Auxiliary Sail Endorsement

The Auxiliary Sail endorsement is required for Master Mariners looking to operate sailing vessels carrying passengers for hire. Upon successful completion of this 4-Hour USCG approved course, you will be issued a certificate that the Coast Guard will accept in lieu of taking the exam at the USCG Regional Exam Center (REC). The certificate is valid for one year at any REC. In order to obtain an auxiliary sail endorsement you must submit your completed application including at least 180 days of sea service on sailboats to your local REC.

Annapolis School of Seamanship provides assistance in obtaining and completing the appropriate application forms for students seeking this endorsement. The subjects covered in this course include:


  • Sailing Basics

  • Sailing Procedures

  • Sailboat Design

  • Types of Sailboats