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Shorebased Theory | Algarve | Portugal

There are quite a few shorebased theory options on offer, the most suitable course for you is dependant on your particular requirements and experience to date.  Below are some of the more popular options, please contact us to help you find out a solution that works for you.

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.  This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:
the basics of seamanship 
the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
electronic charts
position fixing
plotting a course to steer
weather forecasting and meteorology
collision regulations
construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

The course is taught over 40 hours plus three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions or over 7 days.

Course topics include:
position fixing
course shaping and plotting
tidal knowledge
use of almanacs and admiralty publications
electronic position finding equipment
taking and interpreting forecasts
plotting weather systems
weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
collision regulations
customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad





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