A live aboard sailing course is the ultimate way to learn to sail! For a week you will eat, live, learn
and play aboard a modern sailing yacht under the careful watch of a highly rated instructor.
Each day you will set sail exploring numerous islands, putting your new found learning and skills to
the test. This is an opportunity to get a taste of what the cruising lifestyle is all about!
Live Aboard courses are an intense, immersive experience that get you on the FAST TRACK to your sailing dreams.
Catamarans have exploded in popularity in the last 5 years! They are faster on most points of sail, more spacious and comfortable, allow access to shallower water and typically have more amenities onboard (think air conditioning, water maker, and multiple fridges).
Our catamaran courses are our most popular live aboard course! Earn your American Sailing 101, 103, 104 and 114 certifications in one of our stunning destinations.
Not sure whether to do a catamaran or a monohull course? If in doubt, do a catamaran course as you can always charter monohulls with these certs.SEE THE CATAMARANS
Monohulls are a blast to sail! For those who love the feel of heeling and the purity of sailing, these courses are a great option.
If you know you will be buying a monohull or only sailing monohulls, then you should definitely learn to sail on a monohull.
We conduct monohull courses on beautiful new monohulls in the 46-52 foot range, to help you earn your ASA 101, 103 and 104 certifications.
We offer our monohull courses in Mexico, Grenada, Mallorca and Croatia.SEE THE BOATS
Choose your destination from one of our six favored locations,
or ask us to create the perfect custom trip for you.
Tell us your preferred timing and we will find available boats, an instructor and make sure it’s the perfect location for that time of year.
We have a number of extremely experienced and gifted
instructors, all hand-picked. We will make sure you know who will
be taking you on this special journey.
The American Sailing Association (ASA) is one of the largest and most respected sailing certification entities
in the world, with over 500,000 certifications issued. It doesn’t matter what country you are from (you don’t
have to be American!) to earn these internationally recognized certifications…
The ASA certifications are recognized worldwide by every major charter company including Dream Yacht,
Moorings, Sunsail, Navigare and others…
If you are planning on chartering internationally you need to be able to show that you have met recognized
standards that prove you know how to sail and operate a yacht. For future boat owners, having formal sailing
certifications is becoming a requirement to obtain insurance on your personal vessel.
Prerequisites: ASA 101, ASA 103, ASA 104
Able to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day liveaboard cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Knowledge of catamaran structure, components and features, performance under sail and power, boat systems, seamanship and safety, heavy weather operation, and emergency response.
Prerequisites: ASA 101, ASA 103
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30′-45′ sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
Prerequisites: ASA 103
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25′-35′ keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
Learn to skipper a 20′ – 27′ sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
The only way to join our tribe is to learn to sail with Nautilus.
We’re really careful to make sure that we know and trust anyone coming on one of our special trips.
Join us on flotillas, offshore deliveries, free webinars and unforgettable sailing adventures around the world. Join the Tribe.CALENDAR OF EVENTS
We’ve successfully taught more than 4000 students over the years
and can help you avoid common mistakes.
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