Sailing Schools in British Virgin Islands

What could be better than learning to sail in the warm climate of the British Virgin Islands? This is the gateway to you becoming your own skipper on a sailing vacation. Spend a week sailing the islands of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island. Anchor up and sleep aboard in the gorgeous bays of North Sound, White Bay, and Savannah Bay. Tack and gybe around in the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Here, you'll experience advanced sailing training in a real bareboat chartering location. And when you're ready to do it for yourself, you'll already be familiar with the area.

Come to the Caribbean and learn to sail in the warm waters and warm climate with our sailing schools listed below.


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Caribbean Sailing Coach

Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
American National Standards SLC Offshore Captain Catamaran
Rated 5/5 by 7 students
Caribbean Sailing Coach logo One-on-one personal coaching without the distraction of strangers. Coach Michael Domican lives and works year-round in the 'charter boat capital of the world' -- the British Virgin Islands. Whether you want to get a recognised bareboat skippers credential or brush-up on existing skills, Michael Domican can provide one-to-one coaching sessions around your needs and interests. For some it might be as simple as breaking a few bad habits while others may opt for a more formal course. Learn more about Caribbean Sailing Coach...

Bill Ibsen

Private Instructor - Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Teaching, coaching, and instructing others to grow in their knowledge, skill, and experience has been a decades-long passion of mine. Helping others to perform skills that at first seem daunting or scary, but with repetition and fine-tuning turn into “I really can do this!” or even “I’m good at this!” brings me great life satisfaction. I am teacher/instructor at heart, and bring multi-disciplinary experience into my sailing instruction. Serving as a professional high-performance driving instructor for the Porsche Experience Center plus my 20 years’ experience teaching and authoring national articles on off-road competition motorcycle skills, combined with being a NauticEd Course Author and Editorial Contributor, I feel comfortable teaching any adult student, male or female, especially in situations that feel like near a student's limits. I am a volunteer skipper for weeklong marriage sailing adventures around the breathtaking Caribbean waters of the BVI on new Voyage 590 catamarans. Learn more about Bill Ibsen...
Location notes: This is the Moorings base, although I can travel to any charter company base.

James Kell

Private Instructor - Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Rated 4.98/5 by 21 students
I am the Instructor Evaluator here at Sailing Virgins, training all our instructors. We concentrate on making your sailing training vacation experience here in the Virgin Islands one that will last a lifetime. Come join us - you'll have fun. Learn more about James Kell...

Michael Pearce

Private Instructor - Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Rated 4.8/5 by 4 students
With my experience and comprehensive sailing knowledge, I am uniquely positioned to deliver a first-class sailing education to individuals and small groups. If you want to enjoy the excitement of small boat sailing, become wind-aware, and experience the physics of sailing just inches above the water; I can coach you. Do you want to provide amazing large keelboat and catamaran adventures for your family and friends, in some of the most beautiful and secluded destinations on the planet? I can take you from the beginning through competency to mastery of this unique and priceless skill set. I have sailed extensively in the San Francisco Bay, N and S Coastal CA, the Caribbean, Europe, and the South Pacific. Every day on the water is unique, exhilarating, mentally stimulating, and often challenging. Safety is the cornerstone of everything you do on or around water and the biggest compliment I can give is ‘I would be happy for you to take my family to sea on a sailboat’ - that is mastery! Learn more about Michael Pearce...

Bradley St Croix

Private Instructor - Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Experienced and dedicated boat captain with a passion for navigating the open waters. I am currently working as a commercial boat captain for Navigare Yacht Charter Company at the moment and have been for several years. I have a proven track record of safely and efficiently operating various types of sailing vessels, with a strong knowledge of navigation, maritime regulations, and emergency procedures. I can customize your trip to your desire between a balance of training and vacation - just let me know. Questions and feedback will be appreciated. I like the saying "respect the water - respect the crew - respect the vessel". Safety is my number one priority so i will work with you to feel safe at all times. I understand that the main goal is to have an amazing experience, thus we will all work together to ensure that happens for you. Learn more about Bradley St Croix...
Location notes: I train on a verity of sail boats listed on During the winter months I am available only in the British Virgin Islands. just contact me.

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