With so many great cruising locations on the Great Lakes, and beyond this Coastal Cruising course teaches how to safely venture beyond Illinois waters. The class focuses on the technical and risk management skills necessary to explore unfamiliar waters. You'll learn how to plan, prepare, and execute a multi-day cruising expedition. This 20 hour course takes place on our CYA cruising yacht.


Day One

  • Planning the trip 
  • Vessel inspection Fueling procedures 
  • Safety check lists Passage planning 
  • Basic chart plotting 
  • Marine forecast interpretation 

Day Two

  • Execute trip plan Cruising to Racine WI, or New Buffalo MI (students choice,) 
  • Open water driving 
  • Coastal piloting 
  • Chart plotting 
  • Dead reckoning 
  • GPS 
  • Storm strategies 
  • Crew overboard recovery 
  • Once at the determined destination, students will practice anchoring and docking along with the protocol necessary to stay overnight at an unfamiliar marina. The class will then cruise back to Chicago with the ability to practice night navigation, electronics, and docking. 


Basic Powerboat Cruising


Certification(s) Earned:
US Powerboating Inshore Powerboat Cruising certificate and US Powerboating Night Operations certificate

$850 which includes all books and materials needed