First Mate Course


  • 1-day, 6-hour course
  • No prerequisites
  • 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 and knowledgeable crew can make all the difference. During the course we will cover the techniques and knowledge required to help sail one of our larger cruising boats (up to 35′) 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.

Skills and Concepts Covered

  • 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


There are no prerequisites for this course, all are welcome.

Course Structure

3-to-1 Instruction: In our traditional format, 3 students and 1 instructor sail together, allowing for plenty of personalized attention and teamwork. First Mate is held on a Saturday or Sunday and lasts for 6 hours.

We cannot reschedule lessons within two weeks of their start date unless we are able to fill the spot with another student. For more information on our refund policy, click here.