NauticEd Reports Strong Sailing Vacation Bookings and Online Course Registrations
As consumer travel increases due to a pent-up wave of demand, NauticEd has reported an increase in vacation yacht bookings nearly 10 times greater than 2020 and 38% greater than in pre-COVID years. It also sees a 30% increase in online course registrations from 2020 figures.
âAs travelers reappear, many new customers tell us that being stuck at home has inspired them to try something they’ve been fantasizing about for years: escape on a luxury sailboat with their family and learn to sail. Said Grant Headifen, NauticEd founder and global director of education. âIn fact, 43% of our new students surveyed said they wanted to pilot a yacht on a sailing vacation or adventure. “
NauticEd’s increase in its vacation yacht bookings in the pre-COVID years reflects the overall increase in US travel bookings over the past two months. Consumers, emboldened by recent CDC data that shows nearly 50% of the U.S. population has received one or more shots, are ready to go on an adventure.
According to a survey conducted by Destination Analysts on Memorial Day, the number of Americans worried about contracting the coronavirus, the impact of the pandemic on personal finances, as well as the national economy have reached historic lows. The percentage of people who perceive travel and leisure activities to be dangerous has halved since the start of the year.
âAs a travel and outdoor recreation business, sailing is on fire right now and the demand is the strongest we’ve seen in a decade,â Headifen said. “We are delighted to announce a new wave of novice sailors and newcomers embracing the lifestyle, as sailors enthusiastically return to learn more about yacht charter.”
NauticEd has delivered more than 250,000 sailing lessons, including a mix of virtual and live instruction, since its founding in 2008. In addition to the surge in vacation yacht bookings, the 30% increase in course registrations in NauticEd’s line not only demonstrates a growing demand for boating. and the teaching of sailing, but a new trend in the way people choose to learn.
âWe have beginners who want to become a competent crew member, intermediate sailors looking to hone their skills, and advanced sailors who want to sail around the world,â said Headifen. âOur online program allows them to immediately begin their own personalized learning process before synchronizing with a NauticEd accredited sailing school.