Day 1: Meet at our office inside the Balboa Marina at 10am. The address is 201 E. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660. There is free parking at our office. You’ll meet a friendly member of our team who will assist you in taking your belongings to your sailing yacht. We will give you an orientation of the boat and the marina, as well as the surrounding area, including locations of stores and restaurants. You’ll have time to go to the store or walk to get a sandwich or coffee. At noon, your sailing instructor will arrive at your boat, you will depart the slip, and you’ll spend the next 4 hours working through approximately 1/3 of the course topics (listed under the Knowledge and Skills section). You’ll return to the slip at 4pm. Your instructor will make sure you are properly situated to spend the night on the boat on your own and then he/she will leave. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy your new boating lifestyle. You can enjoy sunset from the deck of your boat and then cook on board, or walk to one of the excellent restaurants in the marina, or drive to one of the many other restaurants nearby.
Day 2: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast aboard, walk to get a coffee or breakfast, or go for a walk or run, or relax. You’ll have time to study your course materials and if you’re feeling ready, you can walk up to our office and take the written exam. Your captain will then meet aboard your boat at the time convenient for you. (The most common timeframe is for the Captain to arrive at noon and sail with you until 4pm because the wind is generally best in the afternoon.) You’ll spend the 4 hours working through another 1/3 of the topics under the Knowledge and Skills section. Upon your return to the marina, the captain will once again ensure that you are situated to spend the evening on your own, and then he/she will leave. Enjoy a second evening on your yacht. Maybe sip some wine at sunset. Make a reservation for dinner, or BBQ, or cook on board. The choice is yours. You can also take this last chance to study.
Day 3: If you didn’t take the written test on day 2, you will take the 100 question multiple choice test this morning. A grade of 80% is passing. If you took the test already, you can take a walk to rent a kayak or SUP, or go for a walk on Balboa Island. You could also grab a coffee and some breakfast at one of the quaint “local’s places” on the island. The captain will arrive at your boat at noon. You’ll continue to work through all of the aspects of the course, while sailing past the beautiful waterfront homes, mega yachts, and sea lion colonies. You’ll return to the dock at 4pm. The captain will then help you remove your belongings for disembarkation. Don’t worry about cleaning the boat! Our crew will be down early the following morning to clean it after your stay with us.