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This course is designed to improve your sailing skills by building on your practical and theory knowledge

Length: 12 hours

Outcome: Intermediate level boat handling, sailing and safety theory.

Pre Requisites: It is assumed that you have some sailing experience and more than likely will have done either Start Crewing or another sailing course previously.

Who should do this course: Those wishing to further develop their sailing skills

Cost: $350.00

Syllabus

1. Safety Equipment, clothing and safe practices

  • Understands the correct use of safety equipment on board
  • Understands the importance of the correct fitting and wearing of personal flotation devices 
  • Understands the importance of appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Knows the location and correct operation all safety equipment on board
  • Understands and complies with the rules for wearing of PFD’s

2. Sail Handling, rigging and ropework

  • Can prepare the sails and rig the boat
  • Knows correct use of halyards, sheets and associated deck hardware
  • Ability to tie the following knots and know their correct use: figure of eight, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, reef knot
  • Can reef and shake out reefs whilst underway

3. Sailing Skills

  • Can helm and trim sails effectively on all points of sail
  • Can helm effectively around a triangular course
  • Can tack and gybe effectively as helm
  • Can heave to
  • Understands the effect and importance of heel and trim

4. Man overboard

  • Can recover a man over board under sail as helm

5. Rules of the Road

  • Has a working knowledge of the General, Steering and Sailing rules and their application  Knows how to source information on local regulations

6. Meteorology

  • Understands where to obtain a weather forecast

8. Emergency situations

9. Anchoring

  • Knows how to raise the alarm in the event of an emergency
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