You may well be aware of my reasons not to run Yachtmaster training during the height of summer, July and August. The article I published two years ago is posted within this news section, and is as relevant now as the day I wrote it. The decision is based purely on student welfare and the ability to fulfill the course syllabus … it’s difficult to practice sailing on/off anchor when the sheltered waters of an anchorage is full of people relaxing on inflatable flamingos and jet skis are whizzing by!
When we finish our spring season Yachtmaster courses at the end of June, we look forward to the arrival of September, its cooler temperatures and the time to open our doors to warmly welcome the new Yachtmaster candidates.
We start, as we always do, offering free Yachtmaster training. A unique service we have provided since 2008. The workshop was well attended with every seat taken by an enthusiastic candidate prior to their starting their Yachtmaster Navigation Theory course last Monday. We are delighted to welcome the return of John O’Hara after this summer break in Madagascar, John arrives relaxed and refreshed and ready to guide, encourage, refresh and introduce all aspects of the advanced navigation course to the new crew. The candidates stepped onboard their training yachts earlier this week, the sailors to sail away with John and the motor crew raring to go with Steve as their leader.
Rachael has done a sterling job with securing the examiners for the coming season; we will see some familiar faces and be introduced to some new examiners. In the spring season alone we used 20 different examiners: 11 for sail and nine for motor. Overall, six of the examiners were completely new to Aigua. Our pass rate for Yachtmaster SAIL is just over 90% and 86% for Yachtmaster MOTOR. The international average pass rate is 75% so it’s important, to us, to ensure our extraordinarily high pass rate is verified by a number of different examining professionals. It’s worthy of note that we never mix ‘levels’; by this I mean when you join a Yachtmaster training course you will train within a crew of purely Yachtmaster candidates. We won’t sneak in a Day Skipper student to help make up numbers. Firstly it’s not permitted within the guidelines of the RYA and secondly, well, it’s just not our style.
Looking at our schedule of courses online you’ll see many red notices of ‘fully booked. Please do contact us if there isn’t availability showing for the dates you require; in many cases we will ‘double up’ and run two sailing yachts and two motor yachts in the same week, so please talk to us. We also have a ‘stand by list’ should any candidate have to pull out for circumstances beyond their control. We know you want to train with Aigua Sea School and we’ll do our very best to help you.
We wish you all a great autumn and look forward to seeing you soon.