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Multihull Seamanship Course-Module 3:Safe boat handling in off-shore waters

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Modules 2 and 3 – Safe Boat handling in sheltered and off-shore waters:

These are advanced training modules designed to improve your skills in handling and sailing a vessel in both sheltered and off-shore waters. Sailing experience and knowledge by undertaking Modules 1 or its equivalent is a basic requirement before undertaking these modules. The timing of these modules will vary depending on the location of the vessel and the requirements of the participants. The syllabus will be divided between in-shore and off-shore practice over the two modules to allow each participant plenty of time to understand and practice skills and become competent with each drill.

Module Format:

Each module is conducted over two days (usually over a weekend) operating from a suitable location in a small group size of up to 4 participants. Live aboard accommodation can also be provided over the weekend at additional cost if you prefer this type of accommodation to nearby hotels.

Syllabus includes (Module 2: Safe boat handling in sheltered waters & Module 3: Safe boat handling in off-shore waters):

Engine maintenance, operation and checks

Communication amongst crew, role of Skipper at sea

Seamanship and deck work for skipper and crew

Preparing the vessel for adverse conditions

Docking, mooring and anchoring practice

Anchor under sail and motor

Leeward and windward berthing

Forward and reverse into pen

Berthing alongside

Use of warps for berthing

Setting the boat up for passage sailing

Heavy weather boat handling, reefing practice

Sail trim practice for different points of sail and the use of sail controls

Man over board drills, recovery under sails and power

Fire prevention and fighting fires

Use of VHF Radio, Marine Rescue, Distress calls, use of PLBs, EPIRBs, Liferaft •

Physical conditioning, medical emergencies and first aid

Right of way rules – key rules and their application

Buoyage by day – navigation of channels and estuaries

Use of charts and instruments

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