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 3 to 1, 2 to 1, or 1 to 1 ratio of student(s) to instructor for ASA101 & 103
• Maximum time on the water sailing instead of watching others sail
• 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 FIVE OR SIX DAYS?
1) Our philosophy is not to fast-track you through certifications. Our concern is what will you remember? How much time will you receive practicing your on-the-water sailing skills? We prefer to have you spend 5 or 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. ASA101 and ASA103 courses are each 3 days to allow for an extra day fine-tuning your techniques. During ASA104 we anchor at Bird Island as well as 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?
ARE LIVEABOARD PROGRAMS AVAILABLE?
YES! Our 104 and 106 courses, as well as all of our Couples Sailing Program, allow for living aboard. Each course has its own unique itinerary, please see courses for full details.
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE ON THE SAILBOAT?
If reserving as an individual there is a three student limit. Our couples sailing lesson(s) is a two student limit. This will give you more time sailing the boat and less time watching others sail. We will allow a single group of 3 or 4 if family. Our 104 course carries a maximum of three students per lesson.
WHAT ARE THE SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS?
Island Song (used for 101 & 103) has a v-berth (bed/bedroom), a quarter-berth, and two settees (couches) for sleeping. When sleeping at anchor your Instructor will be sleeping aboard using either the non-used berth or one of the settees.
Coleman's Crew (used for 101 & 103) has a v-berth (bed/bedroom), a quarter-berth, and one settee (couch) for sleeping. When sleeping at anchor your Instructor will be sleeping aboard using either the non-used berth or the settee.
Bohemian Blue (used for 103, 104, 106 and our mini-sailing adventures) has two private berths with room for two each, and two settees for sleeping. When sleeping at anchor or docked at Bald Head Island your Instructor will be sleeping aboard using either the non-used berth or one of the settees.
Storyteller (used for 104, 106 and our sailing adventures) has three private berths with room for two each, and two settees for sleeping. When sleeping at anchor or docked at Bald Head Island your Instructor will be sleeping aboard using either a non-used berth or one of the settees.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
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, gatorade 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 - 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. We do understand that sometimes "life gets in the way", and on a case-by-case basis do not mind rescheduling your lesson if needed. 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.