As a rule, the owners of charter yachts hire a professional captain and crew to sail their clients, but sometimes the owners of the yachts used for personal needs, so that you can enjoy your sea voyage without worries. It happens that the captain is hired to help the crew members work out certain skills. The captain is responsible for the safety of the vessel, for the life and health of passengers and crew. It is up to the captain whether the cruise is safe and enjoyable or a hassle. How to determine if this captain is good, can you trust him?
The main duties of the captain:
Important! If the yacht's property is damaged as a result of the actions of the captain, he will indemnify for the damage personally.
Important! If an international voyage is planned, the captain must have a visa valid for the entire duration of the trip.
Even with a specialized education, the captain is required to undergo additional training in yacht handling. The American (American Sailing Ass) and English (Royal Yachting Ass) systems are considered the world standard. You can take training both in Russia and in other countries.
British training has four stages under one license. For passing each stage, a certificate of the corresponding qualification is awarded:
Successfully passing the Astronavigation Exam and completing at least one ocean voyage is required to obtain a RYA Certificate of Excellence.
If the captain has such certificates (the higher the degree, the better) - there is no doubt in his professionalism.
Possesses such personal qualities as:
Important! The captain must be healthy, free from chronic diseases. Consider this, especially if the voyage will last more than three days.
Key questions to ask:
Important! Test the captain's communication skills. Start a casual conversation and appreciate how easy it is to communicate with it. Is it pleasant to be in his company? Remember, this person will always be there while swimming.
According to the experts 2yachts, the listed actions are enough to be convinced of the professionalism of the captain and entrust him with the yacht and your life with a calm heart.
Sometimes yacht skippers offer for an additional price:
Of course, the owner of the yacht himself can complete the courses, get the appropriate rights. But it will take more than one year to regulate multi-day swimming at a professional level.