Basic Cruising - Skipper Certification

When an Island Sailing student takes practical training from one of it’s hands-on instructors, the student now has the opportunity to rate their learning experience with the instructor.Rated 4.82/5 Stars by students!

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

learn sailing while cruising in the san juan islandsLearn 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

basic coastal cruising, small group coursesCourses 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: read more

  • 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.read more

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. 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.

American National Standard - Sail

ANS - American National Standard for On-Water Recreational Boating SkillsOur training and assessment complies with On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – Sail, the American National Standard for on-water instruction in entry-level recreational sailboat operation. read more

The effort was funded by the United States Coast Guard in an effort to increase boating safety, and our courses utilize the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved Rubric Methodology. What does this mean? Our instructors use the ANSI 'rubric methodology' to objectively assess student performance in our courses. Upon successful completion, students will receive the ANS endorsement on their sailing certification, which signifies that their certification meets USCG practical competence standards. For more info, click here American National Standard - Sail

Free Tracklink ios App

NauticEd Tracklink sailing appA leading sailing app that includes "Geofencing" GPS tracking, anchor alarm and vessel emergency features. Even better... read more

...your time sailing is sync'd with your online sailing resume, taking the hassle out of keeping a written logbook and completing resumes for charter companies! For more info, click here NauticEd Tracklink

Guaranteed Practical Competency

Guaranteed Competency includes assessing skills, abilities and knowledgeSimply, you're paying us to learn to sail at a certain level (not for a certain number of hours). We guarantee that in practical courses your instructor will verify your practical competency.read more

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 & Registration:

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

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 >

Upcoming Coastal Classes (date is first day)

  • Jun09Sat
    Basic Cruising - Portland
    $530.00
    sold out
    10:00Island Sailing, 515 NE Tomahawk Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
  • Aug11Sat
    Basic Cruising - Portland
    $530.00
    sold out
    10:00Island Sailing, 515 NE Tomahawk Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
  • Sep08Sat
    Basic Cruising - Portland
    $530.00
    4
    left
    10:00Island Sailing, 515 NE Tomahawk Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
  • Oct13Sat
    Basic Cruising - Portland
    $530.00
    4
    left
    10:00Island Sailing, 515 NE Tomahawk Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217

Questions?

Please contact us with questions or if a convenient course date is not listed.

Name*

Email*

Phone#

Message


Need Help? Contact Island SailingAlternatively, you can contact Josh Shenkman directly at josh@islandsailingclub.com or (503) 285-7765 with questions, for more information or to sign-up!


What our students say about Basic Cruising...

5 star instructor ratingRated 4.82/5 by students (33 reviews)

Student reviews are independently submitted to NauticEd upon course completion. See Sailing Reviews for more information »


5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Mark N. on 3/15/2018

4.8 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Wayne M. on 3/15/2018

This was a great class. I feel confident in sailing on our own in at least basic conditions. Alan took the time that was needed to make sure we understood each facet of the class, and also stayed afterward to offer advice for our specific questions and si

4.8 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Authur W. on 2/13/2018

Alan was a great instructor. The only reason I marked somewhat competent is that I need to practice more so it becomes more natural.

4.4 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Calden C. on 2/12/2018

Alan is great fun in the boat and full of handy hints to make sailing easier, safer and more fun (less re-coiling of lines!). Thanks!

read more reviews

4.4 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Joshua J. on 1/27/2018

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Faling
By Jason W. on 11/25/2017

Bruce was incredibly knowledgable!

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Jeffrey B. on 11/15/2017

Keep up the great work Alan.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Justin R. on 11/13/2017

Alan is a fantastic teacher with wide knowledge and a willingness to share.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Jacob L. on 9/18/2017

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Colin B. on 8/13/2017

Alan is a great resource for the sailing community and he is a fantastic instructor. I had a great time in class and I feel like I learned a great deal.

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Frankland
By Kelley D. on 8/11/2017

4.8 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Larry S. on 7/10/2017

Great instructor. Very experienced and will challenge you to think and make decisions instead of just running through the routines. Great learning experience overall with emphasis on practical sailing skills....

4.4 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Brian C. on 7/10/2017

More time discussing the specifics of a maneuver or exercise would help alleviate moments of confusion and distress...even going over some of the terminology/slang used to make commands would help ensure that the entire crew is on the same page. Overall,

5 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Jonathon P. on 7/9/2017

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Dale C. on 7/9/2017

4.6 / 5 rating: Basic Cruising Course with Capt. Somervell
By Travis E. on 7/1/2017

Sometimes I have difficulty understanding the concepts but it they become clearer after I had an opportunity to practice them. Thanks for your patients and sharing your knowledge.

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

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 Teresa C. on 10/31/2016

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 instructo

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 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 practic

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. 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.