About NauticEd

Why did we choose to partner with NauticEd?

We too began as students, and over the years our sailing passion grew into a profession to train and nurture safe and confident sailors. NauticEd shares this passion with a philosophy that’s focused on student goals and competency – gained from knowledge, skills, and experience. With state-of-the-art multimedia online courses, professional sailing relationships around the world, standards that exceed USGC requirements, and experts with thousands of sea miles of experience: we partnered with NauticEd to offer our students the best resources and global community available in modern sailing.

About NauticEd

(from NauticEd’s Student Guide – download a full copy)

NauticEd Founder and Director of Education Grant Headifen

NauticEd is the leading international and fastest growing North American sailing and boating education company with a mission to educate and train competent sailors. NauticEd combines online theory learning with on-the-water training provided by sailing schools to train, certify, and license sailors of all skill levels. They are known in the industry as a provider of 21st-century sailing education thanks to their combination of old-school sailing standards and modern technology.


NauticEd’s mission is to educate and train competent sailors. Sailing competence requires a comprehensive mix of knowledge, skills and experience. Once achieved, competence means a sailor will keep the crew safe, have more fun and fulfillment, and be empowered with the confidence to sail beyond visible horizons and personal boundaries.


NauticEd helps you chart your own course by merging the latest technology, learning techniques, and on-the-water training into one globally accepted program. Our professional and accredited sailing schools are located around the world, providing immersive training and a supportive sailing community to help you accomplish your personal goals.

Achieving Sailing Competence


NauticEd programs blend four sailing education fundamentals: (1) Online Knowledge Learning, (2) On-the-Water Practical Training, (3) Experience & Resume Building, and (4) Certification & Licensing.

1. Online Multimedia Theory Courses

Learning the theory and technical knowledge of sailing has never been easier – or this fun – until now. NauticEd’s real-time library of state-of-the-art coursework is available with just one click of a button, making your sailing goals attainable and achievable. Learn in the comfort of your own home with cutting edge technology for simple and easy access to learn theory and knowledge at your own pace.


Courses are cross-platform, multimedia, interactive, real-time, mobile friendly, continuously updated, and – in one student’s comment – “downright addictive”. Theory knowledge courses include interactive simulations: much like pilots practice simulations before “taking off”, sailors strengthen their knowledge before “casting off”. Retake the tests as often as needed. Our goal isn’t pass/fail, but focusing your education where it benefits you the most.

2. Sailing Schools | On-The-Water Training

Sailing courses and private instruction from NauticEd lead to so much more than a certification. Our professional, certified instructors are focused on helping you achieve your personal goals and teaching in a safe, controlled training environment that allows you to be hands-on with challenging sailing situations.


Instructors continually assess your strengths, focusing your training to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge to be a safe and skilled skipper or crew. The value of your instructor’s oversight is immeasurable. With years of experience, professional training, and a passion to guide your development, NauticEd’s experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.


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3. Experience | Free Online Logbook & Resume

Every charter operator requires a properly formatted sailing resume that confirms your sailing experience (believe us, we’ve asked them). NauticEd offers a free, globally recognized logbook and resume building tool to track your on-the-water experience in one convenient virtual location.


With a few simple steps, you can track your on-the-water experience, add crew-mate authentication, and watch your resume grow to qualify for chartering sailing yachts worldwide. Read why a sailing resume trumps a sailing certification ›

4. Certification & Licensing

NauticEd’s certification program is a simple calculation: theory + on-the-water skills + experience = certified competence. Once you’ve completed the course assessment, your accredited Instructor certifies that you can skillfully and safely operate a sailboat on-the-water. Then once you record sufficient sailing experience in your free eLogbook, you’ll receive the appropriate Certification of Competence.

NauticEd certified sailing training, certified competence with on-the-water experience.

Internationally Accredited Sailing Training
NauticEd programs exceed all U.S. and international recreational sailing standards. Our courses conform to U.S. Coast Guard EDU-3, NASBLA verified third-party assessment, and exceed United Nations (UNE) Resolution 40 competence standards.


Learn more about NauticEd certification ›

NauticEd American National Standards - SAIL approval and verified sailing course  NauticEd's International Sailing License and Credentials is accepted worldwide

Free from NauticEd

(included in your school courses)


The historian Edward Gibbons once coined what’s now a sailing adage: “The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.” What was true amongst the Golden Age sailors of the 1700’s remains a rule today – except today we have a 21st century app for that! Learning how to use these free tools and knowledge is a great companion to sailing education.

NauticEd IOS and Android nd testing app

iOS and Android Course Apps

The NauticEd online courses and testing are also available on iOS & Android to give students more options to learn sailing at a relaxed pace. Take all of your NauticEd sailing education courses with you anywhere on your mobile device – online or offline. You can also take the course tests. When you complete a test, the App sends the results up to your online resume automatically.

Predict Wind 3 month free subscription with sailing class

Predict Wind

NauticEd partnered with Predict Wind to offer students the best in wind and weather forecasting. Receive a 3 month subscription for FREE!


Predict wind is a company that has gathered all the top weather prediction model information and presented the information in a super user-friendly manner onto your mobile device and on your computer. It means that in one place you can find present conditions and predictions for just about anything you need weather-wise including ocean currents and swells. More information ›

NauticEd Tracklink IOS application for Sailors

Tracklink & Anchor Watch

Students receive the feature-rich boating GPS Tracking App Tracklink: track and share your sailing, automatically log your sailing adventures, and relax “on the hook” with Anchor Watch. Tracklink logs the miles, elapsed time, weather conditions, vessel details, who was master of the vessel, and overlays that track onto a chart. Additionally, the logbook entry is automatically updated in your NauticEd online logbook entry, effortlessly building your sailing resume.

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NauticEd's interactive sailing simulator

NED Sailing Simulator

NauticEd’s sailing points-of-sail simulator helps students to learn and practice steering and trimming to different points-of-sail.


Try the Ned Sailing Simulator ›

Additional Learning Resources

NauticEd Books | Print

But these aren’t just any ol’ books – these are paper hybrid eBooks whereby the books come alive through embedded QR codes that open supplemental eLearning tools. Read more >

NauticEd Sailing Books

Free Podcasts

Industry leaders, subject experts and influencers talk to NauticEd sailors. Rich oral storytelling traditions are part of sailing, and NauticEd’s podcasts give the community a voice to share their experience and knowledge. Come listen, learn, and enjoy. Listen on Soundcloud >

NauticEd podcasts featuring sailing leading instructors and professionals

Sailing Blog

Rated in the top ten sailing blogs in the world, NauticEd features over 500 sailing learning and interest articles. NauticEd’s Blog is focused on sharing education, inspiration, upcoming events and engaging the sailing community. Go to the Blog >

NauticEd's award winning sailing blog