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American Sailing International Bareboat Certification

How to Learn to Sail with ASA Courses in the Virgin Islands.

Looking to get your sailing certification on Virgin Islands Sailing Vacation? One of the most popular ways to sign up for and attend a weeklong American Sailing live abord course. Whether you are new to sailing or coming to the Virgin Islands with plenty of sailing experience, these Virgin Islands ASA courses are fun for everyone!

What are Virgin Islands ASA courses?

Virgin Island ASA courses are sailing courses offered in the Virgin Islands and accredited by the American Sailing Association. These courses include both written exams and on-the-water practical exams. Getting certified is not only a testament to your sailing ability and commitment— it also opens doors, allowing you to bareboat charter boats around the world on your sailing adventures! 

Which Virgin Islands ASA courses are best for beginners?

Take the week long course with ASA 101, ASA 103, ASA 104, and ASA 114 together during a weeklong sailing trip with Go Sail Virgin Islands. Learn more about these classic and premium catamaran courses here. You will receive study materials in advance so you can come to the course ready for mostly hands on learning. 

Which Virgin Islands ASA courses are best for those with some sailing experience?

If you’ve already gotten your feet wet in the sailing world but don’t have any formal training experience, taking a weeklong classic or premium catamaran course is a fantastic way to put your skills to the test and learn new tricks from an experienced captain. The Virgin Islands ASA courses offered on a weeklong catamaran course include ASA 101 (Basic Keelboat Sailing), ASA 103 (Basic Coastal Cruising), ASA 104 (Bareboat Cruising), and ASA 114 (Cruising Catamaran). With Go Sail Virgin Islands, these courses can be tailored to your needs. For example, if you’ve already taken ASA 101, you don’t have to retake these lessons on your trip. Learn more about the availability of these weeklong Virgin Island ASA courses and what you can expect on these trips here

Which Virgin Islands ASA courses are best for experienced sailors?

If you’ve already taken the basic ASA courses or have years of sailing experience, there is still more to learn! Virgin Islands ASA courses include options for even the most experienced sailors to hone in on their skills. For example, ASA offers docking endorsements (ASA118), marine weather endorsements (ASA 119), and sailing reviews (ASA 111) to go over any skills you might have been getting rusty on! Contact Go Sail Virgin Islands to learn more about how we can help you reach new heights in your sailing journey.

Where can I sign up for Virgin Islands ASA courses?

You can see what Virgin Islands ASA courses are available in real time on the Go Sail Virgin Islands website. All courses come with transparent pricing and the ability to pay in full at the time of booking or pay just a deposit to secure your spot. Don’t see the specific course you are looking for? Reach out to us and we can work to create a Virgin Islands ASA course itinerary that meets your individual needs! 

Excellent Reviews of our Virgin Island American Sailing Courses and Vacations! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



I had an amazing week of sailing and exploring the US Virgin Islands with Go Sail Virgin Islands and Captain Genevieve Evans. First and foremost, Captain G is a wonderful and knowledgeable teacher. She thoroughly explained concepts and maneuvers, demonstrating them as well, and then gave us the opportunity to practice throughout the week. She was extremely patient and helped to build my confidence behind the helm tremendously. Additionally, she knows the best spots on each island and made the trip not just about learning and growing as a sailor, but also enjoying time away. I will never forget this trip- if you have the opportunity to learn with Go Sail and Captain G, you won’t regret it. Thanks again Captain G for an absolutely perfect adventure!

– Sara V | Google
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The whole experience did not disappoint

The whole experience did not disappoint—truly a wonderful life memory. The boat was in nice condition and served us well. Captain J T Quinn was absolutely fantastic at teaching us and was so easy to have around. And doubled as a tour guide. We would recommend it to anyone.

– Matt B | Google

Sail VI premium ASA course!

We took the week live aboard sailing lessons for ASA 101,103,104,114 and it was awesome. Sailed around USVI. Our instructor JT was thorough and a pleasure to be with. Thank you for an awesome experience. Already booked our next sailing excursion as a skipper!

– Stephanie B | Trip Advisor


Just spent a week with Capt. Genevieve navigating around the USVI, a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience. Her teaching style a perfect mix of coaching and hands-on, building my ability and confidence with each passing day. Completed ASA Sailing Certifications 101 103 104 114, such that I’ll look forward to returning next season to charter a boat with my family. We also visited their favorite moorages, snorkeling sites, and places to go ashore for food and fun. Even better, they both provide great hospitality with tasty food, a comfortable boat, and good company.

– Larry C | Google
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My family and I sailed with Captain JT Quinn, who provided excellent instruction and is just an all-around good guy. While I went through the hands-on ASA instructions for 101, 103, 104, and 114, my family was able to enjoy cruising around the USVI and BVI. Every afternoon, we would anchor or moor in a bay where we would swim, snorkel, paddle board, and relax for the evening. I was nervous after reading the 4 books and preparing but JT made it really comfortable and easy to learn. He's very knowledgeable and answered every question I had. We shared stories and a lot of laughs. He and Go Sail VI aren't just teaching people to sail, they are cultivating a community of sailors. That's what it's all about in the end — knowing how to

– Tom G. | Google
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I can’t believe how much we learned while sailing with Captain G and Trevon! They explained everything so well and really helped us understand the art of sailing. We now feel confident to bareboat our own charter soon! This was definitely the way to earn our sailing experience.

– Ashley S | Trip Advisor
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Phenomenal Experience!

Our week-long catamaran sailing instruction for ASA 106, 114 and 118 certifications was phenomenal! We chartered a week-long monohull instruction for our ASA 101, 103 and 104 certifications in Florida a year prior. There was no comparison with our Go Sail Virgin Islands live aboard experience far exceeding our expectations. Sweet & Salty, the 44' cat, was spacious, clean and well provisioned. Trevon is an exceptional instructor. He has a depth of knowledge and experience, was patient and tailored his coaching to our individual needs. Thanks for the learnings, experience and memories! Shirley, Eric and Jeff

– Shirley E. | Trip Advisor