A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew.

Course format

The day skipper-shore-based course will find it invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board.
This Theory Course introduces the students to the concepts of navigation (plotting a course, dead reckoning, etc), basic meteorology and reading weather forecasts, seamanship from nautical terms to safety at sea, the compass, and the basics of anchoring and materials used for lines and sails. We introduce lights and navigation aids such as buoys and markers and sound signals in limited visibility.

What you will learn
  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts, and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares,
  • safety harnesses, lifejackets, and liferafts
Course details

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course.

Prerequisites to the course

No prerequisite is necessary.
We recommend a basic understanding of the sailing theory

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