This course aims to improve confidence on all points of sail for RYA Level 2, methods of launch and recovery and how to rig the boat. On completion, students should demonstrate a basic competency of sailing in light winds.
You will cover the following essential elements to sailing.
Understand how to rig according to weather conditions.
Be able to reef ashore
Can tie a bowline, clove hitch and rolling hitch
Sailing techniques & manoeuvres- understand the basic principles of the following:
The Five Essentials- sail setting, balance, trim, course made good and centreboard
Leaving and returning to a beach, jetty or mooring
Coming alongside a moored boat.
Know basic rules of the road:
Power/sail, port/starboard, windward boat, overtaking boat.
Aware of lee shore dangers, sailing in close company with others and man overboard recovery.
Launching & recovery:
Has knowledge of dinghy storage ashore, launching and recovery.
Able to paddle a sailing dinghy and row a boat around a short triangular course, come alongside and make fast.
Has practical experience of one method and knowledge of one other procedure.
Understands the course and starting procedure. (May be covered as onshore teaching)SECTION B: SAILING BACKGROUND
Sailing theory & background - has knowledge of:
Points of sailing
No Go Zone
Basic aerodynamic theory- how a sail works
Sea sailing - basic advice for inland sailors; local tide tables, tidal sequence springs & neaps, ebb & flow,
taking local advice
The effects of wind direction and tidal flow on sailing conditions
Speed over ground with/against tidal flow
Estuaries and harbour mouths, conditions and hazards
Informing someone ashore
Inland sailing – basic advice, local bylaws, permits, overhead power lines, locks and weirs.
Aware of the dangers of hypothermia and knows importance of first aid training, particularly in cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
Knows sources of weather information, weather & shipping forecasts, when to reef.
Understands Beaufort Wind Scale.
Clothing & equipment:
Knows importance of personal safety, clothing & buoyancy, boat buoyancy & basic equipment (anchor, paddle, bucket, bilge pump if fitted).
Emergency equipment & precautions
Knows importance of first aid kit, stowage and use of flares, visual methods of attracting attention, action to help those in distress.
All course costs include safety equipment, certificate, wetsuit and qualified instructors
Do I get a certificate?
The course follows the syllabus of the Royal Yachting Association’s Level 2 award and these will be presented at the end of the course.
All courses are subject to sufficient numbers and suitable weather conditions and are non-residential. In the case of insufficient numbers being booked you will be notified in the week leading up to the course and offered an alternative date.
Outdoor activities are potentially dangerous activities, all participants must be aware of the risks. Bear Creek Adventure Ltd is under no liability whatsoever in respect of loss/damage to property, injury or death.