We simply can’t believe how much fun we’re having this summer. It’s been patterned with daily trips out at sea, countless of hours in the classroom learning theory and loads of barbecues and certificate celebrations!
We’ve met hundreds of new sailors and boaters who now feel more confident while at sea and even our Facebook stats are pleasing with a 4.9 rating! We’re also on Instagram as our sailing community grows, so keep tabs on our days at sea by following @Prosailingmalta.
Besides a good rating, we’ve even been lucky enough to spot dolphins as the ultimate cherry on the cake! Sometimes those early wake ups are well worth it! Have you ever seen dolphins while sailing? It’s hard to imagine a prettier sight!
To breakdown our amazing summer we are now coming close to having carried out no less than:
- 20 Day Skipper Sail Courses
- 6 Day Skipper Motor Courses
- 100 RYA students
- 100 Nautical Licences issued
Marine Radio Course
We’ve also carried out four Radio Licence courses, each program hosting six students. The individual attention here is the key, as with such small group sizes, each student can feel relaxed enough to ask as many questions and feel as confident as possible. This course is particularly important as while entering different international ports, crystal clear communication is vital to ensure no complications take place. Being a master of your own voice at sea can be the difference between a disaster and avoiding any collisions.
Our Marine Radio (SRC) Syllabus is a one day shore based course and this course is a basic requirement for your Commercial Endorsement. Your radio, being in-built or hand-held is one of your most important safety features on your vessel and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Following the course our students take an exam, which is split into a written section and a practical test.
Mayday Mayday – frequency 16 is the international distress frequency
You’ll learn all the local correct frequencies, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, making ship-to-shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling (CSC) using simulators, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and also the all-important Search and Rescue.
With Prosailing Malta you can go from a complete novice to Yachtmaster Offshore, and we follow the RYA syllabus, using external examiners to maintain a high standard of quality. You get excellent tuition, the perfect practical experience aboard the Beneteau Ocenis Clipper 411 or Rodman 900 HT (depending on your desire – sail/motor) and you will learn hundreds of new life-changing skills. The whole world opens up to you once you know how to operate a vessel, and even if your intention is not to sail the seven seas, local courses help you stay safe at sea. Our instructors are vastly experienced and are always dropping useful tips and tricks so keep your eyes and ears open as sailing knowledge is always best coming straight from the horse’s mouth.
Our beautiful Oceanis 411 has performed well so far this summer while the Rodman continues to be a firm favourite amongst boaters who wish to take their RYA Motorcruise licences. Dovecote (our Beneteau) enjoyed firm winds as the islands were blessed with strong winds coming from the south west. Surfers piled the bays of Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay, while our brave sailors headed out to test themselves in good conditions. Back in May we even managed to see winds of 35 knots which was special, and thankfully we all had our waterproofs on!
While the stats are incredible, one stat in particular stands out: we’ve consumed hundreds of dishes of our amazing baked macaroni! Our chef has been busy as ever in the kitchen, and we can all agree that munching away out at sea is the perfect way to take a well deserved lunch break. At Prosailing Malta we offer a family experience, as it is indeed our chief instructor, Robert’s mother who cooks our meals, putting that magical ingredient of love in every dish served. While boating it is always important to keep things simple, so a local dish a firm favourite, together with fresh fruit, which are easy to transport on and off the boat. Often enough, yachts and boats are equipped with small galleys and smaller fridges, so our advice is to keep it simple. When cooking or preparing food out at sea, it is handy to do all the fine chopping at home, and take tinned food, which won’t go bad during a trip.
Yes… we really are always this excited when lunch is served! This time we made use of the collapsible wooden table on the Rodman 900.