Island Hopper Sailing Academy

St Thomas, VI, USA
Whether your goal is to pick up sailing as a hobby, start taking your friends and family on bareboat sailing charter vacations, or you want to learn how to get started safely and confidently in the liveaboard cruiser lifestyle, you've come to the right place. Our knowledgeable instructors are happy to teach you what they're passionate about. We call the Virgin Islands home and will show you the best of what these islands have to offer while getting you ready to skipper your own boat.

Sailing School Credentials

Sailing School Location

Location: 3562 Honduras 4 St Thomas, VI 00802 USA
Phone: 9084479528
Website: www.islandhoppersailing.com

Sailing School Instructors

Marc Castells

Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor
American National Standards Assessor
SLC Instructor
Email: marc@islandhoppersailing.com
Phone: 9084479528
I started my sailing career as an avid racer, but discovered my love for cruising and instructing when I spent a summer teaching teenagers to sail on liveaboard boats as an ASA Instructor in the BVI in 2007. Since then, I've taken an interest in sailing as a platform for travel and a way to live a simpler life that is more compatible with nature. In 2015, I decided to buy an old boat to fix up and sail down to the Caribbean. I sailed down the east coast of the US, through the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and to the Virgin Islands. I sailed between the VI and the Grenadines with the seasons and have made it as far south as Grenada. ‚Äč I have taught for several sailing schools in the Caribbean and work for CYOA Yacht Charters as a captain, briefer, and technician. I founded Island Hopper in cooperation with CYOA to offer sail training on the best boats in the charter industry.

Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEd, then use our skilled in-house sailing instructors to gain practical sailing experience and confidence. Once you pass the courses and practical training, you'll be awarded with a NauticEd Sailing Certification with Verified Practical Competency.

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