Let me echo Gord's welcome. You mention that you don't really want to charter
. So I take it you just want to learn to sail competently or you think you need certification
to sail. Based on this assumption:
I can't speak for other countries but in the U.S. there is a requirement in some states for a basic safety
course for young people. Otherwise, no requirements. You can buy a million dollar yacht and sail off into the sunset ( or at least try). I've met too many people that think that if they can drive a car, they can "drive" a boat. Usual result, DISASTER!
You are wise to seek training
no matter where you are in the world! Besides dedicated sailing schools which you can find by googling. There are ASA
accredited schools that would allow you charter their boats. There are also charter companies that will charter you a boat along with a captain
to teach you.
You can also hang around marinas
and yacht clubs where people are looking for crew.
My personal route
was basic sailing from the Red Cross, a year of crewing
for a yacht club racer
, followed by a beginning and intermediate sailing school
. I then bought my first boat, a Morgan
32, and my education really began.
Some may take issue with it but I tell people I can teach them basic sailing in an afternoon. But it takes a lifetime to truly be a sailor. I thought after 20 years of owning a sailboat I was fairly knowledgable. Then I found this forum. Hardly a day goes by that I don't learn something new.
I hope I've answered some of the questions I thought you were asking. If not, ask them again. There is expertise here from all over the world. Some are as new as you while others have thousands of miles under their keels. You will figure who is who in short order.
Enjoy your time here and the best of luck in your sailing growth.
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