Discover Sailing International Crew Program
Discover Sailing International Crew Program
Discover Sailing International Crew Program
Discover Sailing International Crew Program
Discover Sailing International Crew Program
Discover Sailing International Crew Program
Discover Sailing International Crew Program

Discover Sailing International Crew Program

Regular price $1,850.00 USD
Tax included.

Course Overview:

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.

Certificate Limitations

  • 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.

Course Outline

  • Nautical terminology
  • Safety briefing
  • Passage planning
  • Rope work
  • 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
  • Deck seamanship
  • Sailing vessels handling skills
  • Sailing vessels under power
  • Power vessel handling skills
  • Dingy handling under power

General Description:

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.

Module 4 Vessel Checkout Documentation, Charts, Nautical Publications and Flags

Registration/ships papers, passports/visas, insurance papers, nautical qualifications, VHF Radio Operators License, VHF Radio equipment, crew list/logbook, equipment manuals, nautical charts, nautical publications.

Module 5 Vessel Checkout Equipment & General

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.


Courses are conducted Year-round