Private Sailing Lessons

Learn Faster, With Greater Retention, and Higher Levels of Competency

Private Lessons Designed To Meet You At Your Level and Take You To Your Goals

Learn to sail faster and with greater retention through private instruction. The breakthroughs come because you work at your own pace and can move through lessons and skill tests faster and with more competency with singular focus.

Our instructors will move through the curriculum with a focus on your areas of interest and where you need the most coaching.  Lessons are taught on an Oceanis 38.1.

Old School

The typical weekend sailing course has you sitting in a classroom for 50% of the time. The other 50% you’re on the water, taking what you just heard and applying it so you can pass on Sunday. You’re on board with people at different levels of skill and confidence, and teaching is always directed at the lowest level learner.

The business model of all modern sailing schools is to get dues paying members and get on their lesson mill. Lessons modules are designed to take you on a slow track of courses and extra workshops to get you to a basic level of confidence and competency. In addition to monthly dues, you pay a significant rental fee for a boat to finally go sailing by yourself.  If you add this all up, you are paying a hefty sum to gain your basic competency.

New School – Why we only do private sailing lessons

We developed our private sailing lesson programs so in the end, you spend half the money and time to become confident and competent. You don’t have to join a sailing school club so there are no monthly fees. Your classroom is on-line so you are not spending your paid lesson time time in a classroom. All your training time with our lessons is on the water training time. Best of all, you learn at your pace so no slowdowns in your training because of other students who are not where you are at.

The focus is on you and the areas you need to learn in greater depth and that are aligned to your boating goal.  We start where you are and take you where you want to go in less time and in the end, less money.

Why our classroom time is on-line?

  • Research shows that on average, students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom.

  • Complete required courses at your own pace

  • All your time with the instructor is spent on the water gaining skills.

  • Courses are available anytime on any device

Why NauticEd?

  • NauticEd offers the American National Standard for Sailing Training and Assessment
  • Approved by the American National Standards Institute and the United States Coast Guard
  • Earn internationally recognized Certifications for worldwide chartering
  • How does NauticEd compare with ASA, US Sailing or the RYA?


Getting Started

  1. The first thing to do is to take our short Lesson Experience Survey It only takes a few minutes and helps us develop your plan. With private lessons you have the luxury of moving at your pace and focusing on areas you want to improve in and build your confidence quickly.
  2. Sign up for one of our Getting Started Courses below if you want to see if sailing is for you or you have a specific goal in mind.
  3. Contact Us so we can get you started with a customized plan.

Check Out Our Private Boating Club Where You Sail Like An Owner

Are you looking for a sailing experience where you can boat as much as you want for a low monthly fee and your training is included? Check out our Nautical Access Sailing Club. 

Comprehensive On-Line Learning with Private On-The-Water Sailing Lessons For Maximum Results

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Lessons & Certifications

24 Hour Introductory Thru Intermediate Private Lessons

Our 24-hour course is perfect for beginners and intermediate sailors. If you’re new to sailing or need a refresher to focus on specific skills like sail handling or handling under power, this is for you. The time is designed around your schedule and boating goals.

If you’re just beginning, this foundational course gives you a comprehensive understanding about the fundamentals of sailing skills so you can be a competent crew member and handle small crafts solo. Training is adapted to your learning style so you can fast track to greater skill sets faster and be boating on your own in no time.

If you have been sailing but need to improve skills or refresh skills, we customize the curriculum to take you where you want to go.


8-Hour Private Intensive Skill Building or Intro To Sailing

This 1-day course is a great choice for either:

  • a skill building intensive
  • an introduction to sailing for those who want to explore the sport before making a large investment in time and money.

In the intensive lessons, the focus is on your area of interest and where you need the most coaching to grow your competency.  For beginners, the focus is on the experience and foundational skills necessary for you to evaluate the sport.

The real advantage to private lessons is that you move at your own pace and the entire experience in customized so your goals are met in the timeframe.

Our instructors are all US Coast Guard licensed captains and certified instructors. Their one focus is on your comfort and security as you work through the course.

SLC – International Sailing License On-The-Water Exam

Chartering a yacht is easy, however, you will be required to have a sailing resume and credentials. Credentials vary based on which country you want to charter in, but the most widely accepted and convenient credential to obtain for European sailing is the International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC).

The SLC is issued by NauticEd and is valid for all yacht charter companies worldwide including Europe and the Seychelles. As a NauticEd school, we help you obtain this valuable credential.

The NauticEd SLC is relatively easy to gain and cost effective as long as you are experienced. You will need to obtain the California Boater’s Card to complete your application for the SLC.

To gain an SLC, you need to pass the NauticEd online theory courses for bareboat chartering and demonstrate sailing skills according to established standards.

Contact us about getting started today!