Basic Crew


Basic Crew - An Introduction Sailing Course  at Simply Sailing 

This course, is taught during a 3 day cruise through beautiful Howe Sound. It is the first step on the way to obtaining your bareboat skipper certification. 
We can arrange departures for Friday or Saturday returning on Sunday or Monday. 
All study materials and work books as well as food and accommodation is included. Depending on the time of the year, you will be sailing and living on a 32' or 44' sailing yacht. You will also have the opportunity to write the required exam for the Canadian Coast Guard Operators Certificate.
Cost- $550.00 per person.
To complete the Basic Cruising standard, the 3 day Inshore Skipper course is required. 
If both courses are booked at the same time, the total cost is $1049.00.

Course of study:

MODULE 1 (a) Seamanship Sail 

1.Parts of a sailboat Page 9 
2.Standing rigging 10 
3.Running rigging 11 
4.Halyards, sheets, fairleads cleats, boom vang, outhaul, traveler, downhaul, cunningham, topping lift, winches, 
5.Winch techniques
6.Tying to a cleat 17-20 

MODULE 1 (a) SELF ASSESSMENT 21 

MODULE 1 (b) Seamanship Sail 

1.Mainsail 25 
2.Foresails 28 
3.Roller furling 29 

MODULE 1 (b) SELF ASSESSMENT 30 

MODULE 1 (c) Seamanship Sail 

1.Bending on the main 33 
2.Bending on the foresail 34 
3.Raising the main 35 
4.Raising the foresail 36 
5.Reefing the main and shaking the reef 37 
6.Lowering the sails 39 
7.Safety on deck 41 
8.Basic sail trim 41 
9.Safe areas under sail 42 
10.Heaving to 44 
11.Action of crew for Man Overboard 44 

MODULE 1 (c) SELF ASSESSMENT 45 

MODULE 1 (d) Seamanship Sail 
Terminology 

1.Ahead, Astern, Bow, Stern Forward, Aft, Beam, Abeam Abaft 46 
2.Port, Starboard, Windward, Leeward 47 
3.Heading up, Bearing off, Underway, No way, Leeway, 48 
4.Starboard Tack, Port Tack, Flogging, Luffing, In irons 49 
5.How a sailboat sails 50 
6.Points of sail 52 
7.Tacking Gybing, Sailing by the Lee, Accidental Gybe 
8.Commands 55 
9.Masthead wind indicator aid 56 

MODULE 1 (d) SELF ASSESSMENT 57 

MODULE 1 (e) Seamanship Sail 

1.Knots, Basic terms, 
2.Reef knot, 61 
3.Clove hitch, 
4.Sheet bend, 62 
5.Bowline, 
6.Figure 8, 
7.Double overhand, 63 
8.Round turn and two half hitches, 
9.Coiling or flaking a line 64 
10.Hanging a flaked halyard 65 
11.Rolling hitch, 
12.Cow hitch, 
13.Storing dock lines 66 
14.Swigging, Sweating or Bucking 67 

MODULE 1 (e) SELF ASSESSMENT 68 

MODULE 2 (a) General Seamanship 

1.Vessel recognition Sail 69 
2.Power, planing hulls, outboards stern drives. Draft. Wake. Wash 70 
3.Displacement hulls, rudders, direct drives, propellers 71 
4.Other vessels 72 
5.Carbon monoxide poisoning 74 
6.The Fuel system (outboard engines ) 74 
7.Starting, stopping procedures 75 
8.Motor angle adjustment 76 
9.Inboard Diesel checks, start, stop 77 
10.Inboard Gas engines check start, stop 77 
11.Safe refueling procedures, portable tanks and fitted tanks 78 
12.Hull numbering. Documentation Small Vessel regulations. 
13.Capacity Plate. Loading. Licensing, Registration 79 

MODULE 2 (a) SELF ASSESSMENT 81 

MODULE 2 (b) General Seamanship 

1.Minimum Safety equipment 86 
2.Life jackets PFDs Hypothermia 86 
3.Personal clothing 89 
4.Safety equipment and maintenance 90 
5.Lights on vessels up to 50 meters / 164 feet 92 
6.Diving flags 93 
7.A Lee shore under power and sail 94 
8.The marine head and operation 96 

MODULE 2 (b) SELF ASSESSMENT 97 

MODULE 2 (c) General Seamanship 

1.Docking preparing to come alongside 105 
2.Tying a line to a cleat, the responsibilities of the crew 106 
3.Prop walk 107 
4.Helm?s responsibilities, the process 108 
5.Docklines and fenders, snugging down. 111 
6.Leaving the dock 112 

MODULE 2 (c) SELF ASSESSMENT 114 

MODULE 2 (d) General Seamanship 

1.Anchors, trip line 116 
2.The process, assisting the skipper, measuring the rode, laying 117 
3.Anchor winches 119 

MODULE 2 (d) SELF ASSESSMENT 120 

MODULE 3 Emergency Procedures 

1.Explosion and fire hazards 121 
2.Water in the cabin 122 
3.Rudder breaks 124 
4.Vessel dragging anchor 125 
5.Vessel touches bottom at anchor 125 
6.Line around the prop 124 
7.Running aground on a soft bottom 125 
8.Run aground hull damaged 126 
9.Shroud breaks under load 127 
10.Setting a flare 127 
11.Heaving a line 127 
12.VHF Radio 129 
13.MOB procedures 130 
14.Towing 133 
15.The Legal Requirements and Obligations 133 
16.The Legal Requirements for Rendering Assistance 133 
17.Preventing Accidents 133 
18.Maintaining a Proper Lookout 133 
19.Accident Reporting 134 
20.Water-Borne Activities 133 

MODULE 3 SELF ASSESSMENT 135 


Additional Information 
Canadian Coast Guard Minimum Required Safety Equipment List 140-143 


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