First Mate Course


  • 1-day, 6-hour course
  • No pre-requisites
  • Learn how to help on a big boat
  • Basic safety information
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Every good skipper knows that the most important aspect of a boat is the crew.  Whether handling lines, trimming sails, or assisting in an emergency situation, an experienced, knowledgeable crew can make all the difference. Our brand new First Mate course is designed to do just that.  During the course we will cover the techniques and knowledge required to help sail one of our larger (up to 35′) cruising boats, and assist with docking maneuvers.  While not as extensive as our Basic and Bareboat Cruising courses, the First Mate course is perfect for the sailor who is looking to feel more confident, and feel more helpful when sailing with friends and family.


  • The are no prerequisites for this course, all are welcome.


Typically, The First Mate Course is held on Saturdays or Sundays from 10-4:30.
This schedule and format may be revisited upon opening up new courses for the 2021 season

First Mate Course Overview
  • Rigging and de-rigging
  • Docking and launching
  • Sail Trim
  • Winches / roller furlers
  • Line handling/tossing
  • Fender placement
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Crew overboard recovery
  • Medical emergencies
  • VHF radio usage

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note that in an effort to keep our courses and memberships as affordable as possible, we must limit changes in schedule and membership. Because staff and instructors are hired and scheduled in advance, Courageous memberships, lessons, and/or other program fees are not refundable for any reason, including cancellation due to weather, or the participant’s inability to utilize the membership, lesson, or program. That said, we do understand that sometimes life gets in the way of sailing plans and, if necessary, we will work with you to reschedule for a later date. We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. All rescheduled lessons purchased before September 1 must be completed before the end of the season for which they were purchased; if purchased between September 1 and October 31, rescheduled lessons must be completed before June 30 of the following year.