York, teaching underserved youth math, science, and leadership skills through sailing. She is excited to join RSSS and revisit the waters of the BVI- and escape the NYC cold! Charlotte holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton license, as well as both ASA and US Sailing instructor licenses for Small boat and Basic Keelboat.
Doug holds a USCG 50 ton Master's Captains license and is an ASA certified instructor through Bareboat Cruising and Coastal Navigation.
Doug enjoys sharing his passion for sailing with students who come to learn and enjoy the sport. He has taught for Rob Swain Sailing School since 2006 after owning his own yacht in the RSSS sailing fleet for three years. He knows the program from top to bottom as he first came to RSSS as a student from 2003-2003 training and perfecting his skills and subsequently graduating to instructor.
As a resident of the British Virgin Islands, Burton has enjoyed thousands of nights in beautiful BVI anchorages and logged thousands of dives on the islands' outstanding reefs and wrecks. Burton is an ASA Sailing Instructor and PADI SCUBA Instructor as well as a licensed aviator.
Tom first started sailing as a young boy on the lakes of New York State, and has raced and cruised a broad variety of classes over the past 35 years. He's a licensed pilot and studio artist who has taught art at many schools and universities in the US and Japan.
In addition to making sculpture, boat building and repair work have always occupied a portion of his time. A passion for sailing and teaching led him to accept a position as head coach of The Pennsylvania State University's sailing team. Tom has delivered boats up to 47' along the East Coast and the BVI. He is an ASA certified instructor and a USCG OUPV licensed captain.
Rory comes to us from Dublin Ireland where he had been teaching sailing for the past 10 years. Rory has strived to build a career doing what he loves most, being on the water. He is a qualified Dinghy and Keelboat sailing instructor as well as a Windsurfing and Powerboating Instructor. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Management.
Rory is an avid racer, campaigning both nationally and internationally from the age of 13 while also coaching racing at a national level since becoming an instructor. Rory’s passion for sailing is evident in the enthusiasm with which he passes on the love of his sport to his students.