We offer four courses in our sailing school:
- Ocean Sailing and Advanced Navigation
- Celestial Navigation
- Ocean Sailing and Advanced Navigation w/night Sail
- Celestial Navigation w/night Sail
In each sailing course you handle all offshore sailing operations to include reaching, running, coming-about, gybing, and hoving-to. You will set storm sails as well as all other sail changes. The safety of the vessel, participants, and crew are our first priority and the instruction of safety is high on the list of learning objectives.
Significant course objectives in our sailing school programs include instruction in modern offshore electronic navigational equipment as well as all non-electronic navigation procedures. We operate in areas of extreme current or tides.
Our celestial navigation students use high quality marine sextants and modern sight reduction procedures.
In the Caribbean your navigational plans will incorporate ocean currents, dead reckoning, weather data, radar, GPS, running fixes, celestial navigation data, and electronic charting and AIS.
All sailing programs are delivered by mature, professional Coast Guard licensed teachers. Our sailing programs are both formal and practical. At the end of your course you will receive a certificate signed by a USCG licensed instructor. This “Sea Service Form” will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of each course; the Advanced, Celestial, and Combination courses. A sailing school certificate is often required for chartering a bareboat in the Caribbean. Our “Sea Service Form” is accepted by all charter companies. The sea time aboard the SAMANA can also be used if you decide some day to apply for a USCG Captain’s license.
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The instructional mission of the School of Ocean Sailing is to teach offshore ocean sailing and ocean navigation in a live-aboard setting.
- Personalized instruction from professional teachers
- Teach sailing aboard a large, beautiful and well equipped offshore heavy displacement ketch
- Teach navigation using modern electronic navigation equipment
- Teach navigation using non electronic navigation procedures
- Offer an ocean sailing experience under real ocean conditions
- Instil confidence
- Use high quality sextants and celestial navigation materials
- Offer a balanced blend of formal instruction, practical experience and relaxation
- Serve excellent food
- Anchor or Moor in quiet anchorages