Introduction to Sailing Course

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Rating is 4.95 (based on 99 reviews).


Grant Headifen

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. 


Topics covered in the online NauticEd Introduction to Sailing Course

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

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More about this online Introduction to  Sailing Course

  • View Introduction to Sailing Course excerpts
  • Available immediately online
  • Essential basic knowledge for sailing at the beginner level for keelboats 21 ft (6.5 m) and above
  • Contains interactive animations and high quality photos and graphics
  • This sailing course takes approximately 3 hours of total time to complete
  • Take as long as you need to complete
  • Return as many times as you like to review
  • Adds the Basic Sailing Course Endorsement to your Sailing Certificate
  • Free eLogbook and sailing resume building tool included

Some more complex topics like navigation and tides are left to our more advanced courses. But for now, the information covered here will give you everything you need to know to get out on the water with an instructor or friend/partner/spouse to get you going.

Once purchased, $20 out of the money you have invested in this course can be used to upgrade to either the NauticEd Skipper Course or the NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat course.

This is an ONLINE course and test immediately viewable in your browser window.


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Student Reviews

Jeffery A.
2022, 27 Oct. 21:05

Easy to follow Thorough Complete

Hugh Texas M.
2022, 05 Aug. 21:58

Great introduction to sailing!

Isabell S.
2022, 10 Jul. 13:56

Once again, great course. It covers the fundamentals of sailing. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to start learning about sailing.

Rene N.
2022, 25 Jun. 10:05

Good beginner's course that covers the "need to know" stuff.

Jacob H.
2022, 23 Jan. 03:56

Great basic information - I especially like the links to more in-depth Blogs & videos.

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Types of Sails

Most likely, initially, you will be dealing with a headsail and a mainsail. The interactive image below shows both typical sails on a sailboat, the Mainsail and the Jib (aka headsail). The image also shows the attachment points to the sail - the head, the tack, and the clew for each of the sails. Tap on the letters to reveal the name - tap again to hide. Test yourself on what you can remember!


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