Basic Cruising / Skipper Certification

With reefed main and headsail, we aim toward Laguna Beach.

With reefed main and headsail, we aim toward Laguna Beach.

It's your call Skipper.  We're down to the first reef on the main and headsail.  The wind is building, and she has her shoulder down waiting for more.  What's the next step?

In the Basic Cruising course, with Skipper certification, you will learn to handle just this kind of situation with confidence.  This is where the magic starts to happen. 

  • Prerequisites: SSKB certification, ASA 101, US Sailing Basic Keelboat, or equivalent experience

  • Small group training, with discounts for 2-together / couples

  • Guaranteed Practical Competency

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Practical On The Water Training

Using the Skipper Certification rubrics, the Basic Cruising / Skipper Course builds on the knowledge and skill from the Basic Sailing Course.  You'll refine your tacking and gybing, get more comfortable with maneuvers under sail in close quarters, and become proficient in crew overboard rescue maneuvers.  Practical navigation and anchoring skills, and more advanced maneuvering under power is all a part of your on the water training.  You'll be ready for day sail charters, and you'll get the foundation you need for Bareboat Charter Master certification.  Download the Skipper Rubrics Here so you can see exactly what the training focuses on.

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Includes Skipper Course bundle from NauticEd

State of the art online training topics include Weather and Sea Conditions, Electrical Systems, Diesel Engine, Rigging and Sails, Rules and Safety, Slip Departure and Return, Sailing, Communications, Navigation, Anchoring and Mooring, and Safety and Emergencies, Maneuvering Under Power.  Includes lifetime access to course materials.  Complete this course prior to beginning your on the water training.


  • NauticEd membership, and lifetime access to courses purchased

  • NauticEd Skipper Course

  • Free online Logbook and Resume - you need this for that BVI charter you're thinking of...

  • Free TrackLink App - makes adding to your sailing resume automatic and easy

  • Small group training, with discounts for couples

  • 3 days of on the water training, 18 hours total

  • Guranteed Practical Competency

Course Fees:

  • Semi private - $895; we'll pair you with 1 or 2 other students; 4 days of on the water training, 6 hour sessions

  • 2-Together / Couples - $1595; you and your buddy / partner learn together; 4 days of on the water training, 6 hour sessions

  • 8% Long Beach Harbor fee applies

American National Standard - Sail

Our training methodology meets the On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – SAIL, the newly released 2017 American National Standard for on-water instruction in entry-level recreational sailboat operation.  

American National Standard for On-Water Recreational Boating Skills

Guaranteed Practical Competency

We really want you to have the skills - we know that you do too.  And we have high standards - actually, the highest standards.

That's why our policy is that until we can absolutely, positively, check off on your practical abilities according to the ANSI sailing training and assessment standards (we hope that happens the first time), you can keep coming back for additional practical instruction, on the water, at no additional charge. See all the fine print at this link: Guaranteed Practical Competency

Here's what this guarantee means:  when you get the certification, it'll be because you've shown us you that you have the knowledge, you can apply it on the water, and you can really sail the boat!