Definitely do it! The school
was a fine choice but honestly it’s probably more about the captain
you get for the trip. The school is the administrator and planner but the captain really handles everything once you’re down there. We had Quincy Briscoe who was fantastic.
was a little dated for a “luxury” boat,the speculation. But honestly I have nothing to compare it to. A few things leaked, like the hatch
above my head
. And it rained at 4am many nights
You really do need to go over the material before you go down there. I had read everything but my wife only got through the 101/103 books
and the days of material she hadn’t reviewed yet were harder to follow and she had to study longer for the tests.
The location can’t be beat. We stopped at the Baths, Christmas
Cove on great St James island for some pizza. The Bight on Norman Island, also Jost Van dyke. Spent two nights in St John bays too.
We had a total of four students on the boat plus captain and his girlfriend. She did a lot of cooking
which was a huge help. The learning
started from the moment we hopped on the dinghy
and continued until we stepped off the last day. My wife did not like the constant attention it required from 8am-4pm ish. She wanted a vacation
too. I loved every second of it
The more you prepare ahead of time the more you can relax on the boat. We snorkeled many places, used a “subwing” off St. John, explored the Baths.
We’re going back in two weeks as a true bareboat
. I wanted to get back down there before we forgot everything.