Your Sailing Certificate Progress

Posted by Grant Headifen on January 24, 2011 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

You’ll notice a new NauticEd sailing school widget  next time you login to NauticEd. It’s a quick snapshot of your Sailing Certificate Progress through the ranks and levels.

Sailing Certificate Progress

Sailing Certificate Progress

The widget views your completed NauticEd theory experience and your practical experience logged in your NauticEd online logbook. It runs an algorithm against that data and presents a graphical representation of how close you are to reaching each rank and level.

In the example above, the student has completed the Skipper requirements, is 76% of the way towards Bareboat Charter Master and 48% of the way towards Captain. The slider bar is weighed according to course effort and practical experience logged.

When you click on the [more] button you are lead to a page which shows in more detail what your requirements would be to achieve 100% in the next Ranks above.

You’ll notice that NauticEd does place significant weight on practical experience. We absolutely believe that after taking classes you can’t expect to step on a boat and know everything. And we also believe that students must have a grounding in theory. Rules of the Nautical Road, navigation, turbulence theory vs laminar flow theory, knowledge of what to do in an emergency etc etc are all theory based elements in learning to sail. I guess we might compare this to an electrician. I would assume that most people would want their electrician to have studied the theory as well as spent many hours as an understudy working in the field in a practical manner before he comes to rewire a house. In fact this is why State governments require such theory and practical experience combo licenses.

It’s an interesting debate as to weather state governments should require boating licences. But I digress…

Anyway, next time you’re logged into NauticEd take a look at your Sailing Certificate Progress widget.

For more info on how to navigate and reach each Rank with the NauticEd Sailing School – Sailing Certificate go to our website.

Qualified Crew Member Certification

Posted by Grant Headifen on December 21, 2010 under About NauticEd, Crew | Be the First to Comment

Here’s  an exciting addition to the NauticEd Sailing Certification system. We’ve now added a Qualified Crew Member Rank which is super easy to gain with the right education and experience. This announcement follows right on the heals of releasing the Safety at Sea clinic allowing for the advanced graduation to the Rank of NauticEd Captain. We’re really pulling the stops out these days and developing what a 21st century Sailing Certification should really look like.

A typical Qualified Crew Member Sailing Certificate

A typical Qualified Crew Member Sailing Certificate

Qualified Crew Member applies to all those who have not yet made it to the Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master or Captain Rank. Or if you own a boat, it can apply to all those people that sail on your boat and you wish they knew a little more.

The Qualified Crew Member Rank works similar to the other ranks in that the student must pass a NauticEd educational course and log experience in our FREE online logbook.

To become a Qualified Crew member, the student must pass either the Crew Member Course or the Skipper Course and, for level 1, log a minimum of 10 days on the water. Alternatively, the student can shortcut the 10 days by becoming Proficiency Verified through an accredited NauticEd Hands-On-School offering an on-the-water practical training class and logging just 4 days.

This exciting announcement means that the Qualified Crew Member Rank is with in realistic reach of anyone without compromising any educational and certification integrity. Following that, the step up to Skipper is again with in easy reach.

To move through the levels in the Qualified Crew Member Rank, just follow this below:

  • Level I – 10 Qualifying Days or 4 qualifying days with Practical Proficiency Verification
  • Level II – 25 Qualifying Days
  • Level III – 50 Qualifying Days
  • Level IV – 100 Qualifying Days
  • Level V – 200 Qualifying Days

The Practical Proficiency Verification stamp works as simple as this:

  1. Take the NauticEd Qualified Crew or Skipper Course
  2. Visit an accredited NauticEd hands-on practical sailing school and request practical training to the Qualified Crew or Skipper rank.
  3. When the instructor deems you proficient, he or she will electronically stamp your Sailing Certification.
  4. Make sure you’ve logged at least 4 Qualifying Crew Member days and …
  5. Viola – you’re a certified NauticEd Qualified Crew Member and your online Sailing Certification is instantly upgraded.

If you want to see how Qualified Crew Member Students will be tested on the water – visit this site and down load the Crew Member test out PDF.


Qualified Crew Member Sailing Course - e-book.

Qualified Crew Member Sailing Course - e-book.

The Qualified Crew Member Course or the upgrade to the Skipper Course makes a really fantastic last minute Christmas Present Stocking Stuffer. Download this free word doc stocking stuffer:

You just fill it out and give it to your crew member announcing the course as a gift and their login and password details. Then, look forward to more helpful and knowledgeable crew in 2011.

We’re really looking forward to 2011 – we’ve got a ton of new features planned to help you make 2011 an aquatic year so keep on keeping on with those sailing classes.

Seasonal Salutations

Grant Headifen
Educational Director NauticEd

Sailing Certification Question

Posted by Grant Headifen on June 3, 2010 under Bareboat Charter, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

Here is a question posted by one of our students today with our response following.

On 6/4/10 1:54 PM, “Ted” wrote:


I have recently started through your courses in the hope of chartering next winter. My own boat is a 25′ Catalina. From your information it appears that I will not receive credit for my days on water due to my boat being under 28′. Is that correct and therefore will I not be able to progress beyond crew level 0?

Thank you for your time




Some of your small sailboat experience is counted. However, the sailing certification and experience that the yacht charter companies are requiring is that their customers have some experience on larger sailboats before they responsibly release a sailboat to anyone on a chartered sailing vacation. As you can imagine, sailing experience is a major factor for them in lending out their charter sailboats. When we consulted with the major yacht charter companies in the world to put this program together they were adamant and rightly so that a proper and valuable sailing certification would include some big boat time.

My advice would be to buddy up with some one the local yacht club who has a larger boat to gain the experience you’ll need.

You will be able to advance to Skipper as soon as you log 5 days more on a sailboat 28ft or longer whilst you are acting as master of the vessel.

I hope that answers your question.


Grant Headifen
Educational Director


Day 5 of 6 in an introduction to NauticEd

Posted by Grant Headifen on May 16, 2010 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

This is day 5 of 6 in your introduction to NauticEd International Sailing School

Watch the video and/or read the text below.

Today we’re discussing practical sailing schools and how you can get a verified proficiency stamp added to your sailing certificate.

Sailing Certificate with Proficiency Stamp

The Verified Proficiency Mark is an acknowledgement that the student has had on the water training and check-out by an accredited NauticEd Professional Affiliated 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 after the Professional Instructor tests out the student on the water using the NauticEd Practical Proficiency Check list which is available at

The Instructor then simply logs into NauticEd, securely locates the student’s profile online and verifies the profile for sailing proficiency with one click. The NauticEd software then automatically and instantly marks the student’s certification with the Verified Proficiency Mark. The Verified Proficiency Mark adds significant value to the student’s certification because it adds further proof of the Student’s sailing abilities.

We’ve also added a cool WEB 2.0 technology which allows the student to grade the instructor on his or her instructing abilities. This grade shows against the instructor’s profile on their NauticEd school page.

Our list of professional schools is growing. If you don’t see your favorite school listed on our site at then let them know about NauticEd.

Visit one of our sailing schools to gain a Verified Proficiency Mark for your sailing certification.

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Until then – fair winds

Grant Headifen

Director of Education
NauticEd International Sailing School