Learn To Sail / Skipper Small Keelboat Lessons

Here we are just out on a fun day sail - this is what you'll be doing soon!

Here we are just out on a fun day sail - this is what you'll be doing soon!

This is where it begins.  Basic Sailing is a learn to sail course in which you'll get comfortable sailing a modern keelboat with two cabins, a head (restroom), a full galley, and other amenities found on a cruising yacht.

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Practical On The Water Training

Using the Skipper Certification rubrics, the Skipper Small Keelboat course will introduce you to rigging and systems below decks, teach you how to prepare the boat for departure, recognize wind direction and points of sail, maneuver the boat under sail and power, and safely return to the dock.  You'll learn to be a competent sailor, and get the foundation you need for Basic Cruising, and Skipper (large keelboat) certification.  

Click the pic for more details on this course

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Includes Skipper Small Keelboat Course from NauticEd

State of the art online training topics include Weather and Sea Conditions, Electrical Systems, Rigging, Rules of the Road, Maneuvering in the Marina, Sailing, Communications & Navigation, Anchoring and Mooring, and Safety.  Includes lifetime access to course materials.  Complete prior to beginning your on the water training.


  • NauticEd membership, and lifetime access to courses purchased

  • NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat 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

  • 4 days of on the water training, 24 hours total

  • Guaranteed 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.  


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. 

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!