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.
Beginner Courses –
- Beginners for Sail
- Kids and Families for Sail
- Teens for Sail
- Sailing Fundamentals
- This is Knot Fun
- 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
- Heavy Weather Skills
- Advanced Cruising Techniques
- Advanced Electronic Navigation & Cruise Planning
Sailing Course Format –
- 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 AveWilmette, IL
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.
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.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to apply basic celestial navigation theory and practice to determine latitude and longitude at sea using a sextant and Nautical Almanac.
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
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.
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
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