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Housing

What are the accommodations like?

You’ll be staying in one of our two large houses in a gated community next to the marina. You can relax in style with wireless internet, 3 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 boats, shop and gym 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. Alternatively, you can stay at a local hotel. We recommend the Villa Amor del Mar as it is right next door to us.

Your companion is more than welcome to join us in our meals.

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.

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Food

What are the meals like?

You’ll love the nutritious meals our own ISA Chef cooks up. You will be well fuelled 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 snack and a plate of fresh vegetables. Then, enjoy a great dinner in the setting sun.

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 killer meals or want to explore some local fare, don’t fear. Walk into town (5-10 minutes) and try out one of the many dining options, from delicious street tacos to high end Italian restaurants and everything in between. Ask us for suggestions or check out some reviews here.

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Sailing

What coaching will I get?

Ever wanted Olympic caliber coaching? At ISA, you will be under the watchful eye of one of our top coaches every day you are on the water.

On land, you will get a daily briefing and theory lesson, along with an explanation of the day’s drills. We will help review your rigging and boat set up, and can help make custom improvements.

On the water, you’ll sail with your group and the coach will give you instruction while shooting extensive video. At the end of each day you will see a detailed video analysis of the day and be able to join 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 will find it extremely beneficial that your daily routine is not distracted by transportation, shopping, cooking and cleaning.

What are the conditions like?

You’ll love the conditions we have here in Banderas Bay during our windy season (November to May). Whether you’re a club racer, Masters sailor or Olympic hopeful, you’ll find that the conditions here are very similar to where you would race in many venues around the world.

The 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 7-12 knots, whereas later on you’ll typically see 16-22 knots.

You will not see glassy, dead light conditions or survival conditions, meaning every day is a productive training day!

How much sailing experience do I need to attend ISA?

Whether you’re an Olympic medalist, looking to start racing the Laser, or anywhere in between, we can help you improve. At the minimum, you should have done some racing. If this is your first time in a Laser, please contact us ahead of booking.

What sailing gear is appropriate?

Bring hiking pants and a thin warm weather rash guard that provides good sun protection. You will 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.

Can I buy gear on site?

Yes! You can find some necessities in the ISA shop. There is also a Laser Performance dealer right in town.  They stock good lines, blocks, tillers, gear and anything you need.

Can I rent gear?

If you’d like to save the hassle of travelling with gear, we have some gear rental available. You can choose between our Pro Kit Rentals, which include full rigging & carbon tiller w/ extension, with Harken T9 Carbon Blocks, FSE Control, Rooster Clew Strap, Harken vang with handle., or choose to rent only a carbon tiller & extension. You may choose these options on the sign up form.

What is a typical day like at ISA?

Our daily thermal breeze will allow you to have a very structured training day.

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 surfing, mountain bike riding or horse back riding. Some guests choose to head to the gym in the morning.

10:30 am: Join us at CASA ISA for a nice morning brunch prepared by the ISA chef. During brunch you will find out what we are going to do on the water that day.

Noon: Head down to the ISA boat park in the marina for rigging.

12:30 – 4:30 pm: On water training.

4:30 pm: Head back up to Casa ISA for a post sailing recovery snack.

5:00 pm: Debrief the day of sailing and video analysis.

6:00 pm: Dinner will be ready by the time the debrief is over. Enjoy a wonderful meal in the setting sun.

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 come alone. Chaperones and parents are able to join in accommodation and meals, just choose “non sailing visitor” when you sign up.

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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.

I have a spouse, friend or family member who wants to learn to sail, does ISA offer introductory or development courses?

They’ve come to the right place! With our amazing conditions and great facilities, ISA is able to provide learn to sail instructions here in the bay. Visit our learn to sail page and discover more about our Colgate 26 program.

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 snorkelling, 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 will get you set up with the best local contacts.

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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 travelling to ensure you are familiar with the latest regulations.

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