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A Sailing Resume beats a Sailing Certification
It’s obvious when you think about it. It’s like Rock Paper Scissors.
Show up to a charter company with a sailing certification and it’s like showing up to a job interview with a degree. You’re going to get an entry level job which is akin to being authorized to charter a dinghy.
Every Charter company asks you every time for a resume. Show up to a job interview with a fully documented resume showing all the experience you have and you’re going to get an upper level management job – akin to getting a 40 foot charter boat ready for you to skipper yourself.
This is why many people are disappointed when they go get a BareBoat Sailing Certification from a random sailing association only to find out that it’s not worth what they thought it was – sure it contributes but it’s about time the sailing associations stopped lying to their own customers. A Bareboat Sailing Certification on its own WILL NOT NOT NOT allow you to charter a boat. Here is proof – the number for Sunsail USA is 877-651-9651. Call them and ask them if they will charter you a boat whereby you will not give them a resume but just a certificate. They will politely request a resume.
You must have a resume in order to charter a boat. You can fill one out on paper – or you can use NauticEd’s free cloud based resume builder. Either way is fine.
Another Variable is the International Certificate of Competence – the ICC. Most countries in Europe require you to have an ICC. And some even specify that it is a jailable offense. The ICC is not hard to get – the easiest way is to pass the RYA Day Skipper Course online at NauticEd and then visit an RYA Practical Training Center for practical training/sign off. In the USA, visit Yachting Education in Annapolis elsewhere find an RYA local training Center here.
You can also do the book work and exam at the Practical training center whilst you’re there – it’s your option – personally we believe getting it done prior to the practical training makes for a better practical training experience. Note: for North Americans, you can not get an ICC from an American based company who uses American training systems. It must come through a country who is a signatory to the United Nations Resolution 40. THe USA and Canada did not sign the resolution and thus the best way for North Americans to get the ICC is to go through the English RYA system. Fortunately, NauticEd has stepped up to provide this course and pathway to gain the ICC.
So if you’re going to Europe, all Charter companies will require an adequate resume AND an ICC. If not Europe then all Charter Companies will require an adequate resume.
So what is an Adequate resume? It’s one where you have believable documented experience as Master of a sailboat within close approximate length to the one you are chartering. When we interviewed charter companies world wide to see what they would accept and what they thought would be average safe experience, their answers were the precursor to our ranking system.
For Bareboat Charter you should document at least 50 days of sailing. 25 at least as master of the vessel and 25 at least on a sailboat larger than 28 ft (8.4 m).
Additionally, you should document theory knowledge. What they wanted to see was knowledge around anchoring, navigation, docking and maneuvering, general sailing and knowledge of bareboating and what to expect. These represent the courses we also require for our Bareboat Charter Master Rank.
Charter companies take notice of documented instructor time but they don’t require it. Certainly it makes them feel more comfortable and this is where a sailing association bareboat “certificate” comes in – it adds to the confidence.
Something else that we did to help charter companies increase their confidence about chartering to a NauticEd student was to implement an Authenticated entry ability into our logbook system. When you go sailing with someone, you click in your logbook that you went out with them. They are sent an email that asks if this was real. If they say yes then it authenticates your entry AND authenticates their entry if they are a student. The NauticEd Resume then shows the amount of time on the water with the % of Authentication.
When you add up the above conversation, you’ll now understand why we built this Resume system as we did. We set out in 2007 with tools such as the internet with burgeoning eLearning technology and the ability for students to login to the cloud and permanently store real life experience data. It’s what a modern education system should look like.
Start a NauticEd FREE cloud based sailing resume now. Just set up a free account and start loading up your experience into your resume. Then go to your profile tab and create a logbook code. Give this logbook code to your yacht charter company when you want them to view your sailing resume. They simply visit http://www.nauticed.org/student_verification – you can go there now and view yours or view the example student we have set up there.
Whilst you are entering your experience make sure you add CrewMates to Authenticate your time. If you ever get instructor training, make sure you give to your instructor your logbook code. They will login and verify your practical competence which shows in your resume.
We hope you “get it”, like a job resume – your sailing resume is a living breathing document that should be kept up to date. But it also tells a story about you and your competence. If you were a charter company, who would you charter a boat to – A certificate holder who gained that certificate from a sailing association with low standards on quality enforcement, or a student with a fully documented sailing resume?
On top of all that – our team has a lot of experience in Yacht Charter and we can organise a yacht charter for you – chances are we’ve sailed in every location you want to go. We can fill you in on the best places and charter companies. We don’t charge a fee for this service.
Sign in or sign up now and fill out your sailing logbook.
The NauticEd Logbook has been greatly enhanced to add specific information about each logbook entry.
Previoulsy, you made an entry of a day of sailing in a specific month and identified which vessel you were on and if you were the skipper or a crew member. While this was great and served well to build up your legitimate logbook entries, we decided that you would be served better is you could add authenticity to this experience by having a crew mate verify this sailing venture actually happened. This necessitated that the actual day of the month is identified and this gave rise to the opportunity to add some more specific optional information about that sailing venture like sea conditions, miles travelled, crew mates present and other notes.
We also made the sailors logbook entry system smart and quick so that it would speed up your past history entry process. In addition, we made it easy to replace your old logbook entries with new ones. All you have to do is make a past history entry in the same month and the logbook will automatically replace any old style entries with new style entries. There is an edit your past history window page that allows you to see what still remains as an old style entry. Right now we are advising to not make entries using your NauticEd iPhone App, but to do them online instead – for now until the App is updated.
What is significant about the NauticEd Sailor’s Logbook is that it is unique. No other logbook in the world like this exists and especially no other logbook in the world allows you to gain authenticated entries through your crewmates who were present with you on the sailing venture.
Here is a screen shot of a logbook entry page for your Sailors Logbook below. Also see the article on Crew Mate Authentication ™
If you have not started your Sailor’s Logbook entry yet, Login now for free and get going. It serves as a permanent electronic Sailor’s Logbook stored in the cloud – forever – for FREE.
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Making a sailor’s logbook entry is incredibly simple
This issue’s sailing tip is a pretty simple one. It will lead to you having more valuable practical sailing experience than you’d ever imagine. And it fits nicely in with any new years resolutions you might be considering.
When I lived in Austin Texas, I raced a lot with the local sailing club there on Lake Travis, an inland small lake. And I have to admit that much of my finer technical sailing knowledge came from those many regatta races.
When a sailboat racing next to you is inching ahead moment by moment you learn quickly the importance of accurate sail trim. And talk about drilling the rules of the nautical road – wow when you’re on collision course with dozens of yachts you’ve got to know the rules.
Here’s the tip: Join a local yacht club this year.
At NauticEd we REALLY believe that practical sailing experience is one of the keys to becoming an excellent sailor (of course we’re making a big assumption that you don’t have a goal to be a crappy sailor).
A bit of History: When we designed the NauticEd sailing certifications, we consulted with dozens of sailing instructors and many of the world’s largest charter companies. With out any hesitation, they all rated practical sailing experience as a must have to becoming a competent sailor (durh). When we looked at every other global sailing certification, none required practical sailing experience as a prerequisite to gaining the certification. That’s a bit strange we thought because in this digital age, it’s easy to write an algorithm that can combine theory knowledge and practical experience (well not that easy but you get the point).
Then we looked at the scuba diving industry and the scuba certifications. We found that the theory education was excellent but practically – if you can barely swim, you’ll still end up with a certification. Still strange! The scuba magazine editorials are full of complaints about new divers banging into the protected reefs because they can’t do the most basic buoyancy control.
When it comes down to it I guess, most certifying companies are more interested in the $ than the true competency of the student. Thus we decided to set the competency bar high so that the charter companies could truly trust a experience and theory based certification.
So here’s the big “but” that people ask us all the time then.
“But … how do I get sailing experience when I don’t own a boat”.
Well… in virtually every city with a sailing waterway there is a yacht club.
Joining a yacht club is pretty simple and relatively inexpensive for the return you’ll get. Costs range from $40 to $80 per month. And if you own a boat, many times the marina fees are less expensive than a regular marina.
Some clubs are very racing focused some are not. I’ll maintain however that even if you’re not a racing type person, racing experience will improve your cruising sailing skills vastly. Racing is like learning a language by immersion.
Yacht clubs are highly social and so you’re going to meet a lot of very cool and interesting people who will become your friends. Throw away the preconceived notions of the stereotype snooty stuffy yacht club and just join one and find out for yourself.
Yacht clubs many times have a nice pool for the kids to hang out in and they will get to hang out with other yachting type kids. A vast improvement from learning life skills at the mall.
Yacht clubs organize weekend sailing trips away. These are usually very fun flotilla events. Here you can learn a lot of overnighting and anchoring skills.
Occasionally yacht clubs will also organize a bareboat charter sailing holiday to places like the Caribbean, Mediterranean or the pacific islands. This is a great opportunity to join in on the safety of a flotilla.
Some people think that if you don’t own a boat, then what’s the point of joining a yacht club. However, if you don’t own a boat, then you should definitely join a yacht club. Here’s a big fact. Virtually all boat owners are desperate for crew for either racing or cruising events. This is proven by the dozens of post-its on the yacht club notice board from skippers looking for crew.
Typical Yacht Club Notice Board
So – this year, join your local yacht club. Put your name up on the notice board that you’re willing to crew. Commit to some regatta race series. Do some boat jumping to find the boat/crew/skipper that you like. Make some friends. Get lots of sailing experience and most importantly, fill out your free NauticEd electronic sailing logbook. As with above, your logbook is the single most important thing that the charter companies look at when you are trying to charter a boat.
And one more comment – years ago when I ran a large yachting membership program, the biggest reason that people dropped out was that they did not have friends to go sailing with them. A mistake that I made was that we should have promoted our boat owning members to also join a yacht club. There, they would have found plenty of new friends to go sailing with, from the exact same notice board mentioned above. If you own a boat – join your local yacht club this year.
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
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:
Take the NauticEd Qualified Crew or Skipper Course
Visit an accredited NauticEd hands-on practical sailing school and request practical training to the Qualified Crew or Skipper rank.
When the instructor deems you proficient, he or she will electronically stamp your Sailing Certification.
Make sure you’ve logged at least 4 Qualifying Crew Member days and …
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.
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Today, NauticEd Online Sailing School announced its release of the NauticEd Captain’s Rank. This coincides with the posting of the NauticEd Safety at Sea Clinic which is the final required course to attain the Sailing Certification Rank. The NauticEd Captain’s Rank focuses entirely on sailboat operations both near shore and offshore and is directed specifically towards the recreational sailboater.
Until now, many recreational sailboaters have been gaining a commercial boating license to attain the educational equivalence of Captain but with out the intention of operating commercially. Now with NauticEd, students can gain a Captain’s Sailing Certification with out jumping through the significant hoops associated with a commercial operator’s license.
This is very exciting for the sailing industry says Grant Headifen, Educational Director for NauticEd. ‘It means that we can have more educated boaters on the water and the investment cost in the education is well within reach of every sailboater. We’ve lowered the barriers and made the experience fun and interactive with multimedia learning. Now, if anyone wants to learn to sail, gain a sailing certification or just increase their sailing education, doing it online makes it more accessible and thus more likely to be done”. The Educational investment in the Captain’s Rank is less than $US300.
Headifen estimates it will take the average student 60 hours of study over time to complete the theory courses and online tests associated with the NauticEd Captain’s Rank. The NauticEd online Courses required to gain the rank cover a wide breadth of topics listed as follows:
Maneuvering Under Power
Safety at Sea
Captain's Rank bundle of Sailing Courses
In addition, a NauticEd Captain must have logged a minimum amount of real sea time which is denoted by a level associated with the Rank as follows:
Captain Level III – 50 days of sea time;
Captain Level IV – 100 days of sea time
Captain Level V – 200 days of sea time.
Time is logged on NauticEd’s online sailing logbook and can be accessed via iPhone and Android apps or on an internet connected computer.
NauticEd which stands for Nautic Education offers 2 lower level Sailing Certifications; Skipper and Bareboat Charter Master. These are achieved by passing fewer courses than listed above. NauticEd also offers other online courses such as a Catamaran Sailing Confidence, Celestial Navigation, and a Crew Course.
To learn more sailing tips from NauticEd Sailing School visit our website.
I get this message below all the time from people that I know or meet. Here’s one I got this morning through my Linkedin account.
Long time no see. Grant, I’m thinking about learning to sail. Your sailing vacations all over the world have inspired me. What do I do, where do I start, can I buy you a beer some time and get some advice from you.
Here’s my reply this morning
Would be good to catch up. In the meantime – here’s my advice. Obviously I’m a little biased here but you should really start with one of my online theory classes. I’d recommend the NauticEd day skipper courses. That will give you a good solid knowledge of what you need to know when starting out on a learn to sail quest.
Skipper Sailing Course
The next thing I would recommend is to spend ¼ million dollars on a boat – nah just kidding. Go join our local yacht club and do some racing. Almost every yacht club is begging for members to be crew on their boats. A note on their pin up board that you want to crew will attract multiple phone calls to you. Also just call their office and ask what you should do. But I guarantee that they will be more than happy to have you out there. Yacht clubs appear old and stodgy on the out side but once you get inside there are dozens of skippers that are keen to help out.
Whether or not you’re into yacht racing, racing is the absolute best way to learn fast through immersion and you can rack up the experience fast. By taking the skipper course you’ll have the theory knowledge to know what you’re doing on the boat. Now you just need to burn it into your brain with the practical sailing skills.
Log all your yacht club time in our free online logbook as it counts towards your sailing certification rank.
Another thing you can do is to go to the local sailing school. In Austin it is the Texas Sailing Academy. They teach a 2 weekend long basic introduction to sailing and will give you hands on training. Just make sure that whatever school you go to that they don’t put too many people on the boat at one time. It waters down your practical experience. Some schools do this to keep the cost down but if you’re there to learn to sail then you’re there to learn to sail not water it down with a cheap course. With Sailing courses you get what you pay for.
The other ways to gain practical sailing experience is to catch up with friends who have a sailboat. Funny enough but sailboat owners are almost desperate to have some one call them and say “would you like to come sailing with me on your boat this weekend”? But people learning to sail are always too embarrassed to ask – so sailboats tend to sit in the slip month after month. So just ask.
If your goal is to take a sailing vacation then I’d also recommend aiming to reach our Bareboat Charter Master Rank and our day skipper theory courses. Most worldwide charter companies accept our certification. Sailing vacations are the way to go. They’re relatively inexpensive and you get to go to some awesome places. As you know, every year we gather our friends and go somewhere. This year we’re chartering three boats with The Moorings South Pacific in Tonga. I was up there a few months back and wow – what an incredible place. By the time we get there next month the place is supposed to be teeming with whales.
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 Ted
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.
This is the day 2 introduction to NauticEd sailing school. Watch the video and/or read the text below.
This is the content of the day 2 email of 6 in your introduction to NauticEd.
Today we’ll discuss the NauticEd Sailing Certification and show you how to get discounts off NauticEd courses or even get them for free using the our social media program.
Get Discounts and Free NauticEd Courses
Login now and go to the Gifts Macro Button. Follow the simple instructions to create your own promotion code. Send the promotion code to everyone and anyone you know that is interested in sailing. You can even post the promocode on your facebook wall right from that page or tweet it out. However you do it – make your promotion code known.
When others use your promotion code they get $15 off their first introductory course to NauticEd and you get to accumulate $10 each time some one uses your code. But hurry because if they use someone else’s, they can’t use yours.
About the NauticEd Sailing Certification
NauticEd provides Sailing Education and Certifications to the sailing and boating world. The NauticEd Sailing Certification is accepted by the world’s largest Charter Companies like:
BVI Yacht Charters,
Sailing New Zealand,
The Catamaran Company,
Gulf Charters Thailand
Dream Yacht Charters
View our video of the NauticEd sailing certification
Update to that video information: We now require the Anchoring course and the Electronic Navigation course to be passed to be awarded the Bareboat Charter Master Rank. I don’t think anyone would argue with that requirement considering the number of charterers we have seen dragging anchor in the middle of the night and that every charter boat nowdays is fitted with a chart plotter – and that everyone has a gps device in their pocket.
Our Sailing Certification Works as Follows:
The Certification is based on 4 Ranks and 5 Levels within each rank.
Ranks are Qualified Crew – Skipper – Bareboat Charter Master – Captain. They are based on the theory education and passing grade the student has attained as well as a required minimum level of experience.
Levels reflect the days-on-the-water experience that a student has logged in the FREE NauticEd online logbook. An algorithm in the NauticEd software calculates the level awarded based on size of the sailing vessel and whether the student was master or crew on the vessel.
All students automatically start out as “Crew”
Students then begin to take online theory courses. To gain the Rank of “Qualified Crew” the student must take and pass either the Qualified Crew Member Course, the Skipper Course or the RYA Day Skipper Course plus have a minimum of 10 qualifying days out on the water or 4 days with a professional instructor.
To gain the Rank of “Skipper“, the student must take and pass the Skipper Course (or the RYA Day Skipper Course) AND the Maneuvering Under Power Course. The Skipper must then have a minimum of 10 qualifying days out on the water to achieve Level I (or 4 days out with an instructor).
A student may be awarded a Skipper – Small boat Rank if their experience does not match the 28 foot (9m) requirement for boat size.
To graduate to the Rank of a “Bareboat Charter Master“, the Student must in addition to the Skipper Rank requirement, complete the Bareboat Charter Clinic, the Coastal Navigation Clinic, the Electronic 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 at any time.
Levels are defined according to the following schedule:
Level I is 10 days qualifying experience on the water.
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.
Qualifying days are based on an algorithm, which ensures that the majority of the experience is performed as the Master of a sailing vessel larger than 28 ft.
Because the NauticEd certification is based on theory knowledge and practical experience, it thus follows the same requirements that most countries place on an official license. For example the United States Coast Guard requires 360 days of practical experience on the water to be eligible for a Captain’s license.
It follows then that most charter companies world wide recognize and are happy to accept the NauticEd certification of Bareboat Charter Master Level III as a prerequisite to chartering one of their boats. In the Mediterranean however, you will need the International Certificat of Competency (the ICC). See the RYA Day Skipper course to achieve that License.
While I’m waiting for the America’s cup race to start and twittering the updates to the delayed start – I thought I’d add a blog update about our upcoming Tonga Sailing flotilla.
The dates will be August 30th to September 7th 2010.
Sailing in Tonga
Come join us in one of the most tropical sailing locations in the world. Only seven boats will be in the flotilla so contact NauticEd now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements are that the skipper must have reached the Bareboat Charter Master Rank – see the video about how to get to this rank at NauticEd Certification on youtube.
Essentially you must have passed the following sailing courses: Skipper, Maneuvering Under Power, Coastal Navigation, Bareboat Charter plus have documented a minimum of 50 qualifying days on a sailboat.
This will be one of the most fun sailing vacations you could have. We’ve got loads of fun activities planned every day including a mini regatta. Tonga is known for its whale watching, pure white sandy beaches, the friendliest people and tropical fruit like you’ve never tasted. Come on!