Have you always wanted to be the Captain of a bareboat charter in the BVI?  Do you have experience on a boat of your own, but would like the confidence to charter something larger?   Virgin Motor Yachts is proud to offer a partnership with the Tortola Sailing Sailing and Sights and offer a fantastic course – International Bareboat Skipper (power) that will increase your nautical knowledge, your yacht handling ability and give you the experience and confidence to be the Captain on your next charter.  Best of all, the course is conducted while you are out on charter seeing all the beautiful sites of the BVI!

The International Bareboat Skipper course is not for novices to sailing and cruising, the recommended entry-level requirements are a VHF communications certificate, and you should have logged over 200 nautical miles and 10 days at sea before advancing to this level. The recommended minimum age to obtain this certification is 18. If you are not sure if you meet the recommended entry-level requirements we can assess your skill level.   If you do not have a VHF communications certificate, you can complete this course at the same time as you complete the International Bareboat Skipper.

Captain Your Next Charter!

With Tortola Sailing School’s International Bareboat Skipper course your professional journey into the world of cruising continues. The course is designed to quickly progress students from competent flotilla skippers and watchkeepers to confidently taking on the duties and responsibilities of a bareboat skipper. Tortola Sailing School takes pride in providing a fun and relaxed environment for you to learn to sail safely.

Their professional IYT / ASA certified sailing and powerboat instructors are patient and have a lot of experience; they will teach you everything you need to know to take your cruising skills to the next level. Tortola Sailing School instructors teach students how to sail and cruise in a relaxed and friendly way, making sure that you feel comfortable and confident with the boating skills you learn aboard.

Captain Your Next Charter!

Your coursework will take place during your 7 day bareboat charter.  Each morning your training captain will help you improve your skills by course planning, chart plotting, reviewing navigational markers etc. and then assist you with the practical parts of boat handling and maneuvering as you make your way along your personally selected daily itinerary.

Once you arrive at your destination, they will assist you with anchoring, docking etc.  The beauty of the certification program is it fits around where you want to go and what you want to do, and you simply work on your skills along the way.  The course is also offered at a ‘boat rate,’ so up to four people on board can all complete the course for one same price.

Course Outline: What You Will Learn

The course content consists of the following modules:

Captain Your Next Charter!

  • Responsibilities of a bareboat skipper
  • Crew safety checks
  • Hull and rig checks
  • Machinery and systems checks
  • Fuel and water capacity and range
  • Menus and quantities
  • Float plan
  • Sources of meteorological information
  • Weather patterns
  • Sea and land breezes
  • Cloud types and formations
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Considerations when planning a passage
  • Routine for navigating a coastal passage
  • Passage strategy
  • Port regulations, customs, immigration
  • Pilotage plans
  • Vessel handling in confined quarters
  • Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside
  • Ropes, knots, care and use of lines
  • General deck work
  • Tides and currents theory
  • Tidal heights, springs and neaps
  • Rule of “twelfths”
  • Position fixing, running fixes
  • Plotting the effect of tides and currents
  • Collision regulations
  • Lights, shapes and sounds
  • Application of the regulations
  • Advanced dinghy handling

Please contact us for more information on rates and availability.