A sailing logbook is important evidence of your accrued sea time and miles. A sailing logbook will prove your experience if you would like to charter a yacht, or enroll on another certification course. It’s like a boating passport!
The RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus & Logbook (2016 edition) also provides up-to-date information about the structure and content of practical and shorebased courses, for both sail and motor cruising, in the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme. It’s a great way to keep track of your qualifications and sea time, and learn about the next steps you can take.
The RYA’s renowned practical training is complemented by a structured shorebased learning process on the theory of navigation, safety, seamanship and by specialist one-day courses on skills such as first aid and sea survival. This book informs you of what to expect when taking any RYA sail or motor cruising course and also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates. Your personal boating experience, from starting out up to RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, will be enhanced by this book – www.rya.org.uk
Charter yacht companies will ask to see proof of your previous sailing experience before renting you a charter yacht. They like to see that you have passed your qualifications and have additional sea time logged as skipper of a vessel. This proves to them that you are a competent and safe skipper and know what you are doing!
It is good practice to fill in your sailing logbook as soon as your passage is complete. To verify the passage, get it signed by your instructor, captain, charter company or boat owner.
Continuing to sail between your RYA certification courses is important! It keeps your knowledge and skills fresh, and builds your experience on a variety of vessels. If you wish to progress to professional levels, such as the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence, the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus & Logbook explains the recommended steps to take and prerequisites required.
Start your sailing logbook as soon as you start learning to sail on the RYA Competent Crew course… buy it here before you arrive in Grenada.