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NauticEd Nationally Recognized
in Sailing Education and Training
in the United States with its
On the Water Sailing Endorsement Course

Nationally Approved Sailing Course

NauticEd is the only United States based sailing body offering a course which complies with the United States On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – SAIL, the newly released 2017 American National Standard for on-water instruction in entry-level recreational sailboat operation.


1.       The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with individual states, U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia (DC) is recognized by the United States Coast Guard as THE OFFICIAL national entity to approve power and motorized sail boating courses resulting in the issuance of boating education cards or boat operator licenses of individual states, districts, and territories of the United States of America.

2.       NASBLA has conducted a review of NauticEd’s Nationally Recognized On-The-Water Sailing Endorsement and has officially found it to comply with the American National Standard.

See this official recognition website here!
This is the official award letter from NASBLA

To gain the Nationally Recognized On-The-Water Sailing Endorsement, a student must:

·         Complete and pass the NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat online sailing course

·         Pass an on-the-water assessment conducted by an approved NauticEd Sailing School Instructor

Approved instructors can be found by visiting NauticEd’s Sailing School page and viewing any school with the ANS logo next to the school.

Assessors use a series of assessment rubrics found here to assess the student. Typically the student will undergo a standardized multiday on-the-water instruction designed to meet and exceed the American National Standards, although students who deem themselves competent already, may complete the online course and then do the on-the-water assessment by an Approved Assessor. Instruction and assessment can be private or with a group of students.

The NauticEd software will not issue the certificate recognizing the student for competence until the student has passed both the online multimedia course AND the practical on-the-water assessment.

Grant Headifen, Global Director of Education for NauticEd says “What we find unique and well structured about this process is that the Assessor feels no pressure to pass the student. Rather, the rubrics are a method of grading a student’s skills over a series of 37 micro tasks. At the end of the assessment, the Assessor has extensive objective information about the student’s skills and can point to areas that are perhaps critical to the safety of operation and areas needed for improvement. A student passing the Nationally Recognized On-The-Water Sailng Endorsement is thus deemed competent to Skipper a small keelboat (to 26 feet in length) and is issued a certificate recognizing such. This differs from a basic 101 type approach whereby the student is issued more of a certificate of attendance giving a false sense of security.”

Once the student has completed the online course and assessment, they are issued the NauticEd Certificate of Nautical Competence with the Verified Course badge and with the words “Nationally Recognized On-The-Water Sailing Endorsement”. The certificate looks simliar to this below.  On the Certificate, Level refers to the amount of experience the student has logged in their NauticEd electronic logbook:

·         Passed Instructor Accessment = Level I

·         25 Days on the water = Level II

·         50 Days on the water = Level III

·         100 Days on the water = Level IV

·         200 Days on the water = Level V

“Level is an important factor that is reported on the certificate” says Headifen. “It gives the viewer a window into the student’s practical on-the-water experience which, as any instructor or yacht charter company would agree, is where real competence is created. It is something that only NauticEd captures in its certificate. And is one of the reasons, NauticEd is so respected now worldwide”.

Notice that the two logos on the badge are the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. NauticEd is very proud to be the only sailing body in the United States to be able to offer a nationally recognised sailing course and to issue such a prestigious certificate of competence.

Certificate of Sailing Competence

Certificate of Sailing Competence

Get started today!

·         Take the NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat Sailing Course and then

·         Get trained and assessed by an approved NauticEd instructor

New NauticEd students also get two free courses.

·         Navigation Rules and

·         Basic Sail Trim

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