The Cruising Sailing course is taught on the club’s three 25' Catalina Cruisers. The main purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the three different club boats, as well as SCOW’s policies and procedures regarding the cruisers, so that they are prepared to take and pass the club’s comprehensive cruiser skipper written and water examinations. Once SCOW members become Cruiser Skippers they may reserve the boats online for personal use. SCOW cruiser training is focused on the particulars of SCOW’s three cruisers and relevant local sailing knowledge and requires that a student already has significant prior sailing knowledge and experience, such as at least a year as a SCOW Flying Scot skipper or relevant keel boat sailing experience elsewhere. The course includes two land classes, three days of on-the-water hands-on-training, and one evening of night sailing. The course is typically followed by some tutoring to practice for the water checkout exam.
Because of the ongoing covid pandemic, our training plans and procedures for 2022 may have to be modified as the season progresses. For the moment, we are planning to conduct classes as usual. Water classes will continue to be at the students’ and trainer's discretion per SCOW COVID Task Force guidelines. Last year this meant that everyone on a boat needed to be fully vaccinated. Instructors may ask for proof of full vaccination, which in today's circumstances includes boosters as appropriate. Please see below for dates and the specific steps to take if you are interested in enrolling. If you are interested in signing up please notify the Training Director as soon as possible by email via firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need a registration code to enroll in a class. If interest exceeds training capacity students will be selected by a random process.
Makeup dates are tentative and depend upon weather, as well as student and instructor availability. Generally they are only used for rescheduling classes that are canceled due to inclement weather, not for classes missed due to other reasons.