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What to bring for a Virgin Islands ASA Certification Course

What to bring Virgin islands

Unsure what you need to bring for a Virgin Islands ASA certification course? This list will make sure you are fully prepared before your adventure begins:

1. The Essentials

Many of the things you’ll want to bring to your Virgin Islands ASA certification course are the same things you’d want to bring on any other, similar length vacation in paradise.


  • Swimsuit,
  • Comfortable clothes for the daytime, long sleeve SPF shirts, leggings, shorts, summer dress, quick dry is the best.
  • Hat for sun protection,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (Preferably no spray on and reef safe)
  • Optional footwear for on the boat: Non-marking deck shoes OR NO SHOES (we are usually barefoot or wearing Crocs)
  • Footwear for land: flip flops and tennis shoes for hiking
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small waterproof bag
  • Personal toiletries- travel size
  • Medications (please let us know if you have any health issues we should know about)
  • Phones, laptops, kindles, USB and 110 outlets available
  • Personal hotspot for WIFI. – We do not have Wi-Fi on the boat because we have good to great AT&T cell phone service pretty much anywhere we go. When I need Wi-Fi, I use a hotspot on my phone. Verizon and T-Mobile are not quite as strong, but do work in some places.
  • CPAP machine if you would like.  (we will run the generator at night to run your machine)

Previous Students and Guests suggest bringing cash for taxis, tips and small purchases. ATMs are available but have a fee. Most restaurants take credit cards.


  • Towel
  • Duvet, sheets or pillows
  • PFD (personal floatation device) We provide all federally required safety equipment and much more! You can bring your type V self inflating one.
  • Snorkeling gear unless you have a favorite mask, all the gear is provided!

2. Sailing Specific Gear

While most of your packing for a Virgin Islands ASA certification course will be the same as a beach vacation, there are a few differences. We usually go barefoot on the boat and wear light beach sandals off the boat. You can bring a pair of deck shoes and maybe even consider a pair of sailing gloves. Additionally, seasickness medications are always worth having on hand, even if you don’t have a history of motion sickness. 

3. The Fun Stuff 

Your Virgin Islands ASA certification course is going to be a blast! However, bringing additional gear can make your trip that much more fun. No Need to bring your own snorkel gear. The Virgin Islands has a variety of beautiful aquatic wildlife that you’ll  want to get a good look at while you are in the water! Additionally, a bluetooth speaker and downloaded music are a fantastic combination to keep the fun rolling after dinner. Make sure to stop at the store on the way to the boat for booze, beer and snacks!

4. Stop by the store on the way to the marina for snacks, booze, beer, specially items. Make sure to check your reservation for the marina location. 

US Virgin Islands choices:
Compass Point Marina – Food Center

Crown Bay Marina – Pueblo Super Market

5. Leave the Rest to Go Sail VI

We are spending the first night on the dock so you have some arrival time flexibility after 5 PM on Sunday. Don’t stress too much about what to pack for your Virgin Islands ASA certification course. All Go Sail VI courses come with reverse osmosis drinking water, provisions for all breakfast, all lunches, and two dinners onboard, cooking supplies, and safety gear.  As long as you come excited to learn, everything else will quickly fall into place!