Certification | Sailing | Austin Sailboat Rentals


C E R T I F I C A T I O N

Small Boat Sailing Certification is attainable at
Austin Sailboat Rentals on dinghies, small and large day sailors.

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(Small sailboats are generally under 20 feet and
without live-aboard accommodations.)  

CERTIFICATION LEVELS
for BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE

IMG_3069All small boat sailors, regardless of age or experience, are welcome to partipcate in US Sailing's Small Boat Sailor Certification Program at Austin Sailboat Rentals.

The benefits of becoming a certified sailor are:  (1) able to charter sailboats, (2) obtain a U.S. Coast Guard license, (3) meet state education and/or licensing requirements, (4) become a race official or sailing judge, and (5) it's really cool to be a certified sailor!

There are 14 sailing skills, 10 of which that can be completed during two wind levels:  Light Air (5-14 mph) and/or Heavy Air (15+ mph) for which you can apply for certification.  In other words, you can apply for light air certification or heavy air certification.  If you test in heavy air, then you will qualify for both (light and heavy air).

SMALL BOAT SAILING GENERAL and BOAT HANDLING SKILLS for BEGINNERS

  • Wind DirectionIMG_1401
  • Rigging/Unrigging
  • Knots/Lines
  • Rules of the Road
  • Departure/Landing
  • Steering
  • Safety Position
  • Tacking
  • Points of Sail
  • Jibing
  • Capsize Recovery
  • Overboard Recovery
  • Getting out of the Irons
  • Upwind Sailing

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SMALL BOAT SAILING GENERAL SKILLS and THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE INTERMEDIATE

  • Seamanship
  • Nomenclature
  • Understanding Wind
  • Current, Weather and Land Effects
  • Navigation and Emergency Procedures
  • Proper Sail Trim
  • Proper Boat Trim
  • Roll Tacking
  • Jibing
  • Sailing and Windward Leg
  • Sailing a Reach
  • Sailing Downwind

US Sailing certification identifies you as having satisfactorily demonstrated certain nationally recognized basic sailing skills.

COST  $100 an hour for the instructor, plus the cost of the boat you choose to test in.

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Learn To Sail  If you don't know how to sail and are striving for certification, please click here to find out more information on learning to sail before testing for certification.

For additional details and/or scheduling an appointment with Austin Sailboat Rentals Certified US Sailing Instructor and Certfieid ASA Keelboat Skipper, please call Ginny Niebauer at 512-431-1894 or email her at:  ginny@austinsail.com

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For those of you who are interested in becoming certified in a larger keelboat (over 20 feet), Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, Coastal Navigation, Advanced Coastal Cruising and Docking Endorsement, please contact our friend Captain Harry Polly, USCG, ASA Sailing Instructor at 214-598-5701 or email him at harry.polly@hotmail.com.  Be sure to let him know we sent you his way.

See you soon!

 

CERTIFICATION (includes boat & instructor fee for 1 hour) for additional time with instructor, please change quanity at time of checkout | PAY NOW!
Certification Level
Number of Hours
Location To Test
Date & Time of Testing
Name, Phone & e-Mail

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What You Should Know Before You Go and our Policies.

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