Port Stephens

Training

Learn sailing and boating skills at SailTime Port Stephens

SailTime Port Stephens Sailing School Due To Open Summer 2014

Sailtime Port Stephens provides a full range of training to both new and existing members. We can provide a number of YA courses. Additionally, we provide a number of experience days that will help you brush up on certain skills – whether you are a complete novice or an experienced sailor, SailTime has a training solution for you.

To enable you as a member or owner-member to sail alone and unassisted we require you to have reached the YA Inshore Skipper qualification (theory and practical). We strongly believe that this standard is the minimum that will enable you to feel confident in handling the boat and to enjoy your sailing with family and friends.

The ensuing professionalism of your sailing also helps to avoid unnecessary boating incidents that might otherwise result in the damage of the boat, spoiling the enjoyment of the SailTime experience for you and for others. Also, the owner-member knows that their boat is being sailed by select and competent members who undoubtedly will become seafaring friends.

Whilst you are working towards your YA Inshore Skipper qualification you can, of course, still sail. However, it is a requirement that you have onboard someone, guest or instructor, of Inshore Skipper standard or higher.

One of the benefits of SailTime is that you are able to use your sailing time to enjoy instruction on your own yacht rather than in a group situation onboard a basic and unfamiliar sailing school training boat.

Through one of the affiliated YA sailing schools we are able to provide you with professional quality training on your yacht to help you become a more confident skipper, regardless of your initial standard. Our programme gives you the flexibility to have a Sailing Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor onboard for one-to-one tuition, group tuition, or simply as a companion to help build your confidence on a new boat.

Sailing Courses Offered By SailTime Port Stephens

Introductory Course

The syllabus for the Introductory Certificate is intended for completion over the period of one full days sailing. It is an introduction to sailing and to working aboard a sailing yacht in sheltered waters.

Duration 1 full day $300
Syllabus items covered include:
  • Familiarisation with your boat
  • Personal Safety
  • Rope work
  • Working the Sheet
  • Local Waterways Charts
  • Points of sail

YA Competent Crew Course

This course is for those who would like to become active crew members. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, basic navigation ,keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the routines onboard.

Duration: 2 days / one night   $495

YA Inshore Skipper Theory  Course

The YA Inshore Skipper  theory  course provides you with the following skills:

  • Stability of a vessel and security and safety of passengers and crew.
  • Navigation, including the use of nautical charts, using chart plotting instruments, taking hand compass bearings, proper siting of compasses, determining your position, using tide tables and predicting tidal currents, visual aids to navigation, planning a passage, navigating when visibility is restricted.
  • Weather analysis for planning your sail and what to do in adverse weather situations.

You should already have a basic knowledge of navigation and helmsmanship. It is advisable that you take the Inshore Skipper thoery course before attending the practical course and it is recommended that you have already sailed with others for 5 days, 100 miles, including 4 night hours onboard a boat.

Duration: 1days  $300

YA Inshore Skipper Practical Course

The YA Inshore Skipper  practical course provides you with the skills needed to pilot a boat, understand boat handling and get a basic understanding of seamanship and navigation.

You should already have a basic knowledge of navigation and helmsmanship. It is advisable that you take the Inshore Skipper shore-based course before attending this practical course and it is recommended that you have already sailed with others for 5 days, 100 miles, including 4 night hours onboard a boat.

Duration: 2 days / 2 nights   $695

Short courses

In addition to the YA courses, there are a number of ‘improve/ refresh your skills’  training programs. These provide great opportunity to sharpen your skills. Ranging from Man Over Board, Sail Trimming, Mooring techniques, Anchoring, Night Sailing, navigation or just mile building, there is something for all experience levels of sailor to benefit from.

Please contact us for more information, or check our www.sailtimesailingschool.com.au for more information.