Introduction to Sailing

If you're just getting started in sailing and want to dip your toes in, then this course is for you. We'll "show you the ropes" so to speak - but actually, we'll show you a lot more than just the ropes.

Learn
on-the-water
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

Introduction to Sailing is for new sailors who want to experience hands-on sailing, have fun as an active participant and give sailing a try without the additional time-investment of learning to skipper a sailboat on your own.

Many of the complex topics like navigation are left to the more advanced courses, whereas Introduction to Sailing provides the basic information you need to get on-the-water with friends and family or an instructor.

  • Terminology and Communication
  • Directions
  • Parts of the Boat
  • Sailing the Boat
  • Raising and Lowering the Sails
  • The Rules of Giveaway
  • Maneuvering the Boat in the Marina
  • Knots
  • Anchoring
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Safety on Board
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Certification

Upon successfully passing a theory and practical assessment, you will receive a certificate for Basic Sailing Skills that goes into your sailing resume. This gives you the competence to actively participate when sailing on the water while learning the foundational skills to upgrade to NauticEd's Skipper Large or Small Keelboat courses.

Certificate Nautical competence
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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 Introduction to Sailing 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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