Awesome Instructors

We pull from a network of over 300 skippers from The Yacht Week and only select the best in terms of sailing competency, teaching ability and soft skills.

Incredible Location

The British Virgin Islands are legendary for their consistent sailing conditions. Combining that with beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters – makes for an incredible sailing destination.

Global Network

Your Sailing Virgins experience shouldn’t end once your course is over. With a network of several hundred adventurous young people, we have a network you can tap into for your next bareboat charter adventure.

Keep it relaxed...

Our instruction is chilled. We allow our students to learn by doing and by making mistakes. We’re also not afraid to have fun at the same time with frequent trips ashore to the many great restaurants and nightlife.
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Sailing is Changing

We offer adventure sailing courses for people in their 20s and 30s. Earn your American Sailing Association certification so you can sail a yacht on your own.

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Unlock Adventure

Combine sailing certification with full-on adventure. Embark on night-passages, free-dive with turtles, hike active volcanic lakes and discover hidden waterfalls on our Island Adventure courses.

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Perfect 5-Star Reviews

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Sarah G, Charlotte

Wonderful Island Adventure Sailing!


Sailing Virgins is unreal — worth every penny and more. You will learn to sail, explore new places each day and night, and meet legendary people from all over the world all in one trip. The passion for sailing aboard Libertas is contagious no matter your skill level — and the best part is that YOU will be sailing the boat.

In my two weeks on course, Jack and James entrusted us full control over the navigation, the helm and the sails. There is no better way to quickly develop confidence in boat handling. Epic.

I would highly recommend Sailing Virgins to anyone in their 20s and 30s looking for a full-on adventure mixed with an unparalleled sailing instructing experience.

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Lena S, Germany

Sailing Virgins Is Outstanding!


Two friends of mine and I booked a trip for half a week. We had no experience at all and just jumped into to the fascinating world of sailing.

Everyone was on a different level of sailing knowledge, but this made the team even better. Because of that, the more experienced students could get more challenging tasks and also helped me and my friends to strengthen the basics we were about to learn. I felt that the instructor teaches everyone individually at the best, even though we were all so different.

I can highly recommend to book a trip with Sailing Virgins. You will feel so blessed while sailing with this excellent sailing school.

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Chris H, Boston MA

Best Sailing School in the World


I completed two sailing courses with Sailing Virgins this summer (June/July 2017). I came in with little sailing experience and can’t recommend Sailing Virgins enough.

I loved how Sailing Virgins takes a new approach to sailing by combining great instruction with full-on adventure. Furthermore, they tailor to a younger crowd which is different from any other school I came across.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to sail, these guys are totally the way to go.

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Jenessa T, Tampa FL

So amazing I decided to get married during it!


James is an amazing captain and an even more amazing person. His love for the water and sailing made this trip so peaceful. He goes above and beyond to make sure all guests are enjoying themselves.

During our trip my husband and I decided to get married and James was the officiant! I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding or vacation :).

Best Sailing Academy In The Caribbean (TripAdvisor, Google, TrustPilot)

Tripadvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence
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Searching for a Sailing School

When you research sailing in the US, early on you will find that ASA certification is necessary. ASA stands for the American Sailing Association and is a leading body for sailing certification in North America. If you have searched for sailing lessons near me, then you may be interested in our Ultimate Guide to Sailing series, which provides advice on how to get into sailing if you are living in one of the major cities in the US and Canada.

If your search term looked something like sailing school Caribbean, then Sailing Virgins is well placed to help you directly. Sailing Virgins is the highest-rated Caribbean sailing school according to TripAdvisor, Google and Facebook reviews.

Our sailing classes are very practical and involve sailing the way we love it: no shouting in anger, rather shouting in excitement. There is a young, egalitarian vibe to Sailing Virgins, so nobody will ever lord it over you or make you look bad. With sailing, everyone’s a student.

We run sailing courses in the Virgin Islands between November and July each year. Then we head to the wonderful sailing base of Split, an ancient town in Croatia and the heartbeat of sailing there, running courses in August and September.

Our ASA sailing courses means you receive a qualification that is recognised internationally, allowing you to charter worldwide. If you would like to cut to the chase and do a Captain course, then look to the Intermediate 103/104 course for a basic Captain course, and the Advanced 105/106 course to incorporate night, bad weather and offshore sailing conditions.

If you are looking for a catamaran course, we run them in the Virgin Islands and Croatia, and have also begun offering them in Tahiti, usually in November. Head over to our Courses page for more information.