Santana Sailing School

Anchored bow and stern at one the coolest coves on the N Side of Catalina - Cabrillo Beach

Learn to Sail and Cruise With Santana Sailing

We combine state of the art practical and online sail training with the highest certification standards in the business, and top it off with a guarantee of practical competency.  Building your competence and confidence on the water is what we do. 

Sound good?  Get your gloves and sunglasses and come on out with us for some Vitamin Sea!

What We Offer

  • State of the art sail training 
  • Confidence and competence to fulfill your sailing dreams
  • Sailing Certification Ranks recognized at Sunsail, The Moorings, and around the world
  • The International SLC™ so you can charter in the Mediterranean
  • Practical endorsements for skills such as Spinnaker, Anchoring, Catamaran, Maneuvers Under Power, Crew Overboard Rescue, and more
  • Training and certification in Newport Beach, exotic places, or with your boat and crew
  • Lifetime access to the NauticEd sail training curriculum

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  Keep sailing with us and you'll be able to do this yourself.  This pic is from our March 2018 trip on the Sea of Cortez

Keep sailing with us and you'll be able to do this yourself.  This pic is from our March 2018 trip on the Sea of Cortez


Off Dana Point in July

State of The Art Training

Santana Sailing is a NauticEd Sailing School.  Our practical training methodology, honed by two decades of on the water sailing and cruising instruction, is combined with state of the art online knowledge training which meets the American National Standards (ANSI) for sailing training and assessment.  Start checking it out with 2 Free NauticEd sailing courses right HERE.

  Certification in the Northern Channel Islands

Certification in the Northern Channel Islands

Guaranteed Practical Competency

Are you serious?  Yep.  

 This 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 a person has enrolled in a certification course that involves on the water training to the ANSI standard.  If and when you need to come back for more in order to pass the practical evaluation, it has to work with our existing schedule (this Guarantee does not apply to the SLC™ practical assessment, which is a pass/fail test of knowledge and skill required for chartering in the Mediterranean).   That's it.

Magic on a Sea of Cortez adventure

Get Tuned Up, Build Your Resume, and Go International

The certification ranks we offer, from Qualified Crew Member to Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master, Captain Rank, and the International SLC, are designed to help you get from where you are in the world of sailing to where you want to be.  Your certifications, combined with your experience - your sailing resume - are the keys.

Getting Tuned Up
Already have your Bareboat Certification but feel rusty?  Want Catamaran experience and Certification?  Get a refresher for your upcoming charter, or get your Bareboat Charter Master Certification in Newport Beach or on one of our Waterlife Adventures

Building Your Sailing Resume
Santana Sailing offers a free NauticEd online logbook, resume, and TrackLink app that will add to your online resume with a couple of taps on your iPhone.  The certifications and endorsements you receive are posted in your online resume, and the link can be sent to anyone who needs it.  Sign up for 2 Free Sailing Courses and get your online resume and logbook HERE.

Getting Your International SLC
Are you planning to charter in Spain, Italy, Croatia or elsewhere in the Med?  Get your International SLC by passing the exams online, and prep for and take the practical evaluation on the water in Newport Beach or on your boat.  And when you book your charter with NauticEd, they can pre-clear your license with the Yacht Charter Company for you.

Sailing Courses / Certification Ranks

Click the links below to see more about what interests you, or go to the top-level navigation under the School tab.
Qualified Crew
Basic Sailing / Skipper Small Keelboat (SSKB)
Basis Cruising / Skipper (large) Keelboat (SKPR)
Bareboat Charter Master / BBCM

International SLC
Practical Endorsements