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Old 25-10-2014, 13:54   #1
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On-line course recommendations

Any on-line course recommendations for new sailors? Looking for things to do this dreaded Ohio winter related to our overall plan to sail/cruise. We will be chartering in the late spring, but looking for any certifications I can pick up before then.

I've read some other threads that briefly mentioned NauticEd and NavAtHome, but not sure if ASA or US Sailing has any on-line course work, or if any of it is worth while.

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Old 25-10-2014, 14:05   #2
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Re: On-line course recommendations

You will find the English RYA courses very comprehensive! More than you need to know to charter but not more than you need to know to cruise.

On-line Theory Courses. Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster
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Re: On-line course recommendations

Ray,

Way back when I wrote myself a syllabus of things I wanted to learn about sailing. Navigation, heavy weather sailing, splicing and rope work, etc. Then I started looking for books on the various subjects, read them (re-read some of them) and practiced it all as much as I could. Finding an online version of this sounds better - but how about just coming down to the Grenadines and doing a sailing course with us instead? Much more fun than any online course!

Let me know if you would like more information. Otherwise, best of luck with your online courses. I would be interested in hearing which one you pick and what you think of it.

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Old 25-10-2014, 14:09   #4
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try nav classes at http://www.mdschool.com/
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Old 25-10-2014, 14:31   #5
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There is a very basic online sailing course on the ASA website - www.asa.com. It's just enough to whet a beginning sailors appetite, but it is free!

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Old 25-10-2014, 16:22   #6
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but how about just coming down to the Grenadines and doing a sailing course with us instead? Much more fun than any online course!
Chris, we are going to be looking in to that as well. Just need something to hold over the winter though. I actually checked flights from Ohio to St. George, and it's a bit pricey and a bit long. We may be combining a family vacation/dive trip/sailing school trip, but not sure it would be to Grenada.

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Re: On-line course recommendations

We've planning on taking the US Power Squadron online Seamanship course this winter that is offered through University of West Florida. They have a lot of courses that we'd like to take but we're starting with that one.

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We've planning on taking the US Power Squadron online Seamanship course this winter that is offered through University of West Florida. They have a lot of courses that we'd like to take but we're starting with that one.
For which the URL is: USPS Educational Department - Seamanship Online
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Thanks Alan. Not sure what happened to that link I put in there. I must have screwed up the copy and paste process somehow.
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If you are looking for online training related to cruising, you may want to visit sevenseasu.com and see what we have available. Seven Seas U is the education arm of Seven Seas Cruising Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of liveaboard cruisers and leaving a clean wake. Our membership includes the who's who of cruising including people like Beth Leonard, Lin and Larry Pardey, Jimmy Cornell and Nigel Calder. You can take courses from these cruising rock stars and other highly qualified cruisers.

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