Newport Beach Sailing offers a comprehensive skipper small keelboat training program which integrates our practical training with NauticEd’s theory course. Collectively, this program has been prestigiously awarded and is recognized as meeting the strict American National Standards for sailing training designed by the United States Coast Guard.

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This training is for those wanting to skipper a small keelboat (up to 25 ft).   

This training can be combined with our Qualified Crew training where one person is learning crew skills and the other person is learning skipper skills.

Training Includes:

  • NauticEd Skipper Small Keelboat online course

  • FREE Basic Sail Trim online course and FREE Navigation Rules online course

  • FREE NauticEd online electronic logbook

  • 12 hours over 3 days of on-the-water practical instruction covering topics designated by the American National Standards such as sailing, tacking, gybing, reefing, the set of the sails, maneuvering in close quarters, navigation rules, sail trim, helming, docking

Upon successful demonstration of competence, you will receive the NauticEd internationally recognized Skipper Small Keelboat Rank, Level I. This certificate complies with the United States Coast Guard American National Standards for sailing training and assessment.

At the end of this course, you will start to feel confident with your knowledge and abilities to skipper and crew on a small keelboat close to your home port. Students are expected to complete the online course material prior to showing up for practical training.


  • Private Course: $1250– Private course with you and the instructor.

  • Semi- Private Course: $775– We will pair you with another student.

  • Couples Course: $1525– Private course for you and your partner.

  • Family Course: $1825– Private Course for 4 people.

Private and couples classes are generally held any day and time that works for your schedule. Semi-private classes are generally taught on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Semi-private classes have a minimum and maximum of 2 students. All classes are in 4-hour increments.

Contact us at (949) 209-9931 with any questions.

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