Level up your boating skills during lockdown

Take advantage of our free online training sessions with popular PL instructor Ian Mill and ensure you keep your boating fresh so that you’re up to speed for the start of the season.

Choose between the scheduled zoom group topics or bespoke 1:1 sessions. Popular topics include:

Short handed techniques
Most family sailing could be classed as short handed. Get an insight into some handy techniques and learn about preparation, allowing extra time and having a plan B.

Using Solent tides
Understand the background to the unique Solent tides and their relevance to docking and passage planning. Relevant for both sail and power, we will also share sources and tools that you can use.

Man Overboard Drills
Safety of the crew and vessel is paramount and managing an MOB situation needs practice. Ensure you and your crew understand what to do in the event of a man overboard.

Boating outside the Solent
Venturing outside of the Solent opens up some great options but demands more from both skipper and crew. Understand the differences, hear about our recommended destinations and work through a sample passage plan.

Local weather insights
The weather is one of the most significant factors in boating. Understanding how it will impact the trip and planning accordingly has a major influence on enjoyment and safety.

Knots – the basics plus a few variants
Every boater needs the essential knots. Join us to learn some less common techniques for tying some of the commonly used knots, plus their uses and their drawbacks.

Cross Channel – Passage Planning for Sail/ Power
This session is ideal for cross channel virgins. We’ll being providing tips on what to consider in your passage plans, preparing the crew and the boat for offshore and guidance on pilotage when you arrive.

Boat systems sail – common issues and how to manage them
Knowledge of boat systems improves the chance that an issue won’t spoil your day. We’ll look at the main systems, common issues and how to manage them. Expect to cover shorepower, batteries, engine cooling and fuel, instruments, sails, winches and windlasses.

Boat systems motor – common issues and how to manage them
Knowledge of boat systems improves the chance that an issue won’t spoil your day. We’ll look at the main systems, common issues and how to manage them. Expect to cover shorepower, batteries, engine cooling and fuel, instruments, bowthrusters and windlasses.

Please book your slot using the form below.