Below is a list of frequently asked Questions and their answers. If you have any queries that are not covered here please contact us to discuss them.
What do I need to bring?
Comfortable warm clothes, plus summer clothes were applicable, soft shoes, a wooly hat, sun hat, and for the 5 day course a pair of sea boots, available from any marine chandler, contact us if you have a problem as we have some spare gear onboard.
How do I make a booking?
You can fill in the booking form and send it to us by email or post, or you can ring us directly to discuss your requirements, or email to email@example.com Note: Due to us requiring signed forms, we are not able to provide online bookings.
How do I confirm my booking?
A deposit of 30 % of the course fee is payable on booking (This deposit is not refundable).
No bookings will be final until the deposit has been received.
The balance is due 30 days before the commencement date for the course.
What does the school provide?
Excellent full time instruction on a sea worthy, well fitted out boat with good wet weather gear for all onboard, sheets and blankets, the occasional bad jokes and all meals.
How are the courses run in Practical Terms?
The first day is getting to know the boat, some boat handling under power and sail, man overboard drills and we work through the RYA syllabus from there, depending on the people onboard and the weather. Everybody pitches in with the domestic side of running the yacht and sharing the cooking duties.
What sort of meals are there onboard?
We mainly run a vegetarian menu (not to worry carnavourians, in 7 years we have had not one complaint yet about the meals!) We cater for special diets when required, please let us know.
What about insurance?
The school carries third party liability insurance. But personal insurance against injury, accident or loss whilst at the school is the responsibility of the client and the school accepts no responsibility of any such injury, accident, damage or loss to a client’s property or person however caused.
I have a medical condition, does this prevent me from doing a practical sailing course?
No, not necessarily. We can make arrangements. Please discuss this with us and advise us if you are on medication, and make sure that you bring enough medication with you, including some spare in case of delays.
Can my friends and family contact us once we are underway?
Yes, we have a inmarsat Mini-M telephone onboard providing a voice and date link if you need it. Calls from the boat NZ$5 per minute, calls from the shore to the boat approximately NZ$15 per minute depending on your phone company (The charges go against your own telephone account).
What about an emergency?
All emergency contact details will be held by our office our office staff is in regular contact with the vessel, and your family and friends can contact our staff directly at any time.
Who are the Instructors?
The Chief Instructor is Henk Haazen. Henk has been sailing a large variety of boats around the globe for the last 30 years, he Launched his own boat, Tiama, in 1997. Since that time he has been running a successful chartering business with Tiama, the sailing school is a relatively new venture to get a chance to share some of the experience and knowledge with other people. He is a friendly sort and enjoys having people onboard.
Sometimes we use other fully qualified Coastguard/RYA instructors, in that case we will let you know before the course starts who will be the instructor.
- NZ Coastguard/RYA Yacht Master Instructor
- NZ Coastguard/RYA Astro Navigation Certificate
- NZ Master yacht 3000 gross tons.
- NZ Master 500 gross tons with STCW endorsement
- Commercial Launchmaster Certificate
- Ship’s Captain Medical Certificate
- Marine Engineer Class 6.
Our Vessel Tiama is operating under the NZ MOSS survey and is surveyed to operate in the Unlimited area, World wide.
Which boat is used by the school?
The main school boat is S/V TIAMA, she is a 49 Foot Mummery, and professionally build in NZ by Waterline yachts. Launched in 1997, Tiama is a proven sea boat with 180.000 miles under her keel, most of them in the southern ocean. For more info, including a complete equipment list, go to www.tiamaexpeditions.com
Under what survey does the school boat operate?
Tiama operates under the NZ MSA Safe Ship Management System; she is surveyed to operate in an unlimited area (Worldwide) and licensed to carry 6 passengers.
contact us to discuss your plans…
I have completed CBES Boat master and Coastal Skipper and I’ve done quite a bit of sailing. How do I get a ‘Coastal Skipper’ or ‘Yacht master’ Certificate of Competence?
For detailed information obtain a RYA ‘Sail Cruising and Yacht master Scheme Syllabus and Logbook’ (G15 04), $18.95 available from marine books stores or online (0800 422 427 or www.transpacific.co.nz).
Or contact us to discuss your plans.