Sailing Courses
Intermediate level



Fastrack Bareboat Skipper

Course Description

The scope of this 12 day course is for the student to obtain the theory and practical knowledge required to safely and competently operate as skipper/captain with full understanding and application of:

- small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats, boat handling under power, sails and sail handling, basic meteorology, short passages including heavy weather, restricted visibility & negotiating harbour entrances, compasses and magnetism, charts, chartwork & basic navigation, tides & currents, buoyage, collision regulations, navigation lights, basic first aid and responsibilities of the skipper/captain.

No prior experience required.

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16 years of age

What's included?

Course notebook
Online theory course
Fee to our conservation project
5 nights onboard


Private course

➞ Combine this course with a sailing expedition!

What does this mean? Instead of doing this course in a fixed location, you can optionally opt to do it while being part of a sailing expedition with our partners in Atlantic Explorers! If you are searching for adventure and a unique learning experience, you should check this out.

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Fastrack Bareboat Skipper
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July 25, 2022

Please fill this form in order to book a place in our course! After completing, please wait up to 48 hours for further information and booking confirmation.

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When possible, we offer the possibility to combine courses with a sailing expedition! Please let us know if you are interested and we will confirm if it is possible for this date.

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Structure of the course

The following are the main subjects to be taught during this course. After completion, the student should be competent at an acceptable level.

  • Responsibilities of a bareboat skipper
  • Crew safety checks
  • Hull and rig checks
  • Machinery and systems checks
  • Fuel and water capacity and range
  • Menus and quantities
  • Float plan
  • Sources of meteorological information
  • Weather patterns
  • Sea and land breezes
  • Cloud types and formations
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Considerations when planning a passage
  • Routine for navigating a coastal passage
  • Passage strategy
  • Port regulations, customs, immigration
  • Pilotage plans
  • Vessel handling in confined quarters
  • Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside
  • Ropes, knots, care and use of lines
  • General deck work
  • Tides and currents theory
  • Tidal heights, springs and neaps
  • Rule of “twelfths”
  • Position fixing, running fixes
  • Plotting the effect of tides and currents
  • Collision regulations
  • Lights, shapes and sounds
  • Application of the regulations
  • Advanced dingy handling

If you want to know more details about the course outline and subjects, please contact us here.


Some of our courses require some qualifications or previous experience from the candidate due to the nature the course.

This are the pre-requirements to book and join this course:

16 years of age

If you want to know more details about certifications and proven experience onboard, please contact us here.

Downloadable resources

Use this documents to start learning and preparing your course. Please note that you should go through all this information before you start your course with us.

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