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What type of sailing instruction is available on Nemo?
Neil is a qualified Cruising Instructor with the RYA, a NauticEd Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor and a Yachtmaster Ocean. He taught at sailing schools in Gibraltar for two years before becoming a charter skipper and he instructs regularly during the summer in the Solent and in Portugal.
As an RYA Cruising Instructor and NauticEd Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor/Assessor, he is able to teach sailing up to and including RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper. This means that when you come on a sailing holiday with BlueFoot Travel, Neil can provide you with informal sailing instruction.
If you are new to sailing, you can if you wish to learn the basics in a relaxed environment, with someone to guide you all the way. We’ll show you which ropes to pull, to hoist and how to adjust the sails. You’ll soon be on the helm as Nemo glides effortlessly through the waves.
If you already have sailing experience, then this is the perfect opportunity to hone those skills and build miles in the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean. Below deck, the charts are always available for anyone who wants to see where we are sailing to, and Neil loves to discuss all elements of sailing, especially sail trim!
What experience do I need to go on a BlueFoot Travel sailing holiday?
Most of our sailing trips are suitable for complete beginners. If you have never been on a yacht before but would like to understand what it is like onboard try the Yacht Charter Crew Course we prepared for NauticEd, it will prepare you perfectly for a sailing holiday on Nemo.
For some of our mile building adventure trips, we prefer it if our guests have some previous experience, such as RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper or NauticEd Qualified Crew / Skipper. Sailing trips where experience is preferred are marked as such on the individual trip pages.
What is NauticEd?
NauticEd provides globally recognised sailing education and sailing certifications. If you are looking to fully understand the sailing theory – from the very basics with the Yacht Chater Crew Course written by Sam and Neil, all the way to the highest level certification (Captain), or gain a local or international sailing certification, NauticEd is a great option.
Once you have grasped your sailing theory knowledge, you document your practical experience (and BlueFoot Travel sailings trips count towards your practical experience) in NauticEd’s online logbook.
When you combine sufficient theory knowledge and practical experience with a qualified instructor and sign off from us, your sailing resume will be accepted by yacht charter companies worldwide. And there is nothing better than getting practical experience with us. Join us to build your miles, gain some local sailing knowledge, or simply come and get some more experience in a stunning sailing area.
What is the RYA?
The RYA is the Royal Yachting Association, it is the governing body which endorses the Professional Sailing Qualifications that Sam and Neil have achieved.
BlueFoot Travel is not an RYA training centre however we ensure that Yacht Nemo is run professionally to appropriate national standards, and although we do not offer formal tuition programs Neils training qualifications are endorsed by the RYA and he is able to offer informal tuition and coaching to anyone who wants to improve their skills whilst on board, which in our experience is most people who sail with us. Learn more about Sam and Neil’s Yachtmaster qualifications here.
NauticEd is an accredited RYA Shore-based training center; meaning that their online RYA Day Skipper theory online course is fully accredited by the RYA.