Qualified Crew Rank

Crew (or 'crewing') is a great option to start sailing. You can join a local sailing or racing club, or you can enjoy sailing vacations with friends and a professional captain. If you're not ready for a skipper sailing course and just want to participate and have active fun, then crew training gets you started sailing.

and online

The knowledge online + your school's on-the-water training is designed to provide you with the most comprehensive training available. Learn at your own pace and test knowledge online, and when on-the-water you'll be fully immersed in learning skills and gaining experience with qualified and experienced instructors.

What you will learn

Knowledgeable, competent, and skilled crew are essential to sailing – and crewing is often more fun than taking on the many responsibilities of a skipper. But a responsible crew needs to be knowledgeable and skilled themselves – the Qualified Crew Practical Sailing Course teaches you steering a steady course, sail trimming, docking assists, navigation and knowing just what in the heck that thingy does (hint: probably something important), and more!

  • Weather and Sea Conditions
  • Electrical Systems
  • Auxiliary Power
  • Rigging
  • Standing and Running
  • Rules of the Road
  • Slip Departure and Return
  • Sailing
  • Communications & Navigation
  • Anchoring and Mooring
  • Coping with Emergencies
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Upon successfully passing a theory and practical assessment, you will receive the Qualified Crew Rank that goes onto your sailing resume. This gives you the confidence in your ability to understand the workings on the sailboat while you contribute as a knowledgeable and competent crew member.

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Training you can trust

NauticEd is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as conforming to the American National Standard for sailing training and assessment. NauticEd's sailing license exceeds the United Nations (UNE) resolution 40 ICC competence standards for yacht charter and is accepted by port authorities worldwide.

Get started today

NauticEd training begins with theory & knowledge courses online, which you complete at your own pace, and then practical on-the-water training and assessment with an affiliated school or private instructor.

Get started with the knowledge-theory online portion of the course

Purchase the Qualified Crew Member course and get started immediately online! If new to NauticEd, you will also receive 2 free bonus courses and an electronic logbook.

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