Keelboat Instructor Programs

Offshore Passage Making Instructor



  • Hold a current US Sailing Coastal Passage Making Instructor Certification and have taught, US Sailing Coastal Passage Making course(s) for a minimum of 12 days.
  • Pass the US Sailing Celestial Navigation Student test with a score of 90%+ or have a U.S. Coast Guard Celestial Navigation endorsement on your U.S. Coast Guard license.
  • Pass the Offshore Passage Making Student Written Exam with a grade of 90% or better.
  • Provide recommendations:
    • From your current employer and
    • From both of your Coastal Passage Making Instructor Trainers or
    • From two recognized sailing authorities.
  • Document an unbroken ocean passage of more than 700 miles as skipper or mate.  Acceptable documentation is either a copy of the vessel’s log or a letter from the vessel’s skipper/owner stating your position and responsibilities. Vessel name, and documentation number, dates and ports of departure and arrival should be included.
  • Provide documentation of your current CPR, First Aid, and U.S. Coast Guard License.
  • Provide a sailing resume
  • Prepare a Passage Plan for a route assigned to you the Adult Program Operations Manager.
    The Passage Plan should include, but is not limited to, the following topics:
Safety Seamanship
Navigation Vessel Selection
Repairs & Maintenance Heavy Weather Tactics
Provisioning & Menu Planning Crew Management & Health Care


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Your application will be reviewed by the committee.  Upon acceptance,  you will be contacted by the office for the $400.00 payment.