New England Sailing Center (NESC)

International Bareboat Cruising Certification™

International Bareboat Cruising Certification™

  • Description:

Cruising can range from day sails to living aboard longer trips of several days or more, to extended sails with offshore passages.

NESC has developed a five day International Bareboat Cruising Certification (IBCC) course. The curriculum can be completed within a Monday through Friday consecutive course with live aboard format, or it can be split over weekends into a two day session and a three day session. With a three day weekend course students add in a Friday or Monday to complete their final weekend session.

Your classroom will be your cruising boat. Training will cover both theory and skill requirements for the Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising standards. The first two days will cover the skills for Basic Coastal Cruising with the option for ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification. The final three days will cover the skills for Bareboat Cruising with the option for ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification. Completion of your training will qualify you to sail a cruising yacht up to 54 feet. Testing for the ASA Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising certifications will provide you with International recognition of your qualifications.

We have a maximum of four students in our group courses. Private lessons are also available for individuals, couples and families. Contact us to check course availability and to schedule your course.

  • Prerequisites: ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification

If certifying, students must have completed the Basic Keelboat course or have comparable training to challenge the certification.

  • Certification: ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising and ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certifications

Students may choose to complete the ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising certification exam after completing the second day’s curriculum.

Students may choose to complete the ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising certification exam after completing the fifth day’s curriculum.

  • Duration: Five days

Split course options:
If unable to schedule the full five days consecutively and prefer to schedule the 103 and 104 certification levels as separate course; or have previously completed the 103 level, trainees may choose from the following options:

ASA 103 2 day Day Sailor course  $1,099
ASA 104 3 day Strictly Cruising course  $1,595

  • Training Boats:

Beneteau 39
Bavaria 46

  • Jamestown Cost:


Full IBCC 5-day course:

  • Monohull
$2,695 per person

3 day Strictly Cruising (ASA 104; prerequisite ASA 103):

  • Monohull
$1,595 per person
  • BVI Cost:
  • Monohull
$2,295-$2,495 per person
  • Tuition Includes:
  • Night of arrival sleep aboard
  • Course texts and exam fee
  • Boat fuel
  • Yacht damage insurance
  • Provisioning onboard: breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks and starter kit
  • Curriculum:

Curriculum for this course includes a review of terminology and sailing techniques relative to a mid-size auxiliary cruising sailboat followed by on the water training. Topics covered include auxiliary cruising sailboat systems, maneuvering under power and sail, basic coastal navigation and coarse plotting, reefing, anchoring, crew overboard, safety at sea, radio operation, weather forecast interpretation, and heavy weather techniques.

Visit our International Bareboat Cruising Certification Overview for more information on this course.

  • Provisioning:
  • NESC provisioning service
Online_Form or PDF
  • Personalized shopping
Email or 401-619-1697
  • Self-provision online
  • In-store shopping
McQuade’s Marketplace, 6 Clarke St, Jamestown, RI 02835 (map)