sailing standards


Certification verifies that you have successfully demonstrated the knowledge or practical skills generally required for different levels of sailing certification. Island Sailing courses adhere to NauticEd certification standards, which are recognized as the most comprehensive in US sailing and are licensed internationally.

Island Sailing Courses adhere to legal and official American and International standards for sailing certification and training. NauticEd's Certification exceeds the United States and United Nations recreational sailing knowledge and practical requirements.


Island Sailing is a NauticEd Flagship School. This means that our instructors are top-rated, our staff professional and we offer a higher than normal quality of training in our programs. Simply, Island Sailing courses exceed US and international standards.

The Flagship designation was initially awarded after NauticEd management physically inspected the school and trained with ISC instructors. Additionally, NauticEd continually scrutinizes student reviews as well as requires school and instructor documentation that standards are properly applied in our courses.

NauticEd standards, at a minimum, require that instructors train and assess according to "Practical Proficiency Checklists". Island Sailing instructors are trained to assess beyond that, including teaching to national and international standards.


ANS is the official American standard for sail training. Island Sailing Instructors adhere to the American National Standard - Sail when assessing a sailor's competence.

Island Sailing entry-level courses, and specifically NauticEd certification, conform to EDU-3 On Water Sail Standards (American National Standard).

This means we have "....successfully completed a third-party conformity assessment process to verify the named course complies to the American National Standard for Power, Sail, or Human-Propelled". Successful completion means “The content of this course conforms to the American National Standard for on-water skills as verified through an independent third-party assessment process.”

In 2016, the United States Coast Guard funded a project to increase the competency of boaters for power, sail and paddle boards. The project resulted in a standard of sailing training and assessments incorporating rubrics as the fundamental manner in which an instructor could determine the competence of a boater. The standard created was approved by ANSI (The American National Standards Institute).

The standard was reviewed and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) who is a member organization of the International Standards Organization (ISO). Whether you know it and no matter where you are, you are most certainly touched by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). From the strength of steel in a bolt, the amount of copper in a 12 gauge electrical wire, the speed at which your hard drive spins, to the data talk protocol between navigation devices, ANSI plays a role in your life. ANSI is an enormous company that oversees the adherence to consistency by establishing worldwide standards.


The International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) is a recreational sailing license valid for all yacht charter companies worldwide including Europe. To gain an SLC, the candidate must hold a national government boating license, pass a suite of theoretical knowledge courses and tests appropriate for bareboat chartering, log sufficient sailing experience, and demonstrate sailing skills according to internationally established sailing standards.

Why the SLC? It's based on US legal standards and reciprocal international rights on sail training and certification - all the ANS and NASBLA standards apply towards international sailing as the OFFICIAL US Standard, further layered with bareboat knowledge and practical assessment that exceeds United Nations and international standards.

Or rather, too many sailing organizations 'sell' private and unofficial certifications, not valid US endorsed licenses. Instead, the SLC verifies your sailing license and credentials exceed US and International - and notably legal - standards.


The pinnacle of European recreational sailing licenses is the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The ICC is recognized by the United Nations and is considered an international standard for sailing and chartering abroad. The "ICC" is the International Certificate of Competence for the Recreational operation of boats. The ICC is issued under United Nations Resolution 40 to create an international standard of competence for skippers of recreational boats on Coastal and Inland European waters.

The ICC assessment is an on-water examination by a RYA Instructor as well as NauticEd's online RYA Day Skipper course. Island Sailing works with both NauticEd and Yachting Education (a RYA Training Center) to provide the RYA Day Skipper and ICC to our sailors.


Simply contact us and we will get back to you shortly!

Sign up with NauticEd and receive 2 free online courses and free online sailing logbook.

Close Menu