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Detailed Adventure Skills Stages Requirements

Stage 1 I can assist in the launch and recovery of a sailing dinghy
  I know about the buddy system
  I know the importance of a personal floatation device
  I know the correct clothing to wear when sailing
  I can take the help and steer a reasonably straight course
  I know I cannot go afloat if the wind is greater than force 4
  I can point out the bow, stern, port and starboard of a boat
  I know how to contact the emergency services
  I know why it is important to stay with a capsized boat
  I understand why I should follow directions from an instructor
  I can show the limits of where I may go each time I go afloat for sailing
  I know basic sailing theory
  I have taken part in two half-day sailing exercises consisting of a minimum of two hours afloat
   
Stage 2 I can assist with the rigging and de-rigging of a vessel
  I can explain what impact I may have on local vegetation when launching and retrieving a sailing dinghy
  I have discussed 'Weils Disease' and the precautions necessary to take part in open water activities
  I can put on my own personal floatation device properly
  I know why I should wear suitable footwear
  I know basic sailing skills including what to do in the event of a capsize
  I know sailing theory
  I can make a recognised distress signal and raise the alarm if I see somebody in difficulty on the water
  I know what hypothermia is
  I know basic collision avoidance
  I can conduct myself in a careful and safe way in a boat and around water
  I can get a weather forecast
  I can tie the following knots: Round turn and two half hitches, Figure of Eight and Bowline
  I have taken part in at least four half day sailing activities consisting of a minimum of two hours afloat
   
Stage 3 I can assist with rigging and de-rigging, launch and recover
  I can put on my personal floatation device and adjust it properly
  I know why wearing layers of clothing is a good idea
  I know basic sailing techniques
  I know the basics of sailing theory
  I have taken part in a capsize drill
  I can get into the dinghy from the water in a safe way
  I know how to do CPR and place a victim in the recovery position
  I know that I should following the instructions of the person in charge of the boat
  I understand the terms that are used in a maritime weather forecast
  I have taken part in at least 3 fill day sailing activities consisting of a minimum of four hours afloat
   
Stage 4 I can assist with the launching, rigging and recovering a small sailing dinghy
  I know the main principles of leave no trace
  I know that there are different type of personal floatation device
  I can explain why wearing the correct outerwear is important
  I can paddle or row a boat in a straight line
  I can demonstrate all the points of sailing with assistance as both crew and helm
  I can help another person safely into a sailing dinghy from the water
  I can coil a line and heave it to a casualty to affect a simulated rescue
  I know the safety precautions required for water based activities
  I can describe the implications of offshore and onshore winds, high winds and no winds when sailing
  I can describe how often high and low tides take place and the implications these might have when going afloat
  I know that where I may go boating may change in different conditions
  I have taken part in 6 full day exercises afloat
   
Stage 5 I can rig and equip a sailing boat for safe use in a variety of weather conditions
  I can demonstrate how to manoeuvre a sailing boat as a menber of the crew
  I know the five essentials and can apply them to all points of sailing
  I can take a leading role in mooring and unmooring a sailing boat including sailing on and off the mooring
  I can assist in the anchoring of a sailing boat
  I can identify and name the main parts of common anchor types
  I know why it is important to have some training in first aid and can show how to care for someone who is very cold
  I know the parts of the international regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea that apply to my boat and local boating waters
  I can obtain a weather forecast and know how the information might affect planned activities afloat
  I know how currents and the ebb and flow of the tide affect my local boating waters
  I know how to use channel 16 on marine VHF and have an understanding of the use of distress flares
  I have taken part in 6 full-day exercises afloat
  I have taken part in one expedition afloat
   
Stage 6 I can de-rig, secure and care for the hull of the sailing boat that I use including using the listed control lines to set the boat up to sail efficiently upwind, downwind and on a reach demonstrating optimum sheeting
  I can carry out the routine inspection of a personal floation device
  I can take the helm of a sailing boat and demonstrate how to undertake various manoeuvres, demonstrating a constant awareness and application of the five essentials
  I know how to obtain maximum leverage when hiking or trapezing
  I know how sails and foils work and interact to drive a sailing boat
  I can take a leading part in anchoring a sailing boat including knowing how  and when to use a tripping line
  I know what to do if someone is caught under an inverted boat and can right an inverted boat
  I know what causes tides and how spring an dneap tides might affect sailors
  I can recognise the main weather patterns illustrated by a synopic chart and can interpret the forecast
  I can identify common weather conditions and describe how they may affect boating conditions
  I am familiar with the main features of restricted waters as defined for my group
  I know how and when to make distress and urgency calls and safety announcements on marine VHF
  I have taken part in 8 full-day exercises afloat
  I have taken part in one expedition afloat
  I have instructed at four people in four of the areas up to stage 3
   
Stage 7 I can take a leading part in the manual handling of a sailing boat ashore ensuring safe handling procedures including preparing a sailing boat for safe transportation by road
  I can rig any sailing boat and identify all the parts
  I know under which circumstances different personal floatation devices are appropiate
  I can take charge of a sailing boat in moderate winds and carry out all the required manoeuvres including holding a course using instruments and transits
  I can take a leading part in selecting a good anchorage
  I can take charge of a boat and respond efficiently to a (simulated) emergency
  I know what lights should be shown by the most common vessels in my area and know what lights should be shown by a sailing boat
  I know the international regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea
  I can interpret the current forecast and make sound decisions on planned activities in view of expected weather and sea conditions and tidal effects
  I know the hazzards an dhow the weather may affect 'restricted waters' for my group
  I know how to get suitable information for 'safe enclosed' boating waters that are not my groups local waters (e.g. For camp)
  I can assist in developing a passage plan for a day trip
  I know how to read and set a chart, plot and estimate positions
  I have a working knowledge of GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety Systems) as it applies to EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons) and DSC (Digital Selective Calling)
  I have taken part in 10 full-day exercises afloat
  I have taken part in 1 overnight expedition afloat outside my normal boating waters
  I have instructed at least 4 people in at least six of the areas up to stage 5
   
Stage 8 I can take a leading part in the safe handling of a sailing boat ashore
  I can rig any sailing boat including optimizing the rig and boat for a given set of conditions
  I understand the different safety precautions that must be taken when a group of boats are operating together
  I can carry out all the sailing manoeuvres in strong winds including setting up and controling the boat while on the plane
  I can describe how sails interact and demonstrate techniques to maxmimise this effect
  I have a good understanding of the merits of different anchor types for different locations and conditions
  I can carry out man over board and capsize drills in test conditions
  I know what sound signals the most common types of vessel in my area should make
  I have researched at least five pieces of weather lore
  I am familiar with 'Day Crusing water' for my group
  I can use the information from a charts etc. to plan an expedition in restricted waters
  I have an understanding of the 'capture effect' as it applies to marine VHF
  I have taken part in 10 full-day exercises afloat
  I have taken part in an overnight expedition involving more than one boat
  I have instructed at least 4 people in at least seven of the areas up to stage 6
   
Stage 9 I can rig any sailing boat and identify all the parts
  I can carry out all the sailing manoeuvres for this to a very high standard
  I can use an outboard engine to manoeuvre a boat while in displacement mode
  I have the skills and knowledge required to spend a night on board or camping
  I can anchor a boat efficiently to 2 anchors
  I can jury-rig a sailing boat improvise and deploy a sea anchor and know what spares and tools should be carried aboard
  I have completed the requirement for the emergencies stage 7
  I know how to interact with the emegrency services
  I know what sound signals the most commonn types of vessel in my area should make
  I can identify the type aspect and behaviour of vessels by day or night from lights, shapes and sounds
  I know the procedure for entry to and departure from a harbour and understand the requirement to file a passage plan under SOLAS regulation
  I can complete a rough synoptic chart from a maritime weather forecast or similar data and use this information to make sound decisions on planned activities in view of expected weather and sea conditions
  I am familiar with any local rules and bylaws that apply to day cruising waters for my group
  I can devise a pilot/passage plan and programme that plan into a GPS
  I have taken part in 10 full day exercises afloat
  I have taken part in an overnight expedition in coastal waters
  I have instructed at least 4 people in at least five areas up to stage 8