Sailing Courses Available For Everyone

Posted by Director of Education on February 8, 2012 under About NauticEd, Crew, Skipper | Comments are off for this article

NauticEd’s sailing courses cover a wide range of sailing education. They cover from beginner information designed to help a new sailor become familiar with the goings on on a sailboat all the way to extremely advanced information like what to do if your mast breaks 1000 nautical miles off shore.

Saling courses availability

All the courses are online and available worldwide. The information has been internationalized meaning that as you travel around the world you’ll be able to adhere to the various standards. For example,  the lighting and buoyage system covers both IALA-A and IALA-B information. In addition to that NauticEd is engaged in a project to make all the sailing courses available in multiple languages.

At first thoughts, some sailing instructors have been against the idea of using the Internet, citing such comments as “you can’t learn to sail online”. However once they start to interact with students who have done their theory work using NauticEd’s multimedia approach to learning, they have started to turn around.

Virtual sailing instructor

As a practical sailing instructor for many years, in many instances I would battle with trying to have students really understand and “get” how the sails should be set for each wind direction. For that reason we invented NED. NED is a virtual sailing instructor that students can interact with to learn the set of the sail. They can see the boat speed up and slow down depending on the set of the sails and the different wind angles.

In other circumstances, we have created interactive educational animations that show how wind creates lift and how turbulence is created. When showing a student on an actual boat in real practice, the student can’t actually see the turbulence if the sail is over trimmed. These kind of things are best left to diagrams and even better than a diagram is an actual interactive animation where by the student can move the sails themselves and see wind spawning off into eddies.

Sailing certification

In addition to the sailing courses that NauticEd offers, we also worked with the world’s yacht charter companies to create a sailing certification that would be acceptable and desirable by them. What we overwhelmingly found during our interviews is that the bareboat yacht charter companies wanted to see lots of practical sailing experience in addition to theory knowledge. For this reason we created a free online sailors logbook allowing students to enter their past experience in a manner with which the charter companies were familiar and in a similar manner that the United States Coast Guard require when applying for a captain’s license. Then combining the theory courses that were completed with the practical experience we were able to electronically create and display a very useful sailing resume and thus sailing certification.

Thus the NauticEd sailing certification inherently contains more information about the student’s real knowledge than any other sailing certification because in order to get the certification, a student must fill out their practical experience logbook. With other certifications, if you do a weekend class you can get a certificate and the charter companies said to us that that was not enough to allow a client to take out a boat. The NauticEd certification covers everything a yacht charter company needs to know.

So in summary, and perhaps tooting our own horn a little, NauticEd has the best sailing courses available and the most useful sailing certification when it comes to chartering a bareboat yacht.

Learn more about NauticEd’s sailing courses.



How to Sail with a Jockey Pole

Posted by Director of Education on June 22, 2011 under Crew, Skipper | Be the First to Comment

Last weekend we were out racing and one of the legs was very similar to a race we’d done a few weeks back with the same wind condition. On that previous race we’d lost huge ground over the other boats solely because the sail configuration and hull design etc on this boat doesn’t allow the boat to do too well on a beam/broad reach. So this time we elected to keep up the spinnaker and try to use it much like a gennaker. This meant leading the spinaker pole all the way forward so that it was almost touching the forestay.

A couple of situations arise when you lead the pole this far forward. One, the guy (spinnaker sheet on the windward side) tends to tension up around the stantions and secondly there is very little ability to pull the pole back when needed because the guy is almost aligned with the spinaker pole. Applying too much force to bring the pole back could easily bend and snap the spinnaker pole.

The solution is a jockey pole. The Jockey Pole pushes out the guy keeping it away from the stantions and it also provides a more outward angle to pull on when you want to bring the pole back.

Sailing With a Jockey Pole

Sailing With a Jockey Pole

Here’s the photo with Rangitoto Island in the background.Any guesses on which country we were racing in?

The Jockey Pole Keeps the Guy Away From the Stantions

The Jockey Pole Keeps the Guy Away From the Stantions

The next mark was more of a run and so we were able to winch the pole back with out a problem. Had the jockey Pole not been in place it would have been more difficult. You can see from the schematic that the force to bring the pole back is more outboard than it would have been if the jockey pole was not in place. The more outward force provides more turning moment to the pole allowing it to come back.

Moving the Spinnaker Pole Back

Moving the Spinnaker Pole Back

Once the run was established with the pole in its more aft position, we removed the Jockey Pole. All in all it was a good day sailing with the Jockey Pole and although we didn’t win the race, keeping the spinnaker up gave us a big advantage on that leg.

NauticEd sailing courses are jam packed with tips like this. Learn to sail online and see which sailing course fits your personal sailing objectives by taking the NauticEd recommended courses questionnaire. It’s fun and takes about 30 seconds.


Thanks For Referring Students to NauticEd

Posted by Director of Education on January 18, 2011 under About NauticEd, Videos and photos | Be the First to Comment

NauticEd’s online sailing school recent growth spurt has been due to our students telling other students about us. So we have implemented a reward system for that awesome behavior.

Introducing NauticEd’s Social Expansion Loop Program. Watch the video here.

Essentially – you can now set up your own NauticEd Promocode and give it out to as many friends as you want. When your friends use your promocode they get $15 off any one NauticEd Sailing Course and you get big time kudo’s for that. Then you get to accumulate $10 credit for every friend that uses your code. Refer 2 friends – get $20 credit and thus any NauticEd clinic for half price. Refer 4 friends and get a NauticEd clinic for free. etc. etc. There is no limit to the credit you can accumulate.

To set this up – login to your NauticEd account and click on the new “Referrals” tab and follow the instructions. After your friends use the code, you’ll notice your credit starting to accumulate.

We wanted to implement this because it is rewarding what people were doing anyway but with out the reward – so thanks to everyone for being such great stewards for NauticEd. Much appreciated. Please enjoy the new reward program.

So now – if there is  anyone you know of who wants to learn to sail, get a sailing certification or just brush up on their sailing skills, make sure you send to them your personalized NauticEd promocode.

But the only one catch is that people can only use an introductory promocode once, meaning that if some one else gives them their code before you do – you won’t get the credit – the other referring person will. So act fast – add the promocode to your facebook or twitter feeds and email anybody who is even thinking about sailing.

Log in now to NauticEd Online Sailing Courses.

How the NauticEd Self Promocode Works

How the NauticEd Self Promocode Works

Day 4 of Introduction to NauticEd

Posted by Grant Headifen on May 15, 2010 under About NauticEd, Bareboat Charter, Celestial Navigation, Coastal Navigation, Crew, Maneuvering Under Power, Rules of Right of Way, Skipper, Storm Tactics, weather | Be the First to Comment

This is day 4 of 6 in your introduction to NauticEd International Sailing School. Watch the video and/or read the text below.

Today we’ll help you discover which courses are best suited for you personally.

We developed a series of 11 quick questions that will easily eliminate any confusion about which course you should be taking for your own personal sailing education.

Run the personal course recommendation tool now. You’ll save money by investing in only the courses right for you. When you login just look for “Recommended” under your Sailing Curriculum Marco tab

Getting Started with Multimedia Training

The first courses we believe that all sailors should complete no matter what their experience level is the FREE NauticEd Rules of the Nautical Road and the FREE Basic Sail Trim Course. These courses are already loaded into your curriculum.

If you’re an experienced sailor you’ll see the value in a quick refresher course. If you’re new to sailing then you’ll learn some VITAL nautical rules and sail trim knowledge.

In either case, these courses are free and thus you’ll be able to see how taking a NauticEd clinic and the associated test will work. Both are a highly graphical and fun 20 minute courses.

Complete your Navigation Rules Clinic and the Basic Sail Trim Courses now!

Then Set yourself up for a Proper Sailing Certification

If our free courses gained your confidence in us, then you may have already invested in either the full Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master or Captain’s bundle of courses. Most people do this eventually because it saves money and sets them on the right track to a proper Sailing Certification recognized by the world’s largest yacht charter companies. When you invest in a bundle you’re automatically given appropriate financial credit for any courses you’ve already taken.

Engaging in eLearning Process

As you go through the courses we really encourage you to engage in our nano-forum technology called SeaTalks. If you’re in the course and slightly confused on something, got a question or comment then post it on that specific page’s SeaTalks Nano-forum. You’ll see it at the top right of every page in the course. The community at large will answer and help you out. When in there, if you can answer someone else’s question go ahead. By fully engaging, you will become a better sailor.

Watch the video and learn more about SeaTalks Nano-Forums here.

Ranks and Courses

In email #2 we discussed the ranks Crew, Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master and Captain. Here’s how you work through these Ranks:

Right Now Your Rank is: [Database!Rank] – [Database!Level]

Gaining the Qualified Crew Rank


You are awarded the Qualified Crew Rank when you pass either the Skipper Course or the Qualified Crew Member Course and are level I experience qualified.

QUALIFIED CREW MEMBER COURSE: Learn to sail and contribute as a crew member on a modern cruising sailboat. Learn the lines, sailing terminology, sail trim and rules of the road. Estimated time: 7 hours total. Investment: $37.50.

Gaining the Skipper Rank
Skipper Card

Skipper Card

In addition to the two courses below, you must be at least Level I experience qualified.

The SKIPPER SAILING COURSE is a beginner to intermediate sailing course. It is a prerequisite to any certification and covers the fundamentals that every one must know. The total time needed to complete this course will be about 20 hours. Investment $67.00

The MANEUVERING UNDER POWER CLINIC: This is our most popular course. An absolutely essential maneuvering and docking course that will save you thousands in dents, bumps and scratches at the marina. Want to dock your boat like a pro every time? Want to impress? Take the most popular NauticEd Sailing School Course now. Estimated time: 3 hours total. Investment: $39.

The investment in the Skipper Bundle of courses is $95 instead of $106.50 a la carte.

Gaining the Bareboat Charter Master Rank
Bareboat Charter Master

Bareboat Charter Master Card

In addition to the Skipper Rank and the three courses below, you must be at least Level III experience qualified.

: Taking a sailing vacation? All hands on deck – this is the yacht charter sailing course for you and ALL of your crew. Make your charter sailing trip more enjoyable by getting ALL the bareboat charter tips you’ll need. Estimated time: 5 hours total. Investment: $39.

: Learn to navigate your sailboat. If you plan on sailing away from your home base or are taking a sailing vacation, you need this course. NauticEd Sailing School makes navigating a sailboat – a breeze. Estimated time: 10 hours total. Investment: $39.

: This Electronic Navigation course is the world’s only true interactive course where you learn all the instruments you might have onboard a sailboat. The exercises are designed so that you actually interact with a simulated GPS chart plotter and get inside the workings to REALLY understand how to maximize the information being presented to you. With ease, you’ll implement navigation techniques like setting your autopilot to track a waypoint or tack perfectly on a layline. Estimated time: 6 hours total. Investment: $25 or FREE when you invest in the BBCM bundle.

: Whether you are sailing your own vessel in coastal waters or chartering in the Caribbean or beyond, knowing how to safely and effectively anchor is one of the most essential and liberating skills you can have. Knowing about anchors, rodes, anchorages and anchoring techniques is a prerequisite for enjoying an evening in a magically beautiful setting as well as getting a good night’s sleep while swinging from the hook. The goal of this course is to either help you get more confident using the gear you have, or to help you select new gear and understand how to deploy it correctly.  We discuss available equipment and its performance. Estimated time: 4 hours. Investment: $17

The investment in the  Bareboat Charter Master Bundle of courses is $175 instead of $226.50 a la carte

Gaining the Captain’s Rank
Captain Card

Captain Card

In addition to the BBCM Rank and the four courses below, you must be at least Level III experience qualified.

: If you’re a real sailor then you need to understand and read the weather. It’s as simple as that! Written by the professionals at Clear Point Weather, this is the best weather sailing course available. Estimated time: 7 hours total. Investment: $39.

: Learn the true art and finesse of trimming the sails. When to adjust the fairleads, the traveler, the downhaul, the outhaul, the Cunningham, the boom vang. When leaning to sail properly, you should know what all these fine adjustments do. Estimated time: 4 hours total. Investment: $39.

: Even when day sailing, a storm can be upon us in minutes. Are you prepared with the knowledge now? This storm tactics sailing course will teach the essentials to keep you and your crew alive. Estimated time: 4 hours total. Investment: $39.

: Most mariners don’t realize that we never even hear about the many crews aboard vessels that had their share of problems offshore. Situations were evaluated, repairs were completed, and they made landfall quietly and efficiently – this done as a normal course of passagemaking. These able sailors had the skills, materials, and a plan to cope – having merely to carry out the work to get back on course. They understand that overcoming obstacles is a normal part of blue water sailing. Estimated time: 14 hours total. Investment: $39.

The investment in the Captain Bundle of courses is $307 instead of $357.50 a la carte.

In addition to the above courses and clinics, we offer the following:

CATAMARAN SAILING CONFIDENCE CLINIC: Converting over to a catamaran or chartering a catamaran for the first/second time? Learn the essential differences between sailing a monohull and a catamaran. This clinic will give you the confidence. It includes an interactive experiential online game to practice maneuvering in a marina. Estimated time: 3 hours total. Investment: $39.

: If you’re in any way intrigued with Celestial Navigation, this is the best and simplest celestial sailing course available. You’ll be able to do an actual noon shot and determine your position. Estimated time: 5 hours total. Investment: $39.

Tomorrow we’ll discuss practical sailing schools and how you can get a verified proficiency stamp added to your sailing certificate.

[ Jump to Day 5 ]

Return to How NauticEd Works ]

Make sure you run the personal course recommendation tool now.
Until tomorrow – fair winds,

Grant Headifen
Director of Education