Ondeck Sailing - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Charleston, USA


Ondeck Ocean Sailing Academy - Charleston, South Carolina, 29464


Ocean Passage Making Certification

Ocean Passage Making courses are non-stop ocean sailing adventures that are designed to combine all sailing topics previously taught to an advanced level. This course provides the sailor with the final ingredients for true self-reliance at sea. Our Ocean Passage course includes multi-day clinics focused on Celestial Navigation Theory and Passage Preparation to be taken prior to enrollment in the Passage Practical.


Students have several enrollment opportunities for these clinics prior to the passage dates.

This course is the highest level of sailing instruction provided through US Sailing certifications. Ondeck Charleston is one of only three schools in the country to offer transatlantic crossings. Participants acquire a great deal of knowledge from this style of BLUE-WATER experience.


If you're serious about ocean sailing, a serious ocean crossing with an experienced instructor can provide the experience and confidence you need to travel safely on your own.


"The Atlantic crossing went well.... Having sailed on 2 of the 3 legs of the trip, I think it was a great class for your students. They all got what they were looking for... and then some!!! Your instructor did a great job with the crew and the boat. I enjoyed working with both you and the instructor to make this passage a success."


Jason Murray, Owner, Mojito Baby





Offshore Yacht Preparation: Preparing to sail offshore involves preparing safety equipment in a situation where a safe haven is not available for security by ensuring equipment is reliable and developing a sense of self-reliance.



Offshore Passage Planning, Navigation and Routing: Upgrading navigational strategy and planning required when sailing greater distances of open water. Fully understanding current effects, sea patterns, wave state and weather routing.



Gulf Stream: Understanding and properly utilizing oceanic currents and eddies.



Passage Weather: Advanced preparation for interpreting and forecasting ocean weather.



Offshore Communications: Understanding how to maintain contact with the rest of the world for weather, satellite telephone calls or a friendly VHF "hello" with a passing vessel.



Handling and Preparing for Emergencies: Providing medical attention onboard while at sea. Familiarity and proficient use of all personal and onboard emergency equipment.


> Heavy Weather and Overboard Recovery: Focus on potential heavy weather tactics and heavy weather recovery methods.

Celestial Navigation: Using the sun, moon, planets and the stars to advance, enhance and perfect skills in this ancient art. Using celestial navigation provides a skill set in case of emergencies - and expands sailors' problem solving abilities.


Having a good time and enjoying the endless mosaic of the sea.


Prerequisite: Coastal Passage Making

Certifications: US Sailing Ocean Passage, US Sailing Celestial Navigation

Celestial Navigation Theory - Part 1 (5 Days)


Passage Preparation - Part 2 (2 Days)


Ocean Passage Practical - Part 3 (6 Days or more)


Ocean Passage Practical trips vary in departure and destination but include several hundred miles and multiple 24-hour periods at sea during which students take part in a watch system. Students assume all responsibilities involved in the preparation and execution of an ocean passage, thereby preparing to complete future passages on their own. Example practicals include trips to or from Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Northeastern coast of the US, or Bermuda to the Azores.



Enrollment package includes:



5-Day Celestial Theory

> 2-Day Passage Preparation Course
> 6-10 Day Ocean Passage Practical




Part 1 Only: $625
Part 2 & 3 Only: $3,350
Complete Course Package : $4,190



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