Sail Training

Learn to Sail in the World's Best Sailing Waters.

 

Swain Sailing School offers sailing courses for sailors of all levels. Training ranges from Basic Keelboat to Bareboat Cruising to Passage Making and Delivery courses.

If you are interested in looking at our training yachts, click here.

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Intro to Sailing

Prerequisite: None

Non-Certification

Tuition: US$130 per person

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island

 

Three hour hands on experience aboard our IC24 with an instructor.

Intro to Cruising or Cruising Day Sail

Prerequisite: None

Non certification

Tuition: US$180 pp

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island

 

Half day (3 hours) hands on training on a Beneteau 40.

 

Full day (six hours) aboard our Beneteau 40, combining hands on training while enjoying the beautiful cruising grounds of the BVI with the option of a stop for lunch and snorkeling.  Rather be sailed?  We offer non instructional day sails as well, with a stop for lunch and snorkeling. 

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Basic Keelboat

Prerequisite: None

Certification Available: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

Duration: 2 or 3 days, 10 - 3:30 daily

Tuition: US$550 pp + you $115 ASA 101 exam fee

Training Boat: IC24

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island

 

Our two day Basic Keelboat course is structured around a schedule which challenges every level of ability and rewards each with the objective and subjective know how to command a boat of this size. This course is offered every weekend as well as weekly classes: Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday. 

 

Fast Track to Bareboating

Monohull or Catamaran

Prerequisite: None

Certifications: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat; 103 Basic Cruising; 104 Bareboat Cruising; and 114 if training on a catamaran.

Duration: 8 days; group courses run Monday- Saturday (Sunday arrival; finishing by noon on Saturday). Private courses have flexible start and finish days. 

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island, Antigua, USVI

Group Tuition:

May 15 - November 15: Monohull US$2,995pp; Catamaran US$3,495pp

November 16- May 14:  Monohull US$3,295pp; Catamaran US $3,695pp

Maximum of four training.

Private Tuition:

Please email us for a private tuition quote.

 

Training Boats:

IC24; monohull or catamaran

Monohulls 40- 54 feet

Catamarans 40- 52 feet

 

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Bareboat Cruising / Live Aboard Monohull Cruising 

Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

Certifications: ASA 104* Bareboat Cruising

*ASA 103 Basic Cruising will be included for those who haven't completed the 103 level

Duration: 6 days; group courses run Monday- Saturday (Sunday arrival; finishing by noon on Saturday). Private courses have flexible start and finish days. 

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island, Antigua, USVI

Group Tuition:

May 15 - November 15: US$2,495pp 

November 15- May 15:  US$2,695pp 

Maximum of four training.

Inclusions: Night of arrival sleep aboard, provisioning on board: breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, starter kit; ASA course book(s) and certification(s) fee.

Private Tuition: 

Please email us for a private tuition quote.

 

Training Boats: Monohulls 40 - 54 feet

 

Catamaran Cruising Supplement

Prerequisite: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising

Certification: ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising

Tuition options:

1 day course (10 am - 5 pm); for those with catamaran experience and no formal certification: $800pp

2 day course (live aboard format; 10 am start on day 1; finishing by 4:00 p.m. on day two).  Prerequisite: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising: $1650pp

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island

Private Tuition:

Please email us for your private tuition quote.

 

Training Boats: Catamarans 40 - 46 feet.

 

Live Aboard Catamaran Cruising

Prerequisite: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat

Certifications: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising, ASA 114 Catamaran Cruising

*ASA 103 Basic Cruising will be included for those who haven't completed the 103 level.

Duration: 6 days; group courses run Monday- Saturday (Sunday arrival; finishing by noon on Saturday). Private courses have flexible start and finish days. 

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island, Antigua, USVI

Group Tuition:

May 16 - November 15: US$3,095pp. 

November 16- May 15:  US$3,295pp.  

Maximum of four training.

Inclusions: Night of arrival sleep aboard, provisioning on board: breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, starter kit; ASA course book(s) and certification(s) fee.

Private Tuition:

Please email us for a private tuition quote.

 

Training Boats: Catamarans 39- 52 feet

 

Coastal Navigation

Prerequisite: None

Certification: ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

Duration: 2 days (10-3:30 daily)

Tuition: US$495pp

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island 

The Coastal Navigation graduate will have demonstrated the art of traditional navigation techniques and the ability to integrate electronic navigation tools into the navigation plan.

 

We also offer an online home study option!

We offer ASA 105 as an online self-paced course with instructor interaction: if you would like to read more on it and register for the online course, click here.

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Coastal Passage Making

Monohull or Catamaran

Prerequisites: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising and ASA 105 Coastal Navigation

Certification:  ASA 106 Coastal Passage Making

 *ASA 105 Coastal Navigation may be added as supplement.

Duration: 6 days

Dates Offered: December - April. Courses run Monday- Saturday (Sunday arrival; finishing by noon on Saturday). Private courses have flexible start and finish days. 

Locations: BVI, Rhode Island

 

Group Tuition:

Monohull US$2,795pp; Catamaran US$2,995pp

Maximum of four training.

Private Tuition:

Please email us for your private tuition quote.

 

Training Boats:

Monohull: Hanse 548

Catamaran: Astrea 42 or Isla 40

Offshore Passage Making

Monohull or Catamaran

Prerequisites: ASA 106 Advanced Coastal Cruising and ASA 107 Celestial Navigation or 117 Celestial Endorsement 

Certification: ASA 108 Offshore Passage Making

*ASA 107/117 Practice included.

Duration: Plan 10-12 days.

Dates Offered: May and November

Locations: BVI to Rhode Island (May), Rhode island to BVI (Nov.)

 

Tuition: US$3,495 per person

Training Boats:

Monohull: Hanse 548

Catamaran: Astrea 42

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Celestial Navigation

Prerequisite: None

Certification: ASA 117 (Celestial Endorsement)

Format:  

Learn to navigate with the Sun and Stars online in this virtual instructor led class which will be using GoToTraining video conferencing software. All content will be provided on screen with live audio interaction between the instructor and students just as in a classroom setting. Total class time is 10 hours broken into 5 weekly sessions with a final exam and review on the last day.

Check dates and register.

Duration: 10 hours

Dates Offered: Year round.

 

Tuition: $397

International Bareboat Skipper Certification

Prerequisite: ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising

As a training affiliate of the American Sailing Association, Swain trainees successfully completing their Bareboat Cruising, Advanced Coastal Cruising or Passage Making certifications are qualified to apply for the International Proficiency Certificate (IPC). No additional exam or training required. The fee is only US$49.

The IPC is recommended if chartering in the Mediterranean as well as the inland waterways of Europe and northern Europe. As countries differ in their requirements, travelers should always check with their destination prior to attempting to charter.

 


 

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VHF Certification

Prerequisite: None

Tuition: US$195 pp 

Course Overview:

A six to eight hour course offered in one day, covering general rules for the use and operation of VHF radios, SARTs, and EPIRBs. Every crew member needs to know how to operate a marine radio as well as what to do in case of an emergency. This course also covers an introduction to other marine communications. Students qualify to test for the VHF Radio Operator and Communications Certificate.