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Learn to Cruise – sail further and faster with the 2-day Basic Cruising Course and Skipper Certification. Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including extended and heavy weather sailing on sailboats 25′ and larger.
After mastering the fundamentals, our Basic Cruising program introduces sailors to more advanced topics and sailing in diverse conditions. You will learn to cruise: be prepared for extended sailing, planning for new waters, adverse weather and troubleshooting. By the end of the course, students will have the skills to plan a full day or overnight cruise, and the confidence to execute it safely and enjoyably….
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• Online knowledge courses
• 2 days on the water and small group instruction
• NauticEd Skipper Certification once all certification requirements are achieved
• NauticEd membership, online resume and Tracklink ios app
2 Days Small Group Instruction
Courses are kept small for personalized instruction, and our instructors are highly experienced sailors and USCG Captains. The weekend will be spent both in the classroom (a little) and on the water (a lot), and the emphasis is on learning and practicing practical skills. By the end of the class, the instructor will verify your competency at a Skipper level, which means the instructor is confident in your abilities to sail or crew without him.
Some examples of what you’ll learn and practice:
- Advanced sailing theory
- Managing heel and weather helm
- Sail shape and rig control
- Heaving to, heavy weather techniques, and reefing underway
- Anchoring techniques
- Handling emergencies, docking under sail, and man overboard recovery
- Course plotting and steering by the compass
By the end of the course, students will have the skills to plan a full day or overnight cruise, and the confidence to execute it safely and enjoyably. And, we guarantee competency!
Certification requires you pass all the competency tests listed below. With NauticEd it’s really simple: when you sign-up, you’ll be given access to an online resume that records your online training, instructor sign-offs and experience.
Skipper certification requires Skipper knowledge training as well as Maneuvering under Power (to learn boat-handling skills), Practical competency in our 2-day on-the-water course and a minimum 4 days qualified sailing experience. Each step is recorded in your online resume, and once ALL the required steps are achieved – you’re certified. Certification requires successfully passing the following competency requirements:
√ Knowledge: Successfully Complete Online Skipper and Maneuvering Under Power classes
√ Practical Competency: 2-day course
√ Experience: 4 days of qualified sailing experience (prior experience counts)
The additional days of experience are required to demonstrate that you can successfully skipper on your own, utilizing what you learned online and on-the-water. The days are logged into your NaucticEd online logbook and once completed – you’re certified! For more information, see Sailing Certification.
American National Standard – Sail
Our training adheres to EDU-3 On-Water Sail Standards (American National Standard), the official standard for on-water instruction in entry-level recreational sailboat operation, and as is verified by NASBLA as conforming to an “independent third-party assessment process”.
The effort was funded by the United States Coast Guard in an effort to increase boating safety, and our courses utilize the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved Rubric Methodology. What does this mean? Our instructors use the ANSI ‘rubric methodology’ to objectively assess student performance in our courses. Upon successful completion, students will receive the ANS endorsement on their sailing certification, which signifies that their certification meets USCG recreational competence standards. Read more about the American National Standard and NASBLA »