Cruising Course

301: Cruising Course

Our Live-Aboard Cruising & Seamanship 301 combines learning with an adventure-packed vacation. Over the course of 5 days you and your certified instructor will plan, manage, and sail a comprehensive Lake Michigan cruising adventure. You will master all aspects of cruising. This includes lake crossings, night sailing, course planning, and systems management. By the end of your journey, you will possess the skills necessary to pilot a sailboat to any horizon! You will also have two internationally recognized US Sailing certifications: Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising. Under the guidance of our certified instructor and captain you will learn every aspect of cruising. This includes provisioning and prep, trip planning, open water sailing, and some basic piloting. You will experience the joy of making exciting new landfalls, the epitome of a cruising lifestyle.

We do NOT teach basic sailing during this trip. Participants wanting to earn their Basic & Bareboat Cruising certs should be able to confidently command and control a sailing vessel. 
US Sailing’s International Proficiency Certificate

If you desire to charter a sailboat in the Mediterranean, we recommend obtaining a US Sailing International Proficiency Certificate© to simplify the charter process and operate a vessel in compliance with EU law.

In order to make it easier for cruising sailors from the U.S. to charter sailboats in the European Union (EU), US Sailing has created a simple certification program for cruising sailors seeking to charter sailboats in European Union waters. The International Proficiency Certificate©, an extension of US Sailing’s current Keelboat Certification System, allows sailors who have completed a US Sailing Bareboat Cruising course to charter sailboats without a captain in EU waters.

The International Proficiency Certificate© works much like a driver’s license for a car. The certificate must be presented to a charter company to obtain a boat, and then carried aboard at all times while sailing in EU waters.  The certificate is good for five years from the date of issue.


Course Information

Course Duration: 5 Days (Overnight)
Prerequisites: US Sailing Basic Keelboat (or similar experience)
Scheduling Options:

  • May 18th- May 22nd 2020
  • June 22nd – June 26th 2020
  • July 20th – July 24th 2020
  • August 24th – August 28th 2020


  • $1,195 Per Person (Shared Berth)
  • $1,450 Per Person (Single Berth)

Vessel: Hunter 326

Course Objectives

  • Confident command of a cruising vessel
  • Lake Crossings
  • Night Sailing
  • Onboard systems management
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures for cruising vessels
  • Two US Sailing Certifications (Basic & Bareboat Cruising)

Also Available,
303: BVI Cruising Course

Join us for 7 days of fun in the sun! Our winter cruising course sets a course for the British Virgin Islands during February, the perfect escape from winter’s grasp.

Contact Us

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Dock B, 2 W Belmont Harbor Dr, Chicago IL 60657
(773) 871-7245

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