NauticEd Holiday Sailor Gift Ideas

Give the Gift of Sailing

Gift ideas for your favorite sailor. Sailing is the gift that keeps giving whether by helping someone achieve their goals and dreams with a sailing course, spending time on the water with friends and family, or the ultimate of taking a sailing vacation or join a flotilla!!!

Last minute gift? No Worries!

NauticEd has you covered. All of our online course gifting is digital, and our clever sailor elves designed gifting to be delivered on the date you choose! So don’t worry about your gift being landlocked in a truck in Angola or floating offshore off LA – NauticEd gifting is designed to be the right gift at the right time. Always.

Sailor Gift Ideas

NauticEd’s real-time library of state-of-the-art, multimedia coursework is available with just one click of a button, making one’s sailing goals attainable and achievable. Recipients can begin the courses immediately after they receive it. View our Course Guide for recommendations >

Course Bundles

Bundled Courses Sailing Gift Ideas

Bundled courses are a great gift for any sailor, giving them the knowledge and skills that will last them a life time. Courses are bundled together at a discount, and each bundle is specific to different skills and sailing goals.

Individual Courses

Individual Courses Sailing Gift Ideas

With a selection of over 25 sailing courses, you can find the perfect course for your sailor. Select one or several courses, whichever ones will delight them.


Vacations Sailing Gift Ideas

What a better gift than surprising your loved ones with a sailing vacation anywhere in the world!?

If with a family (or new to chartering), consider joining a flotilla in Croatia or Greece.

NauticEd Swag

A selection of fun t-shirts, tank tops, and tote bags from NauticEd. Priced from $18.99 to $22.99, these make for great stocking stuffers!

How to Gift NauticEd Courses

Give any of our sailing courses to a friend or family, AND if you purchase more than $75 then we will give you a $75 credit in your account as a gift from NauticEd.

1. Go to Give a sailing course to a friend >
2. Enter their email address. Note the system will search to see if they have any courses so you don’t gift what they already may have.
3. Select the courses, add delivery date, and add a personalized message

Pay and done!

The recipient will receive the course with instructions on the date that your provided. If you elected to receive a credit (and purchase was more than $75), then the credit will show on your account.

Santa’s Helper – Grant Headifen, Global Director of Education

Course Gift Ideas

A quick gift guide on selecting the perfect course

Learn to Sail – Beginner Courses

There are several options to get started in sailing, from a basic skills introduction to crew to learning to skipper a small keelboat.

Introduction to Sailing

If you’re just getting started in sailing and want to dip your toes in, then this course is for you. We’ll “show you the ropes” so to speak – but actually, we’ll show you a lot more than just the ropes.

Qualified Crew

Crew (or ’crewing’) is a great option to start sailing. Enjoy sailing vacations with friends and a professional captain, or just participate and have active fun sailing with friends-with-boats.

Small Keelboat Sailing

Learning to sail small sailboats is easy and fun! No prior experience is required to get started. Learn the essentials to competently and safely skipper sailboats up to 25ft. The Skipper Small Keelboat Course covers everything you need to get started.

Large Sailboat, Near Coastal & Bareboat Courses

Sailing large sailboats, whether a bareboat charter on a sailing vacation or sailing your own large boat, near coastal and for multiple days requires many skills beyond local sailing. NauticEd offers comprehensive training to prepare you to sail and charter anywhere in the world on keelboats and luxurious sailing catamarans.

Large Keelboat Sailing

Knowledge & skills for longer distance and overnight sailing in diverse conditions. A comprehensive sailing course for beginner to intermediate sailors wanting to learn how to sail larger sailboats 26ft to 56ft. While many sailing skills and principles are universal, sailing larger sailboats requires additional training and skills to handle the increased power, speed, and weight; as well as the myriad of helm, engine and system options.

Bareboat Charter Master

A Bareboat Charter Master is someone who knows their stuff inside and out. Leading your friends and family on coastal waters for multiple days on a sailing vacation is where you need mastery of knowledge, skills and systems. Our Bareboat Charter Master sailing certification requires meaningful experience, comprehensive online course work, on-the-water training and a demonstration of your practical sailing skills.

Catamaran Clinic

If you ever want to skipper a catamaran for yourself or on a sailing vacation in the Caribbean, Pacific, Mediterranean, or elsewhere: you’ll need to learn how to handle a double-hulled vessel. When you Skipper your own Catamaran, you’ll enjoy more comfort, stability of two hulls, speed (Cats are faster!), and dual engine maneuverability along with the freedom to explore your own paths on your own schedule.

Specialty Courses

A collection if student and NauticEd favorite courses and clinics. Each specialty course deep dives topics essential for sailors.

Getting Started in Dinghy Sailing

A course for Kids!

Come join Finn and Anna as they teach the fundamentals of dinghy sailing. This course was originally created in the Netherlands for teaching dinghy sailing to their summer camp kids.

Maneuvering Under Power

*included in the Skipper Bundle

An absolutely essential maneuvering and docking course that will save you thousands in dents, bumps and scratches at the marina.

Sail Trim

Learn the true art and finesse of trimming the sails. When to adjust the fairleads, the traveler, the downhaul, the outhaul, the Cunningham, the boom vang. When leaning to sail properly, you should know what all these fine adjustments do.

Coastal Navigation

*included in the Bareboat Bundle

Learn to navigate your sailboat. If you plan on sailing off shore or are taking a sailing vacation, you need this course. NauticEd Sailing School makes navigating a sailboat – a breeze.


If you’re a real sailor then you need to understand and read the weather. It’s as simple as that! Written by the professionals at Clear Point Weather, this is the best weather course available.

Storm Tactics

Even when day sailing, a storm can be upon us in minutes. Are you prepared with the knowledge now? This storm tactics course will teach the essentials to keep you and your crew alive.

Anchoring a Sailboat

*included in the Bareboat Bundle

Whether you are sailing your own vessel in coastal waters or chartering in the Caribbean or beyond, knowing how to safely and effectively anchor is one of the most essential and liberating skills you can have.

Safety at Sea

So… you’re way way at sea and your mast just broke – what are you going to do? Your rudder was just torn off by a whale strike – what now? Should I take an SSB or a satellite telephone or both? Safety at Sea has the answers!

Sailing Vacations & Flotillas

Give your family and friends – and treat yourself – the ultimate gift of a sailing vacation

Create your own sailing vacation

NauticEd Sailing Vacations Logo

NauticEd’s team includes full-service yacht charter agents ready to assist you when planning a sailing vacation anywhere in the world. We don’t charge a fee – actually, we will probably save you money because of our extended search capabilities.

To inquire about a sailing vacation or charter, start here >.

Family-Friendly Flotillas

Flotillas are great fun whether you’re an experienced voyager or new to chartering an area! If new, then flotillas are an opportunity to gain experience with the safety and companionship of the group. Charter a boat for your family and friends, or rent a cabin on another boat. Enjoy the sailing and discovering ancient cities, remote beaches, and hidden bays with plenty of activities.

Family-friendly flotillas are casual flotillas without a ‘theme.’ This is NOT an adult-only flotilla, a party yacht week, or a flotilla focusing solely on hiking or wines or yoga. We’re laid back and run our flotillas that way. We like to do a variety of activities both on the water and on the land. We usually have families with kids ranging in ages that join us.

Croatia Flotilla Sailing Vacation

June 2022

Join NauticEd for a family-friendly Croatia Flotilla. The Dalmatian coast is a great area for sailing as well as exploring the ancient cities, beaches, and hidden bays and coves. There are plenty of activities on and off the water for travelers of all ages.

2022 Family Croatia Flotilla

Greece Flotilla Sailing Vacation

September 2022

The Ionian Islands on the western side of Greece are some of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Sailing the southern Ionian from a Lefkas base makes for an exciting, serene, and varied Greek island adventure.

2022 Greece Flotilla Sailing Vacation

Sailor Holiday Cheer!

Team NauticEd likes to have fun – like too many eggnog’s worth of fun when selecting our fearless leader Grant Headifen’s (Global Director of Education) holiday pic. Below, sharing some of our choices – Salty Sailor joking aside…

We wish you and yours a GREAT holiday filled with joy and laughter with family and friends.

Rudolf? This was a bit too comical.
Santa’s Helper – Just Right!
Not sure if this is a sailing Santa or Yeti. A bit too creepy.

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