Special Yacht Courses
- Category: Skipper Training
1. Safety at Sea
3. Astro Navigation
4. Tides and Currents
Safety at Sea
You feel confident whenever you do something you know how to do. For example, you are confident when driving a car because you know how to brake, steer, overtake, etc. and have practiced these maneuvers many times. That having been said, do you know what to do when a fire breaks out, when water suddenly appears in the yacht, when a person falls overboard? These situations happen very rarely but when they do, it is best to be prepared! Your life, the lives of your crew and your property is very important; being properly prepared to deal with a potentially dangerous scenario is the crucial step towards maintaining control of the situation.
This safety training course prepares you and your crew for emergencies at sea. In addition to the theoretical lessons, we conduct live practice; so you can experience these situations in real life, not just on paper... Live practice includes Man Overboard, fire-fighting, inflating the life-raft and basic first aid. This training should be taken periodically, as it prepares you and your crew for dangerous situations at sea and gives you confidence when handling a yacht. Just a few short seconds could be the difference between life and death, so it is vital to respond accordingly.
• Survival at sea
• Social responsibilities
• Basic First Aid
• Basic fire-fighting
• Man Overboard
• Using a Life Raft
• Using a Fire extinguisher
• Basic First Aid
Theoretical lessons take four days (optionally condensed into two days) and one day of live practice. Additionally, we can survey your yacht and provide you with a report regarding safety equipment, recommendations, etc.
Nowadays, when the word "navigation" is mentioned, a GPS and chart-plotter usually comes to mind. What many people don't know is that like any other electronic device, this equipment fails often and shows faulty readings... It is also important to know how to interpret the data shown and understand the given chart. Hundreds of marine accidents happen every year, all because of simple navigational mistakes. If you do not use an authentic paper chart regularly, now is the time to take this course!
Paper charts are mandatory on yachts and GPS devices are just secondary aids for navigation. Whenever you turn on a GPS/Chart-plotter, it will give you a warning about it being an "aid to navigation" and whether you accept the risks. Only after you accept these terms, the device will open. In conditions such as limited visibility, poor weather or equipment failure; it is very important to determine your position on a chart and navigate accordingly. Likewise, if something happens to your navigator, you should be able to navigate and proceed to the nearest safe harbour.
This course highlights the practical use of nautical charts: how to lay a route, determine your position on a chart (fix), how to use binoculars, how to use a hand-bearing compass, reading the depth sounder, using radar for fixes, different position fixing methods, speed and time calculations and compass/course calculations. This course usually takes four to five days, depending on the group.
Navigation using the sun, moon and stars is an ancient and time-proven method of determining your position. Since the beginnings of nautical history, sailors have been using astro-navigation to cross oceans and find their way back home. Throughout the 20th century, aircraft were navigated using this method and many sailors implement literature meant for aircraft pilots to aid their calculations. Although you might not want to cross oceans or do extended passages, picking up a sextant and taking a reading is a fun way of determining your position.
During this course you will learn how to define the various astronomical bodies in the sky, astro-navigation theory and terminology, angle calculations, using a sextant, Almanac and sight reduction tables, different methods of applying position lines (sun, sunrise/noon/sunset, stars and the Polaris), position fixes and compass corrections. The course takes five days.
Tides and Currents
In many places, calculating tides and currents are a standard part of nautical life. Tides and currents must be taken seriously, since they can change the depth of water and create a strong flow. If you want to use a vessel in such places, tides and currents are one of the first things you must learn.
Course subjects include why currents and tides occur, calculating the tides and currents using current charts, a tidal atlas and an Almanac, calculations for CTS, calculations of safe anchor depth, bridge clearance calculations, harbour/channel entrance and exit times. The training lasts two days.
Sailing is a team sport. Every task requires coordination by all members of the crew, you can think of the yacht and crew as cogs and gears of a clock, and if one piece is missing or broken, it will affect everyone on board. As a sport, it develops team spirit,the mainstay of sailing ideology, therefore it is the natural environment in which to stimulate teamwork. İt is difficult to imagine a more effective method than sailing in order to dispel selfishness and individuality induced by a stressful business climate. Even one week of sailing will evoke a strong team spirit.
The sea and surrounding environment smooths out all sharp edges of the human character; it brings people closer together, makes them work as a team, teaches them to respect one another and to respect themselves. Sharing tasks, sharing meals and sharing feelings will erase all pent up frustrations accumulated during a repetitive work cycle. After such spiritual and mental relaxation, you and your team will function coherently and effectively; resolving any challenges it may face. So whether you want to improve the functionality of your business team or just bond with friends, team-building is the option for you! One week of sailing and teambuilding.