Skipper Training
Level – Intermediate

If you are new to sailing or have some experience and want to hone your skills, this is where to begin. This course, when combined with practical on-the-water training and assessment with Houston Sailing, is officially approved as meeting the On-Water Recreational Boating Skills Standard – SAIL developed by the United States Coast Guard. It is the only course in the world approved to this high standard. (Yes, this means the other programs are not following the Coast Guard standards.)

Houston Sailing offers a 10 pack of 4-hour lessons for $4,000 plus the cost of the online courses, $95. These lessons can be scheduled at your convenience by coordinating with Houston Sailing or directly with your assigned instructor. These classes are typically done one-on-one with the instructor but you may be paired up with one other student that has a similar schedule. We like to do this when possible so that you may learn to work as a team, skipper and crew.

By completing the 40 hours of training over 10 days and successfully finishing the online training portion you will be awarded the NauticEd rank of Skipper. You will have the skills and experience necessary to safely and confidently skipper a sailboat in the 30-35 foot range.

Topics include:

  • Safety Equipment
  • Weather and Sea Conditions
  • Electrical Systems
  • Auxiliary Power
  • Rigging: Standing and Running
  • Rules of the Road
  • Slip Departure and Return
  • Sailing
  • Communications & Navigation
  • Anchoring and Mooring
  • Coping with Emergencies

Training Includes:
NauticEd Skipper – Large Keelboat online course
FREE Basic Sail Trim online course and FREE Navigation Rules course
FREE NauticEd electronic online logbook
40 hours of on-the-water practical instruction (recommended is 10 x 4 hour sessions)

Upon successful demonstration of competence, completion of the online courses, and 10 total sailing days logged into your logbook, you will receive the NauticEd internationally recognized Skipper Rank Level I.


$4,000.00 for 10 x 4 hour classes plus $95.00 for the online class bundle.

Click HERE to sign up for the online classes. You will billed separately for the on-the-water portion.

Classes are held any day and time that works for your schedule.