Learn to Cruise

Would you like to navigate yourself away on a cruising yacht for a day with the gulls or a night under the stars with only the sounds of the sea around you? Join the Learn to Cruise course with the Aquasail Yachting Academy (AYA) to do just that. Whether you are in it for the adventure, the romance or just as a wonderful get-away, cruising has all the answers. And in case you’re thinking that you can’t enroll in the Learn to Cruise course because you can’t swim, you’re mistaken. We ensure total safety for all in all our courses, so just go ahead and find out more.

What is Cruising?

A great activity to enjoy with family and friends or in solitude, cruising is conducted on a cruising yacht and is a very flexible sailing activity. You can cruise for a day or for longer durations as per your desires. Within 8 day-and-night sessions with us you will learn not just how to cruise, helm and crew on this boat but also to sail out confidently and independently on an overnight voyage. You will learn navigation, night sailing, passage planning, GPS, safety and other finer points of cruising, unmatched by any other.  And all this in totally safe conditions and under strict surveillance.

Course Structure


  • 5 full days of offshore yacht sailing experience
  • Familiarization with night cruising and safety procedures
  • Basic Knowledge of yacht engines and boat maintenance
  • Advanced navigation and seamanship skills
  • Use of electronic equipment
  • Navigation - Chart work - Advanced rope work


  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning & use of local charts and almanacs
  • IRPCS: Rules and regulations at sea
  • Basic first aid skills

Course Details

  • When: Time and date flexible
  • Where: Gateway of India, Mumbai
  • Course length: 8 days and 8 nights
  • Equipment: Beneteau First 34.7 Class

Why Aquasail’s Learn to Cruise Course?

Premium Quality Equipment

At AYA, the Learn to Cruise program uses the finest equipment available.  The boat that you will learn on is the high performing cruising yacht Beneteau First 34.7 Class. Seaworthy and comfortable, it boasts the latest technology and electronic equipment and is it is one of the world’s best brands. Completely equipped with a kitchen, marine toilet, bedrooms and saloon, it is ideal for long-distance leisure cruising and training. The wheel is a delight to hold.

World Class Instructors

Our Learn to Cruise course, like all our other courses is conducted under the aegis of Shakeel Kudrolli, Indian’s finest yachtsman with over two decades of teaching experience under his belt. Shakeel supervises a team which boasts a mix of international instructors certified by the Royal Yachting Association and Indian instructors who are very skilled and have sailed internationally.  The team loves introducing people to the joys of sailing and ensures that it teaches you the ropes the professional way

International Structure and Format

Our Learn to Cruise course is carefully structured as per international sailing standards and customized to Indian conditions. What’s more it is conducted on the Western coastline which is safe and ideal for leisure cruising with its predictable and gentle wind conditions and tranquil and picturesque locations. At the end of the 8 day-and-night session you will receive an AYA certification for cruising but more importantly you will have the ability to charter and sail a yacht competently in local and international waters.

Get Addicted!

Enroll in our Learn to Cruise course and watch the world open up at your feet.  Cruising will provide you with a unique hobby and lifestyle that you can follow for life-an environmentally friendly escape from city life.  And once you have completed this basic course, we have on offer for you opportunities for advanced learning as well as opportunities to access various exciting Aquasail programs like Timeshare, Fractional Ownership and Yacht Charter. What’s more, we can even organize cruising holidays for you in India or at exciting international destinations where we will make all the arrangements for you to take a yacht and cruise away into pure azure delight.


Learn to Cruise - Own the oceans


Our Learn to Sail course is carefully structured as per international sailing standards customized to Indian conditions.

Last modified on Monday, 24 September 2012 06:30