About SailQuest

About NauticEd Online Courses

NauticEd Online Sailing Courses

SailQuest Sailing School is a Flagship Partner School with NauticEd Online Sailing Courses. Click the link at the top of the page to visit the NauticEd site.

The NauticEd Certification takes advantage of the power of the internet. The NauticEd online logbook helps students track their actual time spent on the water, which is where real hands-on learning takes place. The more time spent on the water, the more experienced and capable a sailor will be. This is why for example the United States Coast Guard requires 1 years worth of time spent on boats as well as extensive theory test out before one can attain a USCG professional captain's license.

NauticEd has taken a similar theory PLUS experience approach and also added in an optional proficiency test by an accredited school:

  • Students graduate through the Ranks by the theory courses they have taken and passed.

  • Students move through the "Levels" of Rank by the experience they have gained on the water

  • Students attend SailQuest Sailing School for the Verified Proficeincy Endorsements.

NauticEd was founded by Captain Grant Headifen, USCG 50 Ton Master, who is widely known as the father of fractional use of sailboats. In doing this, Headifen recognized that more than 50% of people getting into sailing had very little experience and needed guidance in the best ways to get sailing education. And even the people with experience were hungry for more advanced learning. Thus the opportunity to serve the sailing community through a high tech high touch approach was born. The result? - NauticEd!

Sailing instruction on the internet is certainly available but it is spread wide and thin while the quality varies from amateur videos on youtube to good instruction - but perhaps just on one topic. NauticEd is a one stop quality shop which includes a branded and recognized certification that students can use forever.

In addition, the trend in sailing is to go to larger and larger (and more comfortable) sailboats. Yet very little sailing instruction focuses on this. Many certification companies worldwide start students on small boats and expect them to extrapolate their skills to larger boats.  NauticEd focuses specifically on teaching people to sail on larger modern sailboats.

SailQuest - NauticEd Verified Proficiency Program


NauticED Verified Proficiency adds the practical endorsement to your NauticEd Online Sailing Theory Certificates and is an acknowledgement that the student has had an evaluation of sailing skills and knowledge by SailQuest Sailing School instructors.

This is an essential upgrade to your NauticEd Online Theory Certificates as it indicates that the certificate holder has passed a practical evaluation of boat handling and decision making skills. Charter companies, governments and insurance companies all look for this endorsement as the true mark of on-the-water skills and ability.

Students who complete the SailQuest IYT Crew/Skipper Course and who have completed NauticEd online courses will receive the NauticEd Verified Proficiency endorsement upon completion of the course at no extra charge.


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SailQuest Accommodation Options

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SailQuest students who have booked the SailQuest/IYT Crew/Skipper course provide their own on-shore accommodation while the class is in session. We will be overnight aboard the training boat on class day 4, return on day 5. Other class days we will be back in the marina in the evenings. On class day 9, we will return later in the evening following the night sailing event.

When booking a room, hotel or condo, it is recommended to be within a 2 kilometer distance from the SailQuest/Ocean Marina facility. There are many accommodation options in the immediate area, from budget rooms to luxury condos and beach rentals. Some within walking distance, others within a short taxi, motorbike or baht bus ride.

Most of the provided links will display a map of our area where you can see additional options. Hotel links are thru www.bookings.com, but you can also try other online booking services or contact any of these options directly.

If you are having any trouble booking your accommodation or require any additional info or do not see an option that fits your budget, please contact us for advice and assistance.

Click this link to see a map with airports & SailQuest/Ocean Marina location. Zoom in for details.

Lela’s Marble Studios

Lela is an old friend of SailQuest Sailing School and her nearby studio apartments are ideal accommodation during your course dates. She typically prefers to rent her rooms by the month at excellent rates, but if you contact her directly, she will provide details on shorter term rentals for SailQuest students. Recommended!

Lela's spacious rooms with sea view balcony are on the 5th and 6th floor of the "Somphong Condotel" building in the picturesque fishing village of Ban Amphur, about a 5 minute walk to the SailQuest/Ocean Marina facility.

The beautiful marble studios are 39 sq. meters in area. They are fitted with cable TV with numerous international channels, WiFi, air conditioner, a built-in wardrobe, ceiling fan, microwave, and hot water jug. You will have a private marble bathroom with a hot water shower. Cutlery, linens and towels are provided. Good double bed with Slumberland mattress. Custom fitted blackout bamboo curtains.

Double Studios with connecting door are available.

Lela and her assistant speak English and are there to assist you any time during your stay regarding laundry, room cleaning service, taxi, motor bike rental, etc.

Royal Residence 1 - near Ocean Marina

Here’s another popular option for students looking for accommodation within easy walking distance to the SailQuest/Ocean Marina facility. Recommended!

Located a 5-minute walk from the Na Jomtien Beach and 200 m from the sea, With spacious accommodations in Na Jomtien. The apartment has free WiFi and the building comes with an outdoor pool.

The fully-furnished apartment features air-conditioning and a living room with a sofa. Amenities include a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. A 16-sqm balcony provides views of the sea. A shower can be found in the private bathroom!

Facilities and the common areas at Royal Residence 1 include sun beds with umbrellas, a snooker table and a fitness room. Restaurants can be found within a 5-minute walk.

OYO 869 Ban Nam Mao Resort

OYO 869 Ban Nam Mao Resort has a number of amenities including a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and free WiFi. The hotel provides garden views, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk.

At the hotel, rooms have a wardrobe. At OYO 869 Ban Nam Mao Resort each room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

The resort can assist with car and motorbike taxi and/or motorbike rental. There is a baht bus service that runs on the main road between the resort and the SailQuest/Ocean Marina location.

Siam@Sea Resort

Located in Na Jomtien, Siam@Sea Resort has a garden. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Rooms come with a balcony with views of the garden.

The rooms comes with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, an electric tea pot, a shower, free toiletries and a closet. With a private bathroom, rooms at the resort also feature free WiFi, while some rooms include a patio. Guest rooms at Siam@Sea Resort come with a seating area.

The resort can assist with car and motorbike taxi and/or motorbike rental. There is a baht bus service that runs on the main road between the resort and the SailQuest/Ocean Marina location.

Sunshine Beach Condotel by Lux

 Located in Na Jomtien, 14.5 km from Ko Larn, Sunshine Beach Condotel by Lux provides a restaurant and free WiFi.

Each unit has a patio, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa bed, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower. Some units include a balcony and/or a terrace with pool or sea views.

Sunshine Beach Condotel

Beautifully located at the beachfront, Sunshine Beach Condotel offers comfortable accommodations in Na Jomtien. Central Pattaya is 6.8 mi from the property, while Ocean Marina Yacht Club lies within a walking distance of 10 minutes. Guests have access to free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site.

All rooms here feature a full range of facilities. Each unit comes with a cozy bedroom, a living room and a kitchen. All balconies boast unobstructed and panoramic views of the sea. The private bathroom is equipped with a bathtub and free toiletries. Guests are encouraged to make themselves feel at home with housekeeping and laundry services available upon request.

An attractive outdoor pool for adults and kids lies in the midst of tropical gardens. The Condotel offers 24 hours reception and security services. Guests can relax at the shared lounge or at the library on site. Recreational facilities such as squash, table tennis, snooker, darts, sauna, beach sala and a children play ground are also provided for entertainment. Within walking distance are dining, shopping and entertainment venues as well as a water sport center offering also island excursions.

Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya

One of our top picks in Na Jomtien.Offering a pristine and private beachfront area along Na Jomtien, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya features a large lagoon swimming pool and panoramic sea views from all hotel rooms. Various facilities are available at this 5-star property, as well as free WiFi access in public areas.

A short walk from Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya is a 9.3 mi drive from Pattaya, where guests can find lively nightlife, shopping and a wide variety of restaurants. Siam Country Club is a 15-minute drive away. Suvarnabhumi International Airport can be reached within a 2-hour drive.

Spacious rooms and suites at this hotel are equipped with air-conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV and a mini-bar. They have an indoor seating area and a furnished balcony overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Private bathrooms come with a shower and free toiletries.

Guests looking to relax can enjoy a pampering treatment at the spa. The 24-hour front desk can assist with guests' needs and the concierge can help arrange transportation. Free parking is available.

Movenpick Residences Pattaya with Ocean View

Featuring an outdoor pool and a fitness room, Movenpick Residences Pattaya with Ocean View provides accommodations located in Na Jomtien, 12.9 km from Pattaya South. The apartment features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.

Fitted with a balcony, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer. There's a seating and/or dining area in some units.

Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa

Experience World-class Service at Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa

Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa offers comfort and tranquility with its accommodations, facilities and traditional Thai hospitality.

Set in a low-rise colonial style building, Ravindra's guest rooms are designed in a classic Thai style with private balconies offering either a poolside, garden or sea view. Facilities include a DVD player and Wi-Fi internet access.

Relax and soak up the sun by the swimming pool with a refreshing drink or along the stretch of Jomtien Beach just a short stroll away. The beautifully landscaped resort also has a fitness center and a spa that will indulge and pamper you.

Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa provides 6 food and beverage options that ranges from the freshest seafood to cocktails with Karaoke.

Various services such as hotel shuttle and babysitting are also provided at The Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa, to make your stay more comfortable.

Book a nearby room, condo or apartment on AirBnB - Recommended!

See some examples below:

Beach Front Condo at Ocean Marina Yacht Club

  • Located in the SailQuest/Ocean Marina property - from 1,500THB per night

Absolute sea front condo at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. This is a family friendly building with great security. Facilities include outdoor pool, gym, sauna/steam room. There are restaurants within the marina ground. The Yacht Club has a restaurant which offers international food. Lakeview Restaurant (located at the back of the condo building and by the lake ) offers local Thai food in a causal environment. The beach is within 50 steps from the condo. The lush garden offers a tranquil environment.

Our unit is 80 square meters (about 800 sq. feet) located on 30/F offers unobstructed sea and marina view from the living room. The bedroom has a king size bed. The unit is fully equipped with everything you need for a holiday “home away from home” stay.

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Beach Front Lux Condo (Portofino) at Ocean Marina

  • Located in the SailQuest/Ocean Marina property - from 1,500THB per night

Absolute sea front condo at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. This is a family friendly building with great security. Facilities include outdoor pool, gym and sauna /steam room. There are also restaurants within the Marina ground. The beach is within 50 steps from the pool. Our one bedroom 80 Square meters unit is bright and airy with 180 degree marina and sea view. The bedroom has a king size bed. The unit is fully equipped with everything you need for a holiday “home away from home” stay.

The condo living room features view of the marina and the sea and the beautiful garden in the marina. Communal facilities include the pool, gym and the steam room.

Guests can enjoy the pool, gym and the steam room within the building ground.
Guests can also use the restaurants at the marina yacht club.

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Sunshine Beach Condotel Room 287 by Tang

  • 500 meters to SailQuest/Ocean Marina - from 1,450THB per night

A lovely 56 mt sq fully equipped studio room on the 25th floor with wide sweeping ocean views situated on absolute beach front.
This room was recently fully renovated and comes with new furniture and equipment. We are next to beach side restaurants, bars and a convenience store is nearby.
We have two rooms on the same floor so if 287 is booked or you have a large group please go to Holiday Room 290 Sunshine Beach Jomtien by Tang on Airbnb on the same floor.

Our large balcony is second to none. You can enjoy a cold drink or dine al fresco while taking in the beautiful sunset. You have your own private entrance. The kitchen is well equipped for basic cooking and the WC has hot water with very good water pressure. Free Wi-Fi, toilet paper, 2 x large bottles of drinking water per day and toiletries so you don't have to worry about buying the basics. The condotel has 24 hour security and CCTV on all floors and a 24 hour reception desk.

You have full use of the studio room and the facilities offered by the condotel. There is no place that is off limits to our guests. This is your private room with your own private entrance.

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Full Sea Views Ultimate Luxury @ Movenpick Pattaya

  • 600 meters to SailQuest/Ocean Marina facility - from 2,250THB per night

At Movenpick Luxury Condominium our guests can enjoy the 37-storied South Tower apart of the Movenpick resort complex. Here, the 5 star design elements and sweeping full sea views ensure you will have a memorable stay. Resort facilities available to our guests include beachfront pool, kids club, on site renowned steakhouse, and access to many of the hotel facilities.

Huge 1BR condominium (80SQM) with amazing direct sea view is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay!

-King size bed with comfortable mattress and luxury bedding to ensure good night rest
-small sofa
-ensuite bathroom and hot tub
-flat screen TV
-Huge seaview balcony
-Dining table big enough for 4 people
-Flat screen TV/ Wifi
-1/2 bathroom / powder room
-all cooking utensils /equipment
-Toaster, water boiler, coffee, tea, snacks
-Washing machine
-Coffee maker

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About SailQuest Sailing School

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SailQuest Sailing School Thailand was founded by Captain Tim McMahon with the goal to establish a top level “Learn to Sail” sailing school providing a quality education to sailors who are interested in getting involved with the world of yachting. The SailQuest program is an essential starting point for anyone who is considering sailing, chartering or owning a yacht.

At SailQuest Sailing School, internationally recognized yachting certificates from International Yacht Training (IYT) and qualified, professional instructors come together for a carefully organized 10Day IYT Bareboat Skipper's Ceretificate program which has proved to be very effective in teaching students what they really need to know to get the most from the yachting experience.

The SailQuest Join-In sailing program provides our students with a wide variety of sailing events and opportunities, like monthly live aboard cruises, yacht racing & delivery, join-in sailing holidays and more to keep them sailing and gaining essential Hands-On experience.

Our experienced, professional SailQuest instructors take a real interest in each student and make a genuine effort to deliver the best recreational on-the-water training program available anywhere today. The SailQuest training yachts are up to date and in line with the types of yacht students want to take to sea, whether daytrip sailing, chartering or live aboard cruising.

The SailQuest Sailing School is located at world-class Ocean Marina Yacht Club, 80 minutes south of Thailand’s primary international airport. Here we have found a perfect combination of ideal tropical sailing conditions and destinations, a fantastic marina facility and a good choice of student accommodation options all in an enjoyable holiday resort location.

SailQuest would like to remind you that there is great big watery world out there! Realize your yachting goals and have a great time doing it. Contact SailQuest Sailing School today.

SailQuest Location Details

The SailQuest Sailing School, Ocean Marina, Pattaya, Thailand is the perfect location to Learn to Sail. Our tropical sailing area and world class facilities are ideally situated within easy reach from 3 International Airport in the heart of Thailand's largest travel destination.

SailQuest LOCATION: CLICK HERE to see the SailQuest Sailing School, Ocean Marina & International Airport locations in a larger map

SailQuest Sailing School base

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  • SailQuest offices and classroom facilities are located at the 5 star Ocean Marina Yacht Club, about 20 minutes south of Pattaya City center and within easy reach of 3 International airports.
  • The Ocean Marina property features a 5 star Hotel and 2 private condominium towers. Students and instructors often meet up at the Ocean Marina Sailor,s Bar following daily sailing lessons for happy hour refreshment and a lovely sunset view overlooking the marina.
  • There is also a local Thai restaurant on the property where hungry sailing school students can enjoy great food, Thai and international dishes, at very reasonable prices.
  • Over 20 shops at Ocean Marina offer services and marine goods including yacht supply & sailing gear shops, yacht brokers, builders, electrical repair, minimart, charter agents, massage and more.
  • The Ocean Marina harbor facility is one of the best in southeast Asia with berths for over 500 boats. It’s the perfect place for SailQuest students to practice close quarter maneuvering, docking and line-handling. When SailQuest students go out sailing, it only takes about 10 minutes from when we leave from our Ocean Marina berth to get outside of the channel markers and under full sail.

Sailing Weather Conditions

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  • The SailQuest location on the eastern seaboard of the Gulf of Thailand averages over 300 decent sailing days per year giving SailQuest students the best chance of having a lively Hands-On experience. Tropical temperatures and blue skies prevail year round.

  • We enjoy consistent fair weather with winds from the north during the north east monsoons, from November thru March.

  • During the south west monsoons, April thru October, winds tend to be strong and steady from the south, occasionally bringing along tropical rain squalls which are always welcomed by students and usually considered good training.

  • Whatever the season, from our top of the Gulf of Thailand location, surrounded on 3 sides by coastline, the seas around our training area are always relatively flat. It is not unusual to sail in a perfect 15 knot breeze and experience only a half meter swell. This allows SailQuest students to concentrate on the sailing lessons and not worry about huge sea conditions.

Geographical Sailing Features

  • From a sailing school perspective, our Gulf of Thailand position is the perfect place to “Learn to Sail”. In addition to the excellent Ocean Marina facility, the SailQuest base is only 20 nautical miles south of the port of Laam Chebang, the busiest shipping area in the Gulf of Thailand, an ideal training area where students experience first hand what it is like to sail in a busy Asian waterway. Container ships, tug and barges, bulk carriers, fishing vessels of all description are here. Our students really get a Hands-On experience when learning the “Rules of the Road” in this area.

  • We have a large variety of Navigational Aids like lighthouses, buoys, cardinal marks, a traffic separation scheme and more in our sailing area. Ideal for SailQuest students learning about coastal navigation.

  • During our SailQuest Hands-On Training program, usually get ashore to visit the unique and very special Ko Si Chang and enjoy the island hospitality and fresh seafood dinners.

  • To the east and south, a chain of uninhabited islands under control of the Thai Navy offer quiet beaches and secluded anchorages and the perfect place to practice traditional navigation methods, anchoring and beach landings with the dingy. The clear water around these peaceful islands provides live aboard SailQuest students with a refreshing swim or snorkel break after a day at sea.

  • Live aboard sailing destinations like Hua Hin, Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Ko Samui and surrounding Islands, and further out, destinations like Cambodia, Malayasia, Indonesia and Singapore make this one of the most interesting sailing areas in the world today. SailQuest is pioneering the yachting scene in the region and this is truly and amazing and unexplored yachting area.

Around Ocean Marina

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  • From Ocean Marina, SailQuest students can walk or taxi to a variety of other area hotels and restaurants of all types.

  • There is a 7/11 just out on the main road.

  • Several local bars and massage services cater to the needs of tired and thirsty SailQuest sailors.

  • Motorbike and bicycle rental, taxis, laundry service, and fresh markets are all convient to the SailQuest Sailing School.

Around the Pattaya area

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  • They don’t call Pattaya, Thailand “FunTown” for nothing. Pattaya has been a booming beach town resort area for the past 40 years. This is also a popular area for the locals and on week ends and holidays the beaches fill up with people coming down from Bangkok to enjoy some time on the coast.

  • Shopping, beach activities, endless numbers of bars and discos, wide variety of accommodation options and a fantastic selection of restaurants make the SailQuest location an unbeatable place to “Learn to Sail” and a whole lot more!

  • Students can visit nearby local areas such as Bang Sare, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya & world famous “Walking Street” to relax/enjoy after class and check out the scene.

  • Tuk-tuks, taxies, mini-vans & hotel shuttle services  make getting into town easy and affordable from the Ocean Marina area.

  • Easy access to the international airport and the city rail system around Bangkok.

About IYT Worldwide Certificates

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International Yacht Training Worldwide is the world’s leading provider of yacht training services, offering IYT courses and certificates to students which are recognized by governments and charter companies around the globe.

The goal of IYT is to offer a series of nautical courses, both professional and recreational, that will be acceptable to all major national registries and governments.

These courses are offered worldwide through an international network of qualified IYT partner schools like SailQuest Sailing School. IYT offers an entire range of recreational courses from entry Crew level sailing and powerboat courses up to International Bareboat Skipper and IYT Yacht Master including a wide choice of “clinic” type courses.

International Yacht Training Worldwide courses are recognized by 25 different Governments worldwide for commercial use including the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and our commitment to standards of excellence, hands on practical training and quality instruction have made IYT the world's number one choice for nautical training.

International Yacht Training Worldwide courses are recognized by 25 different Governments worldwide for commercial use including the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and our commitment to standards of excellence, hands on practical training and quality instruction have made IYT the world's number one choice for nautical training.

IYT Bareboat Skipper certificates are accepted by all major yacht charter companies and most insurance companies offer discounted premiums to yacht owners who hold IYT qualifications.

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