Becoming responsible for the crew and vessel
A skipper is a person who is in command of the vessel and the entire crew, and therefore has the knowledge, skills and authority necessary to take that responsibility.
The word is derived from the Dutch word Schipper – “ship”.
By participating in this unique program, you will master the knowledge and skills needed to perform duties of a skipper or the commander on board.
It is good to notice that the market demand for the profession skipper is constantly increasing.
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Sailing as a crew member or as a skipper, there are two different things.
You will feel this difference when you first decide to take over the role of a skipper. A sense of responsibility and a completely different respect for the sea and the wind will not leave you later, but this is the first time something special. If you want to prepare for this difficult and responsible function, we recommend you our skipper preparation program.
If you have mastered the basics of sailing, navigation, spinnaker, you can turn on. Otherwise, the instructor has the right to return you to some of the lower courses. Not to answer your desire to be a skipper, but to better master the basics and move on again.
What’s waiting for you on this program?
None of us can sail so well that he could not do better. So we’ll sail and refine the techniques, dropping miles and miles … Tack, reef, and again ….
Topics covered in this program include: day-to-day navigation, meteorology, radio, entering and leaving in exceptional weather conditions day and night, sailing and sailing, emergency situations, safety equipment, use and safety procedures, self-managing sailboat, 24-hour sailing – organization of navigation, schedule of boarding on board – so-called. guards, the organization of the feeding of the crew, and what to do in case of some of the more serious damage to the ship.
You will learn how to look at a sailboat when renting, familiarizing with the installation and the engine, the most common problems and their removal. You will be familiar with the safety equipment and its use.
Familiarising with the boat and organisation of the crew
Distribution of duties studied throughout the course refers to the following:
Prior to sailing off, all the private possessions of members of the crew have to be accommodated in such a way as not to obstruct either free movement inside the boat and onboard or reaching sailing equipment.
- Sails have to be controlled and neatly arranged.
- Engine control (oil, water, fuel, batteries)
- Control of the navigation table (documents, crew list, maps, sea pilots, navigation equipment), VHF station, GPS
- Kitchen – calculation of costs and provision of food in agreement with the navigator, which depends on duration of the trip. Boat budget is also the responsibility of the skipper.
- Familiarising and control of boat equipment (ropes, spinnaker pole, pulleys, anchors…)
- Watch schedule, if required
Goal: use your knowledge and skills gained upon successful completion of the course to become responsible for a sailboat and inexperienced crew
Age: all adults (from 16 to 18 years of age only with written parental permission)
Min. experience: 15 days sailing, 300 NM in your logbook, 4 hours of night navigation
Prerequisites: advanced sailing skills; completed Coastal sailing and cruising or Sailing skills and navigation course or equivalent skills acquired in another school or otherwise (we reserve the right to assess your skills)
Acquired knowledge: managing a sailboat and crew safely during day and night; sailed 300 NM (approx.)
Sailing area: waters of island Murter, National park Kornati
Duration: 6 days
Arrival: Saturday at 2 pm
Start: Saturday at 5 pm first sailing out
End: Friday late afternoon
All participants get a certificate as a recognition of participation and a logbook as a record of acquired skills, nautical miles sailed and weather conditions.
Sailing plan is subject to change depending on the current weather conditions and the forecast. Safety first!
Theoretical and practical part include:
- practicing standard maneuvers in daytime, nighttime, and extraordinary conditions for attaining teamwork, accuracy and speed of all crew members
- anchoring and setting sail in extraordinary weather conditions at day and night
- accuracy and speed in planning and following a navigation plan with the use of terrestrial and satellite navigation in daytime and nighttime sailing conditions
- anchoring and setting sail using only sails
- handling extraordinary conditions due to unexpected malfunctions of boat equipment
- safety equipment, methods of use and safety procedures
- reaching the level of skills for independently handling a sailboat
- 24 h of sailing – organisation on board
We pay special attention on safety of the crew and the sailboat.
Sailing gloves, 2 pairs of non-slip shoes (sailing shoes or sneakers), T-shirts and long sleeved shirts, short and long pants, high protection factor sunscreen, cap/hat, sunglasses, towels, personal hygiene items, swimsuit, mosquito repellent.
If you are sailing during colder months, please bring sailing suit or warm waterproof jacket and pants and a sleeping bag.
Medical equipment or supplies if needed.
DATES AND PRICES
Price range per person depending on the date:approximate price 930 EUR – 965 EUR.
Please, use the booking system above to get the exact price, the system calculates EUR price based on the current exchange rate.
The price includes:accommodation onboard, sailing program, an instructor, booklet, logbook, berth in base marina, bed linen, fuel, tourist tax, VAT.
Additional costs:meals for the participant and instructor and other marina’s costs (approximate cost 120 EUR, meals on board), arrival and departure costs, entrance fee for NP Kornati (approximate cost per boat 55 EUR), parking fee (weekly parking ticket 18 EUR, required payment 01.06.-30.09., otherwise free of charge), travel insurance.
Rates apply to accommodation in double cabins. The upgrade for the use of a single cabin is 60% of the listed price.
The format of the dates is European (DD.MM.YYYY).
For our advanced courses we recommend the following literature: Advanced Sailing Course.
The proposed handbook has been written by our part-time instructor and it is the perfect literature for our advanced courses. The handbook addresses topics of navigation, radiotelephony and sailing with the spinnaker, but it also serves as a lifelong reminder on sailing theory and practice.
The handbook is available at ANA Sail center in Jezera. We highly recommend it!
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