General

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Do your boats meet safety requirements?
All of our yachts fully comply with the strict rules of the Royal Yachting Association. All boats are checked before and after each course and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular intervals.
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What’s included in my course fee?
All practical sailing courses are fully inclusive of accommodation onboard, all meals onboard except for one evening. All running costs such as diesel, gas, harbour fees are also included. Naturally food and drinks etc onshore are for your own account. Please also remember to bring some Euro coins for the shower in marina’s if required.
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Where will I go on my course?
You will be sailing in the IJsselmeer, Waddenzee and likely the North Sea. The Waddenzee  is the ideal training ground for any yachtsman with strong tides and navigational challenges. There will be over night stays in well-knows ports such as Enkhuizen, Hindelopen, Stavoren, Makkum, Lemmer, Den Oever, Den Helder, Oudeschild (Texel), Vlieland etc.
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Will I get sea sick?
Even professional skippers suffer from seasickness every now and then, however it is not common in the IJsselmeer or Waddenzee due to its sheltered location. If you know you are susceptible, than it is worth buying some motion sickness tablets from the chemist and bringing them with you.
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Do I need insurance?
The school carries full public liability insurance for its students, however personal travel / cancellation / accident insurance is strongly recommended.
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Do I need to do an actual course to come sailing?
You do not need to be doing a particular course to come out sailing with us.Whether you want more experience or just a break from everyday life, come along for a week or weekend sail.
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Do you take under 18's on courses?
We do allow under 18's on courses when accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
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I am a complete novice and want to go sailing with my friends but don't want to get in the way. What course would help me to understand more?
The ideal course for you is the Competent Crew course. It is the course for the absolute beginner to learn the basics and enjoy the delights of sailing. At the end of this course you will have become a confident and competent member of crew.
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Despite being a boat owner for many years, I have only ever sailed in tidal waters. I would now like to go on some longer coastal passages but as this is new to me I would like some tuition.
We understand that sometimes you want to learn in the familiar environment of your own boat and people you know. Our instructors can come onboard and teach you anything from a full RYA course to some instruction focused on your individual requirements.

What to bring

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What do I need to bring?
Warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. It is better several thin layers rather than two thick layers. If you are just starting out sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm. Don't forget sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit and a towel. Soft holdalls only please (no trolleys). You will also need a small amount of spending money for trips ashore.
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What footwear do I need to bring?
Sailing boots are advisable along with deck shoes or non-marking trainers. A pair of cheap slippers for the public showers is also advisable.
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Do I need to bring my passport?
If you are coming on a Cross Channel trip or Distance Cruise please don't forget your passport or ID card. By Dutch law you must be able to identify yourself at all times!
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Can I bring my mobile phone?
You can indeed bring your mobile phone. As many people come along sailing to get away from everyday life or as a holiday, during teaching times we would ask that phones are turned off to avoid distraction unless of course you are expecting an urgent call. Mobile phone coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage on all courses except distance sails and cross channel trips. In an emergency the yacht can also be contacted by VHF radio.

Onboard

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Do I sleep onboard?
For all practical courses you will sleep onboard the yacht.
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Will I have to share a cabin?
It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.
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Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?
There are heads (toilets) and showers onboard each yacht. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities available.
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Are all meals provided?
On all practical sailing courses we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard except for one evening. We also supply plenty of snacks to keep you going during the day. On shorebased and power boat courses no meals are provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included.
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Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?
We can only cater for basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and food allergies. When you book your course just let us know if you require any special diets.
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Will we be in a marina every night?
Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the sail cruising training you may also spend a night or two on a mooring buoy or a secluded anchorage. After all, sailing is about adventure!
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How many students will there be on my boat?
We take a maximum of 5 students per boat on sailing courses. All of our boats are capable of taking more than these numbers so there will be plenty of room for everyone onboard.
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Who does the cooking onboard?
Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. Please feel free to bring your own special recipe.
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Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger or hairdryer?
All of our yachts have 12 volt sockets which can be used during sailing. Standard 2 pin plug sockets for 230 Volt power can be used when you are in a marina and the yacht is connected to shore power.
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Can I smoke onboard?
Smoking is permitted onboard, however as it is in close confines with other people we would ask that you have consideration for your fellow crew members and only smoke at the back of the boat and downwind. Off course it would be polite to ask your fellow crew first. No smoking is allowed inside the yacht!

Other

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My ambition is to leave my current job behind and work in the sailing industry. What level of qualification will I need?
Although the majority of jobs in the sailing industry will require you to have the Yachtmaster certificate there are some positions that will accept the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal qualification. Your certificate will need to be commercially endorsed which means you will also need a Sea Survival certificate and attend a medical with your GP. Our Fast Track course may be able to help you achieve your dreams.
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Is there parking available?
There is a large, free car park here in the marina where you can leave you car for the duration of your course. We cannot however accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.