Progress with other sailors in the paradise of Banderas Bay. Follow 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.
The Foundation of Sailing Excellence Level 1 is for new and low experience sailors. The course allows for full on water sailing immersion for approximately six hours per day with two hours of on land instruction. Eat, sleep and breathe sailing for 3 full days and become an independent sailor. The ISA program provides a new sailor with a very solid foundation upon which to gain experience and become a lifelong sailor!
ISA’s Foundation of Sailing Excellence Level 2 is designed for sailors who have some experience or have completed Level 1. The curriculum is adjusted based on attendees experience and can focus on finer sail trim, advanced seamanship, spinnaker work and intro to racing.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday begin with a daily briefing/theory lesson, then head to the boat for 3 hours of on the water instruction each day. Wrap up with a review of the day back in the classroom.
Wednesday & Friday 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.
Sail on our Colgate 26, a boat designed specifically for teaching sailing. You will learn skills on this boat that are easily transferrable to many other types of sailboats. It is the perfect platform for a safe and comfortable learning experience.
Plan your trip so Sundays are arrival and departure days. Sailor housing resides in a gated community, just a 5 minute walk down the beach from the marina. Master bedrooms are available for sailing couples or if you’d like to bring a non-sailing guest.
Two meals are served daily, Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturday. We can accommodate any diet, dislike or allergies.
Enjoy a one hour, private group yoga class, taught by one of our resident yoga instructors. Classes are held at one of our sailor houses, Monday through Saturday. Most of our instructors also provide massage services which you can schedule with them separately for an additional fee.
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.
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.
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.
You can get to the ISA shop & docks in less than 5 minutes walking down the beach.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.