Antigua Coastal Passage-Making

Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Monday, 27th October 2014 - 2:37AM in Antigua


Antigua Sailing School- Cruising and Passage-Making Courses

Coastal Passage Making- Sailing from Antigua

Certification: ASA 106 Passage Making/ Advanced Coastal Cruising

Prerequisites: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising, ASA 105 Coastal Navigation (can be added as course supplement).

Dates Offered:

January 18-24, 2020 (arriving January 17th with sleep aboard)

Course Structure

This course is a 6 day/5 night course.

CPM challenges those students who have taken Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, CoNav or have the equivalent qualifications. Everything you learned from the aforementioned courses is put to use along with new skills you master through this course. Some of these skills include night time approaches to anchorages, night time man overboards, full on navigation, lights at night, standing watches, proper customs and immigration procedures, and all of the safety items one must know when sailing out of sight of land. Along with your ongoing studies we will visit Iles des Saintes and Dominica.


The group tuition rate is $2795 per person (maximum 4 students). Tuition includes the Coastal Passage Making text, night of arrival sleep aboard, cruising permit, provisioning for 6 days (breakfasts; 5 lunches; 3 dinners; snacks and starter kit); ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising (106) certification fee. Not included in the tuition are drinking water and other beverages, ice, port clearing fees, 3 dinners ashore, Antigua departure tax, instructor's gratuity.

A minimum deposit of 50% of total package is due at the time of the booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to the course start date.

Coastal Navigation

The Coastal Navigation course (ASA 105) prerequisite is offered in conjunction with this course. Tuition is discounted from $295 to $250 when taken in combination with CPM.

Cancellation/Change Policy:

All cancellations must be received in writing. A $200 per person processing fee is charged on all cancellations. No refunds or transfers allowed for defaults, and cancellations less than 60 days prior to start date of the course.

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Antigua Sailing Itinerary- Iles des Saintes, Dominica

Day 1

After provisioning and boat checks, we'll depart Jolly Harbour in the afternoon and sail through the evening with a night approach into Iles des Saintes. A 75 mile trip usually close hauled or close reaching to windward of Montserrat and along the leeward coast of Guadeloupe.

Day 2

After we clear the boat, spend this lay day touring Terre-de-H au t, one of the main islands of the Iles des Saintes, either by foot, bike or scooter. Experience the tranquil beaches of Souffleur or Baie Mahault, explore the ruins of Fort Napoléon, left over from those 17th-century wars, in cluding the naval encounter known in European history books as "The Battle of the Sain ts." You can see the barracks and prison cells, as well as the drawbridge and art museum. For those interested in the underwater world of les Saintes, dive the challenging depths and multicolored reefs of les Saintes or explore the intriguing underwater grottoes found near Fort Napoléon.

Day 3

We'll reach down on our 30 mile (approx. 5 hour) sail to the soaring peaks of Dominica and anchor in Prince Rupert Bay. The is a good sail for honing our navigation skills from dead reckonin

g to shooting fixes to plotting our positions.

Day 4 Dominica sailing

Explore the lush island of Dominica, its clear rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, and boiling lakes. Tour the famous "boiling point", hike the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a primordial rainforest where you'll see the mists rise gently over lush, dark-green growth, drifting up to blue-green peaks. Deep in the park is the Emerald Pool Trail, a 1/2-mile circuit loop that passes through the forest to a pool with a beautiful waterfall; or hire a guide to take you on a short walk to the Trafalgar Falls and down the pathway into the falls to the base where you'll find a trio of falls converging into a rock-strewn pool. For snorkelers and windsurfers the ideal spot is Picard Beach.

Day 5 

Lay day.  Testing.  Exploring.

Day 6

Set sail at first light back to Antigua with a night approach into Jolly Harbour, reversing day one of our course. This trip is a longer distance, but usually we're broad reaching which gives us good open water down wind practice.

Facts on Antigua

Source: Frommer's Caribbean 2004

Banks - Banks are usually open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 2pm and on Friday from 8am to 1pm and 3 to 5pm. The best bank for visitors is Royal Bank at High and Market streets in St. John's (tel. 268/480-1150). You'll find an ATM here and one at the airport.

Currency - These islands use the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). Nearly all hotels bill in U.S. dollars, however, and only certain tiny restaurants present their prices in EC$. When you inquire about a price, make sure you know the type of dollars quoted. The EC dollar is worth about 37¢ in U.S. currency (EC$2.70 = US$1). Unless otherwise specified, rates for this destination are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Customs - Arriving visitors are allowed to bring in 200 cigarettes, 1 quart of liquor, and 6 ounces of perfume.

Documents - A valid passport is preferred from U.S., British, and Canadian nationals. An original birth certificate accompanied by a photo ID that's issued by a government agency is also acceptable, but we recommend that you carry a passport when visiting a foreign country. All arriving visitors must have a departing ticket.

Electricity - Most of the island's electricity is 220-volt AC (60 cycles), which means that U.S. appliances require transformers. The Hodges Bay area and some hotels, however, are supplied with 110-volt AC (60 cycles).

Emergencies - In an emergency, contact the police (tel. 268/462-0125), the fire department (tel. 268/462-0044), or an ambulance (tel. 268/462-0251). You can also call tel. 911 or tel. 999 for any type of emergency.

Hospital - The principal medical facility on Antigua is Holberton Hospital, on Hospital Road, St. John's (tel. 268/462-0251).

Language - The official language is English.

Liquor Laws - Beer and liquor are sold in many stores, 7 days a week. It's legal to have an open container on the beach.

Safety - Antigua is generally safe, but that doesn't mean you should wander alone at night on St. John's near-deserted streets. Don't leave valuables unguarded on the beach, either.

Taxes & Service Charges - Visitors must pay a departure tax of $20 and an 8.5% government tax on hotel bills. Most hotels also add a service charge of between 10% and 15%.

Telephone - Telephone calls can be made from hotels or the office of Cable & Wireless, on Long Street, in St. John's (tel. 268/462-0840). You can also send faxes and telegrams from here. To call Antigua from the United States, dial 1, 268, and the number. To call the United States from Antigua, dial 1, the area code, and the number. You might want to purchase a phone card, which you can use to connect with an American long-distance company. You can access AT&T Direct from some pay phones and some hotels by dialing tel. 800/872-2881. You can reach MCI at tel. 800/888-8000 and Sprint at tel. 800/366-4643.

Time - Antigua is on Atlantic Standard Time year-round, so it's 1 hour ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. When daylight savings time takes over in the U.S., then Antigua's time is the same as the eastern United States.'

Water - Tap water is generally safe to drink here, but many visitors prefer to drink only bottled water.

Weather - The average year-round temperature ranges from 75° to 85°F (24°C-29°C).

Facts on Dominica

Source: Frommer's Caribbean 2004

Banks - Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 3pm, Friday from 8am to 5pm. There are several major bank branches in Roseau, complete with ATMs that dispense EC dollars.

Currency - Dominica uses the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), worth about EC$2.70 to US$1. U.S. dollars are readily accepted, though you'll usually get change in EC dollars. Unless otherwise specified, rates for this destination are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Customs - Dominica allows visitors to bring personal and household effects, plus 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 40 ounces of liquor or wine per person.

Documents - To enter, U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a passport. In addition, an ongoing or return ticket must be shown. British visitors should have a valid passport.

Electricity - The electricity is 220- to 240-volt AC (50 cycles), so both adapters and transformers are necessary for U.S.-made appliances. It's smart to bring a flashlight with you, in case of power outages.

Emergencies - To call the police, report a fire, or summon an ambulance, dial tel. 999.

Hospital - There's Princess Margaret Hospital, Federation Drive, Goodwill (tel. 767/448-2231), but those with serious medical conditions may want to forego a visit to the hospital in Dominica, as island medical facilities are often inadequate.

Language - English is the official language. Locals often speak a Creole-French patois.

Pharmacies - The island's best-stocked drugstore is Jolly's Pharmacy, in Roseau at 37 Great George St., and 12 King George V St. Both branches share the same phone number and hours (tel. 767/448-3388). They're open Monday and Friday from 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm, and Saturday from 8am to 2pm.

Safety - Although crime is rare here, you should still safeguard your valuables. Never leave them unattended on the beach or in a locked car.

Taxes - A 10% government room tax is added on accommodations, and a 5% tax on alcoholic drinks and food items. Anyone who remains on Dominica for more than 24 hours must pay a US$19 departure tax.

Telephone - To call Dominica from the United States, dial 1, then 767 (the country code for Dominica) and the local number. To call Dominica from another island within the Caribbean, just dial 767, plus the seven-digit local number. International direct dialing is available on Dominica, as well as U.S. direct service through AT&T. You can contact AT&T in Dominica by dialing tel. 800/872-2881. Most hotel telephone operators throw up their hands at even placing a long-distance call for a resident. Instead, they connect their clients to the island's long-distance phone operator, who dials the call for a client, and then calls are billed directly to a client's room.

Time - Dominica is on Atlantic Standard Time, 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States. Dominica does not observe daylight savings time, so when the United States changes to daylight saving time, clocks in Dominica and the U.S. east coast tell the same time.

Tipping - Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to bills; check carefully to see if it's been added. If this charge has not been included, tipping is up to you, though an additional 5% for particularly good service is always welcome.

Water - The water is drinkable from the taps and in the high mountain country. Pollution is hardly a problem here.

Weather - Daytime temperatures average between 70° and 85°F (21°C-29°C). Nights are much cooler, especially in the mountains. The rainy season is June to October, when there can be hurricane activity. Dominica lies in the hurricane belt, and fierce storms have taken their toll on the island over the years.

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