Sadly, the Caribbean is littered with sailing schools that offer “fast track to cruising” and “instant bareboater” schemes. These schools attempt to cram three or four certifications into a one week crash course, and these “accelerated” courses do a MAJOR disservice to their students by producing graduates who know just enough to be dangerous. Shame on them!
Add to this the fact that many of these schools have high student to instructor ratios, teach aboard poorly maintained vessels, and hire random dudes who think it would be cool to sail around the islands “teaching” people how to sail while they visit a girlfriend in every port, and it becomes pretty obvious that you want to do some serious homework before choosing a sailing school in the Caribbean. What we see day to day while down there, and the stories we hear from graduates of certain schools are quite incredible!
If you are serious about learning how to cruise and/or bareboat charter, we strongly recommend avoiding schools that offer “fast track to cruising” or “instant bareboater” schemes. Their are a few schools who choose to slow things down in order to teach their students properly (and safely).
We at Black Rock are confident in saying that we are also the Caribbean’s Foremost Sailing School! We perform more thorough lectures and sailing drills than ANY other school in the Caribbean, aboard some of the nicest training boats available – guaranteed!
We offer NO MORE than two ASA certifications within an eight day period – and our combination courses truly complement each other, reinforcing your knowledge/skills instead of overwhelming them. We do not cram, skim, or skip critical sections of the curriculum! Our days are long, but OUR students will fully understand key concepts, feel safer, and be better prepared. OUR students will master more practical skills, and become much better sailors by taking the time to learn the proper way.
We specialize in monohull and multihull cruising and bareboat charter courses! We offer ASA 101/103 & ASA 103/104 combination courses over an eight day period, and ASA 104 or 104/114 courses over a seven day period – and our results will blow ANY “fast track” school away!
View course descriptions and contact us for availability November through April!
(VALID PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL OF OUR CARIBBEAN TRIPS!!)
2020/2021 Caribbean PRICING:
A minimum of two crew are required to run a charter, with a maximum of four. Charters that require us to charter a boat from a 3rd party, must have four students in order to run the charter, AND there will be an upcharge associated with chartering that 3rd party boat. Fill your own crew with friends/family, OR if you wish, Black Rock will try their best to match you with others seeking the same product/service!
Captained Charters (Beneteau 46 monohull or FP Mahe 36 catamaran):
Private captained charters with casual instruction (2 crew ) = $3,999.00 p/p (a seven day trip)
Captained charters with casual instruction (3 or 4 crew ) = $3,299.00 p/p (a seven day trip)
We never have more than four crew/students per week during our courses! In most cases, THREE students are required to run a class, however, private lessons with only two students are available for an up-charge. Courses that require us to charter a boat from a 3rd party, must have four students in order to run the course, AND there will be an upcharge associated with chartering that 3rd party boat. Fill your own crew with friends/family, OR if needed, Black Rock will try their best to match you with others seeking the same product/service!
Monohull Courses (Beneteau 46 3 cabin monohull):
Single ASA certification courses (i.e. just a 101, 0r 103, 0r 104) (Monohull) = $3,299.00 p/p (a seven day trip in the Virgin Islands)
ASA 101/103 combo courses AND/OR ASA 103/104 combo courses (Monohull) = $3,599.00 p/p (an eight day trip)
$700 up-charge per person for a two person private lesson week.
Catamaran Courses (FP Mahe 36 3 cabin catamaran):
Single ASA certification courses (i.e. just a 101, 0r 103, 0r 104) (Catamaran) = $3,299.00 p/p (a seven day trip in Virgin Islands)
ASA 101/103 combo courses AND/OR ASA 103/104 combo courses (Catamaran) = $3,599.00 p/p (an eight day trip in Virgin Islands)
ASA 104/114 combo courses (Catamaran) = $3,299.00 p/p (a seven day trip in the Virgin Islands)
Our training days start around 8:30 – 9am and run to 6 – 6:30pm (or longer depending on if we stop to snorkel/hike along the way!).
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR CAPTAINED CHARTERS AND SAILING COURSES?
Pricing includes all ASA certification courses, ASA certifications, breakfasts, lunches, at least two dinners aboard, all snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, charter fees, customs and immigration fees (if checking in/out of the BVIs from St. Thomas), and all operating costs (i.e. fuel, water, trash, moorings, up to one night dockage if we choose, etc.).
Pricing does NOT include travel, course books and associated fees (i.e. sales tax and shipping), and “x” amount of dinners ashore at restaurants.
Snorkel gear rentals might not be included with our charters/courses, but are available for a very small fee.