Navigation Rules Hybrid Paper/eBook

Posted by Director of Education on February 5, 2015 under Skipper | Comments are off for this article

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Learn the Rules of the Nautical Road in the most high-tech/low-tech manner possible. Huh?

We’re excited to release our new first hybrid paper/eBook 92 pages long in full color.

It’s a real paper book that comes alive with video and animations. It serves as an excellent paper book resource for your boat. When you have you mobile device with you – the book will come alive.

View it here:

OR view on create space

https://www.createspace.com/5259929

Navigation Rules BookFirst we struggled, why release a paper book when NauticEd is the World’s Most Advanced Sailing Education and Sailing Certification company? How can you view a video or animation on paper? The answer became simple once we put on our thinking hats – use an App so that it can scan a QR Code  inside the book where we want to explain a concept better with a multimedia element. So now here is the book – available on createspace.com.

(Note the image shows a hardback book – it is really a softback book but professionally bound by createspace (an Amazon company) and available as a print on demand book).

Tap the image to download the first 7 pages of this hybrid book.

Here is how a hybrid Paper/eBook works: The book is like any other paper book with images and text. BUT … with any QR code Reader App or our new (FREE)  NauticEd App (coming in a few days) the paper book comes alive  in certain places. In the NauticEd App, we built in a QR Scan code function. Or you can use any QR Reader App on any device. As an example, throughout the book you will see QR codes like this to the right.  Scan it now with any QR Code reader or the NauticEd App.

QR Code Example in the Navigation Rules hybrid book

QR Code Example in the Navigation Rules hybrid book

To get a QR Reader – For Android go here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.scan.android.client For iOS go here after Feb 15th 2015: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nauticed-sailing/id502471101?mt=8 Note – wait for the new App release otherwise use this one: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8

When you scan any QR code the book element comes alive through your mobile device. Otherwise – the book is a stand alone excellent explanation of the Rules of the Nautical road and is a good and quick easy read. But with the addition of scanning the QR Codes, you’re going to light up with all the fun of a hybrid Paper/eBook.

Order from Createspace NOW.

https://www.createspace.com/5259929

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NauticEd – yet again, bringing amazing technology to Sailing Education!
 

NauticEd Reviews

Posted by Director of Education on November 24, 2011 under About NauticEd | Comments are off for this article

At NauticEd Sailing School we’ve been collecting student reviews on our sailing courses few quite some time now and we’ve got to say a big thank-you to our students for submitting them all. It’s been awesome to see all the NauticEd reviews come in.

By and large most all of the NauticEd reviews on our courses have been extremely positive and we’ll list some of them below. We’ve also had a few NauticEd Reviews that were constructive criticism which we value very much. Those ones were almost all related to spelling or typo issues. And just being honest here, a while back we did have one person even ask for their money back because of a number of typos that were found. Fortunately, not long after that one of our valued students who is a professional editor offered to review all the courses for those errors. We promptly accepted and he went through all of the courses to remove as many as he could find. Thanks Jim!

Still every now and then we get a student point another out and we promptly fix those. We encourage this feedback but those are very few now. Quite honestly I’m a better sailor than speller but we agree that that should not detract from the professionalism of the site.

Please note that we value every one of our NauticEd reviews by our students and act accordingly.

We did have two other students ask for their money back based on the courses that they took were too basic for them. However, one student then went on to purchase a more advanced course. We stand by our money back guarantee. It just makes sense to do this especially in this digital world where NauticEd reviews can appear anywhere on the internet and like any business we only want good ones.

Now to the good stuff – each of our sailing courses has embedded into it a third party piece of software from rating-system.com that allows our students to make comments and give a NauticEd review after they’ve completed the sailing course. These reviews and comments are then posted automatically to the specific sailing course page. For example to see the NauticEd Reviews of our skipper sailing course go directly to the skipper sailing course page. There you’ll see the NauticEd reviews.

Here are some of the NauticEd reviews on the skipper sailing course page.

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Clarity 5
Informative 5
Quality 5
Recommend 5
19 October 2011
NauticEd Review:

A very thourgh basic understanding of sail boat knowledge.

Clarity 3
Informative 4
Quality 4
Recommend 4
13 August 2011
NauticEd Review:
To aid in remembering the different configurations for entering/leaving the slip, it would be good to say why the various approaches are recommended rather than just what to do in each situation.
Clarity 5
Informative 5
Quality 5
Recommend 5
13 August 2011
NauticEd Review:
In fog, I think Id motor for more control. But Im an amateur.
Informative 5
Clarity 4
Quality 5
Recommend 5
8 August 2011
NauticEd Review:
A nice course with a wide range of information. I would prefer printable PDF but Youtube movie would be impossible then.
(An example of how we listen to our NauticEd reviews is we have since gone through and added PDF downloads to most of our courses)
Clarity 4
Informative 4
Quality 4
Recommend 4
8 August 2011
NauticEd Review:
great intro
Clarity 5
Quality 5
19 July 2011
NauticEd Review:
You should periodically check your links to outside resources to see if they are broken. Otherwise, this is a very helpful module.
Clarity 5
Quality 5
5 July 2011
Review:I thought this course would be just a review of things I had learned while taking ASA 101,103 and 104. I was sooo wrong! This course adds a great deal of information to what I had already learned. I was very impressed with how up to date and in depth that information is. It was well worth taking.
Clarity 4
Quality 3
5 July 2011
NauticEd Review:
Worthwhile.
Clarity 4
9 June 2011
Review:maybe more detail will come in future units
Clarity 3
Quality 3
4 June 2011
NauticEd Review:
The tides and currents information, especially the charts and graphs are a bit overwhelming to a beginner. Obviously very important though, so would have liked to be more carefully immersed into it.
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You’ll also notice the Star ratings. on our sailing courses page, a summary of those stars is listed next to each sailing course and you’ll notice that there are no stars less than 4/5. We think thats pretty impressive and we hope you do to.

Our most popular sailing course is the NauticEd maneuvering and docking a sailboat under power sailing course

This course receives dozens and dozens of excellent NauticEd reviews and we’re very proud of this sailing course.

NauticEd Reviews Summary

In summary, we encourage NauticEd reviews of our courses, we listen to our students and we’re very excited to have received all the positive feedback.

If you join NauticEd Sailing School we encourage you to give us your feedback and NauticEd sailing school reviews when ever you can.

Thanks to all those who have

Sincerely

Grant Headifen
Director of Education
NauticEd

 

Short sailing tip with big sailing lesson and slight humor

Posted by Director of Education on August 29, 2011 under Crew, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

This is a real story with some details left out to protect the not so innocent. But it serves as a great sailing lesson to all of us and could save your boat from sinking. Read on!

A sinking boat taking down another

A sinking boat taking down another

 

It was a regular weekend yacht club regatta – that turned out to be not so regular. One of the J22’s collided with another boat. The hole that was created was big enough to cause the boat to start taking on water. The club bought over their committee boat to tow the sinking sailboat back to the club house. The sailboat, instead of using a dock line for towing, gave the tow boat the anchor rode chain. Both boats cleated the chain part of the anchor rode to their boats and began the tow. The towed sailboat began taking on more and more water until it began to slowly slip under. Neither of the captains could untie the chain due to the tension and certainly did not have a set of bolt cutters onboard. The weight of the sailboat pulled the tow boat stern under the water and down they both went.

The ultimate irony was that upon diving the wreckage, the sailboat actually was sitting on top of the tow boat.

A few lessons to be heeded:

(1) Don’t tow a sinking boat

(2) Never use the chain

(3) In all circumstances make sure there is a knife readily available on both boats

(4) Don’t have a collision in the first place.

These kinds of tips are loaded through out the NauticEd Skipper Sailing Course. Just one tip like the above could save your boat, save a life, or spare  some serious embarrassment.

Take the NauticEd Skipper Sailing Course today! And now, as of today, the Skipper Sailing Course is available in a PDF downloadable format.

NauticEd Skipper Sailing Course

NauticEd Skipper Sailing Course Now Available in PDF format

 

Yacht Club Intelligence: NauticEd Sailing School Press Release

Posted by Director of Education on May 15, 2011 under Bareboat Charter, Celestial Navigation, Coastal Navigation, Crew, Maneuvering Under Power, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper, Storm Tactics, weather | Be the First to Comment

Imagine if you could just hang out at the yacht club every day – how much you’d learn from everyone. That’d be cool. Well … now you can!

It’s a very cool piece of technology we just installed on the NauticEd site. It’s called DisQus and the concept is based on crowd intelligence. It shows how the power of the Internet can beat out a boring ol’ book. Thousands of websites have already introduced it and it’s ideally suited for you and NauticEd.

On every page through out all of the NauticEd sailing courses you can now discuss (Disqus) the topic at hand and read what others are saying about the topic.  For example, lets say you know a few things about how to dock a boat using spring lines but are a bit confused about backing into a slip. Right in the course you can add your springing off knowledge and ask all other students their opinions on reversing. When any one comments and adds to those comments you’ll be sent an email (if you want). You can add pictures and diagrams if you want. Our part is to use the crowd intelligence to improve our sailing course material for everyone.

You can even invite facebook friends to join in on the conversation and help out.

Crowd-Intelligence with NauticEd Sailing School

Crowd-Intelligence with DisQus and NauticEd Sailing School

How cool is this? Now you’re tapping into the knowledge of thousands of other NauticEd students – wow that’s a big yacht club with a lot of combined experience. You’re not on your own any more. It’s not just us and our authors pontificating about sailing – it’s a real open discussion and conversation in real time.

But like any party or social – you can’t just stuff your mouth with cake and listen – you’ve got to add your two cents. And you can’t be rude because people are watching and the bouncers will bounce you out. So come on join in – ask questions and post your knowledge.

To kick off, I’ve gone in and asked a few questions and posted a few comments in each course topic. I invite you to join me and start new conversations. Like who gives way – the paddle board or the sailboat? Do you know the answer?

Login and give us your opinion to the Rules of the Nautical Road topic embedded in our Rules course.

And to celebrate the launch of crowd intelligence via DisQus, we’ll award a free sailing course of choice to a student randomly picked from everyone who participates in the conversations over the next week (through May 25th) . Hint, the more you talk the more we’ll notice.

We’ll see you on NauticEd.

Grant

 

NauticEd Launches New Sailing Course: Anchoring a Sailboat

Posted by Director of Education on April 14, 2011 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Maneuvering Under Power, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

PRESS RELEASE: NauticEd Launches New Sailing Course: Anchoring a Sailboat

Today NauticEd released another sailing course: Anchoring a Sailboat. The sailing course focuses on knowledge required to effectively and successfully anchor a sailboat.

Anchoring a Sailboat Sailing Course

Anchoring a Sailboat Sailing Course

Captain’s Alex and Daria Blackwell, authors of The Art of Anchoring, wrote the NauticEd specific sailing course. The sailing course consists of 12 modules and will be sold for $17 online.

The Anchoring a Sailboat sailing course modules are:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Anchor Types
  • Module 2: Anchor Types
  • Module 3: Anchor Selection
  • Module 4: Rode and Connections
  • Module 5: Site Selection
  • Module 6: Charts
  • Module 7: Dropping the Anchor
  • Module 8: Scope
  • Module 9: Setting the Anchor
  • Module 10: Swing
  • Module 11: Time to Relax
  • Module 12: Anchoring Etiquette

Grant Headifen, Educational Director of NauticEd, says that the Anchoring a Sailboat sailing course is a welcome addition to the 12 other sailing courses that NauticEd offers. NauticEd plans to make the Anchoring a Sailboat Course a prerequisite to gaining the NauticEd sailing certification rank of Bareboat Charter Master. “We’d received lots of requests for a comprehensive anchoring course from our students. Anchoring expertise is one of those really important sailing skills that is required and sort after. On a bareboat charter sailing vacation, for example, you spend more time at anchor than you do sailing. And anchoring is a bigger stress on the charterer than most other sailing activities. Charter companies don’t really realize that more people would charter if the stress was taken out of overnight anchoring” says Headifen”.

NauticEd believes that the Anchoring a Sailboat Course will be a big seller and will surpass their popular Maneuvering a Sailboat Under Power sailing course.

To learn more about the coastal skipper sailing courses and NauticEd Sailing School, go to our website.