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'Learn to Sail' Boat Certification Course


Superior Charters bareboat charter certification program is designed to prepare you to charter a sailboat on your own in the Apostle Islands. Start with hands-on experience as a novice and in just a few short days, you'll be on your own exploring the beauty and pristine nature found in the Apostle Islands. Our instructors determine you and your crew's skill level and focus on what you need to learn and accomplish to successfully bareboat charter. This two day course is best suited for skippers with some previous sailboating experience.



Our 'Learn to Sail' class takes place on 32 - 33 foot boats which serve as your classroom and overnight accommodations. Typically, you will sleep onboard the boat in harbor, with complementary boarding the evening prior to the first day of your instruction. There is a head and a galley on all boats. Bring sleeping bag or bedding and towels.


Sign up Alone or with Friends: This course certifies two people in two days. You can add up to two additional people to join you as crew and they will receive a crew certification.


Provisions: All provisions are supplied by you and your party as with all 'bare-boat' charters. 


Investment: $795 per person, third and fourth crew members can be added for $195 per person (crew certification).


Starts on Friday, Saturday, or Tuesday: Call us at 715.779.5124 today to reserve your space!


Sign up today with only 1/3 of the trip cost to hold your place in any course. The balance due will be collected when you arrive for the course


Add a crew member: For a reduced fee of $195, bring along an additional hand who can gain boating experience while you're certified.






On-the-Water Instruction includes the following topics, and will be customized to your experience.


Under Sail 

  • Tacking

  • Jibing

  • Points of Sail

  • Vessel Management

  • Rigging Vessel

  • Knots


Under Power/Docking

  • In Slip

  • Pier End

  • With Wind

  • Crosswind

  • Dinghy Handling


Heavy Weather Management

  • Reefing

  • Head Sail Changes

  • Safety Harness Use

  • Weather


General Seamanship

  • Safety

  • Anchoring

  • Man-Over-Board Drills

  • Radio Use & Etiquette

  • Right-of-Way Rules

  • Navigation

  • Crew Directives


Upon successful completion of this course, your new skills and knowledge

should provide you with sufficient experience to safely and comfortably skipper a similar boat.

Superior Charters Inc, 34475 Port Superior Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814 -- 1.715.779.5124 -- sail@superiorcharters.com
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