First Aid Training
The Safety Committee of The Sailing
Club schedules a training session for certification in CPR/AED
and Basic First Aid usually once a year in the spring. These are
invaluable skills that could save people's lives. While certification in CPR and Basic First
Aid is required for all Skippers and First Mates in The Sailing Club, this
session is open to all Club members, family & friends. The more people who know these life-saving
skills, the safer we will all be.
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On The Water Event
Each spring, the Club runs a weekend training session 'on the water'.
This is a valuable opportunity for skippers, first mates, and other
interested people to spend an entire weekend sharpening their boat handling
skills without the pressure of going anywhere. The session typically
includes a Friday night sleep-aboard and two full days of instruction and
practice, facilitated by some of the Club's most experienced skippers.
Details can be found on the Current Trips page
or the online club calendar.
Training and Advancement
The Sailing Club is very proud of its long record of safety and successful
trips. This record is due, in large measure, to the process by which
we identify, train, and promote skippers and first mates and the methods
employed to keep their
skills sharp and current. The responsibility for these processes falls
to the Training Coordinator, who reports to the Vice Commodore. All
procedures and advancements are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.
There may be a committee of volunteers to help with training activities
We are very pleased to announce that The Sailing Club has recently received permission
to certify our skippers without and independently of any national entity such as US Sailing.
This milestone decision was awarded based on our long, demonstrable record of safety and documented
proof of the high quality that exists throughout our corps of captains and first mates.
The Training Coordinator has three specific roles assigned. They
- Identify candidates who might qualify to serve as First Mates, Skippers,
and Senior Skippers.
- Administer the processes by which club members qualify for one or
more of the above roles.
- Provide or arrange guidance and training for anyone in these
roles as well as anyone else who might be interested in such training.
There are well-defined procedures to follow if one wishes to earn advancement
to one of the command positions (i.e., Skipper, Senior Skipper, or First Mate). There
are separate documents describing
the procedures to become a First Mate,
Skipper or a
Anyone interested should read these documents and/or contact
Coordinator. For an itemized job description for each rank, contact the Training
Coordinator or any club officer.
Please be aware that The Sailing Club requires anyone interested in being a Club Skipper to
have served as a Club First Mate before seeking evaluation as a skipper.
Seamanship and Navigation
Except for a small number of safety and comfort rules, which your skipper
will review with you at the beginning of each trip, you can pretty much
sail with the Club without knowing much about sailing at all. Of course
your pleasure and ability to usefully participate in the sail are increased
as you learn more about our sport. The best way to learn is to indicate
you want to learn more, ask how to do something, and then do it!
Our Skippers and First Mates are all excellent sailors and teachers.
There are many, many sites on the web and equally many books that
provide instruction on sailing. The Training and Advancement Committee of
The Sailing Club, Inc. has included in this section of our website some
information that we have found useful. No need to stress over any of this
material. Remember, we do this because it's fun.