Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tortola BVI
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As a Tourist... you can only stay in the BVI for 30 days at a time. You can get extensions by going to the Road Town Immigrations and Customs office but it can be a several day long frustrating process most avoid at all cost.
Not sure you can get a "Student" Visa for learning to sail or if one even exist in the BVI.
It is a long process to get a residency certificate but you will need to start before you arrive.
Most of us who spend a lot of time in BVI do it by making monthly trips to other locations such as USVI for a few days/ weeks then return.
You may have trouble getting anyone to provide you with accommodations for more than 30 days due to the restrictions on how long you can stay...
BTW... do not say you are on business when you enter... that will significantly REDUCE the time you are allowed in the country.
While I do by far prefer the BVI myself, you may want to consider taking your classes in the USVI where problems of stay length may not be such a problem.
I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.... Jack London