Catamaran Sailing Courses
Sailboat Cruising Courses on Twin-Hulled Sailboats
If you plan to charter catamarans or purchase your own boat the Live Aboard Cruising Course or Catamaran Bareboat Charter Certification Course on catamarans are the most popular choices. If you don’t have good small boat sailing skills, our Fast Track to Cruising Course is your ticket to sailing catamarans. You learn on cruising catamarans with three or four private cabins, large open salon, galley with 360 degree views, a big trampoline forward for sunning, and spacious seating in the cockpit area. Catamaran Sailing Courses are available in Florida and the British Virgin Islands, with a minimum of two participants required to start catamaran sailing courses (maximum four unless purchasing a Private Family Catamaran Course option).
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“Everything about my catamaran live aboard cruising course exceeded my expectations. Great sailing, the navigation and itinerary between islands were very well prepared, outstanding course content and sailing practice.”
Vincent Schmitt – Hillsborough, NJ
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Catamaran Certification Courses
You learn all about handing catamaran sailing from expert, licensed and certified Offshore Sailing School cruising instructors who cover what you need to know to make your catamaran sailing adventures more fun and relaxing. Since these boats tend to have more windage than cruising monohulls specific docking maneuvers are taught to make your landing easy. Tacking angles vary from single-hulled (monohull) sailboats. During our catamaran sailing courses, you learn about shortening sail in heavy weather and crew overboard recovery techniques which can be distinctive to catamaran sailing.
“We had an amazing experience! We came away with way more knowledge and excitement to learn. Mike and I really only took this course because it was important to my brother-in-law who had a passion to learn and we wanted to spend time together. Neil took two beginners with only slight curiosity and made us extremely passionate to sail and continue the journey. We rented the 4600 catamaran right after our courses which will allow us to put all this great information to work.”
Heather and Mike Nichols – Selana Beach, CA
Learning is Fun on a Catamaran Sailing Vacation
Catamarans provide the ideal on-water classroom setting while enjoying a catamaran sailing vacation as you navigate from port to port. The huge airy salons on our catamarans, with 360o visibility and lots of natural light, are a boon for pre-sail classroom sessions and after-sail relaxation. Each day you sail and navigate through the islands and along coastlines, putting to use all that you have learned. Preparation of meals is also an important part of this course. There is no chef aboard and instructors are there to guide you, but not cook meals for you. All students share in learning how to prepare meals in a galley aboard.
International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for Chartering Overseas
If you plan to charter in Europe or other areas overseas, you may be required to show your certification certificates and an International Proficiency Certificate. US Sailing, the governing body of sailing in the United States, will issue this certificate for a nominal fee for U.S. citizens who have achieved US Sailing Bareboat Cruising Certification. For more information go to https://www.ussailing.org and search IPC.
A Note About Night Sailing
Most charter agencies do not allow night sailing and require that you are anchored, docked or on a mooring before sunset. Night sailing is not covered in this course, but is covered in Passage Making courses, the next step in your learning process.