New boat Owner Course (under 8m)
We regularly do a “New Boat Owners Course” on request from boat dealers when people buy their first boat.
For these people we do the RST as well as show people how to launch and retrieve their vessel (pen or trailer) as well as how to park and tie up at a jetty and so forth.
BIG boat Handling (8m upwards…)
We also regularly go to Yacht clubs, boat pens and moorings, as well as even into the local harbours to do a “Superyacht Course” which isn’t just for Superyachts, but suits all larger vessel owners and skippers. This is for people moving to larger boats (usually because the new boat is larger than they are used to) to train them in berthing and unberthing and ways to tie up, anchor and generally handle their new boat. We also train their crew (or wife or family) what to do and what to expect (usually crew need the training more than the skipper). Any boat owner can do this course and we will tailor it to you and your boat. Whether your boat is 8m or 28 metres, we have Masters qualified Skipper / Trainers that have been operating boats just like yours for many years – guaranteed. We have more trainers than any other Boat School in WA to call on.
SHARE Boat partners
Many ‘Share Boat’ groups find that some of the sharers do not have sufficient skills and regularly damage the shared boat. We assist by showing families and share members how to be good skippers AND crew (sometimes its the crew that need more training) – how to park, how to refuel etc…
ADVANCED boat handling
Advanced courses include boat handling, anchoring, berthing, beaching (only for some boats – if that’s what you want to do) and ‘familiarisation trips’ can be customised to suit your needs. We do these custom courses and familiarisation trips with new boat owners to new locations on an hourly basis. We only use our senior (Master rated and qualified) trainers – all of whom have operated charter boats / ferries / superyachts and so forth with many years experience. These are all professionals, unlike most RST trainers at boat schools who are generally just part timers.
I tend to find that shorter sessions are more effective, with 2 hours optimum and 3 hours being the maximum that a person can focus, before it all starts to blur. We aren’t going out ‘cruising’ for 2 hours, it will be quite focussed, ie berth, berth again, in and out of the pen, upwind to a jetty, downwind, then side on to the wind and so on. Then into the bay for upwind and downwind adjusting trim. Up onto a plane, adjust trim, down speed, adjust, turn, adjust, go a different direction, adjust. You get a lot done in a short time.
Sometimes the most important relevant factor to selecting a suited date can be wind. Some people want to practice in good conditions (low wind) first, then when they have got the technique for coming in and out of the pen perfected – they then move on to doing it when there is a seabreeze or other situation and they can then adjust their technique, having at least laid a good foundation.
When the date/s you have chosen get closer, we can look at the weather forecast and consider the times so as to make it optimally useful to whatever it is you want to focus on first.
For one-on-one training with one of our Master Trainers, we do a minimum introductory 3 hours for a charge of just $300 total (irrespective how many crew are on your boat). Thereafter you can book a trainer for as little or as much as you want, at $100 per hour, and again, this is per boat, irrespective of how many people on the boat are learning.
OPTIONS – then WHAT?
Sometimes people do (1) Boat parking and handling in a marine, then (2) trim and open water handling, followed by (3) a river excursion (we have Day and Night Convoys) where we take just a few boats out into the river to do a familiarisation trip up and show you all the tricks to navigation and how to do what and where. Then there is (4) a Rotto convoy with a few boats and a trainer to get to know how to get in and out of Rotto safely or a quick trip right around Garden Island or over to Carnac, to anchor and return. Just to get you to know what to do, what the safe things and dangerous things are.
We can even send a trainer with you to Rotto anytime you want, and the trainer can catch the ferry back once you are safely moored or in a pen on the island, if you have booked in to stay for the weekend. And if you want a hand coming back, a trainer will go over there and come back with you too.
Just let us know what your needs are and we will assist you……