The International Yachtmaster Training programme was introduced in 2001. This article looks at the first 5 sections: Introduction to Yachting Certificate, The International Recreational Crew Certificate, Radio Operator/Communications Certificate, Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper Certificate, International Bareboat Skipper Certificate

International Yachtmaster Training Sailing Courses

International Yachtmaster Training Sailing CoursesModule 1 is the Introduction to Yachting CertificateThe International Recreational Crew Certificate is divided into 6 modules, module 2 gets us under way and you will be learn about safety on board a boat and the use of the life raft and first aid kit, fire extinguishers, flares, life jackets and safety harnesses. What clothing and footwear is suitable for the varying conditions met while sailing. Seasickness and it's symptoms, cause and prevention. How various equipment works including: battery selector switch, bilge pumps, cabin lights, cooker & butane/propane gas, heads and water pumps together with general housekeeping rules. You will learn a very basic theory of how a diesel engine works and maintenance procedures such as checking the level of the oil, changing the oil, changing filters, ensuring the flow of cooling water to the engine and how to change impellors. You will be taught how to keep a good and effective lookout, which should be maintained at all times, while under way. You will take a look at basic navigation, course plotting, nautical charts, safe passage conditions, tides and currents and weather forecasts. On the practical side, module 3, you will learn how to coil a line and secure it to a cleat, tie a number of knots and use the winches. You will learn how to secure the boat for sea and then how to leave a berth, once under way you will undertake the duties of a lookout, learn how to hoist and set the sails and while helming the boat go through tack and gybe routines. You will anchor the boat and go through man overboard recovery drill. Module 4 is theoretical and you will look at the International Regulations for Collision Avoidance or the "rules of the road". Specifically looking at lights, shapes, and sound signals. You will look at some more sail handling techniques, there is more work with charts and compass and to conclude you will take a look at marine customs, etiquette and manners.The next practical module includes safety checks and look at the through hull fittings, engine warning lights and alarms and the emergency fuel cut off. You will learn deck seamanship with more docking and mooring routines. More sail work, bending on, hoisting, lowering, reefing mainsails, handling sheets, lines, halyards, outhauls and sail trim. You will learn more skills at the helm, tacking, gybing, sailing a triangular course, sailing a compass course and heaving to.Module 6 looks at both theory and practise of Dinghy/Tender handling. You will learn the different types of tenders, engines, spares and maintenance and safety equipment. On the practical side you will learn to row, how to move under power, launch and recover and transfer to and from the dinghy to the boat or dock.This section concludes with an assessment of theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained. At the of this course you will be a useful crew member on any small yacht.The Radio Operator/Communications Certificate is a stand alone module. You will learn how to operate a radio including emergency calls, calling ship to ship, ship to shore, the types of marine radios available and the regulations governing it's use. An examination concludes the course.The next 5 modules are the International Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper CertificateNumber 8 is theoretical and looks at the responsibilities of a watchkeeper, charts and chartwork, the compass, magnetism and concludes with a look at buoys and marks.The next practical module concentrates on safety including a briefing that should be given to crew members when they join the vessel and looks at the galley area which if not used correctly can be a danger to all those on board. The rest of the section is devoted to boat handling and develops on the skills learnt in the International Recreational Crew Certificate course.Back to theory in the next module with a look at basic first aid. More work is done with the International Regulations for Collision Avoidance. Finally you will take a further look at marine customs, manners and today's ever increasing legal requirements.In module 11, the next practical stage you will prepare a passage plan, and while undertaking a short passage work still further on boat handling skills.This section concludes with an assessment of theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained.You have now reached a level that entitles you to the International Certificate of Competence or ICC. It is suggested that the skippers of vessels are required to hold this by some European countries. I have never been asked for mine by the authorities and I know of no one who has. It is also suggested that some companies require it prior to allowing charter of a boat. Again I have not come across this in practise.The next three modules make up the International Bareboat Skipper Certificate and the first looks at taking over a vessel and the necessary checks on hull and rig, machinery and systems, instruments, safety equipment, spares, tools, fuel, water and provisions. It looks at tides and currents and what causes them. You will learn how to use tide tables and gain an understanding primary and secondary ports. There is some more chartwork that includes position fixing and plotting a course to steer to counteract a current. The section concludes with a look at the responsibilities of the Skipper, their communication with and delegation to the crew.On the practical side you will develop sailing skills with more general deck work, ropes, knots, splices, the care and use of lines. There is more vessel handling work including anchoring, berthing, mooring, handling in confined areas and handling with currents.This section concludes with module 16 and includes a look at the weather and sources of weather information, personal observations, weather patterns, land and sea breezes, the different cloud formations, rain and fog. You will learn pilotage. There is an in depth look at passage planning including pilot books, almanacs, considerations for passage planning, coastal passages, passage strategy, port regulations, pilotage plans. Finally you will take a further look at the International Regulations for Collision Avoidance.This section concludes with an assessment of theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained

Yacht Charter in Northern Crete

Yacht Charter in Northern Crete

Crete was home to one of worlds most important civilisations, the Minoans who ruled the eastern Mediterranean from 2800 - 1150 BC. The art that has survived shows a refined and peace loving culture. There is a good collection in the Museum at Iraklion. Through commerce, shipping and trade with other peoples, the Egyptians, Phoenicians and Syrians they built a powerful civilisation. The Achaians and the Dorians followed. The Romans occupied Crete 69 - 330 AD making Gortyn their major town. Crete fell into the Arabic hands in 824 and was not liberated until 961). Then in 1204, the island passed to the Venetians. They fortified the island with several new castles and broke the ground for new cities of Hania and Rethimno. Inside the walls the cities developed with narrow alleys and houses, interspersed with decorative churches, fountains, piazzas and palaces the remains of which can still be seen today. In 1645 the Turks set foot on the island for the first time and in 1669 the whole of Crete fell to them. Not until 1913 was the island reunited with the rest of Greece. In the summer the prevailing wind is the infamous Meltemi from the NW WNW. July and August sees the winds at their strongest, force 5 6 on the northern coast but more often a more gentle force 3 4. The spring and autumn sees winds form the south, force 2 4. The southern coast is notorious for strong squalls the blow down from the mountains. There is little in the way of warning and they can be violent close inshore. It gets very hot on the island during the summer months with the average daily temperature reaching 35 deg C in July and August and temperatures as high as 40 deg C are not uncommon.Kissamoss lies in the NW corner of Crete. Yachts can berth alongside or anchor of in the harbour. There is good shelter from the W and NW but it is open to the E and SE. In a strong northerly getting away can be difficult, as the yacht will have to beat for 14 miles to escape the bay. Water is available and the re is a taverna close by. The nearest provisions are at Kastelli, which is a one mile bus journey away.Khania is to the E. Entrance can be difficult in a strong northerly as the sea heaps up around the entrance. The marina is in the E basin. You will be directed to a berth where a laid mooring awaits. There is good shelter in all but northerly gales. There is water and electricity on the pontoons. A mini tanker can deliver fuel. All provisions can be obtained and there are good tavernas in the town. This Venetian city was for centuries the capital of Crete and much of the charming architecture remains.Soudhas is further to the E. It is the Greek navys southern base and yachts have been refused entry at times. If allowed in go bow or stern to on the S quay. Shelter is extremely good. There is water on the ferry mole and fuel can be delivered. All provisions can be obtained and there is a good choice of tavernas. The military presence tends to put a bit of a dampener on things and this is not a must visit.Yioryiopolis is a small harbour at the mouth of the river Almiros. Go alongside the quay or anchor in the bay to the north. There is good shelter except with winds from the N NE. There is water in the village and most provisions can be obtained and there are several tavernas. The village is both attractive the locals are friendly making a visit well worthwhile.Rethimon is an old Venetian harbour. Go alongside inside the N jetty or bow or stern to the E jetty. There is good shelter even from the Meltemi tucked under the E jetty. There is water on the quay and fuel can be delivered. All provisions can be obtained and there are some good tavernas including several fish restaurants in the Venetian harbour. This should be one of the highlights of the charter. The Venetian harbour and town are attractive and the buildings with wooden balconies are a reminder of Turkish occupation.Iraklion is the capital of Crete. Proceed to the Venetian harbour at the W end of the main harbour. Go bow or stern to at the marina in the S or on the N quay. There is water on the quay and fuel can be delivered. There is excellent shopping and fresh fish is sold in the harbour. There are good tavernas many of which serve fresh fish. Try those around the market in town. The city itself has little to recommend it but visits to Knossus, an archaeological site, go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the tourists. And the museum containing a collection from the Minoan times is worthwhile.Khersonisos is a small harbour. Go bow to the mole or anchor off. Care is needed because depths vary throughout the harbour and the holding is poor on sand and rock. There is good shelter from the N as the harbour is open only to the SE. Water, fuel and provisions can all be found in the town. The town is a modern tourist development, full of bad architecture and obnoxious holidaymakers.Spinalonga Lagoon is situated in the N of the larger bay Kolpos Merembellou. Yachts can anchor anywhere in the lagoon. Most provisions can be obtained at Elounda. Take a look at Nisis Spinalongas. The setting for the Venetian fort and deserted settlement are most attractive.Further to the south is Ay Nikolaos. There is a marina on the S side of the headland. Yachts should bow or stern to where directed and use a laid mooring. There is water and electric on the pontoons. Fuel can be delivered to the yacht. There are numerous tavernas and most provisions can be obtained. This fishing village is now a large tourist development although the marina is sited some way from the noisy area.Pahia Ammos is situated at the S end of Kolpos Merembellou. There are depths of up to 3m at the extremity of the mole. The harbour is exposed to the Meltemi. Limited provisions can be obtained in the village and there are several tavernasFurther W lies Sitia. Go bow or stern to the inner N mole. The bottom is sand and weed with some rocks. There is good shelter from the Meltemi. There are both fuel and water in the harbour. All provisions can be obtained in the town and there are several good fish restaurants. The inner harbour with its tree lined esplanade is pleasant and watching dusk fall over the harbour while tucking in to a nice sea bass is the perfect end to a days charter.Ak Sidhero is the NE tip of Crete and to the S there are several anchorages in small inlets. There are no facilities but the scenery is imposing with a desolate feel.Cretes cuisine is similar to that found throughout the Aegean. Fish plays a large part in the form of tuna, swordfish, sea bass, urchins, octopus, squid and cuttlefish. You will find beef, pork, lamb and goat. A rabbit stew is a speciality. As is cheese pie and fried cheese (staka). For those with a sweet tooth try yogurt and honey tarts (kaltzounia). Cretan wine is fairly good.

Dragon Boat Racing A Popular Corporate Team-building Event

Dragon Boat Racing  A Popular Corporate Team-building Event

It is true that money matters a lot to retain best workers and to generate quality output from them. However, there are some other factors too, which can improve overall productivity of a corporate house. Inspiration and Integration these two words play important roles to build a team of efficient workforce, and to achieve the goal of an organisation. Corporate events like Dragon boat racing help in this regard.Dragon boat racing is no more a Chinese water sport it is now quite popular in the corporate arena as a team building corporate event. Dragon boat racing in Kent can be an exciting weekend "corporate event" , especially for those who hail from Kent and its surroundings. We can never ignore the growing importance of corporate events, which really help to improve the official environment as well as increase individuals efficiency level. It is observed that a pool of proficient workers, if offered adequate leisure and supportive environment to retain their energy level, their productivity increases dramatically. Thinking on this line Chillisause offer a wide array of dragon boat racing events for corporate people in different UK locations. Chillisauce offers this amazing water sport experience amidst the eye catching natural beauty of Kent. The dragon boat racing The boats are made of bamboo and suitably designed to carry on the charm of this ancient Chinese custom. Based on the length, each boat can carry 10 or 16 people. Since all the participants need to row together on this corporate event, a team building attitude is built up between all the participants. Dragon boat racing can help to Improve personal achievement levelMaintain team spiritSynchronise with entire teamAchieve the target with result-oriented teamworkThe dragon boat racing provides necessary safety measurements throughout the racing session. If you are with Chillisauce you and your teammates are under the care of well-trained and professional staff.This dragon boat racing comes with some optional features like traditional a Lion Dance and eye-dotting ceremony from China. You can also enjoy mouth watering Chinese foods during the session and video editing facility to capture some exciting moments of the event. A weekend corporate event like dragon boat racing in Kent will give a break from the monotony of growing corporate work pressure. This type of event offers ample relaxation of mind and build corporate people to reshape their attitude to achieve organisational goal improve their energy level to generate best output.

Having Difficulty Finding Crewed Yacht Charters? Book Online

Having Difficulty Finding Crewed Yacht Charters?  Book Online

Crewed yacht charters are easy to find when you do a search on the Internet. These charters are available all over the world. Once you find the yacht charter company you want to deal with, the process of booking the sailing yacht and charter is relatively simple. First of all you have to decide where you want to travel this year and when you type the sailing destination into your Search engine browser the wealth of crewed yacht charters that result are absolutely amazing. The location you choose for the "crewed yacht charter" is the most important part of the booking process. Once you know where it is you want to go, the rest of the procedure of booking online will fall into place. For example, you can choose "crewed yacht charters" to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas or even the French Riviera. The type of crewed sailing yacht you choose can also be different. You can choose a luxury sailing yacht, a powerboat or a catamaran depending on your individual preference for sailing. A "crewed sailing yacht" includes the captain and the crew, who will take care of all your needs while you are on board the yacht. You do not have to worry about handling the yacht when you book crewed yacht charters, but you can take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about sailing. The crew has the knowledge you need to enjoy the best scenic locations, the best spots for diving or fishing and the best ports for shopping. The captain is responsible to ensuring the safety of everyone on board the crewed yacht charter and this will be uppermost in his mind at all times. The all-inclusive crewed yacht charters include everything you need to make the most of your vacation. All the food and drink as well as equipment is included in the price. The only extra costs that you will incur are your shopping and dining experiences in the various ports of call. You wont have to worry about ant anchorage fees or have to supply your own food. Even the chef to cook exquisite delicacies for you comes as part of a crewed yacht charter. The rates of crewed yacht charters depend on the number of passengers, the size of the boat and the length of the charter. The time of the year also affects the cost, as winter is a more expensive time of year to book a crewed sailing yacht than summer. You should also consider having travel insurance for a crewed yacht charter, just as you would if you planned a trip to a resort destination. Even though the crew is vigilant when it comes to the safety of passengers on crewed sailing yachts, accidents can happen at any time.

River Party Boat Cruises in Greater London a Corporate Event to Raise the Team-Building Attitude

The River party boat cruises in Greater London offer an experience unparallel to any other boat cruising parties. If you have a fetish for the warm sparkling waters of the river, then you should opt for such a gala cruise party to get refreshed after weeks of constant work pressure. If your town or the nearby town to your place has a frothy blue river then you can go for such parties on every weekend. The party truly seeks to test the team-building attitude present in corporate people. The riverboat party offers you a promising time with its varieties of games, fun-filled entertainments and unique interaction. As you come to meet various people of different origin, you feel rejuvenated in soul and this induces further effective participation and productivity in you. There can be no greater alternative to this riverboat party cruise.If you are thinking of visiting one of these evening gala parties, then you can contact Chillisauce. With the reputation of these corporate event organizers reaching skyrocketing heights, one can never ignore the functional activity of this company. Chillisauce is managed by efficient event planners that offer an array of exciting daytime and evening activities for corporate people. With the soul purpose of freshening the minds of corporate people, the river party boat cruise in greater London also tests the team-building spirit and time management skills in them.However, river party boat cruise can only take place in Gloucestershire and Greater London. River party boat cruises in Greater London offer great fun onboard of some famous and luxurious ships or yachts. You can dance throughout the night or simply chill at the bars with an array of exotic drinks. The deck, which remains flooded with rainbow colored lights, offers all corporate people to enjoy in the al fresco party and get thoroughly refreshed. Just as the chill sets in, the booming voice of top class DJs fill the evening air echoing fun and frolic all over. There is also a cash bar on the board that can be available at regular pub prices. The culinary delights offered in the river party boat cruise in Greater London are simply amazing. You can enjoy dishes of roasted legs of chickens, hot jacket potato with butter, different types of salads with spicy dressings and buttered rolls. Along with the food, the party extravaganzas continue for 4 hours and leave you completely refreshed and rejuvenated in mind and spirit.The river party boat cruise in Greater London imbibes the following factors among corporate people:--To increase productive efficiency--To test the team building attitude--To enhance inter-personal relationship between corporate peopleAttend the river party boat cruise in Greater London to feel regenerated before going back to your hectic schedule.

Inflatable Kayak Reviews! Kayaks Come In Many Inflatable Models And Styles, Which Ones Right For You?

With inflatable kayak reviews, we can take some of the top kayaks and inflatable boat models and break them down into categories such as function, size, and style that will suite your boating needs the best, and provide you an informative review of each kayak!The inflatable boats market is increasing dramatically due to the flexibility and price of many kayaks and boats available today, and for people that enjoy spending time in the outdoors, they can really take advantage of the features they offer.Now whether youre a sports junkie or a seasonal leisure enthusiast will be the determining factor on which inflatable kayak is going to be right for you. You may go camping only once a year, and your active lifestyle is casual and more laidback. With that in mind, you would consider a boat that is based more on the pricing, and you wont have as much concern about the material quality.On the other hand, if youre planning on kayaking class 4 whitewater or you plan on using your inflatable boat for some serious fishing activities, then you will be considering more heavy duty reinforced boats with greater flexible features, and kayak accessories and necessary options to meet your demanding outdoor requirements.Our Inflatable Review Will Help You Determine Which Kayak Meets Your Recreation NeedsMany manufacturers and outfitters have done a great job in creating a wide variety of options, and understand that the boat features must be different for each boating individual. They have designed everything from casual recreation models, to the extremely durable paddling features that many hardcore sporting kayakers require.I will do a breakdown of several inflatable models and provide you a detailed comparison on each one. This way you can see differences in the construction, and why they vary from the lower priced average durable model, to the performance level pvc models that are more rugged and stronger in the denier class of material.If youre not familiar with some of the technical terms above, dont worry! I will explain these terms to you in my next article and let you know the importance. To continue this article, you can follow my link that you can find in my Author Bio section listed as Kayak Reviews. In the second part of this article I will go into more detail for you, and talk about several models available. I will discuss which one is best suited for your outdoor experience, and in the end you can make the final decision of which one is best for you.


The International Yachtmaster Training programme was introduced in 2001. This article looks at the first 5 sections: Introduction to Yachting Certificate, The International Recreational Crew Certificate, Radio Operator/Communications Certificate, Watchkeeper/Flotilla Skipper Certificate, International Bareboat Skipper Certificate