Learn to Cruise
Bareboat Charter and Live Aboard Cruising Courses
Picture yourself at the helm of a beautiful sailboat, chartering in the Caribbean, Greek Islands, South Pacific, and Croatia. Imagine the thrill of confidently taking family and friends out on your own cruising catamaran or monohull. All the courses below are taught on 43’ to 50’ monohulls or catamarans at most Offshore Sailing School locations, and give you the skills to embrace the sailboat cruising lifestyle with ease!
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If you are not yet a sailor or have minimal experience, Fast Track to Cruising Courses® take you from couch to the captain’s chair in one week. You start with two days learning on a Colgate 26 while staying ashore at night, then five or six days on a 43’ to 50’ catamaran or monohull, continuing to stay ashore, or moving aboard the cruising boat. If you have basic skills for sailboat cruising and are comfortable steering and maneuvering sailboats at least 20’ in length, you can skip the first two days on the Colgate 26 and enroll in one of following options such as our Bareboat Cruising Certification course.
Bareboat Charter Cruising Certification Courses
Ideal for families with kids and teens learning together, Bareboat Cruising Certification Courses are taught in a format where you sleep ashore and do your classroom and hands-on training in half-day sessions. This is also a great way for friends and family in different level courses to learn on the same schedule and share free time enjoying other activities together.
Live Aboard Cruising Certification Courses
Live Aboard Cruising Courses provide total immersion in the cruising lifestyle. You sleep on the boat throughout the course, in a private or shared cabin, while sharing all the tasks aboard with your classmates, as you learn while sailing from port to port each day.
To gain total confidence in your cruising skills, you should consider learning more about navigation. At Offshore Sailing School you can take a four-day shore-based course or study the same lessons while cruising on a big catamaran. Catamaran Live Aboard Navigation Courses are the next step up from all the courses above.
Bareboat Charter Refresher Courses
If you have sailed cruising boats in the past and need a refresher for an upcoming cruise or just to get your confidence back, our Two Day Bareboat Charter Refresher Course will bring you up to speed in ten hours of hands-on training. All you need is US Sailing or Offshore Sailing School Bareboat Cruising certification (which comes with the cruising courses listed above), or equivalent experience to participate.
International Cruising Evaluation
Most countries outside the Caribbean, Canada and the United States require an International Cruising Certificate to charter boats in their waters. This proof of proficiency is issued to U.S. citizens by US Sailing – the governing body of Sailing in the United States. Effective April 1, 2015, Offshore Sailing School will process your application and include the application fee when you earn US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification. If you already have US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification you can apply directly to US Sailing for this certificate. If you do not have US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification but do have comparable cruising skills, you may enroll in Offshore Sailing School’s International Cruising Proficiency program.