Originally Posted by jackdale
You are probably watching dingy sailing courses. Cruising courses are different matter.
Almost all of my teaching is done on 40 foot (or bigger) sailboats. The basic level courses deal with how to sail, anchor
- and conduct a MOB
under sail and under power. The next level courses focus on living aboard
boats, boat systems, navigation
and more serious sail trim including gennakers. Beyond that we expect student to demonstrate the ability to skipper
and crew on extended voyages including over night passages. Lastly we do an ocean passage
, including some celestial navigation
. Colregs are taught throughout all courses That is a very cursory description; our syllabus is much more extensive.
Level 2 of your course is excellent for the dreamers (and I am not being derogatory) that want to buy a large boat and sail more than 5nm off the coast. Problem is you won't convince the powers that be that it should be obligatory.
Once upon a time, the Marine Rescue
organisation put it to the Maritime Authority that there should be what they called a Safe Boating Course for any one that owns a boat. They proposed a course of 2 levels Level one for people who sail around enclosed waters and harbours, level 2 for people that go out to sea.
The Maritime Authority put it to the Minister who wanted community consultation, some of the "community" involved the BIA (Boating Industry Association) which included the Yacht Brokers association and Insurance
Association. After numerous meeting we ended up a boat licence for vessels
capable of obtaining 10 knots under propulsion
, a grossly inadequate watered down version of what was initially proposed.
The BIA argued "some of our members have had boats for years without any problems, we don't want to put them through expensive courses"
The Yacht brokers argued that it would increase the cost of buying
The Insurance argued that it would drive up insurance premiums.
The main problem was that any accidents that occur on recreational boats are not recorded, making it difficult to gather convincing stats. The Marine rescue
could provide numbers of people that had contacted them and that was only for NSW this is a National problem. AMSA were also present at the meetings however they chose to sit on the fence.
There is quite a bit more, however I have decided to leave it there.