Sail along with our Bareboat Certification students  for a FUN FLOTILLA Cruise.   Just $195 per day.  Contact us for more details.

Become a Certified Sailor through the US Coast Guard approved American Sailing Association training program at Cetacean by Catch in Mystic Connecticut. The premier sail training center in New England. 
Our courses are taught by American Sailing Association's

"Outstanding Instructor" for five consecutive years!!

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American Sailing Association  Training Center

Basic day sailing through ocean cruising

CT Safe Boater License

Docking Clinic

Basic Chart & Compass Navigation

 Electronics (GPS, computer chart plotting)

Radar Certification

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--Our Sailing Club Training Package is the fastest and most economical way to learn --- includes BKB101, BCC103, CON105, PLUS Student Sailing Club Membership -- Only $1459--20% discount for each additional person (included in new SailTime membership for Captain and First Mate)!!  The Navigation Package is necessary for your safety and confidence - from basic compass courses through electronic charting and GPS interface!!  Complete our three-day Bareboat Charter Certification Course and then take one of our charter vessels on a weekend cruise with family and friends!!  We are the only ASA Training Center in New England Offering Cruising Catamaran Bareboat Charter Certification -- three days and two nights liveaboard !! -----

Click on website below to see more about our training vessel for the CC114 course

Three days liveaboard; day one includes 4 hours classroom and 4 hours aboard; day two is aboard and underway; day three is unrestricted sailing by student and may be bareboat sailed by student with crew day three upon recommendation of instructor.

Instructor – Sam Levine

A one-day (0900-1700) course introducing computerized trip planning and electronic GPS & GPS/chart plotter. Increase your accuracy in navigation planning; become a safer boater; avoid accidental groundings, and cruise more efficiently. CON105 Coastal Navigation is recommended prerequisite.

We provide the Maptech Digital ChartKit software, notebook PC’s, Garmin 2010c color display GPS/plotter, Garmin handheld GPS models 45, 76, & 76 map; or you can bring your own PC, chart plotter and GPS.

New –  Digital ChartKit from Maptech – The Place to Start

NOAA Charts, NavPhotos, Marine Facilities, Software & more…under $200 per Region

Maptech (Amesbury, MA) – Why navigate with last year’s charts and risk an accident or damage to your boat or yourself?  Using the latest NOAA charts for marine navigation is vital. But most boaters and fishermen are unaware of how many significant chart changes are made each year by NOAA. Safer navigation on US waters is dependent on using the latest chart information. Over 50% of the NOAA charts in Digital ChartKit are new or revised from last year.

Maptech Digital ChartKit includes all the latest NOAA chart revisions – a Maptech exclusive. Along with the latest NOAA chart editions Maptech includes thousands of weekly Notice to Mariners corrections. The technology to integrate these weekly changes into new chart editions is a Maptech exclusive. Changes include new buoy locations, new or deleted lights, channel shifts, wrecks and more. 

Along with the new and revised charts in Digital ChartKit are everything a boater needs to get started in electronic marine navigation. It’s the ‘Place to Start.’ Digital ChartKit combines the latest official NOAA charts, navigation photos, aerial pictures, coastal topographic maps, marine facilities locator, tides and currents, and more for under $200.   

Gavin Johnston, VP Marketing & Sales, says, “Digital ChartKit is clearly ‘The Place to Start.’ Anyone getting started in marine navigation faces a lot of choices and it can get confusing.   Digital ChartKit makes it easy for new and experienced boaters to get started in computer navigation and at a price that is very reasonable.” 

Digital ChartKit includes: ‘The Place to Start’ -- Regions follow the BSB standard

·         NOAA digital charts – the only official charts available for US waters

·         Navigation Photos – georeferenced to match your chart position exactly

·         USGS coastal topographic maps– extending 5 miles inland

·         Aerial Pictures – approaches to harbors and key coastal locations (overlay on charts)

·         Marine Facilities Locator -- from Embassy Cruising Guides – (overlay on charts)

·         Tides & Currents Database – (overlay on charts)

·         USCG Coast Pilot and Light List – shows danger spots and obstacles

·         Chart Navigator software – makes GPS better – easy upload/download of routes/waypoints.

·         Print chart, maps, photos, data overlays, with or without GPS routes and waypoints

·         Digital ChartKit Pro is the official raster chart and up-date service for the U.S. Coast Guard

Plan your next cruise anywhere between Cape May, NJ & Nantucket, MA.

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Meet Your Instructors!!

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Course Descriptions & Goals

Sailing Club Training Package 

$1459 & 20% discount for each additional student

(Included with New SailTime membership for Capt. and 1st Mate)

Two days classroom & seven non-consecutive days on the water

For the beginning sailor who wants to rapidly move to Club Membership and enjoy unlimited sailing of the Hunter 240 Daysailer fleet; includes Basic Day sailing (BKB101; one weekend) and the CT Safe Boater Exam, Coastal Navigator (CON105; one weekend), and Coastal Cruising Certifications (BCC103; two days with overnight stay on vessel); plus three full or six half-days use (at your convenience following completion of BKB101 weekend) of vessels in the Sailing Club fleet (Regular Club Members have weekend priority).

Basic Day sailing   ASA-BKB101   $400
Minimum two & max. four students.
Two consecutive days; weekends or weekdays

Sailing Points of Sail Simulator (click to go to fun simulator game)

Learn terminology, theory, safety rules in the classroom. Then board one of our new Hunter 240 training vessels for on the water training in boat rigging, handling, maneuvering under sail and outboard power. Practice man overboard procedures, heaving-to and anchoring. H240.jpg (43267 bytes)

 Graduate can operate a similar vessel in daytime hours in familiar waters, in moderate (under 20 knots) wind, can instruct crew in their responsibilities. Becomes eligible to join our Sailing Club. Qualifies student for required Connecticut Safe Boater Certificate.

Prerequisite for BCC103 by course completion or examination.

Coastal Cruising   ASA-BCC103   $409
0900-1700: Minimum four & max six students.
Two days plus overnight stay on vessel

BKB101 required and CON105 recommended as prerequisites.

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Sail aboard a 30+' yacht  with diesel inboard. Learn to operate engine and live-aboard systems. Set compass courses to coastal destinations using charts, navigation instruments, buoys and markers. Maintain proper charting procedures, anchoring and docking practice. Man overboard drills.

Prerequisite for BBC104 by course completion or examination.

Bareboat Charter   ASA-BCC104 -- $769.00/person (does not incl. provisions)
 0900 first day to 1700 last day  Minimum four & maximum six students
3  days live aboard 

Learn to sail vessels up to  50'  in all conditions:   live-aboard techniques for vacation cruising; GPS navigation. Three days aboard 37'-50' vessel. A two-day independent cruise within 90 days may also be required. Eligible for bareboat chartering and 15% fee discount in same season from our charter fleet upon completion of course.

 Wave Simulator (click on to linkage)

BK101, CON105, BCC103 required as prerequisite. 

Cruising Catamaran (CC114  -- $699 per person)

     (Endorsement to Bareboat Charter ASA-BBC104 Certification)

Prerequisites:Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Charterer
General Description: Sailors must safely act as skipper or crew of a 30 -50 foot catamaran sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures. This is an endorsement to 104 and 113 (Trailerable Multihulls) is not required.

Navigation Training

CON105 Basic Navigation


SS108 Electronic Chart and GPS package


($675 if enrolled separately)

Coastal Navigation - CON105  $550 (incl. Texts, Workbook and Charts, DVD) or Home Study $325

0900-1730: Minimum four & max, eight students.
Two days; weekends only.

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Learn to use charts and compass for low visibility navigation. Compensate for tides and currents. Correctly interpret chart symbols and notation.  Know GPS error factors. Confidently and safely cruise the New England Coast in all visibility conditions. Charts and instruments provided. Certification as American Sailing Association Coastal Navigator.
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Prerequisite  for SS 108 Electronic Navigation and Bareboat Charter Certification.
Equivalent to all US Power Squadron piloting courses in only two days.


SS108 – Electronic charting and navigation


Docking Clinic


Two hours instruction aboard your vessel - includes proper dockline placement and handling; analysis of wind and current effects on your vessel under various conditions; backing into your slip; use of docklines and fender board for slip entry under heavy winds.

Private Lessons
$65.00 per hour with a four hour minimum

Private Lessons are available on your vessel or ours.  Per diem charter fee is additional on our charter vessel for private lessons.  Travel expenses to your vessel @ .50 per mile.

2007 Course Schedule

jim.jpg (121413 bytes) Capt. Jim Scooner                 leahy.jpg (63912 bytes) Capt. Terry Leahy

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  Capt. Sam Levine

Nancy Martin                                                  Joe DeGange


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