Weeklong Clinic

All-inclusive: Boat Charter | Coaching | Meals | Accommodations | Yoga

Progress with other sailors in a customized curriculum specifically tailored to your goals. We can help you prioritize skill development, so that you’re working on things that will make the biggest difference in your results, while providing a foundation of good habits and skill for further development in the future.

Sailing Days
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday will be on the water instruction for 3 hours each day.

Rest Days
Wednesday & Saturday are free to hang by the pool, go shopping, or explore the area. On these nights you are welcome to come for a sunset sail, for no extra charge.

Clinic Prices (USD)
1 Sailor - $2499
2 Sailors - $2199
3+ Sailors - $1999

prices are per sailor, 4 sailor maximum
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Sailing

What days should I book my flights for?

You’ll sail Monday through Saturday. Sundays are your travel days.
On the Sunday you arrive, you may check into your room after 2pm. On the Sunday you leave, please check out of your room by 11am, so that we may clean and prepare the rooms for the next clinic.
You may arrive earlier and leave later on Sundays, and are welcome to use the common areas and facilities in Punta Pelícanos.
We are sometimes able to accommodate you for an early arrival or later departure date. Please check with us to ensure we have availability for any extra nights.

What is a typical day like at ISA?

Training Days

Morning: Wake up at your own leisure and help yourself to coffee and fruit at the house in Punta Pelicanos. Use the morning to relax, walk down the beach, swim in the pool or take part in a pre arranged activity like yoga, surfing, mountain bike riding or horse back riding. Some guests choose to head to the gym in the morning.
8:30 am: Get loose for your day of sailing with our private yoga class, lead by our in-house yoga instructor.
10:00 amJoin us at CASA ISA for morning brunch prepared by the ISA chef. During brunch we’ll talk about a plan for the on water segment of the day and prepare you with a briefing.
12:00am: Walk down to the ISA boat park in the marina for rigging.
12:30amBegin on water training.
4:00 pmHead to Casa ISA for a post sailing recovery snack.
5:00 pmDebrief the day of sailing, typically with video analysis.
6:00 pmDinner will be ready by the time the debrief is over or sometimes we’ll eat beforehand. Enjoy your wonderful meal with other sailors after a fantastic day of sailing!

Rest Days

Morning: Wake up at your own leisure and help yourself to coffee and fruit at the house in Punta Pelicanos. Use the morning to relax, walk down the beach, swim in the pool or take part in a pre arranged activity like yoga, surfing, mountain bike riding or horse back riding. Some guests choose to head to the gym in the morning.
8:30 am: Stretch out after your day of sailing with our private yoga class, lead by our in-house yoga instructor.
10:00 amJoin us at CASA ISA for morning brunch prepared by the ISA chef.
11:00 am: Spend the day lounging by the pool, or exploring everything the area has to offer.
4:00 pmEnjoy your wonderful meal with other sailors!
5:00 pmEnjoy an optional sunset cruise, with refreshments. You will return to the marina just after sunset.

What coaching will I get?

At ISA, you’ll be under the watchful eye of one of our top coaches every day you are on the water.
On shore, you’ll have a daily briefing and theory lesson, along with an explanation of the day’s drills.
On the water, you’ll sail with your group and the coach will give you instruction often while shooting video. At the end of each day you will see a detailed video analysis of the day and be able to participate in the discussion and ask questions.
What sets us apart from other training centers is our ability to put 100% focus on your sailing improvement.  You’ll find it extremely beneficial that your daily routine is not distracted by transportation, shopping, cooking and cleaning.
If you’ve selected our coaching video package on your registration, you’ll take home clinic coaching videos which include the coach’s commentary loaded on a USB drive provided by ISA.

How much sailing experience do I need to attend ISA?

Whether you’re an Olympic medalist, looking to learn to sail, or anywhere in between, we can help you improve. If you plan on coming alone, please contact us ahead of booking and we can make sure you are in a group suitable for your ability.

What are the conditions like?

You’ll love the conditions we have here in Banderas Bay during our windy season (November to May).
Conditions vary throughout the season and generally get windier as the season goes on, culminating with May, our windiest month. Earlier in the season you can expect 6-12 knots, whereas later on you’ll typically see 16-22 knots.
We don’t often get days with no wind, or extremely windy conditions, making every day a productive training day!

What sailing gear is appropriate?

Bring a thin warm weather rash guard, a wide brim hat, sunscreen & sunglasses. You’ll want to dress for sun protection, not cold protection. The average air temperature is around 28 C (85 F) and the water temperature stays above 23 C (73 F) all winter.

What is your policy on youths?

We welcome youth sailors. We do not provide chaperoning, and our policy states that sailors under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult, unless the parent gives them explicit permission to travel alone and makes all necessary arrangements for them to arrive at our facility. Chaperones and parents are welcome to join their children in accommodation and meals – just choose “non sailing visitor” when you sign up.

Housing

What are the accommodations like?

You’ll be staying in one of our large houses in a gated community next to the marina. Relax in style with wireless internet, 3 outdoor pools and jacuzzis, a tennis court, laundry, maid service, 24/7 security and beach access.
You’ll love winding down here after a great day on the water!

How close is the housing to the ISA facilities?

You can get to the ISA shop & docks in less than 5 minutes walking down the beach.

I'd like to bring my spouse or family, is this possible?

You can definitely bring your spouse, family or friends! Couples are given the master bedrooms with private ensuite bathroom. Your companion is more than welcome to join us in our meals.
Alternatively, you can stay at a local hotel. We recommend the Villa Amor del Mar as it is right next door to us.
If you choose to stay offsite, let us know in the sign up form and the cost of housing will be deducted from your package.

Food

What are the meals like?

You’ll love the nutritious meals our own ISA Chef cooks up. You’ll be well fueled for a day of sailing and we accommodate any diet, dislike or allergies. Just let us know on your sign up form!

What meals are provided?

Wake up and enjoy hot coffee and fresh fruit, followed by a large brunch. After your sailing session, return to the house to enjoy cold drinks, a hearty recovery snack and a plate of fresh vegetables. Then, enjoy a great dinner with your new sailing friends in an incredible tropical atmosphere.

What can I eat on the water?

You are welcome to put snacks, bars or gels, as well as water and other drinks on the coachboat each day.

We sell energy gels and hydration tablets in our retail store.

What other options are there for eating?

If you’re still hungry after our provided meals, or want to explore some local fare, there are plenty of convenient options. Walk into town (5-10 minutes) and try out one of the many dining opportunities, from delicious street tacos to high end Italian restaurants and everything in between. Ask us for suggestions or check out some reviews here.

Things To Do

What is the area like?

When you first arrive to Puerto Vallarta you’ll be taken aback by the perfect weather, a blue ocean met by majestic mountains, and welcoming people. Puerto Vallarta is quickly becoming one of the top tourist destinations in the world and truly offers something for everyone. The Banderas Bay is truly a magical place to explore and sail!

What can I do in the area?

Banderas Bay is a great place to be active.… or not. You’ll find everything here from great shopping to cultural experiences and plenty of ways to stay active. Or, enjoy lounging by the pool and soaking up some rays.

Through local operators or with your own gear, you can go hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, big boat sailing, mountain biking, whale watching, scuba diving or snorkeling, or work out at the local gym. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction! If you want to book an activity, we’ll get you set up with the best local contacts.

Getting Here

Where do I fly into?

You’ll fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), which is only 20 minutes away from the ISA facilities.  You can fly here direct from almost anywhere in North America, or from almost anywhere in the world with just one layover.

How do I get from the airport to ISA?

Once you land in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, hop in a cab and in about 20 minutes arrive at ISA. Upon booking, you’ll receive a detailed arrival packet including instructions to give to your taxi driver.

Do I need a visa?

Mexico has a thriving tourism economy and does not require a visa for many countries.

Nationals of 65 countries and jurisdictions holding normal passports do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists, visitors in transit or business visitors. Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days.

We recommend checking with your local consulate before traveling to ensure you are familiar with the latest regulations.