Keelboat navigator course

Keelboat Navigator

The Keelboat Navigator course is a 4 day course that takes you from beginner, to competent crew and then onto navigator.  The course takes you from Keelboat 1 to Keelboat 2. In essence, you learn to crew and to navigate a keelboat, safely, in light to moderate sailing conditions, using only a simple tablet, phone or chart plotter.

At Sail in Asia we use an iPad with Navionics installed so we can plot waypoints, learn to make routes, check weather and tide. We use this simple but powerful device with Navionics software, a powerful chart plotting software. We spend time in classroom and on the water learning to use the chart plotting software to good effect.

The full syllabus is to be found below in Additional Information table below. The great benefit of completing this course is that one can sign up for a Zero to Hero Fast Track Skipper Course or a Keelboat Skipper Course.


The Keelboat Navigator course is a four day course for students who have completed a Keelboat Crew Course (2 days) but want to learn how to sail and navigate a keelboat.

Our new course is set in  Phuket's coastal waters in Ao Yon Bay and the surrounding Islands. Our Keelboat Navigator course is one of the most exciting courses we offer with a huge amount of time on the water.

Affordable and fun, these yachts offer everything you'd find in a larger yacht and more. If you learn to sail a keelboat well moving onto a cruising or racing yacht is easy.

  • The course starts with a 2 day almost 100% Learn to Sail course
  • On day 3 you learn more advanced techniques such as anchoring, reefing under sail, heaving to, coming up to a mooring under engine and sail and of course Man Overboard. Some theory of chart work is learnt as well as IRPCS.
  • Day 4 is spent on a final planned Day Trip, usually to an island. The course is the ideal way to learn to navigate a small yacht in coastal waters.
Additional Details:
  • Knots and ropes
  • Rigging a veassel
  • Outboard Engines
  • Steering under power
  • MOB under power
  • Picking up a mooring under power
  • Using Winches and Cleats
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Points of Sail
  • Reefing under way
  • Taking up a mooring under sail
  • Jib Aback Hove To
  • Effective sail trim
  • Understanding Tides and Currents
  • Understanding Weather
  • Personal and Boat Safety
  • Simple Rules of the Road
  • Pilotage
  • Planning a passage - Basic Chartwork and using an iPad or Chart plotter
  • Navigating under way

Previous experience: none required

Duration: 4 days

Qualifications: Introduction to sailing (1 day) is desirable but not mandatory.

We can help you with the following on request:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
  • What to do and where to go in Phuket
Course Dates:
Keelboat Navigator Courses start on

1st - 4th and 15th - 18th  of every month

Not the right dates for you? Contact us, we can often arrange other dates.  Private courses are possible if you give us enough time to schedule them in.

Book 60 days early for a great discount!

This course is only available in Phuket

This course is only available in Selangor on request.

This course is only available in Phuket

Course Prices

Location Duration (days) Early Booking Discount Price (THB)
60 Days Before 30 Days Before Full Price
Phuket (TBC) 5 29,000THB 32,000THB 35,000THB
Keelboat Navigator Course
Duration: 5 Days