Sailing Certification Content

Sailing Certification Content

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Basic Keelboat Certification

Typical study content for basic keelboat certification (Keelboat 101) usually includes the following:

1. Boat parts – understanding basic terminology

  • Parts of a sailboat
  • Parts of the rig
  • Names of sails & parts of sails

2. How Sails work

3. Sail Trim – how to get the most out of your sails

4. Sailing Skills & Directions

  • Points of sail
  • Changing Direction
  • Depowering & Reefing
  • Confined waters
  • Triangular course
  • Out of irons
  • Man overboard procedure

5. Rules of the road

6. Docking& Anchoring

7. Sailing Preparations

8. Knots and lines

9. Weather

10. Safety and Emergency

11. Basic Navigation

Advanced Sailing Certifications

There are various advanced certifications most of which require some sailing experience. More advance sailing certifications generally cover the following areas of study:

  • Coastal cruising
  • Bareboat – This is a very useful certification if you wish to charter a boat without hiring a captain as well.
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Celestial navigation
  • Offshore passage making