Originally Posted by David M
You of course need to learn the information contained in the book but you also need to get out on the water. One cannot learn how to sail solely by reading about how to sail. ...
David - I'm the owner of NauticEd and thanks everyone for this discussion. NauticEd is Nautical Education.
Everyone is absolutely right - you can't "learn the hands on sailing" by reading a book but you can learn about sailing and a lot of necessary information by reading a book.
If it is deemed that online education is worthless then EVERY book about sailing is also worthless. That's taking it to the extreme but I'm just making the point that NauticEd is delivering the necessary theory in a manner that is keeping up with education technology and the demands of students. Get the theory out of the way at home int he evenings then get on the boat
on the weekends etc.
I invite everyone to take the free course on our site at:
A Free Sailing Course by NauticEd Sailing School
I think you'll find that that course is potentially MORE valuable than a book because of the interactive technology it exhibits.
companies worldwide do indeed
accept The NauticEd certification
- that's because we attached an online logbook to our certification
. Students must enter their real hands on experience - this is combined with all the online courses and test grades to create a full picture into what the charter company needs.
We also added a sailing school component to our certification - Sailing schools can do a competency verification check out ont he student. They then digitally mark the certification which can also be seen by the charter companies.
Thanks for an awesome discussion point.
Educational Director for NauticEd