Experiential Learning & Giving Back
The British Virgin Island ecosystem is your laboratory, the coral reefs your textbooks and you'll wake up next to them every day on Tango Sailing, Watersports & Cultural Exchange. At these summer community service camps you'll have breakfast in the cockpit of your catamaran and then jump right into the crystal clear blue water to begin your day. Our anchorages are renowned for their teeming sea life. From sponges to sea turtles, baby squid to friendly nurse sharks, you'll learn to identify them all and begin to understand how they co-exist.
We're affiliated with Sandwatch, the UNESCO program to monitor changes in coastal areas. The Tango program helps students and communities use scientific methods to monitor coastal areas and marine life, to protect them from erosion and negative human impact. You'll learn how to collect and analyze scientific data on beach erosion, sand composition, biological fauna and flora, beach debris, litter and human activities. Currently, student groups from over 40 countries are working to provide data for this essential project. The data you collect will be provided to government agencies for the protection of these fragile ecosystems. Students from Tortola's Youth Empowerment Project will continue after you leave. You will feel great knowing that you've contributed to such important work!
We're also affiliated with REEF, an international reef health organization that helps communities, governments and businesses to scientifically monitor, restore and maintain coral reefs. Using REEF protocols, we'll show you how to perform a "check-up" of coral reef health. You'll do fish counts, record data on three reefs that are in danger in the BVI, and then we'll pass your data on to REEF. We'll return beaches to pristine condition in our beach sweeps and survey important sea turtle feeding grounds.
In addition to a great feeling of accomplishment and contribution, you'll earn 10-15 hours community service credit. Learn more about Community Service at Sail Caribbean.
Your boat is more than your ecology classroom, it's your floating home and a place to learn what goes into being part of a successful crew. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Over our 30 years, we've seen all levels of skill and interest. Many of our teens have never sailed before, so we start right from the beginning with everyone. Those with previous sailing experience contribute their knowledge and skill. Our staff will provide sailing instruction every day as you sail from one anchorage to the next. You'll learn to raise and trim the sails, steer a straight course, safely tack and jibe your 45' catamaran, and then secure it for a restful night's sleep. Our sailing curriculum covers all the basics as well as some advanced coastal cruising topics related to the particular conditions of the British Virgin Islands. Learn more about Sailing
At Sail Caribbean, our philosophy is that experiential learning – learning by doing – is the best way to become a real sailor, maybe even a sailor for life. Each day, you'll take on a different responsibility onboard, rotating through Skipper-of-the-day and Navigator-of-the-day. And there's more to it than just learning to sail. You'll learn that life onboard means conservation, respect, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, compromise you'll even learn to cook "Delly Chicken" for your crew. Our staff are trained to proactively facilitate your learning experience with our True Course initiative. They'll teach you, support you, guide you, and then step back to let you do it all yourself when the time is right. Learn more about Experiential Learning