How to fill out your sailing experience logbook

NauticEd is the world’s only digital way of storing your online sailors logbook and we’ve made it so that you fill it out in the same manner as required by the USCG which also follow most countries requirements for posting boating experience. One day is counted if you gain a minimum 4 hours of experience in that day. You enter the year and month when you performed the day of experience. You also list the boat and tonnage.

We’ve created a helpful Sailing Experience Video to assist in filling out this portion of your profile.

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Why fill out your online boating Resume?

Pilots record their flight time in a logbook because it is an absolute must for determining the potential competency of the pilot.

The United States Coast Guard and most other country’s coast guard or maritime agencies require a person to document their practical time on the water for professional boating licenses.

Yet, in reality few if any sailors document their time in a paper logbook. Practically, it’s just not done.

Charter companies, however, when determining if they will charter a boat to a client, will ask them every time for a sailing resume and a list of practical experience to ascertain the worthiness of the sailor – and rightly so. But sailors typically scramble to determine their sailing experience and often misquote real experience due to lack of documentation.

Sailors deserve to be recognized for their experience. There is no existing certification that recognizes this because of the previous lack of practicality in logging time on paper.

Times have changed and NauticEd has met the challenge to recognize sailors for their achievements.

NauticEd’s sailing certification uses real practical experience a sailor has achieved to determine levels with each rank. From yesterday’s email you would have discovered that:

  • 10 days = Level I
  • 25 days = Level II
  • 50 days = level III
  • 100 days = Level IV
  • 200 days = Level V

Thus each time you update your boating resume, you raise in level.

This gives you more credibility with charter companies when looking to take a sailing vacation. Plus, with the push of a button you can print out your resume for review by a charter company. And even better than that, you can simply give a charter company your logbook code (listed under your profile tab) and they can review your sailing certification directly online themselves when they go to

How do you fill out your resume?

NauticEd has made it easy to document on the water experience using the power of the internet. When you login to NauticEd, click on the experience tab. You’ll be able to enter all your history of boating experience there. Look for the big HISTORY button! You can set up your own personal boats or enter the experience on generic boats. One you’ve entered your history, you can then enter any on-going experience when you like.

If you’ve already made a start to this, well done. We now want to encourage you to fill it out as completely and accurately as possible so that you gain the maximum benefit from the experience Levels.

Using your iPhone or iPad

Now this is really cool, after a day of sailing you can simply boot up your iPhone device and run the FREE NauticEd application, hit one button and viola – you’ve logged your day out on the water. Download your free app now!

It’s that simple and easy.

Visit your experience tab on NauticEd now and complete your boating history. It’s FREE!

My vision for NauticEd is to provide the highest quality sailing and boating education available - and deliver competence wherever sailors live and go.
Grant Headifen
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Last updated on July 7th, 2022