Frequently Asked Question’s

WHY ARE YOUR COURSES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER SCHOOLS IN YOUR AREA?
We like to think you are getting more value:
• Increased face time with our 2 to 1 or 1 to 1 ratio of student(s) to instructor
• Maximum time on the water sailing instead of watching others sail
• Sailing lifestyle immersion with our liveaboard experience
• Actual ocean sailing destinations preparing you for real world cruising

MOST SAILING SCHOOLS OFFER TWO-CERTIFICATION COMBO COURSES IN A 4-DAY FORMAT. WHY ARE YOURS SIX OR SEVEN DAYS?
Two reasons:
1) Our philosophy is not to fast-track you through certifications. Yes, you can get through ASA101 & 103 or ASA103 & 104 in 4 days. Our concern is what will you remember? How much time will you receive practicing your on-the-water sailing skills? If our individual ASA101 is 3 days and our individual ASA103 is 3 days, we prefer to have you spend 6 days with us learning and improving when taking our ASA101/103 Combo.

2) We are here to teach you the life-long skills of sailing/cruising. All of our on-the-water courses allow for living-aboard to immerse you in the sailing lifestyle. ASA101 and ASA103 courses are each 3 days to allow for an extra day fine-tuning your techniques. Anchoring at Bird Island or another local anchorage at least one night is part of our ASA103 curriculum. During ASA104 we anchor at Bird Island or another anchorage and ocean sail 25-30 miles, spending the night at Bald Head Island Marina, then ocean sail back the next day, experiencing life and sailing just like cruisers do.

WHY DOES YOUR WEEK-LONG COMBO COURSES ONLY INCLUDE TWO CERTIFICATIONS WHILE OTHER SCHOOLS INCLUDE THREE OR FOUR?
See above.

ARE LIVEABOARD PROGRAMS AVAILABLE? YES!
So what does this mean for you? SAVINGS! You will stay aboard the boat in true cruising style while incurring no hotel room expense. Each course has its own unique itinerary, please see courses for full details.

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE ON THE SAILBOAT?
We offer an industry-leading two students to one instructor ratio. This will give you more time sailing the boat and less time watching others sail. We prefer 2 students per lesson, but will allow a single group of 3 or 4 if family.

WHAT ARE THE SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS?
Island Song has one private berth (bedroom), a non-private quarter-berth, and two settees (couches) for sleeping. When sleeping at anchor or in Bald Head Island your Instructor will be sleeping aboard using one of the settees. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

WHICH ASA101 COURSE LENGTH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE...STANDARD or EXTENDED?
Although most students opt for our Standard sailing courses, a few prefer to have that extra day to hone their new sailing skills while enjoying another day sailing the Atlantic. Myrtle Beach Sailing School believes that the more time you have on the water the better, this is what will help you develop into the sailor that you wish to become, while also increasing your preparation for the next level in the American Sailing Association Certification Program.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Always dress for the season and in layers. Please keep in mind that when you are on the water it is typically cooler than being on shore. Soft-soled shoes are required for all sailing lessons. Bringing a rain jacket or light foul-weather gear is advisable.

CAN I BRING FOOD AND/OR DRINKS?
We provide a sandwich lunch, chips, crackers, sodas and bottled waters for all lessons. You are more than welcome to bring food and drinks if you would like. Food items that require little or no on-board preparation are recommended. Ice for refrigeration is provided. No adult beverages are to be consumed during lessons.

DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
Sun Screen - Although we do have a bimini for shade, we advise you to bring sun protection. Sunbeams reflect off of the top of the water.
Sailing Gloves are advisable, but not mandatory. West Marine is minutes away from us, or you can order some online. Most are very affordable.
Motion Sickness Remedies - Some of you may need it when dealing with the ocean swells. We have seen Dramamine, Bonine and other medications, pressure point wrist bands, patches behind the ear, and more being used. These can typically be purchased at a pharmacy store.
Rain/Foul Weather Gear - Sailing in rain is a part of sailing, so packing a seasonal rain jacket/coat is recommended.

WHAT KIND OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?
Soft-soled shoes such as tennis shoes should be worn during all lessons. No flip-flops please.

WHAT DO WE DO IF THERE IS POOR WEATHER?
While safety is a top priority at Myrtle Beach Sailing School, having to deal with weather is a part of sailing. Your Instructor will evaluate the weather and sea conditions and reserves the right to postpone or cancel your lesson if conditions are not ideal, and will call you if we are unable to sail that day. We do not provide refunds, only re-schedules. Please contact us regarding any concerns you may have.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY?
A deposit is required for course registration, is considered a commitment and is non-refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions page regarding cancellations, refunds, and rescheduling. Please contact us regarding any other concerns you may have.

WHAT IS YOUR TIPPING POLICY?
Tipping your Instructor is optional, yet appreciated.