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On completion of the Ocean Elements Start Yacht Sailing course, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be able to skipper a yacht on an Ocean Elements Flotilla. You will also come away with a Level 2 Cruising certificate. This is a four-day practical yacht sailing course for beginners and improvers and is designed to prepare you for sailing safely around the Greek Ionian islands in light winds. The syllabus below (although not exhaustive) contains many of the things that you will learn.
Knowledge of spars and rigging, parts of the sail and sail controls. Understands the use of halyards and their associated winches
Understands how to rig according to weather and conditions. Can reef the boat when afloat.
Can tie a figure of eight knot, round turn half hitches. Tie a bowline, clove hitch and reef knot.
Has knowledge of engine checks, starting, stopping and running procedures. Able to come alongside and pick up a mooring.
Understands leaving and returning to a jetty or mooring. Coming alongside a moored boat, sailing in close proximity to other vessels, performing a man-overboard recovery, lee shore dangers.
Understands action to be taken to recover a man overboard
Awareness of potential hazards of fuel and gas, Has knowledge of stowage and use of fire extinguishers.
Knows sources of weather and shipping forecasts, when to reef. Understands Beaufort Wind Scale. How to apply weather forecasts in coastal water.
Knows importance of personal safety, clothing and buoyancy, boat buoyancy and basic equipment, depending on boat type (may include anchor, paddle, bucket, bilge pump)
Knows importance of first aid kit and flares (if included) including stowage. Visual methods of attracting attention, action to help those in distress
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