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The US Sailing Keelboat Certification system offers  superior instruction that will make your dream escape a reality. Whether you’re planning to cruise over the horizon, or sail in local waters near home, we’re here to help you gain the knowledge and the skills to achieve your goals. As the National Governing Body for sailing, US Sailing  accredits only the top schools in the country. We have been serving sailors since 1897, and our commitment to our more than 45,000 members is to provide a safe, fun and successful lifestyle. Today, the membership of US Sailing is over 1,700 organizations strong, and counting.


The US Sailing Keelboat Certification System offers eight levels of certification for sailors and two for powerboaters. Courses range from Basic Keelboat, for sailors with little or no experience, through Offshore Passagemaking for blue water sailors. Each course certification builds on the previous level, combining learned skills with  hands-on training. You will gain new knowledge and experience in each course level and the opportunity to take your skills as far as you want to go, at your own pace.

The US Sailing Keelboat Certification System is a cooperative effort among our sailing schools, charter companies, the sailing industry, and US Sailing volunteers and staff. The system began in 1993 at the request of leading commercial sailing schools around the United States.

Designed to provide quality training and certification in keelboats for day sailing, coastal cruising, bareboat chartering, navigation and offshore passage making, the US Sailing Keelboat Certification System is offers both new sailors and experienced folks alike the opportunity to get on the water safely, and confidently.