Virtual Reality Sailing Course

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Learn & Practice Sailing in Virtual Reality

Immerse yourself in the world of sailing and enhance your skills with the VR Sailing Course App. Utilizing a Meta Quest VR headset, this fully immersive training and entertainment app offers a 3D environment to learn the fundamentals of sailing and navigation rules. From basic steering to advanced maneuvers like sail trimming, tacking, and gybing, the course engages both mind and body, fostering muscle memory and ensuring long-term retention. With no cost for mistakes, you can confidently develop sailing skills in just two hours. After mastering the basics, explore additional experiences like relaxing and racing.

Estimated Time: 6 hours (unlimited sailing & racing)
Price: Free Instructions, MarineVerse App required

Improve your sailing skills and techniques through an immersive “hands-on” virtual reality experience with the VR Sailing Course App. Using a Meta Quest VR headset (version 3 preferred - although version 2 works fine), the fully immersive sailing training and entertainment app will transport you into a 3D environment where you'll learn the fundamentals of sailing, navigation rules, and much more!

From basic steering to sail trimming, tacking, gybing, and sailing a course, the course is designed to engage your mind and body, building muscle memory and leading to longer retention. The relaxed learning experience has no cost of mistakes, and you can be confident with sailing skills within just two hours.

Once you've mastered the basics, you can explore MarineVerse's other experiences, such as relaxing, racing, and more. Sign up for the VR Sailing Course App today and take your sailing skills to the next level!

Topics covered in the Virtual Reality Sailing Course

Try Virtual Reality Sailing! Learn sailing knowledge and skills “hands-on” in Virtual Reality – progressing through “Self Mastery” modules as part of NauticEd’s best-in-class training programs. Available now on Meta Quest.

  • Steering
  • Sail Trim
  • Maximizing Speed
  • The No-Go Zone
  • Points of Sail
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Sailing using the Wind Vane
  • Sailing a Course

Registration provides instructions on how to get into the NauticEd Training Room in the MarineVerse Virtual Reality App. There is no cost for the instructions.

More about this Virtual Reality Sailing Course

  • Master sailing skills with the Virtual Reality Sailing Course App. Practice sailing skills and techniques in VR.
  • Fully immersive: Sailors are literally “on the boat” in a true 3D environment, first-person perspective with authentic sail and steering controls, and utilizing real-world physics to learn and sail.
  • Self-paced: Return and repeat as many times as you like. The course time is about 6 hours.
  • Competence building: Increase your skills and confidence. Add VR to your NauticEd online Sailing Resume.
  • Combined practice with FUN: This course is included in the MarineVerse Cup and gives you access to more sailing and races to relax and apply your skills.
  • Join the MarineVerse: Become a part of a virtual worldwide community of like-minded sailors who connect regularly for virtual racing and events. Register for VR sailing events here.


The science behind virtual reality sailing

  • Practice for better retention: Sail simulation in an immersive Virtual Reality creates muscle memory by engaging mind and body - enhancing learning and retention, similar to pilots training in simulators.
  • No cost of mistakes: This is a safe environment to practice in without risk —a more relaxed learning environment.
  • Accelerate your online + on-the-water training:  VR is the perfect complement to other practical classes and enables faster skill acquisition and better retention.
  • Simply, it’s just FUN!! This is a good excuse to get a Quest VR headset (plenty more "super cool" games and features on Meta Quest). If you're new to VR, you’ll be amazed at the realism!

Technical Requirements

  • Meta Quest VR headset (available from the Meta Store or Amazon)
  • MarineVerse Cup App ($19.99 – available on Meta Quest)


Registration with NauticEd is FREE, which is just the instructions on how to get to the VR courses on MetaQuest. The VR sailing course requires a Meta Quest headset (version 3 preferred - although version 2 works fine) and a $19.99 MarineVerse Cup App. Once you have the MarineVerse Cup App, Self Mastery and Navigation Rules are free. The Docking Module is an upgraded cost of $99 which can be done at any time if you decide.

Watch the Virtual Reality Sailing demo video....

“As experienced sailors have known for thousands of years, competence requires theory knowledge, practical skills, and lots of experience. VR combines all aspects into a fluid, immersive, and fun experience that pushes the boundaries of a user’s imagination in a safe and non-intimidating training environment.” - Grant Headifen

NauticEd and MarineVerse have created the world’s first virtual reality sailing course, “Self Mastery”. The Self Mastery course puts a person at the helm of a 30’ sailboat and controls the sails with main/jib sheets. All fully immersive, 3-dimensional, and first-person perspective virtual reality. Eight modules and about 2 hours later, you can be steering, trimming, tacking, gybing, and racing around a course. The course is called Self Mastery because within each module, you can spend as much time as you like “playing” until you feel comfortable performing and mastering a skill.

Upon completion of the Virtual Reality Sailing course, you will feel confident that you have the fundamental knowledge and skills to sail a boat. Of course, VR doesn’t replace “real life” on-the-water training and practice, but instead, it accelerates and enhances your learning for when you take the helm.

The bonus is that your VR sailing training and experience are added to your NauticEd online course curriculum and sailing resume. Like pilots include their simulator experience in their credentials, sailors can now include their VR experience when renting or chartering a boat.

Also, enjoy the many additional features of the MarineVerse Cup app. Just practice relaxed sailing in VR, challenge your skills with racing and a variety of sailboats, and join the MarineVerse virtual worldwide community to meet like-minded sailors and virtual racing and events.

Are you ready to "get your feet wet" (in your living room), feel the exhilaration of sailing anytime, and learn the fine art of sailing? Then let's get started!

If you still have questions about NauticEd, the courses, and/or the sailing certifications, visit our intelligent support system for instant answers, or just contact us via email or phone we're happy to help.

Have fun and learn to sail in a new dimension in your living room. Register for the Virtual Reality Sailing Course now!

MarineVerse Greg Dziemidowicz
By Greg Dziemidowicz
MarineVerse Lead Developer

Instructor Grant Headifen
By Grant Headifen
NauticEd Global Director of Education


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Sea talk testimonials

I'd like to point out that I have had no formal sailing training, other than what our club provided. NauticEd was my main source of "class room" training and it was great! Can't wait to go chartering again and I will insist that our crew, on the next trip, take some of your courses!

Tom Y, Student

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