Complete Novice? The Competent Crew Course is a great starting point that provides the practical and theoretical skills to advance to the next level easily. The graduate will be able to crew effectively and with confidence in local waters and conditions during daylight hours. This is usually a two to three day course that is often taken at the same time as the next level. This course introduces you to the yachts systems, rigging, sails and the sailor’s language of terms. After completing this course, one success will be that you will know what it is the skipper or your shipmates are asking you to do.
Ready to move ahead and Skipper? The Basic Cruising, Day Skipper Course includes skills required to cruise safely in familiar waters as skipper or crew in moderate wind and sea conditions during daylight hours. This is usually a five-day live-aboard course that makes many sailors confident and capable local skippers. You will learn and exercise accurate and clear crew communication and commands, steering skills, chart navigation, rules of the road skills, emergency procedures including hands on exercises of person overboard recovery techniques and many more essential skills.
Interested in getting cruising and sailing out the harbour or chartering your own sailboat? The Intermediate Cruising Course covers the skills you will need to sail and cruise safely in yachts up to about 12 meters [38feet]. This is recommended as the minimum qualification for overnight chartering on your own. The Intermediate Cruising qualification is usually a five-day live-aboard course or a two weekends sailing experience.
Have Your Own Boat or Ready for extended overnight cruising? The Advanced Cruising Course covers the skills needed to skipper and or crew in both day and night conditions in coastal waters in any weather. This is generally a five-day or two-weekend 4-day course highlighting heavy weather, night navigation, spinnaker handling skills and much more to complete the basic seamanship skills of a very competent Coastal Skipper and Crew. The next step is to put on the sea miles on your own.
Offshore Course, Ready for Blue Water Cruising? Learn from the experts that have been there many times*. This is the highest level. It covers the skills required to skipper or crew on offshore passages exceeding 500 miles in length and venturing more than 100 nautical miles from land.
Racing fun? The Basic Keelboat Racing Course covers the knowledge necessary to compete in club & local races with a fundamental understanding of the racing rules, protest procedures and applying sailing and seamanship skills in winds up to 20 knots.