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9 Days (Saturday to Sunday)
RYA Competent Crew
RYA Day Skipper*
*depending on abilities and experience
To qualify, there must be three other people with you on the vessel (four in total), with a maximum of six. These can either be a group of friends from a school or DofE club, or you can book as an individual.
The course is nine intense days of learning the aspects of sailing and navigation, and conducting both your "practice" and "live" expeditions.
Our Skipper will act as your instructor and guide for the first part of the course, helping to get you prepared for your expedition adventure which you conduct over the last four days. During the expedition, they will act solely as the responsible person for your safety on the vessel.
Based out of Port Solent, you will have time to plan, practice and learn the basics of sailing a yacht. Don't worry if you have never sailed before or if you have little experience. You will be part of a team and will be prepared by our staff to get you expedition ready so that you will feel confident to take on the leadership and team roles that an expedition requires.
Saturday - meet the team and familiarise yourself with the vessel. - Afternoon sail / overnight stay.
Sunday - Return to base camp for preparation and theory sessions
Monday - AM theory followed by practice expedition
Tuesday - Practice expedition
Wednesday - Practice Expedition followed by expedition planning
Thursday - Live expedition starts
Friday - Live expedition
Saturday - Live expedition
Sunday - Return to home base (under live expedition conditions) for debrief over tea and cake!
*This course requires evening sessions and a lot of self motivation to meet its demands. The every essence and values of the DofE scheme.