This article is an excerpt from NauticEd’s online Skipper Course, a comprehensive online sailing course for beginner to intermediate sailors to learn how to sail large sailboats 26 ft (8m) and above. Or upgrade to the Skipper Course Bundle to also master maneuvering under power and docking!

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Crew Briefing Video

It is important to know how much experience your crew has before you embark on any sailing adventure. Can they handle the worst-case scenarios? As a captain and good leader, you need to give a proper safety briefing each and every time prior to the boat leaving the dock. You also need to create an environment in which your crew and guests feel comfortable asking rudimentary questions.

For our boat, we created a video walkaround introduction to the boat covering safety items and also just general items on how we want our boat looked after. Feel free to duplicate something like this. Keep it short and simple and fast. We have new guests watching this video on my phone while we are doing some essential getting the boat ready to leave stuff. By the time they have watched it – the boat is ready.


In Chapter 11, Safety and Emergencies, we provide an excellent crew briefing checklist and how to prepare your crew.

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Knowledge and theory for longer distances and overnight sailing in diverse conditions. The Skipper Course is a comprehensive sailing course for beginner to intermediate sailors wanting to learn how to sail larger sailboats 26ft to 56ft. Or upgrade to the Skipper Course Bundle to also master maneuvering under power and docking!

Source: Skipper
Topic: Maneuvering and Docking Under Power
Authors: Grant Headifen, NauticEd Global Director of Education
NauticEd is a fully recognized education and certification platform for sailing students combining online and on-the-water real instruction (and now VR). NauticEd offers +24 online courses, a free sailor's toolkit that includes 2 free courses, and six ranks of certification – all integrated into NauticEd’s proprietary platform. The USCG and NASBLA recognize NauticEd as having met the established American National Standards.