Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Friday, 4th January 2002 - 11:11AM in Sail Training



You’ve sailed the bay and local waters and feel really confident cruising aboard. The only challenge left to really round out your sailing experience, and resume', is a true ocean passage. Passagemaking with Swain Sailing aboard a beautiful, offshore capable vessel will put salt in your veins that you just can’t get in any other way.  You’ll be sailing full time as a team with a distant shore in mind, ealing with the boat, the sea, the weather and your crew-mates in a real world experience. This course prepares you to be part of a small group of sailors who can take on oceans  As always, Swain Sailing keeps the group, small with lots of one-on-one instruction.  You’ll learn hands-on with ALL the duties aboard, building a solid, well rounded experience. Your Swain Sailing Skipper is focused on INSTRUCTION. We’ll do the teaching, and leave the driving to you! This course  challenges those students who have taken Swain Sailings Basic Keelboat and Live Aboard Cruising courses  - or have the equivalent qualifications. Everything you’ve learned is put to use along with all the core skills you need to manage a sailing vessel at sea:
  • Boat preparation
  • Offshore Seamanship and Safety
  • Full-on navigation and communications at sea 
  • Standing watches 
  • Man over-board drills, 
  • Ship traffic and lights at night, 
  • Making landfall - including night time approaches to anchorages, & proper customs and immigration procedures, 
Onboard self-reliance and the thrill of knowing you can cross oceans under sail are priceless additions to your personal history. Get it right the first time with Rob Swain Sailing School... 
Sailing Courses and Certification- British Virgin Islands (BVI), St. Martin, St. Barths, St. Croix, Antigua and other Caribbean Islands

Coastal Passage Making Passage Making Certification Advanced Coastal Cruising Certification

Course Structure

This course is a 6 day/5 night course, starting on Monday and finishing on Saturday.

CPM challenges those students who have taken Basic Keelboat and Live Aboard Cruising 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.

We offer three itineraries for this course:

  • BVI - St. Martin - St. Barths - BVI
  • BVI - St. Croix - St. Thomas - St. John - BVI
  • Antigua - Iles des Saintes - Dominica (Visit Antigua Itinerary Page)

The tuition rate for the group Coastal Passage Making course ranges from $2,395 - $2,495 per person December through May. Rate includes the Passage Making text, first night hotel accommodations, cruising permit, provisioning for 5 days (5 breakfasts; 4 lunches; 2 dinners; snacks and starter kit); US Sailing Passage Making or Advanced Coastal Cruising certification fee.


Contact Us to register for this course; or for private course rates.  View course schedule

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.

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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