Cruising - Skipper Certification

Cruising.
Sail further, faster
& competently

Overview

4.5 star instructor ratingRated 4.9 of 5 Stars by students!

Prerequisite: Skipper-Small Keelboat, ASA101, or equivalent experience required.

Learn to Cruise - sail further and faster with the 2-day Basic Cruising Course and Skipper Certification. Learn improved sail and boat handling techniques, including heavier weather sailing and sailing on sailboats 25' and larger.

After mastering the fundamentals, our Basic Cruising program introduces sailors to more advanced topics and sailing in diverse conditions.  You will learn to cruise: be prepared for extended sailing, planning for new waters, adverse weather and troubleshooting. By the end of the course, students will have the skills to plan a full day or overnight cruise, and the confidence to execute it safely and enjoyably.

2 Days Small Group Instruction

Courses are kept small for personalized instruction, and our instructors are highly experienced sailors and USCG Captains. The weekend will be spent both in the classroom (a little) and on the water (a lot), and the emphasis is on learning and practicing practical skills. By the end of the class, the instructor will verify your competency at a Skipper level, which means the instructor is confident in your abilities to sail or crew without him.

Some examples of what you'll learn and practice:

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  • Advanced sailing theory
  • Managing heel and weather helm
  • Sail shape and rig control
  • Heaving to, heavy weather techniques, and reefing underway
  • Anchoring techniques
  • Handling emergencies, docking under sail, and man overboard recovery
  • Course plotting and steering by the compass

By the end of the course, students will have the skills to plan a full day or overnight cruise, and the confidence to execute it safely and enjoyably.  And, we guarantee competency!


Advanced Online Knowledge Training

NauticEd Worlds most advanced sailing education. Click and receive 2 free online sailing courses.Learning to cruise involves strengthening core competencies (sail trim, boat handling, etc...) as well as learning more boat systems, weather and esp. boat handling techniques.For knowledge, we offer NauticEd's online courses to prepare you with the most advanced and current online sailing education available.  Start immediately, take your time with interactive content, and test online.read more

When you sign-up, you'll receive a NauticEd account that includes the following courses:

Skipper Online Clinic - topics include (full description at NauticEd Skipper Course):

  • 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

Online Maneuvering Under Power Clinic (full description at NauticEd Maneuvering Under Power Clinic)

  • Beginner to advanced maneuvering skills
  • How to dock a large sailboat
  • How to reverse your boat into a slip with ease
  • How to handle high winds from any direction when docking
  • How to use prop walk to your advantage
  • How not to get pushed around by the wind
  • How to maneuver a sailboat in a tight marina with high winds

Basic Sail Trim Course - topics include (full description at NauticEd Basic Sail Trim):

  • Basic sail trim concepts
  • Apparent wind
  • Reduced Drag
  • Angle of attack

And, we suggest Navigational Rules Clinic - topics include (full description at NauticEd Navigational Rules):

  • Why "Right of Way" is more properly called "Stand On"
  • Essential knowledge regarding the Rules with other vessels
  • How not to get squashed like a bug by big container ships
  • Who gives way between power driven vessels and sailboats
  • When sailboats must give way to other vessels
  • When Sailboats give way to each other
  • You'll be presented with realistic illustrated situations

Skipper Certification

Learn to Cruise and sail further and faster with improved sail and boat handling techniques, in heavier weather and with sailboats 25' and larger.

Certification requires you pass all the competency tests listed below. With NauticEd it's really simple: when you sign-up, you'll be given access to an online resume that records your online training, instructor sign-offs and experience. Skipper certification requires Skipper knowledge training as well as Maneuvering under Power (to learn boat-handling skills), Practical competency in our 2-day on-the-water course and a minimum 4 days qualified sailing experience (which, by now, you probably already have).read more

Each step is recorded in your online resume, and once ALL the required steps are achieved - you're certified. Certification requires successfully passing the following competency requirements:

√ Knowledge: Successfully Complete Online Skipper and Maneuvering Under Power classes
√ Practical Competency: 2-day course
√ Experience: 4 days of qualified sailing experience (prior experience counts)

The additional days of experience are required to demonstrate that you can successfully skipper on your own, utilizing what you learned online and on-the-water.  The days are logged into your NaucticEd online logbook and once completed - you're certified! For more information, see Sailing Certification.

Guaranteed Practical Competency

Simply, you're paying us to learn to sail at a certain level (not for a certain number of hours).read more

We guarantee that in practical courses your instructor will verify your practical competency.  By this we mean that Island Sailing management cannot override instructor decisions; and towards the end of the practical course your instructor will decide whether you're sufficiently trained (or not).  Sometimes the instructor may want to reschedule if the weather's uncooperative, or they may feel a particular student may need additional instruction or mentoring on certain topics.  If the instructor feels as you're not trainable as a competent sailor (which has never happened in our 35+ years), then we'll refund the practical portion of your class.

And, if you're not satisfied with your instructor, then you can retake the course at no additional charge.


Prices:

Basic Cruising Course - Skipper Certification  $530.00 per sailor (Members $477.00)

*If you've already completed NauticEd Skipper online clinic, then $490.00 per Sailor (Members $437.00)


What's Included:

  • Online Clinics: Skipper, Maneuvering Under Power, Basic Sail Trim, Basic Navigational Rules (optional).
  • 2 days Small Group Instruction with Guaranteed Competency.
  • NauticEd Skipper Certification Rank once all certification requirements are achieved.
  • NauticEd Membership and Online Resume.

Registration:

To register online, select a class date to begin registration. Please complete the form and process for each student as we need those details for the class.... *note: if a member, please contact us to book directly with Member Discounts.

Class Booking Conditions (Deposits, Refunds and Cancellations) are detailed here >

Certainly contact us at (503) 285-7765 or info@islandsailingclub.com to sign-up over the phone or with questions.

Payment is through PayPal's secure server, which accepts major credit cards as well as PayPal options.

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*note: dates are the beginning day of the class

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What our students say about Basic Cruising...

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By John B. on 6/11/2017

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Brian P. on 5/4/2017

Calm, patient with new to sailing crowd, a pleasure to work with

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Frankland
By Jonalan P. on 3/13/2017

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By james B. on 11/23/2016

Really enjoyed having Alan as an instructor.

4.8 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By John D. on 11/23/2016

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Kevin R. on 11/2/2016

Alan is a very good instructor, and has incredible depth of knowledge.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Terri L. on 10/31/2016

Alan really knows his craft and has learned from a multi generations of sailors. He seems to know all the tips and tricks to make your class instruction and practical interesting and very enjoyable. He's smart, funny and just an all around great instructor. I would highly recommend Alan to anyone wanting to learn how to sail.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Teresa C. on 10/31/2016

4.4 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Lisa B. on 10/25/2016

4.4 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By John B. on 10/24/2016

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Timothy M. on 9/29/2016

Instructor Alan Somervell was friendly and professional, and displayed a high degree of sailing knowledge.

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Crawford
By Michael M. on 9/19/2016

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Frankland
By Robert R. on 9/13/2016

I feel confidant I will be able to reach my goals, which may be many foreign shores

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By George C. on 9/12/2016

Great time and learned a bunch! Thanks Alan!!

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Richard H. on 9/11/2016

Alan is an exceptional instructure. I learned more practical skills with him in 2 days than I had in months of sailing.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Mark T. on 9/11/2016

Alan is an amazing sailing instructor. I learned more from him in the past two days than I have ever learned in weekend or week for that matter. Seriously, ever moment was a learning experience. Everything he said was relevant, clearly stated, and practical. His is truly the best of the best, and I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation. He is without a doubt a master at his trade.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Frankland
By Tom S. on 8/20/2016

We greatly appreciate Stephen's skill, knowledge, and the ability to teach and translate the sailing curriculum so that we could both understand it and also apply it.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Frankland
By Chris K. on 4/12/2016

Very capable and competent skipper and instructor. Enthusiasm for sailing and introducing others to it is inspiring.