Weeklong Sailing Vacation

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.

Level 1
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 three 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!

Level 2
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.

The All-Inclusive Package Includes:

Sailing Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday begin with a daily briefing/theory lesson, then down to the boat for approximately 3 hours of on the water instruction each day. We will cater this timeframe to the students learning absorption rate. We aim to promote maximum learning during the on water sessions.  We wrap up with a review of the day back in the classroom and answer and questions new sailors may have.

Rest Days

6 consecutive days is a lot of sailing and some new sailors would like a day off for exploring, relaxing by the pool and enjoying the local culture. We can accommodate a day off during your clinic.

Boat Charter
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.

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Clinic Price (USD)
1 Sailor - $2499
per sailor, 4 sailor maximum
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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.
At the end of each day you will be able to participate in the discussion and ask questions about the days lesson.
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.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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. 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.

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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 traveling to ensure you are familiar with the latest regulations.