Day 1: Introduction and communication of what is required including examination preparation.
- Nautical Terms, Vessel construction, Equipment and General Seamanship
- Navigation, Understanding the compass
- Chart familiarisation and Exercises
- Marine environment, weather, tides, currents and anchoring
Day 2: Chartwork exercises
- Radio and Penguin procedure
- Elementary 1st aid
- Buoyage, Lights and collision regulation
- Boat nomenclatures
Day 3: Navigation and chartwork
- Knots and Pyrotechnics
- General Legal Requirements
- Theory revision and Exam preparation
Day 4: Going Sailing
- Practical orientation of sailing vessels.
- Pre-launch and launch procedures. 21Nm at sea. Slipping lines, docking practice, points of sail, man over board drills.
Day 5: Still going Sailing
- Pre-launch and launch procedures. 25 Nm at sea. Slipping lines, docking practice, points of sail, man over board drills.
Day 6: More sailing including 4 night hours and a night Port Entry 35Nm
Day 7: Theory and practical exam. 7hrs
Students stay on the boat during the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Practical courses to get a real feel for onboard living and is a mandatory requirement. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.
For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.
For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.
For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.
PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.
THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am
STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am
STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordons Bay and/or Ocean Star Sailing Academy