Down South Winter Sailing Courses

Learn . Explore . Relax


Forget the snow shovels and head down to the Caribbean with Advantage Boating! Combine adventure and learning in an awesome sailing venue this winter to experience a different type of vacation.

Join Advantage Boating in the Caribbean for a wonderful sailing vacation. We use only the finest ingredients – the perfect locations, ideal boats, outstanding instructors and comprehensive courses. Discover the endless freedom that a new world of recreational enjoyment has to offer.  (Read more about the BVI’s )


Our courses are based out of the luxurious Scrub Island Resort in the beautiful British Virgin Islands!

Scrub Island, BVI


Comprehensive programs, personalized attention and a low 4:1 student-to-instructor ratio!

Another fun lesson.

Another fun lesson.

Our programs are designed to maximize your learning and enjoyment. Not only will you be learning how to sail or further develop your sailing skills, but you’ll also be mesmerized by the turquoise waters, beautiful anchorages and spectacular scenery as you explore the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Our courses exceed Sail Canada standards, enabling you to attain internationally recognized certification. Course options include: 

  • Sail Canada Basic Cruising
  • Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising
  • Sail Canada Advanced Cruising
  • Mileage Builders
  • ICC & IBS certifications available

Long after taking your course you will have lots of good stories to tell and new practical skills and certifications that will open the door to a lifetime of endless sailing fun.  

Ron Schute

Outstanding Instructors

We hire only the best instructors to be your vacation hosts. We look for individuals who share our commitment to your successful learning experience. Our professional Sail Canada certified instructors have extensive sailing experience as well as superb teaching and interpersonal skills.

Ideal Boats

  • Beneteau, Dufour and Jeanneau boats (3-4 cabin and about 41′) are used for our courses in the BVIs.
  • Comfortable. Well-equipped. Well maintained. Great for learning!
  • These are the essential qualities for the ideal course boat.

Our boats offer unparalleled cruising performance. Students are easily accommodated in well-ventilated double cabins as well as single berths. Standard features include hot and cold running water, freshwater deck showers, full galley including refrigeration, a barbecue, large head, a stereo, and a dinghy with an outboard engine.

Our boats’ combination of on-board amenities and sailing performance make them ideal for your learning vacation.


Great food is the last ingredient to round out your fabulous holiday. Our live-aboard course menu is based on an assortment of healthy foods to make up well-balanced satisfying meals. Six breakfasts, six lunches and three dinners are provided. Personal beverages are left to your discretion and remaining dinners ashore allow you to sample the local cuisine. Our fully-equipped galley allows food to be easily prepared and cooked to perfection.

“People couldn’t understand why I described it as “the best week of my life”. People couldn’t quite understand why Lynne would even consider going. But, after the fact, we would all say it was a wonderfully fun and thrilling experience. “

– C.Stedman  (Click here to Read Catherine Stedman’s Complete Story on her BVI based course!)


2023 Winter Vacation Course Programs:


Departure/Return Time

  • Departure from Scrub Island in the BVIs
  • 1-week courses run from Saturday to Saturday
  • Departure 1700 h on 1st Saturday of your course
  • Return 0900h on 2nd Saturday of your course

Course Package Includes…

  • 8 days & 7 nights cruising, learning and exploring in the beautiful waters surrounding the British Virgin Islands
  • Onboard accommodation for 7 nights
  • All text and course material
  • Superior instruction from a Sail Canada certified instructor
  • Sail Canada cruising exam and certification
  • All local fees:  BVI cruising tax, sailing & park permits and Search and Rescue fees
  • Standard double (shared) cabin
  • Split provisioning (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners on board)
  • Maximum 4 students for the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced & Mileage Builder programs.
  • Certification fees:  Upon successful completion of the course you will be certified with the Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Intermediate Cruising or Advanced Cruising internationally recognized certifications.
  • The opportunity to obtain IYT (ICC & IBS) certifications

2023 FEE:  $2750 USD per person (based on double occupancy in a cabin or single in the salon).  2023 BVI Vacation Sailing Course Brochure.

2023 APPLICATION FORMS (Please click here to download, fill out the form and email it back to info@advantageboating.com):  

Click here to to fill out your 2023 BVI course application