NauticEd's mission is to educate and train competent sailors.

Sailing competence requires a comprehensive mix of knowledge, skills and experience. Once achieved, competence means a sailor will keep the crew safe, have more fun and fulfillment, and be empowered with the confidence to sail beyond visible horizons and personal boundaries.

NauticEd helps students chart their own course by merging the latest technology, learning techniques, and on-the-water training into one globally accepted program. Our professional and accredited sailing schools are located around the world, providing immersive training and a supportive sailing community to help students accomplish their personal goals.


A leader in US and International sailing education, NauticEd launched in 2008 with a mission to create safer, more competent sailors. Our state-of-the-art online courses simulate real-life experiences so students can fully understand the theory of sailing before heading out for practical on-the-water training with one of our accredited sailing schools. NauticEd is the only sailing education body recognized by the US Coast Guard and NASBLA as meeting the American National Standards.

With multimedia courses, worldwide sailing schools, sailing vacation experts, and unlimited sailing opportunities, NauticEd is more than an education program. We're a one-stop-shop for all things sailing. And with ever-changing, innovative technology and a commitment to competency, NauticEd leads the industry with:

  • Sailing Curriculum and Courses

    NauticEd's real-time library of state-of-the-art, multimedia coursework is available with just one click of a button, making your sailing goals attainable and achievable. Learn in the comfort of your own home with cutting edge technology for simple and easy access to learn theory and knowledge at your own pace.

  • Accredited Sailing Schools

    With professional and accredited sailing schools located around the world, providing immersive training and a supportive sailing community to help you accomplish your personal goals has never been more achievable. Certified instructors teach in a safe, controlled training environment that allows you to be hands-on with challenging sailing situations. Instructors continually assess your strengths, focusing your training to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to be a safe and skilled skipper or crew. The value of your instructor's oversight is immeasurable. With years of experience, professional training, and a passion to guide your development, NauticEd's experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

  • Sailing Vacations/Charter Company

    Allow us to share the secret spots, latest promotions, and insider tips for over 5,000 boats in 55 destinations for the ultimate sailing vacation. Charter your own vessel, combine your on-the-water practical training and mile building with a vacation, or hire a captain and sit back, relax, and soak up the sun with our sailing vacation experts.

  • Goal-Focused Learning Management Systems

    In order to provide a truly customized learning experience, NauticEd developed proprietary Learning Management Systems with state-of-the-art technology for sailing education; which is integral to developing competency, experience, and building a resume understood by charter operators around the world. By understanding our students' goals and experience, NauticEd has been able to enhance and customize a student's learning process while providing unlimited support that helps our students achieve their personal goals.


Boating Education you can trust

The Only Sailing Education Body Recognized by the US Coast Guard and NASBLA as meeting the American National Standards.

NauticEd benefits

Anywhere, Anytime Learning: courses, tools and resources are centralized online to provide students with easy access to learning. Students can learn wherever and whenever they want to and at their own pace.

Interactive Learning: NauticEd's courses include a variety of teaching methods: text, multimedia, interactive simulations, SeaTalk Q&A, blogs and podcasts. Individual students learn in unique ways, and varied training approaches increase a student's success rate and retention.

Practical School Courses: NauticEd provides sailing schools with student management and assessment tools to seamlessly personalize on-the-water training to a students goals, experience and competency needs.

Easy and Continual Upgrades: Courses and systems are continuously upgraded and improved, providing all users (past and present) access to the latest-greatest information and features.

Real-time Engagement: assessment and competency management is real-time, providing students with ongoing progress reporting relative to industry competency and certification standards.

Reduced Cost & Time Savings: Leveraging modern technology reduces cost for the student, minimizes their time investment and maximizes the time they spend on-the-water learning and gaining experience.


NauticEd offers the most comprehensive education available in the market. Best of all? Even though you're getting state-of-the-art e-learning and support, there are no annual fees associated with any of our programs.

In the 21st Century, a company should use technology to benefit its customers to the maximum. NauticEd has spared no effort to come up with a sailing education and certification system that utilizes technology tools to ensure competency and proper competency reporting where due.

Certified Competence
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Global Network of Sailing Schools
Competence Certification
Knowledge Certification
On-the-Water Certification
American National Standards
NASBLA Compliant Standards Verification
USCG Officially Recognized
Independent Knowledge Verification
United Nations (UNE Resolution 40) Compliant
RYA Approved Knowledge Courses
Charter Industry Endorsed Standards
Online Knowledge Courses and Testing
Free Forever Online eLogbook
Free Forever Online Resume & Access
Required Annual Paid Membership
Instructor Quality Social Feedback & Proofing
Instructor Social / Emotional Training
Book (print) Options
eBook Options for All Course Material
Online Sailing Simulations
Free Online Courses
Sailing Vacation Planning Services
Youth Program


Corporately located in Silicon Hills in Austin Texas, NauticEd's team spans the world. NauticEd's team includes seasoned sailing and industry professionals as well as digital development professionals from across the world.

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Grant Headifen

Global Director of Education, NauticEd International Sailing Education

My vision for NauticEd is to provide the highest quality sailing and boating education available - and deliver competence wherever sailors live and go.

Grant Headifen is the founder and Global Director of Education of NauticEd, a state-of-the-art international sailing education organization established in 2008.

In his present capacity, Grant is directly responsible for NauticEd's leadership and strategic direction. He oversees eLearning technology architecture, student curriculum development, standards continuity, school and instructor development, yacht charter company and strategic alliances.

Grant's love for the water began at the age of eight when he learned to sail. In his youth, he envisioned life that would combine his passion for sailing with long-term career aspirations in the marine industry. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, followed by a master's degree from the University of Texas in Austin.

Grant's first major marine industry achievement was the co-launch of SailTime in the early 2000's, becoming its first CEO. This global fractional ownership company was the first to blend technology innovation with sailing operation and boat ownership. Through this experience dealing with sailors of all skill levels from global ports of call, he recognized a compelling need for streamlining competency and instruction.

Upon the successful international expansion and eventual sale of SailTime, he was able to focus all of his experience, energy and enthusiasm to build an online sailing educational platform which he branded, NauticEd. It was the first training program to be recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Law Administrators to meet the established American National Standards.

Since the launch of this world-class organization in 2008 with a mission to create safer, more competent sailors, Grant has continued to collaborate with scores of leading educators, e-learning technologists, forward-thinking sailing schools and a select group of top international instructors to build a comprehensive curriculum. Today, NauticEd offers 24 online courses and five ranks of on-the-water practical certificates, all training to the highest international standards.

With a career now spanning more than 20 years in the marine industry, a US Coast Guard Master certification and thousands of nautical miles of sailing experience including 35 yacht charter destinations around the world to his credit, Grant brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the helm of NauticEd. In addition, he is the author of five sailing books currently sold on Amazon; has served as a flotilla leader, sailing instructor and trainer of instructors; and is a certified yacht charter agent.


  • Over a quarter million courses provided since 2008.
  • Over 80,000 active sailing enthusiasts to date.
  • 24 online, interactive multimedia courses.
  • Accredited sailing schools in 23 countries.
  • Five ranks of on-the-water practical certificates for sailors of all levels.
  • 5 Books available on
  • Seamlessly integrated school and instructor student assessment and management software empowers blended online and on-the-water learning.
  • Newly Goal-focused Experiential Learning (GEL) technology to provide more customized course recommendations and sailing opportunities.
  • State-of-the-art electronic logbook automatically feed your sailing experience into a resume format that is easily understood by operators all around the world. It includes the ability to authenticate passage-making via crew-mate or GPS technology through our proprietary app, Tracklink.
  • Real-time student assessment and competency management: assessment and progress of students against industry standards and requirements for boating competency.
  • Boating Resume: consolidates a student's course and experience progress, training, certification and licensing into a single resume.
  • SeaTalk interactive engagement.
  • Independent skill development and Badge system.