Ok I have been wondering this for a while and doing (a little) research
. There is no licensing per-se in the US for sailling, right?
Sticking to Keelboats for now -
US Sailing has the following courses:
American Sailing Association has -
Basic Coastal Cruising
Advanced Coastal Cruising
These both seem like pretty good systems for making sailing schools money
and confusing people. Seems like lot's of overlap.
Ok - I own my boat and from now on probably always will so don't need permission to go anywhere. I completed locally:
Powered Pleasurecraft Licensing - This is the real deal with signals (horns, lights, flags) navigation, rules of the road, safety
, buoys-beacons-markers - 24 hours of lecture, a written exam, verbal exam and practical exam by the Singapore government
Competent Keelboat - 24 hours class and water
based J24 sailing course.
- 16 hours - Offshore cruising, boat and crew handling, navigating acting as captain
in charge the whole time.
BTW - Singapore
has no national licensing or standards for Keelboat training. Singapore Sailing Federation overseas sailing here and racing
sailor rankings but basically leaves training standards up to the clubs.
So - I go to rent a Catalina
for a say sail in San Diego
"Got a credit card? Good. We take a $2,000 deposit for the insurance
deductible. Here's the key. Boat XYZ. Be back at 6PM. Don't leave the harbor."
"Do you want to see my llicense or certifications?"
"No. Have a good day."
Maybe it's just the place I was at didn't want people leaving the harbor on "day sails" but my question is, in general what certs do people have, what do you need, what gets credibility?
I'd be interested in renting
a boat over the summer from Marina Del Rey or San Diego
and and do a Catalina Island
trip. What would I need in terms of certs to make the boat places comfy with that?
What about the Whitsundays or other places - What is people's experience?
BTW - Is Catlina recovering from the fires?