PRE COURSE ON YACHT ACCOMMODATION
We offer this as a low cost convenience to our students. If you have taken advantage of this please note the following:
PLEASE DO NOT HEAD FOR OUR OFFICE IN THE COMMERCIAL CENTER.
Please plan to arrive at Villa 414A at 18:00. We will be busy preparing the yachts and will not be ready to welcome you.
Our yachts are based at our private accommodation and we sometimes socialise in the evenings.
We need to introduce you to the yacht and be able to leave the villa by around 19:00.
Upon leaving the airport, if your arrival time in Jolly Harbour will be before 18:00 please ask your taxi driver to take you to the COMMERCIAL CENTER where there are several bars and restaurants that you may relax in.
There is a taxi stand just across the road from the Centre where you can get a taxi to bring you round to the villa for 18:00.
If your arrival will be after 19:00, and we are closed, please walk down the side of the villa and make yourselves comfortable on the waterfront terrace. The light switch is on the far wall.
The WiFi network is Miramar Sailing Guest and the password is mountain – all lower case.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Please note! It is a 2 mile walk from the centre of the Jolly Harbour complex to Villa 414A.
WHAT TO BRING FOR ALL COURSES. SEE ADDITIONAL ITEMS BELOW FOR YACHTMASTER COASTAL & YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE PREP WEEK WITH EXAM
Note: All bedding is provided in the form of a sheet sleeping bag, pillow and pillow case.
Please bring your own towels for showering/swimming.
Light Waterproof Clothing including jacket and trousers. A fleece could be useful. Heavy duty foul weather gear is not normally necessary unless you have booked an offshore Mile Building week.
Cap or hat; sun protection cream; sunglasses, preferably polarized.
A sports water bottle (500ml) readily identifiable as yours. This is for hygiene and minimising re-cycling.
Clothing suitable for the Caribbean climate – shorts; “T” shirts; swimwear.
Toiletries sufficient for the duration of your course, although most brands can be purchased locally.
Suitable footwear (non-slip and non-marking). “Flip Flops” are not permitted on board, wear them at your own risk. Snorkelling gear if required.
One “smart casual” outfit.
Passport; travel documents including insurance; Doctor’s letter and medication in the case of medical conditions; currency – US$ & EC$ are widely accepted but Euros will be needed in French West Indies Islands (normally only on Mile Building Weeks); Course Books, Personal Log Book if maintained. Note Book. This Form.
Camera; mobile phone; laptop if required for personal use. Note: These are NOT requirements for the course – 12 volt chargers only please! We do not have mains inverters.
Travel light with soft bags only. No inflexible suitcases please.
THEORY COURSES ONLY
A laptop computer, a Portland Plotter & Dividers, notebook, calculator, 2B pencils and erasers.
FOR DAY SKIPPER AND COASTAL SKIPPER PRACTICAL ONLY
Your RYA G15 (or G158) sailing log book; 1 off PASSPORT PHOTO for your Photo ID Certificate
LOG BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT US$25. PASSPORT PHOTO CHARGED AT US$10
ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR YACHTMASTER COASTAL & YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE PREP WEEK WITH EXAM
1) Previous RYA Course Completion Certificates.
2) 2 x Passport Photos.
3) VHF Radio License.
4) First Aid Certificate.
5) Personal Log Book.
6) Examination fee (credit card details) paid directly to the RYA.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OF ANY KIND: If you are found in possession of these at any time on a yacht or at a venue operated by Miramar Sailing School you will be reported to the authorities and dismissed from the yacht or venue. There will be no refund of fees paid. THIS IS NON NEGOTIABLE!
SMOKING / MOSQUITO COILS
Smoking is not permitted below decks and should be done with the welfare of other crew members in mind, i.e. downwind. You are advised not to bring large quantities of cigarettes to the Caribbean because, although brands are limited, costs are very low. Mosquito Coils are NOT permitted onboard anywhere!
Beer & wine in moderation are permitted in the evenings after the yacht is secured. No alcohol is to be consumed on board or ashore during the daytime. Spirits are not permitted on board at any time during the course. You are advised to moderate spirits taken ashore in the evening. Hangovers are not acceptable.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
If you have not joined a sailing yacht previously and are unfamiliar with some of the hazards to be aware of, please study these initial guidelines before joining. We want you to enjoy your time with us and not fall foul of an accident before it commences! You will have been met before these circumstances arise and your Instructor will be on hand to advise, however, it helps to be forewarned!
APPROACHING & BOARDING THE VESSEL
Overcome any initial excitement and concentrate!
Docks usually have ground level hazards such as cleats, cables, broken strip planks, towers, gear, luggage etc. Traverse all docks with caution. Always wear footwear on wooden docks.
When boarding the vessel consider your ability to manage the gap between the deck and the dock, and the height you are required to step up or step down.
Avoid trying to board the vessel while carrying gear.
Remove any footwear that is not non slip.
Make sure you have a firm hand hold before attempting to board.
If help is required ask for it!
CARELESSNESS & NEGLIGENCE
Unnecessary losses or damage attributed to student carelessness will be paid for by the student at replacement cost, fair wear & tear accounted for.
FIRST TIME ON BOARD
Remember a floating vessel is constantly in motion.
Both above and below decks make sure you familiarize yourself with safe and secure hand holds and maintain at least one hand holding on at all times. “One Hand for the Boat, One Hand for Yourself”. Lines are not a secure hand hold.
Descend the Companionway facing aft, holding on, and looking down at the next step.
Get help to pass gear down once you are safely in the saloon.
You will be shown your cabin and where to stow gear. Stow it securely without any risk of it dislodging when at sea.
Familiarize yourself with your cabin including how to open and close hatches, the location of your cabin torch and the fire extinguisher outside the entrance door to the cabin. Also be aware of the limited headroom. Although it is the Caribbean it does rain from time to time! Make sure hatches are closed when leaving the vessel.
LEAVING THE SCHOOL AFTER YOUR COURSE
Unless advised otherwise your course will end at 17:30 on the final day of the course.
By this time you will be expected to have cleaned up, removed all provisions and sanitation materials, your used bed linen, and your luggage from the yacht.
Around 17:30 you will be presented with your certification and completed log books, and offered an opportunity to provide feedback.
You will be asked to participate in a crew photograph which we may publish on our website with your feedback.
At 18:00 we will have arranged for the taxi you pre notified your instructor to collect you from the school to take you where you wish. This taxi is for your account shared by all passengers.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE SCHOOL WITH ANYTHING YOU DID NOT BRING – THAT WOULD BE THEFT!!!
From all of us at the Miramar Sailing School we thank you for choosing us and hope you enjoy your learning experience. We look forward to helping with your sail training and wish you every success in your course and subsequent sailing career.