Caribbean Sailing Courses

With constant trade winds, sun and warm sea, the region is popular for Caribbean sailing courses

The West Indies is hard to beat for sailing holidays as it enjoys constant trade winds, sun, and warm sea – that’s why it is also  popular for beginners to sign up for Caribbean sailing courses. Where better than the Caribbean to go sailing – there is certainly no shortage of Caribbean sailing courses to choose from. The is one of the best sailing regions in the world, blessed with constant trade winds, sunny days and warm Caribbean waters.

Finding Caribbean sailing courses operated by qualified instructors – whether for sole travellers, friends, couples, women only or family – are not difficult to find, and there are many beautiful islands that offer idyllic conditions where you can learn to sail in the Caribbean. Most Caribbean beachside resorts and luxury Caribbean hotels located on the beach have small sailing dingies available for their guests, but we’re talking about serious Caribbean sailing courses here, so forget the desire to sail around the bay after a five-minute briefing… sailing in the Caribbean is big business, and lots of fun.

You will find that Caribbean sailing courses cater for all levels of sailing – from beginners right through to skilled ocean yacht masters. There are numerous American Sailing Association (ASA) certified sailing schools as well as Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited sailing schools based in the Caribbean and Central America. ASA accredited sailing schools are located in Abaco (Bahamas), Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico (but not the Caribbean side of the Yucatán Peninsula), St Thomas (United States Virgin Islands, USVI), St Vincent & The Grenadines and the Turks & Caicos Islands. RYA accredited/approved Caribbean sailing courses are based in St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Why choose the Virgin Islands for Caribbean sailing courses

The British Virgin Islands archipelago is a mecca for sailors. First time sailors often choose the British Virgin Islands for their Caribbean sailing courses and learning how to sail. The BVI is a bit of a safe haven as there is always the comfort of being able to keep land in sight. Warm breezes, and welcoming coves only accessible by sea, attract up-market boating visitors and there are quality resort developments around marinas. As a popular Caribbean sailing destination needless to say there is a wide choice of sailing courses from couples’ private sailing courses and girls’ sailing getaways, to private family sailing courses and intensive power-cruising courses.

Grenada offers friendly Caribbean sailing courses

Whether you are a complete beginner and need lessons right from scratch, or whether you have been sailing before but want a little more practice on navigation, mooring techniques and night sailing, you can do as much or as little as you choose in Grenada – you’ll find friendly sailing schools. And the bonus of learning to sail in Grenada is that the island makes a great starting post from which to explore the famous Grenadines: you’ll be within easy reach of Mustique, St Vincent, Tobago Quays, Carriacou, Union, Bequai and Canouan. Sailing in the Grenadines might prove more of a challenge, but you will be rewarded with deserted hidden coves and beaches to enjoy.

Learn to sail in Antigua – Caribbean sailing courses for women

As for learning to sail in Antigua… it will be difficult to find a more picturesque location in the Caribbean in which to enrol on a sailing course or sailing school. Antigua is blessed with an amazing maritime heritage and spectacular natural harbour, and the island’s renowned Antigua Sailing Week (April) attracts sailors from around the world – it is ranked as one of the top five regattas in the world. It is a spectacle to watch, whether you are a sailor or not.

You will find that Caribbean sailing courses will cater for all levels in their courses- from beginners, right through to skilled ocean yacht masters. And for ladies who would like to steer clear of men on Caribbean sailing courses , there are even women only sailing options available.

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