• Instructor:
    John Neal
  • Level:
    Beginning 101
  • Date:
    Thursday, October 10, 2024
  • Time:
    10:00 - 11:30

From the moment you leave the dock, whether it be for far-flung cruising destinations or a relaxing evening sail after work, your seamanship skills are at play. In this course you’ll learn the essential components of seamanship which will enable you to comfortably navigate and manage your boat from renowned offshore sailor John Neal safely and confidently. He’ll be covering pre-departure safety checks, emergency and safety protocols, making landfall, and best practices for demonstrating safe seamanship offshore and collision avoidance.

 Topics covered

  • Pre-departure safety checks
  • Prudent outfitting and boat keeping
  • Establishing emergency procedures
  • Safety drills to practice
  • Heavy weather sail handling procedures
  • Navigation resources and best practices
  • Collision avoidance prevention
  • Communication protocols
  • Squall avoidance and management
  • How to safely make landfall in unfamiliar places
  • Taking care of yourself at sea
  • Tactics for regional hazards like coral reefs and river bars