Motor-Launch-Cruising

Skipper Course

Aim: Basic Handling Competence.
Qualification: Course completion certificate.

Modules:

  • Preparation & safety equipment
  • Knots & rope work
  • Engines & controls
  • Low speed & high speed handling
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Leaving & coming alongside
  • Man overboard
  • Basic safety & rules of the road

Intermediate Skipper Course

Aim: To skipper a launch in familiar waters by day.
Duration: 4 days (or 2 weekends).
Qualification: Course completion certificate.
Prerequisites: None. Recommended 2 days previous experience.

Modules:

  • Boat & engine checks
  • Safety equipment
  • Handling in various conditions of wind & tide
  • High speed work, power & trim tabs
  • Practical pilotage & navigation
  • Use of charts & GPS
  • Tidal heights & streams
  • Buoys & beacons
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road

Advanced Skipper Course

Aim: To skipper a launch on coastal passages by day and night.
Qualification: Course Completion Certificate.

Duration: 5 days.
Modules:

  • Passage planning
  • Skipper responsibilities
  • Pilotage planning & use by day & night
  • Managing the boat & crew
  • Weather & navigation
  • Effective handling in confined spaces
  • Anchoring & mooring
  • High speed & open water handling
  • Emergency actions & procedures