NauticEd Sailing Certification
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With changing times, it's time for sailing to keep up. It's no secret, people are busier than ever. They have more demanding jobs, they want more time with their families and want more time for other recreational activities. For many, the prospect of sitting in a weekend class room is too much. They'd rather be on the water. Yet studies show that people also want personal continuing education and recognition. NauticEd is a perfect match for all this. Spend your time learning the theory of sailing at home in your own time -1/2 hour here -1/2 hour there - ten at night in your pj's. Doctor's, nurses, airline pilots do online learning and sailing is no less of a fit to learning the theory online.
While on the water experience is essential, the safe operation of a sailboat and responsibility for the crews lives also rests with understanding the vast amount of theory presented on Nauticed. NauticEd provides the medium for documenting everything in one place, your theory skills, your practical experience and your time spent with a professional instructor.
Often times, a sailor has enough experience to be an extremely accomplished sailor yet has had no professional practical schooling. Under any other certification system, this sailor goes unrecognized. However, charter companies will happily accept this sailor based on a qualifying logbook resume. Hence, the NauticEd Sailing Certificate provides a means for the sailor to be recognized without professional practical schooling.
With NauticEd, sailing schools can do what they enjoy most and what they do best - teach practical skills on the water. Students show up at a practical school with the theory out of the way and an equal base level of understanding. The student spends more time on the water and gains a real appreciation for the wind in their face, the exhilaration and the fun.
Finally, in the electronic age, there is no reason for a certification to take weeks or months to be awarded. With NauticEd, once the student is qualified, they instantly gain their certification and it can be downloaded immediately. Upgrades are automatically calculated and instantly awarded by the proprietary NauticEd Certification software.
Pilots record their flight time in a logbook because it is an absolute must for determining the potential competency of the pilot. The United States Coast Guard and most other country's coast guard or maritime agencies require a person to document their practical time on the water for professional boating licenses. Yet, in reality few if any sailors document their time in a paper logbook. Practically, it's just not done.
Charter companies, however, when determining if they will charter a boat to you, will ask you every time for a sailing resume and a list of practical experience to ascertain the worthiness of the sailor - and rightly so. Sailors typically scramble to determine their sailing experience and often misquote real experience due to lack of documentation.
Sailors deserve to be recognized for their experience. There is no existing certification that recognizes this because of the previous lack of practicality in logging time on paper. Times have changed and NauticEd has met the challenge to recognize sailors for their achievements.
NauticEd has made it easy to document on the water experience using the power of the internet. After a days sailing you can simply boot up your iPhone, Android device or handheld web browser, run the application, hit one button and viola - you've logged your day out on the water. Alternatively, you can log any experience past or present via your Facebook page or just log into NauticEd.org and do the same. It's that simple and easy.
The NauticEd Certification takes advantage of the power of the internet. It helps students track their actual time spent on the water, which is where real hands-on learning takes place. The more time spent on the water, the more experienced and capable a sailor will be. This is why for example the United States Coast Guard requires 1 years worth of time spent on boats as well as extensive theory test out before one can attain a USCG professional captain's license.
NauticEd has taken a similar theory PLUS experience approach and also added in an optional proficiency test by an accredited school:
- Students graduate through the Ranks by the theory courses they have taken and passed.
- Students move through the "Levels" of Rank by the experience they have gained on the water
- Students are acknowledged for verified proficiency by accredited schools.
Qualified Crew Member
All students automatically start out as "Crew - Level 0". Optionally, they can progress to Qualified Crew Member or chose instead to jump straight ahead to Skipper which is what most students do. Qualified Crew Members have completed either the Qualified Crew Member Course or the Skipper Course and have logged a minimum of 10 crew qualifying days (see below for the definiton of "Qualifying days"). Alternatively, the student can shortcut the 10 days to 4 days with practical proficiency training from an accredited Hands-On NauticEd Training School.
To gain the Rank of "Skipper", the student must take and pass the Skipper Course and the Maneuvering Under Power Clinic. The Skipper must then have a minimum of 10 qualifying days out on the water to achieve Level I. A student who has passed the theory requirements for Skipper but has only 4 or more qualifying days on the water but less than 10, is still ranked as Qualified Crew. As soon as they log the 10th qualifying day, they will automatically become a Skipper.
Bareboat Charter Master
To graduate to the Rank of a "Bareboat Charter Master", the Student must in addition to the Skipper courses, complete the Bareboat Charter Clinic (which contains the VHF Communications module (particularly inmportant for Greek and Croation port authorities)), the Coastal Navigation Clinic and the Anchoring a Sailboat Clinic. A Bareboat Charter Master can not have less than 50 days of qualifying experience on the water.
To further graduate to a "NauticEd Captain", the student must then additionally take the Weather, Sail Trim, Storm Tactics and the Safety at Sea Clinics. A NauticEd Captain can not have less than 50 days of qualifying experience on the water.
The NauticEd software will automatically take care of calculating your rank and level at any time.
Levels are defined as in the chart above.
- Level I is 10 days qualifying experience on the water (unless Qualified Crew Member, then 4 days with Proficiency Verification)
- Level II is 25 days qualifying experience on the water.
- Level III is 50 days qualifying experience on the water.
- Level IV is 100 days qualifying experience on the water.
- Level V is 200 days qualifying experience on the water.
In order to place real value on the experience, each day of experience must qualify according to the rules below
- At least 50% of the days must be as Master of the vessel
- Vessels must be 20 ft (6.1m) or longer.
- At least 50% of experience must be on a vessel 28 ft (8.5m) or longer
- Must be on a sailboat
- Similar to the USCG standard, a day is considered a minimum of 4 hours underway in any calendar day.
- For Qualified Crew Member, items 2, 4 and 5 apply
- A student has completed the Skipper Course, Maneuvering Under Power Clinic and has 35 days out sailing: 20 days on a 28 ft sailboat as the master of the vessel, 15 days on a 22 ft day sailor as crew. The student is ranked as a Skipper Level II.
- A student has completed the Skipper Course, Maneuvering Under Power Clinic, Bareboat Charter Clinic, Coastal Navigation Clinic, and the Sail Trim Clinic. She has 100 days out sailing. 50 as master of the vessel on a 32 ft sailboat, 10 as master of a 25 ft sailboat and 40 as crew on a 22 foot sailboat. The student is ranked as a Bareboat Charter Master Level III.
- A student has completed all the NauticEd Courses and Clinics. He has 25 days as master of a 38 ft vessel and 24 days as crew. He has also been checked out be a NauticEd accredited Sailing School. The student is 1 day short of being a NauticEd Captain and remains a Bareboat Charter Master Level III but also has gained the proficiency title from the school checkout.
Entering practical experience:
The NauticEd software keeps account of your sailing resume through your entries. Entries are tracked by date, type and size of boat and as crew or master of the vessel. Students can even set up their favorite boats for quick entry. This is all simply done via the NauticEd website, Facebook, handheld web browser page, or a nifty NauticEd iPhone or Android application. Just search for NauticEd in the iPhone app store or Android marketplace.
The NauticEd software will automatically take care of calculating your level at any time according to your entries and the rules above.
The Verified Proficiency Mark is an acknowledgement that the student has had on the water training and check out by an accredited NauticEd Professional Sailing School.
Although NauticEd recommends that all students gain practical instruction through an accredited Sailing School, it also recognizes that in many cases sailors feel they are already proficient in boat handling skills and choose not to go to a practical school. In this case then, Students still gain the sailing certification rank and level, however the Verified Proficiency mark is left off their logbook resume.
The Verified Proficiency Mark is attained by having the Professional Instructor log into NauticEd, and securely locate the student's profile online. The Instructor then verifies the profile for sailing proficiency.
The NauticEd software will automatically take care of marking your Logbook resume with the Verified Proficiency Mark.
The NauticEd software makes available to each Student their real time Logbook Resume. A student can save the Logbook Resume as a PDF document and email to any charter company, practical school or others. Or the student can make the resume accessible to charter companies via the NauticEd Website and a logbook passcode.
Updates to the Student's Facebook Profile are also done automatically and made available upon permission from the student. Data reported on the resume is all the relevant information a charter company would need to know to qualify you for a bareboat charter.
The Logbook Resume is securely protected. Only persons given express permission via their secret logbook code by the student can view the Logbook Resume.
Students pay for online classes and on the water instruction, but the entire certification and logbook tracking system is at no cost.
Start building your NauticEd Sailing Certification today.
- Take the NauticEd Skipper Course and the Maneuvering Under Power Clinic.
- At anytime you can begin building your FREE Logbook Resume.
- Download the iphone application to log your everyday experience. On your iPhone search for "NauticEd" or
- Use our handy sailing logbook Android app or
- Simply do it online when you login to your NauticEd account