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Alpha 14-Day

Overview

Highlights

  • Two week program hitting the highlights of the BVI while living aboard & sailing a 50’ monohull
  • Snorkel, waterski, wakeboard, kayak, tubing and more
  • Hiking & Island Exploration
  • Community Service: 3-5 hours
  • Marine Biology Seminars
  • Focus on sailing with optional Basic Keelboat Certifications (for experienced sailors)
  • Optional Scuba choices include Discover Scuba course or Open Water certification for beginners, and recreational diving for those who are certified
  • The EARLY ALPHA session offers an added bonus for already certified divers: the opportunity to earn Advanced Open Water certification
  • 2 weeks – $4395

Adventure Focus

Sailing

Watersports

Scuba

Ages

13-18

Days

14

Boat

Monohull

Alpha 14-Day Description

Experience two weeks and a thousand adventures in one exhilarating teen summer program! Think of it as the “Greatest Hits of Sail Caribbean”. The Alpha adventures are ideally suited for those with limited time and who are anxious to make the most of their trip. No experience necessary! Every day features a 2-4 hour sail to one beautiful location after another. Over the course of fourteen days, we hit some of the best spots in the BVI; volcanic islands, spectacular reefs and deserted cays. Alongside your crewmates, you’ll learn from our experienced sailing staff, and watch your skill level on the water skyrocket!

With perfect watersports conditions, you’ll experience the thrill of sailing small boats, kayaking with a new friend, carving some waves on a wakeboard or waterskiis, going on your first moonlit snorkel and much more. Plus you’ll have plenty of opportunities to tailor the adventure to your skills and interest. Many students are happy with the regular activities on our adventures, but for those students seeking that extra challenge, Alpha offers several optional courses.

Alpha is fast-paced and high spirited. Every session offers great friendships, personal growth, new skills and lifelong memories. The perfect introduction to the Sail Caribbean summer adventure experience!

Alpha 14-Day Activities

Kayaking

Ready for a little exploring with a friend? With all the beautiful anchorages and coves we visit there’s much to explore by paddle power.

Snorkeling

Meet the creatures below the waves. Swim alongside a friendly sea turtle, join a school of Blue Tang fish, and explore the reefs!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Get your footing and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maneuver with perfect balance. You’ll have terrific views above, as well as below the waves.

Tubing

Our Number 1 watersports toy is nicknamed “Papa”. You’ll be hanging on so tight you won't even be able to give a thumbs-up.

Wakeboarding

Once you’re up it’s a thrill every single second, especially if you get airborne. No wonder this is a Sail Caribbean one-handed favorite!

Waterskiing

Get up, get steady! Then you’ll be zipping back and forth across the wake for a ride you’ll remember.

Windsurfing

After you’ve learned to read the wind, you’re sure to take full advantage of it on your rig. Time to hook in and hold on!

Small Boat Sailing

You’ll learn so much on your big yacht. Try applying your seamanship skills to smaller boats and feel how swiftly they respond.

Social Events

Dance with Moko-Jumbie stilt walkers at our Fireball Party, win the famous Chili Cookoff, and compete for glory at the SC Olympics.

Beach Sports

Team up for a spirited game of volleyball or a fast-paced soccer tournament, then cool off rehearsing a synchronized swim.

Hiking

The islands we visit are mountainous. Reaching the best vantage points provides challenges, but the pay offs are breathtaking vistas!

Community Service

Whether your interest is in cultural heritage, marine biology, or environmental conservation, you’ll have opportunities to roll up your sleeves and pitch in!

Marine Biology Seminars

Topics include: respect and awareness of marine organisms, coral biology, geologic formation, sharks, invasive species, sea turtles, and the night ocean.

Island Exploration

Hike through a rainforest, travel mountainous hillside roads, learn about the art of glassblowing, visit an organic farm, and discover different cultures.

Yacht Racing

It’s the ultimate team sport! Whether you're on the helm, trimming the jib, or on the rail helping to balance the boat, everyone’s efforts count.

Sailing

If you've never set foot aboard a 50' sloop, it's OK with us – No Experience Necessary! You’ll learn by doing and we’ll be by your side all the way. If you’re already a sailor, build on your knowledge!

Scuba

If you choose scuba, it doesn't matter if you're a seasoned diver or if you're taking your very first scuba lesson. You're in for the ultimate dive experience.

Advanced Sailing

There are opportunities to build on your sailing and seamanship skills through American Sailing Association courses which include practice time on our 26' Colgate training boat, Opal Bella.

Kayaking

Ready for a little exploring with a friend? With all the beautiful anchorages and coves we visit there’s much to explore by paddle power.

Snorkeling

Meet the creatures below the waves. Swim alongside a friendly sea turtle, join a school of Blue Tang fish, and explore the reefs!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Get your footing and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maneuver with perfect balance. You’ll have terrific views above, as well as below the waves.

Tubing

Our Number 1 watersports toy is nicknamed “Papa”. You’ll be hanging on so tight you won't even be able to give a thumbs-up.

Wakeboarding

Once you’re up it’s a thrill every single second, especially if you get airborne. No wonder this is a Sail Caribbean one-handed favorite!

Waterskiing

Get up, get steady! Then you’ll be zipping back and forth across the wake for a ride you’ll remember.

Windsurfing

After you’ve learned to read the wind, you’re sure to take full advantage of it on your rig. Time to hook in and hold on!

Small Boat Sailing

You’ll learn so much on your big yacht. Try applying your seamanship skills to smaller boats and feel how swiftly they respond.

Social Events

Dance with Moko-Jumbie stilt walkers at our Fireball Party, win the famous Chili Cookoff, and compete for glory at the SC Olympics.

Beach Sports

Team up for a spirited game of volleyball or a fast-paced soccer tournament, then cool off rehearsing a synchronized swim.

Hiking

The islands we visit are mountainous. Reaching the best vantage points provides challenges, but the pay offs are breathtaking vistas!

Community Service

Whether your interest is in cultural heritage, marine biology, or environmental conservation, you’ll have opportunities to roll up your sleeves and pitch in!

Marine Biology Seminars

Topics include: respect and awareness of marine organisms, coral biology, geologic formation, sharks, invasive species, sea turtles, and the night ocean.

Island Exploration

Hike through a rainforest, travel mountainous hillside roads, learn about the art of glassblowing, visit an organic farm, and discover different cultures.

Yacht Racing

It’s the ultimate team sport! Whether you're on the helm, trimming the jib, or on the rail helping to balance the boat, everyone’s efforts count.

Sailing

If you've never set foot aboard a 50' sloop, it's OK with us – No Experience Necessary! You’ll learn by doing and we’ll be by your side all the way. If you’re already a sailor, build on your knowledge!

Scuba

If you choose scuba, it doesn't matter if you're a seasoned diver or if you're taking your very first scuba lesson. You're in for the ultimate dive experience.

Advanced Sailing

There are opportunities to build on your sailing and seamanship skills through American Sailing Association courses which include practice time on our 26' Colgate training boat, Opal Bella.

ON EVERY SAIL CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE

Sail Caribbean offers ten different adventure groups with 30 different sessions in the British Virgin and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. You live aboard a modern 50′ monohull yacht or 45′ catamaran with other teens in your age group and learn to sail. No experience is necessary. Every adventure focuses on an activity, but each offers scuba, marine biology, community service, cultural exchange, watersports, friendships, personal growth and lifelong memories.

Want to compare adventures?  Download our 2018 Schedule (PDF)!

Alpha 14-Day

Itinerary

Day 1

When you arrive at Hodges Creek Marina, you’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with our beautiful home base and meet your Captain, Mate, and fellow crewmates. You’ll have your first boat meeting over a delicious dinner and talk about the journey ahead of you. After a day of travel and excitement, you’ll need to get some rest for the adventures that await you in the coming weeks.

Days 2-4

Your captain leads you through some preparations and hands-on lessons before you leave the harbor for your first sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. You and your crewmates will be on the helm, halyard and mainsheet with our staff by your side as you make your way down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Head west towards Norman Island, where you can begin your Open Water Diver Certification or explore caves and coral reef heads on an unforgettable snorkel. The next couple days are all about settling into life onboard. Enjoy family-style dinners and then gather under the stars each night at boat meeting to share stories and get to know a little more about each other.

Days 5-7

Over the next few days, you’ll stop off at a few of the many beautiful anchorages on the south side of the Channel. Little Harbor, Peter Island is the perfect spot for an afternoon packed with watersports and cannonball contests. Enjoy a lazy day at the beach at Cooper Island or snorkel over the sea grass beds to spot some turtles. Paddle your way to Salt Island in a kayak or stand up paddleboard and go for a short hike that overlooks the infamous spot where the RMS Rhone ran aground in 1867, and sank to her current resting place on the ocean floor.

Days 8-10

Challenge Day will be a worthy test of your skills now that you and your crew are practiced sailors and navigators. Today, your Captain and Mate are just along for the ride as you work together to plot your course and reach your destination, the Bitter End Yacht Club, tucked away in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. After a successful passage, you’ll be hungry for another challenge. The sail to Anegada will require you to work together and stay focused as you check navigational fixes and take turns at the helm and sheets. The effort will be worth it when you arrive at Loblolly Bay and feel like you have the whole island to yourselves.

Days 11-12

As you approach the end of your adventure you’ll begin to make your way back towards home base, but not before stopping off in Trellis Bay, Beef Island to partake in a Full Moon Fireball Party. Dance the night away to Caribbean rhythms or chill out in a hammock under the stars while giant metal sculptures are set ablaze over the water. At Long Bay, you can take our 26-foot Colgate, Opal Bella, out for a final sail as you finish up your ASA assessments. As the day winds down, you’ll head to the beach for a barbeque. Your captain or mate might bring their guitar to the beach to enjoy some tunes with their toes in the sand, or maybe you’ll bring yours!

Days 13-14

Wake up to the beautiful landscape of The Baths, a highlight of the BVI. You and your friends test your sense of adventure as you leap off Jump Rock and explore the many tunnels and passageways created by the massive boulders that surround you. As you head for home-base, you’ll want to soak up every last moment of your final sail as a crew together. Celebrate with some local flavor for dinner as you reflect on the highlights and achievements of the last two weeks at Award’s Night. Spend your last night in the Caribbean on the bow with your friends writing plane letters to each other to take with you on the journey home.

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Alpha 14-Day

Sessions

1

Early Alpha

Begin Date

06/08/2018

End Date

06/21/2018

Tuition

$4395

Service Hours

3-5

# of Dives

4-8

2

Alpha 1

Begin Date

06/23/2018

End Date

07/06/2018

Tuition

$4395

Service Hours

3-5

# of Dives

4-8

3

Alpha 2

Begin Date

07/08/2018

End Date

07/21/2018

Tuition

$4395

Service Hours

3-5

# of Dives

4-8

4

Alpha 3

Begin Date

07/23/2018

End Date

08/05/2018

Tuition

$4395

Service Hours

3-5

# of Dives

4-8

5

Alpha 4

Begin Date

08/07/2018

End Date

08/19/2018

Tuition

$4395

Service Hours

3-5

# of Dives

4-8

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Optional

Courses

Sailing

Sail Caribbean Crew Certification

Prerequisites: None

This certification is bestowed on any crew member who demonstrates the ability to fully participate in the daily sailing tasks on board and passes a written test proving that they’ve mastered fundamental information on safety, seamanship, navigation and boat handling skills.

Sail Caribbean Bosun Certification

Prerequisites: SC Crew

Proving you have an understanding of some of the more advanced sailing theories and demonstrating the ability to participate in sail reefing, timed tacking and jibing, island crossing, advanced navigation, anchoring, docking and de-docking skills along with racing tactics and proper safety techniques will earn you our Bosun certification.

Sail Caribbean Mate Certification

Prerequisites: SC Crew & Bosun

A focus on leadership while underway is the core of this certification. You’ll earn Mate certification if you succeed at assigning crew positions, directing most phases of seamanship and safety drills, demonstrate proper engine, dinghy and equipment use and maintenance, keep an accurate ship’s log and monitor the weather all skills that make you a capable second in command.

ASA 101: Basic Keelboat Certification

Prerequisites: None

If you’re arriving at Sail Caribbean with prior sailing experience and are very keen on making the commitment to learn more, why not take this opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certification? You’ll participate in seminars and practice your helmsmanship on our big boats, and then demonstrate your sailing and seamanship skills during two to three intensive days on our own Colgate 26’, Opal Bella. The goal of this certification is for the participants to be able to single-hand (maneuver alone) these keelboats. Written and practical exams fulfill the requirements and you’ll have an official certification that’s valid for years to come and a stepping-stone to many other sailing certifications. View more details about ASA certifications here.

Scuba

PADI Discover SCUBA Diving

Discover a whole new world beneath the waves!

You will experience the thrill of scuba diving under the close supervision of a qualified PADI Instructor in ideal conditions. Under the palm trees on the beach, we’ll begin with an orientation and skills session – you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts of scuba diving. Next you’ll learn about equipment, basic skills and safety procedures. Afterwards, you’ll practice those important scuba skills in three to five feet of calm, clear water right off the beach. You’ll continue with your first dive experience off that same beach in 20-30 feet of calm water. Once you’re comfortable with the basic skills, one of our custom dive boats will take you to enjoy your first open water dive. It will be no deeper than 30ft, and you’ll be able to explore one of our amazing reefs with your instructor.

The DSD course is available on all of our programs except Charlie. Students will spend 2-3 sessions with our PADI instructors. In the future, if you decide to become certified, these skills and the open water dives may be credited towards your PADI Open Water Diver course.

PADI Open Water Diver

Prerequisite: 12+ years of age.

This PADI course is the most popular entry-level dive program in the whole world! Throughout our PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of safe scuba diving, including dive equipment, techniques, and planning. This certification allows you to rent scuba equipment, obtain tank air fills and also enroll in PADI Continuing Education courses (PADI Adventure Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, or even PADI Specialties).

The PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide. To earn this rating, we’ll introduce you to eLearning:

  • eLearning is an online Open Water course developed by PADI.
  • Non-diving “classroom” lessons are completed at home before your summer program starts.
  • The online course, averaging 6-8 hours to complete, presents the material in an “easy to use” manner and assures that you thoroughly understand the information. You can divide the course into several separate learning sessions to fit your schedule. No pressure — you set your own pace.
  • You can get one-on-one assistance from our professional scuba instructors in the Caribbean — the same instructors that you’ll have during the summer! They are on call by email to answer questions you may have along the way. This is personal attention that might not be available in a larger classroom setting.
  • Parents can oversee the sessions and possibly offer assistance.
  • The greatest advantage is that when you arrive in the Caribbean your time is spent underwater developing the skills required to become a qualified, capable, and safe diver. You’re not in the classroom! The first thing that you do is take a review test to prove that you’re ready to go diving!

During five confined water training dives, your instructor will demonstrate, and then you’ll practice and master, important diving skills. Finally, applying everything you have learned, you will make four open water dives at favorite dive sites around the British Virgin Islands.

PADI Recreational Diving

Prerequisite: Must be Open Water certified or equivalent

Non-certification recreational diving is available as an option on all of our adventures. Ever imagine diving on a coral garden, drifting through a rainbow canyon, or exploring a sunken wreck? You will enjoy recreational diving in the BVI with our own Sail Caribbean Divers Instructors and Divemasters. On Delta in the Leeward Islands, professional dive instructors from each island along with our dive staff take you to gorgeous dive sites. You’ll gain expert knowledge from each local instructor and get the most out of every dive site you visit. You must provide proof of certification from a recognized agency like PADI, NAUI, YMCA, or NASDS.

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FAQs

How much sailing or diving experience is needed?

No experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable in and on the water, have a spirit of adventure, the ability to take on responsibility, and a desire to be challenged. Everyone is involved with sailing instruction. Scuba is optional on Alpha. The snorkeling alone is amazing!

Who will my crewmates be?

Students join us from all over the country and from around the world. Their ages range from 12 (finishing seventh grade) to 18. Each co-ed boat has 10-12 students of similar age with a balance of girls and boys. On Alpha, our fleet size is 24 to 36 teenagers. Each day offers sailing and meals with your crew and then activities, electives, and socializing with the entire group.

What kind of boat will I be living on & where do I sleep?

You’ll live and sleep on a modern 50-foot monohull sailboat. Each boat has five cabins plus a main salon that can convert to a 6th cabin, five heads (bathrooms), and a fully equipped galley. Cabins are mainly used to store your belongings and to change clothes. Most nights the stars are so beautiful and the breeze so refreshing that you’ll set up your hammock or sleeping bag and decide to sleep on deck with the rest of the crew.

What certifications can I earn?

During the Alpha adventure, you have the option to earn both sailing and scuba certifications. In sailing, as part of our core curriculum, you can earn the SC Crew, Bosun & Mate certifications based on your level of experience. For those with a strong sailing background, we offer ASA’s Basic Keelboat certification as an optional course.

For non-certified scuba divers you’ll have the option to try scuba diving through PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) course, and experience the beautiful life in the underwater world, or earn PADI’s first certification called Open Water (OW). If you are already an OW certified diver, you’ll have the option diving for fun by signing up for Recreational Diving.

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Reviews

“My daughter enjoyed the program immensely. So glad she had the opportunity to sample a variety of watersports. She came home with new interests and looks forward to returning next year to continue working on these areas. Program is organized and well planned.”

Elizabeth R., parent of 14 yr old daughter, New Caanan, CT

“I think the learning was balanced with the fun and I could not be happier about my experiences. I truly cannot wait until next year.”

Michael L., age 14, Los Angeles, CA

“We all worked together really well. We all became super close by the 2nd day. I don’t just feel close with my boat, but also with other kids from other boats. Making meals was really fun. I liked that we didn’t just learn sailing skills but learned life skills as well. I have become more responsible because of all the chores/jobs being done for the past 2 weeks. Definitely the best trip/experience I’ve been on.”

Lauren W., age 16, Northport, NY

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