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Where should I look for some own boat 1-2-1 instruction other than sailing schools. Do any forum members provide this service. I imagine some must on a casual basis ?
I doubt there aren't lots of skippers with the knowledge and skills to pass it on to someone who requires experience under guidance.

Should have mentioned I'm in the UK.

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There are many instructors here (I am one), and we do provide private instruction. However, unless the instruction is provided through a school, we cannot offer certification.

I assume you mean 1:1 instruction.


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Re: Private own boat tuition.

Find a sailing instructor and ask for personal instruction. I think it would be difficult to find one that would refuse. It might be more costly than you are prepared for. Look at what the group classes charge per person, then multiply that by the number of people in a class. If you were an instructor, what would it take for you to give up a weekend of group class in order to teach a private class?
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Where should I look for some own boat 1-2-1 instruction other than sailing schools. Do any forum members provide this service. I imagine some must on a casual basis ?
I doubt there aren't lots of skippers with the knowledge and skills to pass it on to someone who requires experience under guidance.

Should have mentioned I'm in the UK.

Thanks,
Chris.
Chris - read everything you can get your hands on. You've already joined sailNet - great move. Personally I'm not a certified instructor but I love to teach and do - unfortunately there's a small ocean between here and there. But, I bet I'm not unique, and if you look you'll find someone like me near where you live.

I'm not sure if yacht clubs etc. do the same in the UK as here, but look for a sailing club offering lessons as "public outreach".

Good luck - I'm sure you'll find a way.
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Re: Private own boat tuition.

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Where should I look for some own boat 1-2-1 instruction other than sailing schools. Do any forum members provide this service. I imagine some must on a casual basis ?
I doubt there aren't lots of skippers with the knowledge and skills to pass it on to someone who requires experience under guidance.

Should have mentioned I'm in the UK.

Thanks,
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If I'm understanding correctly, you want someone to take you out on your boat and offer you some instruction? You don't mention what your current level of skill is. Beginner or intermediate? There are charter companies and schools who offer on board owner instruction, but, as was said previously, it can be expensive.

You might also find a non-professional sailor who has more experience and may own a boat like yours, who might take you out for some tips and guidance if you buy dinner and drinks afterward.

If you are a beginner, it doesn't matter what boat you sail for the lessons, other than a sloop rigged keel boat. The basics are the same.

There are a number of excellent sailing instruction videos on Amazon, that are provided at no extra charge if you join as a Prime member. They have titles like "Basics of Sailing", "Sailing in Heavy Weather", "Sailing in High Winds", "Reefing Basics", "Docking Procedures", "Rules of the Road: Navigation Aids and Right of Way".

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Re: Private own boat tuition.

When I bought my boat I asked around the marina and was quickly introduced to multiple people who would teach on an hourly basis. Have you tried asking at the marina office?
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Re: Private own boat tuition.

I "googled" sailing clubs offering sailing lessons in England and came up with several clubs offering lessons for beginners. Give it a try and see what you come up with..
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Re: Private own boat tuition.

Unless there are some specifics that you are looking for from an instructor, sailing is one of those things best learned through time on the water doing it.
One thing you might want to do is pick up a copy of Royce's Sailing Illustrated as a basic primer. It covers just about everything one needs to know to safely handle a small craft in a fun yet comprehensive format. From anchoring to boat nomenclature and even splicing, it's got most of what you'll need for getting started, yet is still a good reference book for the most experienced of us. No preachy tome here.

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