This is a certificate of excellence for those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a power or sailing yacht. it includes an Introduction to Boating for power and sail yachts.
Crew on a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres
in coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
in daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions
It is the level of competence that someone needs either when acting as watchkeeping crew on a yacht and as a skipper of a small yacht in protected waters where help is immediately available in calm conditions.
Basic rules of the road
Introduction to weather
Basic sail handling
Basic handling under power
Man overboard procedures
Vessel equipment and instruments
Engine checks and maintenance
Sailing vessels handling skills
Sailing vessels under power
Power vessel handling skills
Dingy handling under power
Students will participate and learn to be a competent crew member aboard a 30ft - 45ft sailing cruiser.
During the course, students will complete a pre-course study and 4 on-the-water training sessions. At the end of the course, there will be a written exam and successful candidates will receive a Discover Sailing Asia International Crew certificate upon completion. Students will then be eligible for taking Bareboat Skipper course which leads to Hong Kong Pleasure Vessel Operators Licence Level 2, allowing you to skipper any vessel up to 50ft in length.
The course consists of 11 modules.
Module 1 - Nautical Terminology
Types of vessels, sailing vessels, hull types, power vessel hull types, parts of a vessel and nautical terminology, deck equipment and fittings, accommodation, engine and drive trains, inflatables and RIB’s, instruments & electronics, windward and leeward.
Module 2 - Personal Safety Equipment
Lifejackets, personal flotation devices, buoyancy aids, children’s lifejackets, maintenance of lifejackets, safety harnesses, horseshoe and ring buoys, lifebuoys, life slings and heaving lines, man-overboard pole, EPIRBs, SART, immersion suit, buoyant heaving line, safety briefing/suitable clothing.
Module 3 – Boat Safety Equipment
Life rafts, pyrotechnic distress signals (flares), fire extinguishers, fighting a fire, basic first aid kit, watertight flashlight, sound signalling devices, radar reflector, axe, VHF marine radio, bailer or bucket, oars, swim ladder/re-boarding device, binoculars & night vision binoculars, bilge pumps, wooden plugs, battery selector switch, sea anchors and drogues, ditch bag/contents, anchors and anchoring.
Hull and rig checks, navigation lights and electronic equipment, safety equipment, housekeeping items, dinghy, float plan, departing marina or dock.
Module 6 –Basic Rope work
Types of ropes, care and maintenance of ropes, how to tie knots, coiling line.
Module 7 - Refueling
Refueling procedures, refuelling a personal watercraft (PWC), fuel planning
Module 8 – Man-Overboard Procedures
Man-overboard emergency, rescuing a person overboard sailboats and powerboats, cold water/weather survival gear
Module 9 – Capsizing, Swamping & Sinking
Module 10 – Anchors, Anchoring and Running Aground
Anchors and your boat, laying a second anchor, kedging, fouled anchor, running aground (groundings)
Module 11 – Responsibilities of the Crew, Care of the Environment, Provisioning & Housekeeping
Rested and alert crew, navigational duties, responsibilities of watch keeper, when to call the skipper, protecting the marine environment, provisioning and housekeeping considerations, cooking while underway, a balanced diet.