Guaranteed Practical Competency

Are you serious? 
Yep.

 
 
  CA's Northern Channel Islands

CA's Northern Channel Islands

  Catalina

Catalina

  Catamaran on the Sea of Cortez

Catamaran on the Sea of Cortez

  Spinnaker sailing off Dana Point

Spinnaker sailing off Dana Point

  Sea of Cortez sunrise

Sea of Cortez sunrise

Guaranteed Practical Competency

 Let's think about why you are doing this.  You want the confidence and competence to go sailing, right?  You might want to charter locally and take family and friends, or maybe crew on your friend's race boat, or you might be dreaming about that Caribbean sailing vacation.

You want to feel like you can sail where you want to, handle things when the wind picks up, explore new places, and navigate the shoals to arrive at a secluded anchorage.  When You Know You Can Do It, and your family and friends know it too, you'll make the sailing memories that last a lifetime.  

Building real competence and confidence is what we do.  That's why not everyone gets their certification on the first go, and it's why you won't get a certification from us by just paying the money and attending the class.  You'll earn it.

Guaranteed Practical Competency means we won’t check off on your practical certification if you can’t really perform the skills – even though we really like you.  Until and unless you decide that sailing just isn’t for you, you can keep coming back for additional practical instruction, on the water, at no additional charge until we can absolutely, positively, check off on your practical abilities according to the ANSI sailing training and assessment standards. 

Here’s the fine print: 
The Guarantee of Practical Competency applies when you have enrolled in a certification course that involves on the water training to the ANSI standard.  Courses this guarantee applies to include Competent Crew Member, Skipper Small Keelboat, Skipper, and Bareboat Charter Master.  And so, it does not apply to workshops or endorsements, or the SLC™ practical assessment.  If and when you need to come back for more training in order to pass the practical evaluation on one of the certification courses this guarantee applies to, we'll work your training in on one of our current courses, with other students, as a part of our existing schedule. 

And you know, while that will sound revolutionary to my competitors, that kind of guarantee is exactly what you should expect from a sailing school.  You should be able to gain the knowledge, the confidence, and the practical competence you're looking for.  We can do that for you.  That's the way it should be.

Marc Hughston
Santana Sailing