Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Book a Course with Go-n-Sail?
All you have to do is contact us. We can then have a chat about what you would like to achieve, give you all the advice you may need and answer any questions you may have.
We have found that this approach works very well, rather than booking from a calendar and price list. It makes sure that from the outset we can offer you the best possible experience.
Will I Get a Recognized Certificate?
RYA courses are recognised throughout the World and upon successful completion of the course you will be issued with a genuine certificate, the higher the level the more personal value it carries.Read more about the RYA.
What Should I Look For in a Sailing School?
So you´ve got the sailing bug, have decided to take the plunge and enrol on a sailing course. Now comes the tricky part, actually choosing a suitable training provider.
Your decision could be influenced by glossy magazine adverts, web searches, conversations from boat-shows or simply a referral from a colleague. One thing for sure is that in this modern era, there is no shortage of information.
Whatever factors influence your decision; there are a few considerations to bear in mind as investment in a sailing course is reasonable from both a financial aspect and in terms of your precious leisure time, so it is crucial that the training provider can offer a package that’s right for you.
Like all meetings in life, first impressions tell you a lot about somebody or something. Communication should be easy, clear and frequent, questions, should be answered in full and information provided must be honest and current. Social networking sites provide an excellent means to check the sailing schools claims and more importantly give impartial advice and testimonials.
Occasionally I come across an outfit that is happy to take your money but do not belong to any credible sail training organizations. Reputable schools will be recognized by the RYA, ASA, IYT, etc. and award genuine certification on successful completion.
RYA recognised centres are inspected annually and must provide safe and well maintained training vessels with knowledgeable and approachable instructors in locations that allow a variety of conditions to be experienced. The instructors ability to impart knowledge whilst having FUN will help maximize your learning experience.
By booking with genuine training centres you can be confident of getting the best return on your investment of time and money, other benefits include:
World recognised qualifications – who is the RYA?
High standard of tuition and service
Insured vessels and premises
Dedicated staff to help you achieve your goals
Nobody likes to be taken for a mug, so with a little research you can get peace of mind before parting with your hard earned cash.
Sailing is a wonderful sport and thankfully now available to pretty much anyone regardless of age, gender and physical ability. All you need is a desire to learn, so stop dreaming, start exploring and open your mind to unlimited adventures.ses are recognised throughout the World and upon successful completion of the course you will be issued with a genuine certificate, the higher the level the more personal value it carries.Read more about the RYA.
What is Included in my 5 Day Course?
All breakfasts, lunches, 3 evening meals, clean comfortable duvet bedding – no grotty sleeping bags, fuel, marina fees, wet weather gear, lifejacket and harness. If you wish to bring your own wet weather gear etc., please feel free.
What Do I Need to Bring?
We do ask that you bring a holdall style bag, by this we ideally mean a folding bag with no wheels. We recommend that you bring deck shoes, a high factor sun cream, lip salve, hat, fingerless sailing gloves (if desired), quick drying towel, warm clothing (for the cooler months), RYA logbook (if you have one), Camera, phone charger, sea sickness tablets (if you think you will need them) and our local currency..euros.
Will I Get My Own Space?
Yes, we believe that your comfort is crucial in adding to the overall learning experience, for that reason we only teach 3 people on practical sailing weeks from our base in Spain. We are one of the few sailing schools that guarantees your own space at no extra cost.
How Do I Pay For My Course?
We accept the following methods of payment:
- Visa or Mastercard
- Bank transfer
- RYA vouchers
Who Will Be On-board?
Our clients vary weekly, so it is impossible to say who will be sailing with you, however, we have an international blend of clients from all walks of life – so life on board is rarely dull. Most people stay in touch after the courses and develop long standing friendship.
Can you Recommend Any Pre-Course Reading?
You can never read too much and often we find that certain books add a different perspective to the same subject, listed below are just a few of our favourites:
- Day Skipper/Yachtmaster by Alison Noice
- Reeds Skipper guide by Malcolm Pearson
- Skipper pocket handbook by Basil Mosenthal
- Day Skipper/Yachtmaster by Tom Cunliffe
- Weather at Sea by Chris Tibbs
- VHF by Tim Bartlett
- Pass your Yachtmaster by David Fairhall and Mike Peyton
- Weems and Plath light and Colregs rule (not a book but an excellent learning aid)
- Any of the RYA aide-memoir course books
Can I Bring The Family?
Absolutely! We are happy to have children on-board providing they are supervised by an adult. If you adhere to some basic safety rules, sailing is a safe sport and the younger ones can get involved in whatever capacity they can. If sailing as a family we are happy to increase our 3:1 ratio.
I Have Special Dietry Requirements. Will That Be a Problem?
Not at all – we are happy to cater for special dietary requirements although we do not support fad diets.
How Many Nautical Miles Will We Cover?
We try to keep excessive mileage to a minimum as staying on a single tack for hours on end does not help improve your sailing skills. Typically we cover anywhere between 110 / 130 nautical miles giving us time to concentrate on the core skills and access a greater number of destinations.
Will There Be Wind?
The weather is something we have no control over, however the Isla Canela area is a mecca for wind and kite surfers so that’s a pretty good indication that the wind regularly blows with sea breezes often providing some exhilarating sailing during the afternoons.
Do You Offer Race Training?
Not specific race training although we are looking to run spinnaker and sail trim workshops as part of our one day courses.
What If I Get Sea Sick?
The curse of many sailors, it seems to strike without any warning and can render even the most hardened of sailors useless. Fortunately with a positive mindset and use of sea sickness tablets or sea bands, it can be beaten.
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