The PISC Training Section is overseen by the Training Officer who has primary responsibility to ensure that the training provided across all disciplines is of an agreed and acceptable standard, taking into consideration course content, safety and qualifications of the instructors, and in the case of externally provided courses that the provider is accredited. Details of the PISC Training Organisation can be found here.

Training requirements are constantly reviewed and collated into the Annual Training Programme (ATP). The current ATP for January to December 2017 can be found here. A record of all training provided to members can be found here.

The training offered covers basic courses for those new to the sport of sailing or power boating and also advanced courses for more experienced persons. All the courses adopt many of the procedures used by international organisations plus some additional procedures to cover the peculiarities of boating in the Agios Georgious sea area.

Overview of training courses offered

CYSAF Assistant Instructor - For this three days course participants must be able to sail comfortably in Force 4 conditions and demonstrate good boat control and competence throughout the course. Training includes land drill procedures and practical exercises with all aspects based on tried and trusted methods with emphasis on the 5 Fundamentals at all times. Students are required to provide a 15 minute presentation on a given subject from one of the theory lectures within the Basic Dinghy Sailing Course. 

CYSAF Level 1 to 3 – A three day course that takes a complete novice through the basics of dinghy sailing including theory lessons, land drills and practical water sessions. By the end of the course a student will be able to sail confidently around a triangular course without an instructor. 

Seamanship – The follow on stage from the BDSC. Introduces additional skills such as anchoring, lee shore landing, reefing at sea, full inversion capsize recovery, rudderless and backward sailing.

Advanced sailing – A course for the more experienced sailor who has at least four seasons of recreational and race sailing. Theory and practical sessions includes spinnaker handling, understanding the effect of each control within the boat, sailing a triangular course without a rudder, sailing without a centreboard, boat tuning and race tactics.

Powerboat Coxswain –The two day course involves theory lessons, boat preparation, launch and recovery procedures plus basic boat handling skills. Note: As a pre-requisite for this course it is essential to be in possession a High Speed Small Vessel Operators Licence (HSSVOL) that can either be a Learner’s or Full licence issued by the Department of Merchant Shipping.

Safety Coxswain – A two day course that primarily concentrates on boat handling skills in more arduous situations such as recovery of a fully inverted capsized dinghy, recovery of a dinghy from a lee shore and towing. As a pre-requisite for this course it is essential to be in possession a HSSVOL Full licence issued by the Department of Merchant Shipping.

Powerboat Crew - A one day course that teaches how to be a more effective member of the powerboat safety team. Includes boat preparation, launch and recovery, dropping tying off and raising course mark buoys, MOB recovery, towing, anchoring and basics of VHF radio use.  

Classroom based training is also offered in the following subjects:

RYA Day Skipper & RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Shorebased courses. These courses are provided by Latchi Watersports and held in the clubhouse. Each course is of 40 hours tuition and include end of course examinations which if successfully completed lead to the award of the appropriate RYA certficate. 

VHF Radio – Learn the correct procedures, radio etiquette, phonetic alphabet, emergency procedures.

GPS - Learn how to use a GPS, plot waypoints, measure distances between marks, taking bearings, SOG, COG.

Racing Rules Of Sailing – Improve your knowledge of the racing rules and learn how a Protest Committee is managed and what it expects to achieve

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) - Assess an incident & prioritise actions. Example of topics include CPR, action for choking, bleeding, shock, and minor injury. In addition it covers secondary drowning, hypothermia and hyperthermia and use of a defribillator. An additional module will be included for those who require the issue of a RYA First Aid certificate. 

Ad-Hoc briefings are provided in the following topics:

Beachmaster - Responsibilities, H&S risks and awareness of hazards. Controlling the launch/recovery. Communication

Officer of the Day - Tasks and responsibilities, communication and coordination plus flag etiquette.

The cost per student varies according to the type and duration of each course. For some of the dinghy sailing and powerboat courses it is mandatory to demonstrate being able to swim at least 50 metres. Some courses involve undertaking the capsize recovery procedure which is taught as part of the course.

Dates for courses are not declared until instructor availability and safety boat cover is confirmed and sufficient students have registered their interest. To add your name to a course it is essential first to send an email to the TO stating the course in which you are interested, contact details and dates when you are not available.  Every effort will be made to allocate a course accordingly.