Sail in Asia’s new ISSA Keelboat Crew Course

When you go on Sail In Asia's new Keelboat Crew course you'll be entering a new world. Are these yachts that behave like dinghies, or dinghies that sail like yachts?

Well...the answer is "Yes, they are!", as both descriptions are true, depending on your perspective. The best sailors all start in dinghies or keelboats. The skills and knowledge learnt in these lighter, more performance-oriented craft are what make crew and skippers more in tune with the boat and nature.

The ISSA Keelboat Crew Course is a three day beginners course. This experiential learning course suits students with absolutely no previous experience, age range from 11 - 18. We will have your students sailing this boat, in all directions, effectively and with confidence, by course end. The Platu keelboats are a delight to sail and young people really enjoy them as they are so responsive and speedy.

The first two days are spent learning the basics and on day three we go sailing for a day trip to an outlying island or one of Phuket's lovely coastal beaches, in a Flotilla. Student qualify for the ISSA Keelboat Crew Certificate.

Keelboat Crew - Adventurous Journey Groups

This Keelboat Crew course is ideal for School groups wishing to complete training and expeditions for adventurous journeys, as required by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the International Baccalaureate.

The training requirement and the subsequent expeditions can either be completed sequentially or with a time interval between them. Discuss your thought with us using our Skype Link or Contact form and we will help you to form a really exciting adventure journey with your students.

Call us and see what we can do for your school. We can take up to 36 students on our Platu Fleet and this is accompanied by a safety boat and lead yacht as well.


Information about ISSA Keelboat Crew Course

Our new 3 day Learn to Crew a Platu Keelboat course offers your students the chance to get out on Phuket's beautiful clear tropical waters and learn to sail one of the exciting new generation keelboats that the company has recently acquired.

The course is aimed at 3 days of practical sailing with very little shore time in a classroom. Students learn through practical experience and the theory is mostly learnt and taught on the water. Check out the syllabus, in the table below, for a fuller picture of what is taught.

Check out our sailing area in South East Phuket and you'll see why this course is perfect for this island location. Information about the ISSA Yacht Crew Course is available in a handbook is provided for each student. This is a 90% practical experiential learning course for beginners, with an instructor in attendance, on every boat. We have a maximum instructor / student ration of 5:1 on our Platu Keelboats. High quality teaching is the key to learning quickly and our programme is approved by ISSA.

Non-swimmers will be able to participate in all our courses as PFD's are mandatory for all students.

Check out the course curriculum, in the table below, to review what will be taught and what is entailed in bringing your students to an Outdoor Education in Asia, Yacht Crew Course.

Additional Details

  • Safety
  • Look out duties
  • Rigging the boat
  • Reaching and Tacking
  • Parts of the Boat (basic)
  • MOB under engine
  • Leaving a mooring
  • Anchoring
  • Using the engine
  • Steering the vessel
  • Hoisting Sail - Trimming
  • Obtaining a Weather Forecast
Previous experience: No previous experience required
Duration: 3 days
Qualifications: Learn to sail
What's Included: Safety equipment, Instruction, Yacht, Bottled Water, Fuel and Insurance
What's optional: Sailing Gloves, SiA T shirts, SiA Caps and Log Books
What's required: Waterproof roll bag, light deck shoes,shorts or long trousers,t shirt, sunglasses and sunblock
We can help you with the following on request:

Airport Transfer

Risk Assessments