Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Online then Sailing Holiday - the newest way to learn to sail

by Lee Mylchreest on 6 Mar 2011
Pattaya Beach. Double bonus - sailing AND the holiday .. .
One way to learn to sail is to turn up regularly at the local sailing school and pay your way. Another is to turn up at the local yacht club every sailing day and hope there's a yacht missing a crew member.

But if neither of those methods are practical for you, there's another way, growing in popularity. It's the 'Online and then take a sailing holiday' way - time efficiency combined with exotic holidaying in a fabulous sailing location.


Online courses can be taken whenever YOU have the time, not when the weather and your free day dictate. They allow you to begin or advance your nautical knowledge and certificate levels at your own pace and in your own place. You can easlity study at home, taking advantage of the comprehensive sailing software offered by some online sailing schools.

These excellent inter-active courses offer an in-depth program to get you started in what can often become a lifetime study of boats and the sea. You can even check out the online sailing yacht simulators, perfect for learning about the crucial points of sail, and open your personal online Sailor’s Logbook.

If you haven't sailed before you can start with the online Skipper course. Sailors who already have their IYT Bareboat Skipper certificate or equivalent should consider Charter Master or Captain level online courses. These courses are guaranteed to sharpen your sailing skills and raise your level of sailing knowledge.

The other advantage is that the conditions - flat seas, good weather - make the learning process all so much easier...and, for the beginner, how much better you'll feel when you first step on a yacht if you already know the difference between the leeward runner and the vang, or between the topping lift and the kicker.

Then there's the holiday. In many exotic locations of the world, as in parts of the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or the waters off Thailand, sailing schools can be booked along with your holiday, and offer similar instruction to those offered in most home countries.

For instance, in Thailand the http://sailingschoolasia.com!SailQuest_Sailing_School Center is located at world-class Ocean Marina Yacht Club at Pattaya Beach, just 80 minutes south of Thailand’s primary international airport. Here there is a perfect combination of ideal tropical sailing conditions and destinations, a fantastic marina facility and a good choice of student accommodation options all in an enjoyable holiday resort location.

In Greece, the http://www.corfuseaschool.com!Corfu_Sea_School is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved sailing school, based, as you would guess, in Corfu. Like most sailing schools, they provide a complete range of sailing courses, including Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster. Any time between March and November you can take a holiday and learn all aspects of sailing, navigation and seamanship. These are just a couple of examples, and they are all online and all easy to find.

As for the online part of the plan, there are several of these too, but one to start with, is http://www.nauticed.org/courses!NauticEd, where you can purchase courses which come with Course Guides in Bundles. These are mailed to you to back up your online learning. The courses are attractively priced compared with starting from scratch in a sailing school, and are a great way to begin your sailing adventure.

Then there is http://LearnToSailOnLine.com!Learn_to_Sail_Online where you can do just that! With this organisation, which has over ten years experience in teaching remotely, you take Interactive Sailing Lessons from home with a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and Instructors of American Sailing Association Classes! You get a certificate upon completion and you can even keep your course forever as an APP!

However, don't think for a moment that you can learn it all online. As SailQuest Sailing School's principal Captain Tim McMahon says, 'Learning to sail responsibly covers a broad range of information and topics. Students retain this nautical knowledge at different levels; you may study the course material, but you can’t really ‘learn’ it all at once and that’s why you need to get the on-the -water experience.'

Now that's tough advice to take! - It means you really need that exotic holiday while you learn to sail.

What he says next is even more important. 'Uninformed or poorly trained people who get out on the water or get involved with a boat and have a bad experience, tend to stay away from the sea, and that is really an avoidable situation. You need to have a solid understanding of the realities of the sea and the yachts that sail on her and therefore in order to be able to get the most from the yachting experience.'

PredictWind.comWildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

Bavaria Yachts to introduce Cruiser 34 and Nautitech 46
The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina The Cruiser 34 will be on show at the Bavaria Yachts display at the Strictly Sail boat show at Bayside’s Miamarina, from February 16th to 20th.
Posted on 13 Feb
Unique Transatlantic Sailing Event - Building friendship across oceans
Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Sailing in the wake of the great explorers, international friendship and understanding is at the core of this once in a lifetime adventure - The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Posted on 10 Feb
Frigid flying – Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic technicians work around the clock to ensure the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are prepared and ready to launch. There is one thing the maintenance crews and pilots cannot control: winter weather.
Posted on 9 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
Yachting cartoonist Mike Peyton dies at 96
“The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died on January 25, 2017 just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him.
Posted on 27 Jan
Zhik Xeflex® - your shield against cold environments
This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. This radiant barrier mid-layer nearly defies description. How do you make a water resistant garment that really breathes, yet reflects your own body heat back to you? Where do you find a compression resistant and extremely insulating filling that is nowhere near as bulky as the Michelin Man, yet gives you that kind of warmth and comfort?
Posted on 17 Jan
Sounds like a boat - Lisa Blair's departure delayed due to electronics
Final preparations of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue Final preparations and safety checks of her yacht, Climate Action Now by Sydney-based sailor Lisa Blair have uncovered an electrical issue.
Posted on 15 Jan
Lisa Blair starts Solo Circumnavigation of Antarctica
Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Over 3,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 500 have rowed across the various oceans and 12 people have landed on the moon. Only two men have sailed solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. Sydney-based Lisa Blair, 32, intends to become the first woman, the fastest and the third person in history to conquer such a challenge.
Posted on 14 Jan
When whales meet sails
CAMPER helmsman Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermudez found himself nearly face to face with whale in middle of North Atlantic Ocean. Currently the database for marine mammal strikes is very sparse. We are requesting sailors and boaters help to submit information on current and past incidents, however long ago that may be. By giving a location, date, identification if possible, and any other relevant information you can help scientists better understand where marine mammals are at risk for strikes
Posted on 8 Jan
Potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today’s weather models predict, according to a new study. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) — the same deep-water ocean current featured in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” — could occur quite abruptly, in geologic terms, the study says.
Posted on 6 Jan