Level 3 - Better Sailing

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Cost per person - £500 1:1, £300 2:1, £290 3:1, £280 4:1

On completion of this course, the successful sailor will have a fuller understanding of  the principles covered in Levels 1 & 2. They should have gained in confidence and will  have improved their sailing technique. The course aims to provide a bridge to the  advanced modules and to make progress easier for those sailors wishing to progress  further through the scheme and undertake Seamanship Skills or other advanced  techniques. Tuition is provided by trained instructors, using appropriate supervision  ratios. The students' knowledge and ability will be assessed on a continuous basis,  though an oral interview may be used as the basis for theory assessment if required.  Students will be kept informed of their individual progress throughout the course. 
Section A - Practical

  • Rigging        

  • Is able to rig the boat, taking due account of weather conditions, Able to reef

  • Ropework

  • Knows when and how to tie all the knots in Levels 1 & 2.  Able to moor a boat securely.

  • Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres

  • Has a good practical understanding of the following:

  • The Five Essentials - Course made good, Trim, Balance, Sail setting and the keel

  • Leaving and returning to a mooring - windward & lee shore

  • Coming alongside a moored boat

  • Good familiarity with and application of the rules of the road when sailing

  • Understands and can demonstrate a standard Man Overboard procedure

Section B - Onshore teaching
Sailing Theory and Background

  • Understands and is able to apply: Points of sailing and No Go Zone

  • Knows how a sail works, and the importance of correct sail trim

  • Familiar with different methods of calling for assistance

  • Navigation

  • Introduction to use of Tide Tables. Understands the effect of tide/current and wind direction on sailing conditions

  • Meteorology

  • Understands Beaufort Wind Scale.  Knows sources of information on weather for the day.   Has an awareness of changing weather conditions.