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Introduction to sailing 2 days

Are you hesitant about committing to a full 14 day Zero to Hero course? Not sure if Sailing is really for you?

At Gulf Charters Sailing School we can help you answer those questions when you enrol in our two day Introduction to Sailing. Our instrcutors will help you to understand nautical terminology, how the systems on a yacht work, knots and docking lines, safety at sea, pre-departure checks, points of sail, tacking, gybing and docking.

At the end of the two days you will have enough knowledge to take the next step.....Guess what! you already have.... The Introduction to sailing can be credited to the IYT Crew course.

Self-Study based Weekend courses

If you live in Thailand, but have a busy work schedule. Perhaps you cannot take the time to complete the Zero to Hero course in 14 days. We have the solution! we can send you the material either in .pdf format or by "snail mail" along with a self study guide and a knowledge review. Having completed the self study, you arive at the sailing centre, with your completed knowledge review, have your instructor go over the review with you and then it's on to the boat and start learning about sailing. The following weekend you attend the centre and complete an overnight cruise, returning Sunday morning to take the exam. The IYT Crew course, Watchkeeper and Skippers course can all be taken using this format. What are you doing this weekend?

Crew Sailing Courses:

There are no pre-requirements to the crew course, in fact if the truth be known we really like students with no knowledge of sailing at all. The crew course is a wonderful catch all syllabus and when completed you will have a sound grounding for following courses which will make sense as you progress, expanding your knowledge already established in crew. Crew syllabus >>

Watchkeeper Courses:

The Watchkeeper course requires that you have completed the crew course with either IYT or another recognized course for a sailing yacht or have good knowledge of a cruising yacht. Dinghy sailing is a wonderful way to learn by experience how the boat behaves but it is no substitute for the IYT crew course. The Certificate also qualifies you to command a yacht as part of a flotilla. Watchkeeper syllabus >>

Bareboat Captain Courses:

The Bareboat Captain course assumes that you have already completed the IYT Watchkeeper course, have a minimum of 200 sea miles in your log book and have a first rate knowledge of the boat and how it sails, navigation and seamanship. This course teaches already competent sailors to learn the skills required to lead a team of less skilled sailors to safely navigate and control the boat. It does add to their knowledge of global weather, world tides and currents and a complete understanding of the rules of the road. Bareboat syllabus >>

Navigation Master and Weather Master courses:

We offer these IYT one day courses for those who wish to just brush up on navigation or weather before doing the skipper school or for those who have no desire to gain that qualification but still want additional knowledge. There are no prerequisites to these courses.

Small Powerboat and RIB master VHF Radio Operator Certificate:

This three day course covers all aspects of handling a small powerboat and RIB up to 10m at high and low speeds. As well as use of a VHF radio operation including DSCC function covering both emergency procedures and normal use of the radio for ship to shore communications.

Berthing course:

You come into the marina faced with the challenge of backing the boat into a slip! Things are going through your mind like, prop walk, wind direction, which line to secure first. Our two day bething course is designed to help relieve the pressure. You will fine tune the skills of safe anchoring, mooring as well as entering and exiting marina slips.

Test of knowledge

If you wish, we can send you a pre-study test so that you can assess your level of knowledge before you sign up for a course.

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Complete the IYT application form

We will email you an application for which will detail your basic data and your sailing experience. From this form we will be able to advise you on our opinion on the course you should consider taking.

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Book a Date

Check out the schedule and select a date that suits you then jump on the contacts page and send us an email with the date requested and we will be back to you within 24 hours to confirm.

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Deposit and Manual

Once booked you pay the deposit of 25% either with Pay Pal and a credit card or by bank transfer and we then email to you the relevant manual for bed time reading and pre school study.

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To stay with us or not

We generally Recommend Lela's Marble Studios which are self contained apartments only a 10 minute walk from our Pattaya base. Rooms at the Island View Resort are also available for the Koh Chang events. If you would rather arrange you own accommodation this is no problem, and we can advise you on the most convenient locations.

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Arrange transportation

Our students come from all over the world so it is not beneficial for Gulf Charters to attempt to arrange air transportation, you will do better with local vendors. However once on Thai soil we will be happy to arrange accommodation, ground transfers, Thailand exploration and trips to Cambodia to entertain and inform students before or after the course.

GCT Office
Our office and base of operations in Ocean Marina Yacht club Najomtien.



Ko Chang Ao Salakpet
Big sky, from our base at Ko Chang, taken by Royal Siam View Photographer.



Students at school
Ahoy there! Students on our school boat.



Lunch on board
Island paradises await you!



Ocean Marina classroom
Our class room at our Ocean Marina base



capt. hooks Beach
Amazing Sunset at Koh Chang



Weekend yacht racing Students chilling outafter a days sailing to koh Sichang



Sunset at Ko Kut
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