Bareboat Rank and SLC Training and Assessment in the Channel Islands

Achieving your Bareboat Charter Master Rank is a step that will enable you to charter sailing yachts around the world. And, if you are planning on chartering in the Mediterranean, you need your SLC - the international sailing license to charter. I would bet that you’ve been thinking about it. The good news is, getting your practical assessment for the SLC and BBCM in the challenging and rewarding Channel Islands will open a whole new world of opportunity, right off the Southern California coast.

It’s been said that if you can cruise the Channel Islands, you can cruise anywhere. It can be windy and wild, there’s amazing scenery, and once away from the marina there are no moorings, no grocery stores or beach bars, and rarely any crowds. Sailing Skill Endorsements will also be awarded to successful grads including Heavy Weather Experience (depending on conditions), Anchoring, Maneuvering Under Power, and Crew Overboard Rescue. Each day includes time for snorkeling and exploring ashore. Students provision the boat with guidance from the instructor.

You’ll become well-versed in anchoring bow and stern, and on a single hook. Photo: Gabi Schwaiger

Reaching in the Windy Lane

Sutil Island, SW of Santa Barbara Island

2019 DATES:

5 Day Voyages From Long Beach

  • April 18-22

  • July 17-21

The Painted Cave

Eric Stoller’s beautiful photo of Sunrise at Anacapa Island

SLC and Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Cruise Package Pricing


  • $990 per person

  • $1760 per private cabin or 2-together

  • 8% Long Beach Harbor fee applies.

  • 5% Loyalty discount for Santana Sailing School grads and past cruise participants

  • Deposit is 60% at the time of booking, balance due 60 day prior. Please see Payment Options, and read and agree to the Cancellation Policy.

What’s Included

  • Professional USCG Licensed captain as your instructor.

  • Dinghy and outboard, fuel, port fees and permits, everything having to do with the boat.

  • Bedding, towels.

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the marina.

  • Hotel stays and meals ashore before or after the cruise, and alcohol.

  • Meal planning and provisioning - a shared expense, completed by crew as part of the practical assessment.

  • NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master Bundle of courses, chart, and nav tools are sold separately.

Important Notes

  • Significant advance preparation on your part is required.

  • This Sail Training Adventure includes training and assessment required for the SLC and Bareboat Charter Master Rank.

  • All requirements for the SLC must be completed before it will be issued, including successful completion of on-the-water skills assessment on this cruise, completion of on-line course work, sea time documentation, and more.

  • See the comprehensive list of requirements for the SLC at this link: How To Gain Your Mediterranean Sailing License.

  • Organizational and administrative details will be shared when you RSVP, or upon your request.

  • Deposit is 60% at the time of booking, balance due 60 days prior. Please see Payment Options, and read and agree to the Cancellation Policy.

Approaching Santa Barbara Island, with Sutil Isl to Stbd


Intermediate to advanced sailors who want to train and test through the Practical Competency Verification for the Bareboat Charter Master Rank and/or the SLC

In the pass between Sutil & SBI


NauticEd Skipper rank, ASA 103, US Sailing Basic Cruising Cert, or equivalent experience. Participants should be in good physical condition. Not ready for this step? Take one of our SLOW Cruises to check things out and build confidence.

Unique anchorages abound

Unique anchorages abound


To apply for participation on this trip please fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. Once your application is reviewed we will contact you for the next steps.