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This course requires Basic Cruising
Bareboat Cruising is intended for those with a US Sailing Basic Cruising certification or equivalent skills. We teach this course aboard 30' to 40' yachts fully-equipped for bareboat charters. Bareboat Cruising is designed for sailors looking to develop skills on larger boats and on longer bareboat charters. You'll learn all the skills you need for chartering these yachts on San Francisco Bay as well as in any of the popular chartering locations worldwide, from Tahiti to Turkey, Australia to the Caribbean.
We limit the classes to four students and one instructor per boat. The curriculum consists of 39 hours of instruction (45 hours in the week-long option), including the Navigation III and Seamanship III study halls. The course also includes an overnight stay at an anchorage inside the Bay.
Successful completion prepares you to:
Two weekends. 10am–4pm each day. Overnight on second weekend.
Monday–Friday. 10am–4pm each day. Overnight on Wednesday.
The first part of the Bareboat Cruising class is taught aboard 30-32' boats, and the second part, including the overnight, aboard a 35-40-foot yacht. The yachts are late-model performance cruisers and include the most popular charter models you are likely to find when you bareboat charter. Click here to find out more about OCSC's fleet.
You get more instruction and personal attention than in any other sailing program. You learn in a supportive environment with others of equal ability. We limit the classes to four students and one instructor per boat, the smallest student to instructor ratio you'll find in any commercial sailing school. In addition, the curriculum is more thorough than any you'll find anywhere: 39 hours of instruction (45 hours in the week-long option), including six hours of study halls in Navigation and Seamanship.
Included with the class are a US Sailing Bareboat Cruising textbook, an OCSC Bareboat Cruising manual, and a binder to keep all your materials in one place.
Bareboat Cruising also includes two study halls: Navigation III and Seamanship III. Nav III is taught on Monday evening, and Sea III is taught on Tuesday evening the week of the five-day Bareboat Cruising class. Each study hall is three hours and covers aspects of sailing vital safe boating. Subjects covered include topics such as advanced plotting problems, cruise planning, and more. These are not required but are included with your course.
OCSC is the only school in the Bay Area that provides you with waterproof gear to make sure you stay dry and comfortable while learning without having to add a few hundred dollars in gear to the expense of learning to sail. In any course you take here, we loan you waterproof pants and jacket along with a comfortable, Coast Guard- approved personal flotation device.
The challenges of sailing in the Bay require a high level of competence, and not everyone learns at the same pace. Most students who take our Bareboat Cruising class need additional on-the-water training beyond the class to meet our standards. When you purchase OCSC's Bareboat Cruising package, we will provide you with with up to five additional coaching sessions at no cost, if taken within 60 days from the start of the class.
You must be a member,
You must be OCSC Basic Cruising certified and 3) have chartered a boat from OCSC as a skipper for at least ten (10) full days. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Lunch is not included. However, we do provision the boat in preparation for your overnight so you learn how to manage food during a charter, from properly stowing provisions to preparing meals aboard using the tools on board a charter boat
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Sailing with confidence is what happens after a skipper obtains a robust set of sailing and seamanship skills.
Our Coastal Navigation course is designed to acquaint you with all the tools, publications and skills required for successful coastal navigation
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