Wilmette, Illinois
(847) 917-7245 |

Learning is a continuum. At BE-Nautical we seek to understand your educational and sailing goals to provide a curriculum rich with learning. Learn individually, as a couple or as a family – BE-Nautical has a course of learning to meet your specific sailing goals and needs.

Learn basic through advanced skills certified through the ASA (ASA101 – 108, including ASA Endorsements, 117-120). From Sailing to Navigating and Forecasting Weather, Boat Systems and Electronics in several learning formats.

Practice racing courses, technique and experiential courses from anchoring, night sailing, heavy weather sailing, and cruising skills including extended cruising formats.

Explore your sailing horizons. BE-Nautical offers educational opportunities and flotillas in interesting parts of the world along with offshore sailing experiences and certifications.

Learn with ASA’s Best! – Recognized as ASA School of the Year in 2013 and ASA Instructor of the Year in 2020 & 2021.

Chicago Area Locations – Belmont, Montrose, Wilmette, and Waukegan Harbors

• Proudly recognizing the contribution of Veterans and Teachers with discounts.
• Supporting our Environment through ASA’s Plastics Purge
• Supporting Women with “Women on the Water” Courses.

Other Courses:

Beginner Courses –

  • Beginners for Sail
  • Kids and Families for Sail
  • Teens for Sail
  • Sailing Fundamentals
  • This is Knot Fun

Intermediate Courses

  • Racing Fundamentals
  • Racing Crew
  • Sailing Refresher
  • Docking Refresher
  • Cruising Skills
  • Anchoring Techniques
  • Moderate Weather Skills
  • Coastal Navigation Fundamentals
  • Celestial Navigation Fundamentals
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Night Sailing Techniques
  • Boat Systems
  • Weather Fundamentals

Advanced Skills

  • Heavy Weather Skills
  • Advanced Cruising Techniques
  • Advanced Electronic Navigation & Cruise Planning

Sailing Course Format –

  • Evening
  • Weekend
  • Family
  • Women on the Water
  • Veterans for Sail
  • Near Shore Clean-Up – Plastics Purge

Offering IQC Courses in all ASA Levels from ASA Instructor Evaluator – Captain Brian Earl

Chicago area locations –

  • Belmont Harbor – 300 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
  • Montrose Harbor – 601 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago
  • Wilmette Harbor – 20 Harbor Drive, Wilmette, IL
  • Waukegan Harbor – 625 E. Sea Horse Drive, Waukegan, IL
  • 308 Laurel Ave
    Wilmette, IL

American Sailing Certifications Offered

ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
ASA 101, Keelboat Sailing 1
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.
ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking
ASA 108, Offshore Passagemaking
Learn to skipper a sailing vessel on extended offshore passages requiring celestial navigation. Knowledge of long-term passage planning, offshore vessel selection, sail repair, offshore first aid, watch-keeping, emergency procedures, abandon ship protocols, safety and seamanship.
ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing
ASA 110, Basic Small Boat Sailing
Learn to sail a centerboard or multihull sailboat in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, sail trim, points of sail, crew responsibilities, seamanship and safety including capsize avoidance/recovery and navigation rules to avoid collisions.
ASA 111, Sailing Review
ASA 111, Sailing Review
Desire to improve or re-familiarize sailing knowledge and skills imparted during previous ASA keelboat certification course(s). Student and Instructor jointly decide on goals prior to the start of the review.
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
ASA 117, Basic Celestial Endorsement
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
ASA 118, Docking Endorsement
The successful sailor will have the knowledge and skills to safely and competently dock and maneuver a sailboat under auxiliary power in a variety of conditions. Includes knowledge of steering and propulsion theory, wind and current, single and double-rudder monohulls, catamarans, safety precautions, knots and line handling, fixed and floating docks.
ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement
ASA 119, Marine Weather Endorsement
Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.
ASA 120, Radar Endorsement
ASA 120, Radar Endorsement
Learn to properly use small-craft radar (or radar simulator) for piloting, navigation, and collision avoidance. Knowledge of radar principles and practical matters of radar operation.

Other Services Available

  • Weekend Courses

Contact Information


Address BE-Nautical308 Laurel Ave, WilmetteIL60091USA
Phone (847) 917-7245

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