At our sailing school in Zeeland, the Netherlands you will learn to sail via the various modules on seaworthy sailing yachts .Whether you like to gain general knowledge about sailing or would like to take an exam for CWO 1,2 or 3, we can accompany you throughout the process. The uniqueness of our sailing school lies in the teaching packages tailored to your experience and requirements. Thanks to the personal attention during group lessons of up to four students maximum and a well balanced
curriculum , we can ensure an optimal learning situation making you feel right at home on board, which promotes the development of the sailing course. By sailing with Demarage Sailing Centre all the lessons are geared to your needs.
Introductory sailing day
Would you rather first like to get aquinted with sailing in general, we recommend to sign up for an Initiation class. Feel free to come on board and enjoy the experience of sailing and find out if it appeals to your expectations . During an introductory day, your knowledge and sailing experience can be tested so we can jointly determine the best suitable sailing course(s) for you. The lessons are divided into different levels and over specific courses.
Sailing in the Netherlands
Your sailing lessons take place on modern sailing yachts all fully equipped according to the highest safety standards. For the duration of a sailing course we assume an average, based on our experience. As you can understand it can vary from person to person how many sailing lessons are required to achieve a certain level. This depends among other things on your already gained knowledge and experience but also on your personal apprenticeship. Prior to each practical sailing day you will be asked you to prepare some
“homework” which will be discussed with you on board, to ensure that the theory and practice are matching. From the start of the first sailing lesson it will be our intention that you sail yourself as much as possible. It is possible to book single days as well consecutive courses. In consecutive courses we offer the possibility to stay onboard of your sailing yacht. You also can choose for separate sailing days so that the lessons learned have some time to settle. Whatever your choice might be, you’ll find that you will just completely detach from everyday concerns.
Sailing lessons for inland CWO are divided into the following main modules:
- Sailing lesson CWO 1
- Sailing lesson CWO 2
- Sailing lesson CWO 3
Sailing lesson CWO 1
By following these CWO Sailing lessons, you will accomplish the level of full crew member. During these lessons you will learn sailing on the Dutch lakes and inland waters. Among other skills we will also focus on the maneuvers at locks, bridges and safely mooring in harbors. Furthermore much attention will be paid to the various sailing procedures. Besides the main practical basis, we also elaborated on safety on water, navigation, engine, maintenance and sailing
The CWO 1 certificate is intended for people who like to crew on a sailing yacht under the responsibility of a skipper and have the knowledge and skills as defined by the requirements of CWO 1
Sailing lesson CWO 2
The sailing course CWO 2 trains you to become an starting, independent skipper under favorable conditions.
In the sequel CWO 2 lessons you will be trained to take the responsibility for an sailing yacht and crew The safety of the Skipper, crew and yacht are the most important topics and exercising independently will be practiced .With the education of CWO 2 the following practical parts are included:
– To sail windward by alternate tacks
– To put a reef and to shake a reef.
– Steering (also with compass)
– Man overboard maneuvering
– Additional engine maneuvering
– Sailing in narrow waters. or waters with restrictions
Part of your education will be theoretically to gain good understanding about inland navigation, regulation, technology, safety, buoyage, beacons, meteorology and maneuvering actions underspecial circumstances. Books and on line theoretical courses can be ordered via Demarage Sailing Centre.
Sailing lesson CWO 3
The courses CWO 3 leads to become a experienced skipper trained under normal circumstances up to 6 Bft.
CWO 3 is also an practical sailing education . After obtaining this certificate you are able to lead a inexperienced crew. To obtain the CWO 3 certificate there is theoretical knowledge required consisting of the TKN (Theoretical Coast navigation) diploma and VHF certificate or similar.
Embedded via the education of CWO 3 courses are the following practical topics:
Skills in and round the boat harbor
– Heavy weather maneuvering using the engine
– Fasten and tie up on windward shore and lee shore
– Man overboard maneuvers in difficult situations
– Towing and being towed
– Anchoring in general and lee shore.
– Responsibility for the entire ship and crew
– Sailing trips on still and tidal waters
– Navigation, positioning and plotting the appropriate course to the destination
– Trip preparation including the interpretation of the weather forecast
– Security and fire extinguishers
– Guard division, leadership and roles