Sailing Certification

Sailing certificationThe NauticEd Rank and Level sailing certification system is based on the NauticEd student's sailing education and logged practical experience. In fact the NauticEd Sailing Certification is the only one in the world requiring logged practical experience and as such it is revered by yacht charter companies because of the complete window into the student's abilities.

As you grow your electronically cloud based sailing certification with NauticEd, you become eligible to charter a yacht on a sailing vacation. Yacht charter companies can, with your permission, view your sailing resume to determine your worthiness by visiting:


Go there now and look at the example student Joe Sailor.

There are five Ranks and five Levels in our sailing certification. The Ranks are Qualified Crew, Skipper (small boat), Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master and NauticEd Captain. Ranks are dependent upon the online sailing courses that the student has successfully completed. The Levels are I through V and are dependent on the amount of practical sailing experience that a student has logged in their logbook. Additionally, the sailing certification will represent any proficiency verification test-outs by Professional Sailing Schools instructors. The certification has built into the algorithm a way to short cut to level 1 by gaining a verified proficiency stamp from the instructor.

Another unique feature of the NauticEd sailing certification, is that everything is in real-time. The calculations are based on computer algorithms which, at the moment you reach a milestone, you are instantly awarded with your new Rank and Level and can gain immediate access to your new printable certificate.

Bareboat Yacht Charter Companies are most interested in those students awarded the rank of NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master Level III. This means that their resume is immediately acceptable having completed a prerequisite amount of theory study and practical experience. Note that many other certifying bodies although will present a student with a bareboat certificate, yet the amount of practical experience is too little to really qualify. Charter companies know this and will not immediately accept those students.

The video and graphic below illustrate how the Ranks and Levels work together to give a combined competency rating of the NauticEd Student. Additionally, Students who have attended any of our affiliated practical Hands-On Sailing Schools receive a Practical Verification stamp on their Sailing Resume and Sailing Certification which can only be added electronically by an authorized NauticEd Affiliate Sailing School.

Sailing Certification Ranks and Levels

  • Qualified Crew Member: Either the Qualified Crew Member Course or the Skipper Course
  • Skipper (small boat): Skipper Course + Maneuvering Under Power Course + A minimum of 10 qualifying days on the water (Level I) or shortcut with 4 days and verified proficiency
  • Skipper: Skipper Course + Maneuvering Under Power Course + A minimum of 10 days on the water (Level I) or shortcut with 4 days and verified proficiency
  • Bareboat Charter Master: Skipper Requirements + Bareboat Charter Course + Coastal Navigation Course + Electronic Navigation Course + Anchoring Course + A minimum of 50 qualifying days on the water (Level III)
  • Captain: Bareboat Charter Master Requirements + Sail Trim + Storm Tactics Clinic + Weather Clinic + Safety at Sea Clinic + A minimum of 50 qualifying days on the water (Level III)

See our FAQ Sailing Certificate page to understand qualifying days.

Additionally, the NauticEd Sailing Certification also reflects:

  • Other educational courses not required for Ranking e.g. Catamaran Sailing Confidence Clinic, Celestial Navigation Clinics
  • Any verified proficiency tests performed by a professional NauticEd Affiliated Sailing School.
  • VHF Operators endorsement required by certain European countries when the student has completed the Bareboat Charter Clinic
  • Good Boater Badges and Status

sailing certificate matrix

 sailing certification progress bar A day out on the water is counted as a minimum of 4 hours underway. For level advancement, at least 50% of a student's time must have been logged as master of the vessel and 50% of a student's time must be on a vessel greater than 28 ft (8.4 m).

At amy time when you login, our real time sailing certification algorithm takes a look at your profile and presents you with a progress bar similar to depicted here.

Most yacht charter companies accept students who have reached the NauticEd Sailing Certification Rank of Bareboat Charter Master Level III, therefore we encourage students to gain this achievement as soon as they can.



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FAQ information on the NauticEd Sailing Certificate.