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VI Victoria 2018 - Docking Strategies: How to Build Your Docking Skills
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Whether you are a single-handed sailor, an inexperienced crew or a confident helmsman, or a powerboater, this three-part workshop will help grow new skills and turn your boat handling and communications from stress to success. Rick's unique approach to this topic, which combines classroom theory with hands-on experience and personal consultation, generated rave reviews from participants when he first "launched" the course in 2015.

2018-04-07 to 2018-04-28
When: Saturday April 7 and 28, 2018
Where: Nell Horth Room, Sidney Public Library
10091 Resthaven Dr
Sidney, British Columbia  V8L 3G3
Contact: Lionel Dobson

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Do you find some docking conditions challenging? Whether you are a single-handed sailor, an inexperienced crew or a confident helmsman, you will grow new skills and turn your boat handling and communication from stress to success. Instructor Rick Ellis, who also delivers BCA's very popular Psychology of Voyaging workshops, lends his years of boating experience and professional facilitation expertise to help you build your docking skills.


Purpose of the Workshop:

To build confidence in your ability to skillfully approach and leave a dock, under a variety of conditions, either single-handed or working and communicating effectively with others.


Format and Details:

This unique workshop combines classroom theory with hands-on experience, and is offered in three parts:


Part 1: Saturday, April 7 (9:00am - 1:00pm)

Classroom session to review theory, best practices, tips, and techniques to get the boat on and off the dock efficiently and safely, and development of a practice plan.  Topics include:

  • Setting up docking procedures and roles that lead to consistent and effective teamwork and success
  • Communication systems that work
  • Effective use of engine power and why confidence is so important to docking
  • Docking with just one line – the breast line – how to set it up and use it
  • Fenders – getting the right size and position to assist procedures
  • Maneuvering and backing down in tight spaces – effective combination of rudder and power
  • Safety while docking

Participants will then complete a worksheet that translates the general information to specific application on their boat. We will than review and discuss the key challenges associated with docking each participant’s boat. Based on the worksheet, and discussion, participants will develop a practice plan for their boat.The practice plan will address the key challenges and outline what to practice to build skill and confidence.

Part 2: April 8-27

Practice on your boat - three weeks to apply the worksheet and practice plan from the classroom and hone procedures that work for your boat. Since the weather will likely still be good during this time, but fewer boats will be on the water than during the summer there will likely be good opportunities to practice at places like Sidney Spit as well as your own dock. Rick will be available for consultation during this time.

Part 3: Saturday, April 28 (9:00am - 1:00pm)

Review workshop - review of practice and what you learned about your boat and yourself, what worked and what didn't, and discussion of how to solve outstanding problems. We will then review the worksheet and practice plan to refine them so participants can continue to develop their skill and confidence.


BCA Members: $80

Non-Members: $110


Cancellation Fee:

In the event of cancellation a processing fee of $15 will be charged.

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