Pre Flotilla Yachting Syllabus (non RYA certificated)

Introduction to the yacht

Bow to stern above & below deck
Safety features & dangers, cleats, winches, diesel & water filters hatches etc
Fire extinguishers, gas safety, battery switches, general use of electrical breakers etc
Basic engine checks. Oil, belts, check bilges & stern gland

Points of sail

Hoisting & lowering sails
Basic rules of the road
Reefing under sail
Anchoring by the bow
Man overboard under sail power
Distress signals
Discuss what to do if run aground

Basic Navigation

Chart symbols
Principals of Lat & Long
True north, magnetic north
3 point fix
Course to steer (no tide)
Leeway
Measuring distance

Engine Manoeuvres

Forwards
Reverse
Circles
Prop Kick (explain)

Boat Control

Hove to
Tacking
Gybing
Coming alongside
Mooring Bows to (Mediterranean style)
Mooring stern to

General Housekeeping

Importance of sail covers
Coiling lines
Fenders

Knots

Bowline
Roundturn 2 half hitches
Clove hitch (fenders)

First Aid

Prevention!
Contents of First Aid kit
Most common injuries etc

VHF

Basic principals of how to use
Respecting the radio as safety feature