Q: Do I need a license to sail a boat or drive a boat on the water in any location?
A: The answer is No. Nowhere in the US is it required to have any certification or training to own or sail or operate a boat. Anybody can jump on a boat, even a child, and attempt to sail it without any organization overseeing them.
Q: So why is there any certification offered?
A: To extra assure the boat charter company from inexperienced boaters.
There are plenty of people who have never been to a school and took some sailing at Summer camp or learned on a friend’s or family member’s boat or their own boat, and they are fine sailors that are allowed to operate a boat for pleasure sailing, as long as it’s not a business.
Q: Wow, so these schools that make it like you must have Certification are totally intimidating the student, making them think it’s required like a pilot’s license or something?
Q: Should I join a club, or should I sail on friends’ boats instead?
A: If you join a club, you are stuck with high monthly charges and personalities of people that you are thrown together with and you may not enjoy their company.
Q: Does it matter if I learn on a sailboat with no engine, or choose to go with a sailing yacht that has an engine for backup power?
A: In case the wind stops or if you encounter a storm, learning on a sailboat with an engine is a must because it’s the only thing that will get you to safety.
Many schools use small sailboats with no engine to save money, and you the student may suffer as a result.
We only use sailing yachts with an engine because we care about your experience.
Q: Why do so many schools put everybody through a course that only covers a set limited curriculum, when different students learn at different speeds and have different learning abilities?
A: Because they make more money by putting everybody at the same speed regardless of if you’re an A student or you have learning disabilities.
With us, if you’re a fast learner, you can gain the equivalent of a couple or a few courses in our 12 hours of learning because we adapt the information to you personally.
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· Our prices for 12 hr. certification course for bareboat charter $29 per hr p.p. (double occupancy) = $348 per person. We certify you for handling up to a 35 foot boat for bareboat charter. Single person rate $39 per hour=$468 for 12 hours of personal instruction. 10% discount for Gift Certificates purchased from us.
· We have successfully taught over 15,000 students to sail since 1980 at our Marina del Rey Ca., Houston Tx., Atlanta Ga. academies.
· We offer 1 on 1 instruction tailored to student’s individual learning curve.
· No classroom – watch 2 hr. instructional DVD before coming to yacht. All time spent on the water hands on.
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