Sailing School

Sailing school - jibHave you ever wanted to learn to sail, advance your skills, or learn all about cruising a boat to remote locations? Why don’t you join me for a week at my sailing school – learning, sailing and cruising? Sailing School - WIth a bouy Plus there will be lots of time for beaches, snorkeling, exploring, and whatever else you would like to do.

You will have school time, while at the same time you are getting all the benefits of a vacation.  Let’s call it a LEARNCATION!!!

Driving the boat
Unzipping the bag
Brian learning to sail
Driving and instructing


“We were two couples from Colorado with a goal of learning how to sail a catamaran so that one day we might become full time cruisers. Shane’s program of hands-on ASA instruction fit our goals perfectly.  And what better place to do it than the BVI’s.

Shane’s teaching method of “I’ll show you once, and you do it after that”, but still there with a guiding hand, was great.  Motoring, picking up a mooring, anchoring, plotting a course, and then finally raising the sails.  By day 4, we were running the boat and having a great time.  When approaching other boats, Shane would quiz us often about who has the right-of-way, and ask us why.  All of this was wonderful practical learning experience that you can’t get from a book.

The guys wanted to know practically everything about the boat and Shane was very patient and answered all of their questions.  They opened every access panel, discussed all the systems and components, checked and filled the engine oil, and ended up with an excellent understanding of a catamaran.

We also had plenty of time snorkeling, relaxing, and having fun.  We’ve never quite had such a vacation where we completely lost track of day and time.  What a life!

Thanks so much for an awesome week Shane!  We hope to be anchoring beside you on our own boats someday soon.” – Melissa & Chris

I am an American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructor in Basic Keelboat (101), Basic Coastal Cruising (103), Bareboat Cruising (104), Coastal Navigation (105), and Cruising Catamaran (114).

I taught in Denver for four years at Victoria Sailing School on their J22s, where I learned I have a talent as an instructor.  Then in 2009 I bought my boat and promptly sailed it from the BVI to Houston, TX on a 16 day passage. After that I sailed it in the USA along the Gulf and up to Nantucket and back to the Florida Keys. 2011 saw me sailing through the entire Bahamas before starting my chartering business and sailing school in the Virgin Islands at the beginning of 2012. All of this was giving me valuable cruising experience, which I love sharing.

So why don’t you charter the Guiding Light and come down for some sailing instruction (and, more importantly, experience) just like lots of other people have already done? Until that time please enjoy the videos and blogs I have made to help aspiring sailors out.



Enjoy the following sailing scholl videos and don’t forget to check out the sailing school blogs below. If there is a sailing school subject you would like me to write about or make a video for, just let me know.