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Charlie 21-Day

Overview

  • The most diving while earning advanced certifications plus several of the 16 specialties offered
  • Custom dive boats for comfort and safety
  • Dive sites featuring amazing underwater life & famous wrecks
  • Sail to perfect anchorages for watersports & island exploration
  • Community Service: 5-8 hours
  • Marine Biology Seminars
  • 3 weeks – $6195

Adventure Focus

Advanced Scuba

Sailing

Watersports

Ages

13-18

Days

21

Boat

Monohull

Charlie 21-Day Description

If you’re already a certified diver, you can dive almost every day visiting some of the finest dive sites on the planet. The undersea world comes alive as you float through a crystal-blue world of rainbow colored fish, world renowned wrecks, and coral reefs. No one knows above and below the waterline better than Sail Caribbean. Our custom dive boats rendezvous with your fleet, transporting you to dive locations. You’ll experience the convenience, flexibility and safety of these comfortable diving platforms.

Aboard your 50’ monohull, sail between stunning beaches, peaceful anchorages filled with natural wonders, and marinas brimming with tropical charm. All Charlie adventures integrate our sailing and seamanship curriculum, personal growth initiatives, and marine science instruction. Add to that the great variety of watersports and onshore activities, and you’re in for one of the most exhilarating island adventure programs imaginable.

You can build on your scuba skills by achieving your Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certifications. We offer sixteen different specialties like our Wreck of the RMS Rhone certification, Underwater Digital Photographer, Night Diver, or diving with Enriched Air – Nitrox!

Charlie 21-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!

Advanced Scuba

Work your way up from Advanced Open Water to Rescue Diver with Specialty certifications along the way. If you're 18, you can even 'Go Pro' and become a PADI Divemaster.

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!

Advanced Scuba

Work your way up from Advanced Open Water to Rescue Diver with Specialty certifications along the way. If you're 18, you can even 'Go Pro' and become a PADI Divemaster.

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)!

Charlie 21-Day

Itinerary

Day 1

Get acquainted with our beautiful home base; meet your Captain and everyone on your program. You’ll have your first boat meeting over a delicious dinner, and set the course for the rest of your adventures to come.

Days 2-5

Your captain leads you through some preparations and basic sailing lessons before you de-dock for a first sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel. You become familiar with the boat, go over basic navigation, practice using the winches, and take a turn behind the helm as you head toward Cooper Island. Manchioneel provides a mix of stunning coral as well as flat sandy patches to begin practicing advanced scuba skills.

Days 6-9

You and your dive group are in for an exciting trip as you complete your first dive on the Wreck of the Rhone. Dive on in again at night and see what a different world it is! Head to Nanny Cay for your first docking and celebrate with some shopping, beach volleyball, pool time and a nap on the beach.

Days 10-13

You and your crew will have to step up on Challenge Day! Your captain and mate are just along for the ride so you’ll look to each other for leadership and support. Enjoying all that The Bitter End has to offer: hiking, watersports, restaurants, and small boat sailing. Work towards specialties or Rescue Diver certifications.

Days 14-17

Let the festivities begin! An endless stretch of beach is the sight of our Sail Caribbean Olympics. Events such as tug-o-war and dizzy-fender set the stage for a little friendly competition between boats. This day always proves to be full of laughter and memories. You’ll then head out to help out on a Dive Against Debris.

Days 18-20

Learn about the life cycle of a sea turtle at Diamond Cay and check out one of their favorite hangouts. Join some other Sail Caribbean students at Trellis Bay for a Fireball Full Moon Party. Before you head back to base, stop off at The Baths for a spectacular hike and snorkel.

Day 21

Fond farewells as you head back home, with airplane letters in hand, ready to tell your family about all of your amazing summer scuba adventures!

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Charlie 21-Day

Sessions

1

Charlie 1

Begin Date

06/23/2018

End Date

07/13/2018

Tuition

$6195

Service Hours

5-8

# of Dives

16-20

2

Charlie 2

Begin Date

07/15/2018

End Date

08/04/2018

Tuition

$6195

Service Hours

5-8

# of Dives

16-20

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Optional

Courses

Sailing Courses

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.

Scuba Courses

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.

PADI Dive Specialties

You may be able to earn multiple dive specialty certifications. The particular specialties offered will depend on the adventure chosen and our diving schedule. You will decide which specialties you’d like to do when you are in the Caribbean.

All below are available on Charlie Advanced Scuba adventures. Availability on other adventures is shown.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Sierra

Practice techniques for improving buoyancy and decreasing air consumption resulting in better under water control and more enjoyment/preservation of the diving environment. (2 dives)

Project AWARE Dive Against Debris

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Foxtrot and Sierra

The impact on marine life of garbage dumped in our oceans is one of the biggest issues of our time. You can help by going on a dive with mash bags to collect the debris that

Project AWARE Reef Fish Identification

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Sierra

Study a variety of fish while observing and identifying markings, shapes, and behavior. (2 dives)

Underwater Naturalist

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Also available on Sierra and Ocean

Explore and identify marine life including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plant life. (2 dives)

Project AWARE Specialist

Prerequisite: None

Familiarize yourself with the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems and learn how to protect aquatic resources. (Non-diving specialty)

Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Prerequisite: None

Also available on Foxtrot

Study the fragile Coral Reef system, and how to preserve it, while observing and identifying markings, shapes, and growth. (Non-diving specialty)

Digital Underwater Photographer

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Learn the PADI SEA (shoot, examine, adjust) method, principals for getting good photos underwater, plus how to edit and share your shots. (2 dives)

Boat Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Develop skills needed to dive safely from a power or sailboat as well as special procedures for diving in areas with boat traffic. (2 dives)

Underwater Navigator

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Hone your underwater navigation skills using a compass, natural navigation techniques, and other navigational tools. (3 dives)

Night Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Explore the intrigue of diving at night while focusing on equipment handling, navigation, nocturnal marine creatures, and day to night contrast. (3 dives)

Search and Recovery Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Advanced or equivalent

Practice search patterns, effective search techniques in various conditions, and raising heavy objects using lifting devices. (4 dives)

Multi-level Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Advanced or equivalent

Apply valuable techniques for extending bottom times using the recreational dive planner (wheel format) and diving computers. (2 dives)

Drift Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent

Learn pertinent safety techniques, how to fine tune your buoyancy and use specialized equipment, as you use the ocean currents and tides as your propulsion. (2 dives)

RMS Rhone Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Advanced or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

The RMS Rhone Diver Specialty, a PADI Distinctive Specialty, is exclusively available at Sail Caribbean. Made famous in the movie, The Deep, this 310-ft cargo ship sank in 1867. She is our most requested dive site and is regularly voted the top wreck dive in the Caribbean.

Enriched Air Diver- Nitrox

Prerequisite: PADI Open Water or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

Learn recreational skills and techniques for diving with different mixes of Oxygen and Nitrogen, for increased bottom time. (2 dives)

Wreck Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Adventure or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

Learn recreational skills and techniques for diving in man-made environments and practice using specialized wreck equipment. (4 dives)

Deep Diver

Prerequisite: PADI Adventure or equivalent; 15+ yrs old

Discover deep dive planning, hazards, special equipment, and extra safety precautions. (4 dives)

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

For Open Water divers who want to earn the next certification.

Divers who are already certified can go to the next level and improve their skills. You will receive your PADI textbook upon arrival in the islands. During the course you will complete interesting and informative knowledge reviews along with navigation, night and deep dives, plus two other dives of your choice in assorted specialty areas for a total of five dives. After the course, you can use your skills to enjoy recreational dives during the remainder of your adventure.

PADI Rescue Diver

(If you are interested in scuba first aid and safety and have already completed advanced level scuba training from a recognized agency)

This is a demanding course requiring strong commitment. The course includes ten rescue exercises and four scenarios designed to enhance self-rescue skills and teach in-water rescue procedures for recreational divers. After you have completed the final exam and rescue scenarios, you will be granted the highest non-professional diving certification available. Advanced Open Water or equivalent is a prerequisite. Current CPR and 1st Aid are prerequisites.

About Online First Aid and CPR Courses: Several training providers are now offering first aid and CPR courses that are entirely online and have no face-to-face interaction with, or skill review by, an authorized first aid instructor. These online-only courses do not meet first aid and CPR training requirements for dive courses such as PADI Rescue Diver or PADI Divemaster.

PADI Master Scuba Diver

To earn this certification you must have completed the advanced and rescue certification levels or equivalent, five PADI specialty certifications, and proof of 50 logged dives. This is not a separate course, simply an additional rating a diver is eligible to apply for based on commendable diving experience.

PADI Emergency First Response

We offer an Emergency First Response course in the Caribbean to satisfy CPR and First Aid prerequisites on 3-week Charlie adventures. However, if you’d like to get in the water sooner we highly recommend that you take CPR and 1st Aid before the program.

About Online First Aid and CPR Courses: Several training providers are now offering first aid and CPR courses that are entirely online and have no face-to-face interaction with, or skill review by, an authorized first aid instructor. These online-only courses do not meet first aid and CPR training requirements for dive courses such as PADI Rescue Diver or PADI Divemaster.

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FAQs

How much sailing 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. In addition to scuba activities, everyone is involved with sailing instruction on Charlie.

How much diving experience is needed?

All Charlie participants must arrive as a PADI OW certified diver or equivalent (NAUI or SSI). Charlie is our advanced diving program and is the best program for teens who want to dive almost every day. Often you will dive a couple of dives a day.

What certifications can I earn?

During the Charlie 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.

There are several scuba certifications available on the Charlie program. We offer Advanced OW, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response (equivalent to First Aid & CPR which is required for Rescue Diver) and Master Scuba Diver. There are also several specialties you can earn. Some specialties require that you are 15 years old. Please look at our dive education chart to see our offerings.

When will I find out what Dive Specialties are available?

When you meet your dive instructor in the BVI, they will let you know your specialty options.

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Reviews

“My boat got along extremely well and we were all very good friends and our captain and mate were excellent. We were constantly busy and having fun learning new things in the beautiful BVIs. I was very blessed to be around such amazing people doing such wonderfully interesting things.”

Jordan E., age 18, New York, NY

“My most memorable diving experience would be diving the wreck of the RMS Rhone at night. The reason for this was because it was my first night dive and it was also my oldest sister Briana’s first night dive. I also really enjoyed all the underwater creatures at night. My greatest challenge was getting my Rescue Diver Certification. I studied very hard to pass my test. Also, achieving my AED cert and my CPR cert.  All of my dives were amazing.”

Skylar Ann D., age 12, Yonkers, NY

“This was James’s second trip and could therefore have been a disappointment but actually was far better because he was prepared and ‘up for it’. James really benefitted from 21 days rather than 14 days two years ago and made a number of very good friends a couple of whom may well be lifelong.”

Rob C., parent of 17 yr old son, Burley, Hampshire, UK

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