With the US Sailing Certification system, anyone can learn to sail. Our network of accredited schools offer seven levels to help you sharpen your skills and gain confidence. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to take out Basic Keelboat course which will introduce you to the important concepts and give you time at the help. During the course, you’ll work with an experienced instructor who will provide you with opportunities to practice and direction to help you improve. Find a school near you.
You will learn the fundamental principles of safe, confident daysailing on a keelboat ranging from 18 to 27 feet in length in light to moderate winds. Learn the basics while enjoying a beautiful day on the water. Student will see their confidence rise from day one to that of a competent sailor by the end of the course.
Sailors with prior experience may choose to Challenge the certification.
Are you a naturally competitive person? Do you love the racing side of the sport? This course is for you! Our instructors will help you learn to analyze, adjust, and shape your sails for maximum speed. Covering a variety of topics to help you achieve optimum racing performance. This course brings your keelboat sailing skills to a new level without moving up to a bigger boat.
Anyone who is certified at the Basic Keelboat level is eligible for Performance Sailing
Basic Cruising Certification opens the door to an exciting new world of cruising. You will learn to sail and operate a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat under sail and power during daylight hours and in sight of land.
With coaching from an experienced instructor, you will gain the knowledge and skill to successfully charter boats in destinations that were only distant dreams by practicing your boat handling skills on a 30-45 foot cruising sailboat. You will learn everything from using charts and electronics to navigating and meal planning for your crew.
Once you’ve completed the Bareboat Cruising Course you’ll be eligible for the International Proficiency Certificate© which will help you charter a boat in Mediterranean waters.
The Catamaran endorsement is available to anyone who has completed Bareboat Cruising and is held on a catamaran of at least 34 feet. During this course you’ll develop the skills to handle a catamaran confidently, and safely whether it’s a single or twin screwed boat.
The Coastal Navigation course teaches traditional navigation techniques while integrating electronic navigation tools into the navigation plan. The course features a lively, visual, format with excellent charts, illustrations, and diagrams all working together to make navigation and piloting easy and understandable to apply. There is no prerequisite for attending this course.
You will learn, and practice, the skills required for safe coastal passages as a skipper or crew aboard an inboard auxiliary powered cruising sailboat during passages on coastal waters, in all weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night.
Master the ancient art of open ocean position fixing using a sextant and timepiece. You will be able to apply your knowledge of sight reduction Methodology to reduce a sextant sight to a plotted line of position using any celestial body found in the Nautical Almanac.
Sailors who are contemplating the exploration of offshore passages will gain skills and knowledge in planning, watchkeeping, living aboard, safety at sea and more in this course. You will learn to sail a cruising sailboat in passages for most weather conditions, including all levels of visibility and all hours of the day and night. Get the training you need for handling the more challenging coastal passages of the world where the conditions and distances call for more than coastal passage making skills.
The Basic Powerboat Cruising course will teach you how to responsibly operate a powered cruising vessel 26′ or during daylight hours within sight of land in light to moderate wind and sea conditions.