Sailing proficiency exams are available at the level of Intermediate or higher (equivalent to at least CANSail 2). A proficiency exam takes around 2 hours, costs $70, and includes a short orientation to the club as well as the exam itself.
If you're unsure if you're ready for a proficiency exam, or would like to schedule one, submit a sailing resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
- When, where and with whom did you learn to sail?
- Any prior sailing courses and/or certification?
- What kinds of boats have you sailed?
- How many years of sailing experience do you have?
- When was the last time you sailed?
The criteria of successfully completing a proficiency exam are the same as our main requirements for member to access our fleets through lessons. These include:
- Taking care of the equipment
- Rigging the boat correctly.
- Correct launching and landing procedure. No running aground while doing either.
- Correct derigging, cleaning and storing of the boat and equipment. This includes repairing or notifying the appropriate bosun if equipment needs repairs that you can not do yourself.
- Not putting yourself in danger
- Being able to right the boat from a capsize.
- Know your wind limits. Familiarity with wind conditions so that you don’t go out in conditions above your experience level.
- Know your time limits. Members are not allowed out on the water after sundown and should be back on shore derigging 30 min before the sun starts to touch the horizon.
During the exam, you will be asked to demonstrate skills that include:
- Not putting others in danger
- Working knowledge of the right-of-way rules.
- Navigate safely around other people, obstacles and boats on the water.
- rigging and derigging
- sailing upwind and downwind
- tacking and gybing
- capsize and recovery
Capsizing and self-rescue is an important part of the exam. Typically you will be asked to do two capsize drills in a row to ensure you can manage the vessel.
It is up to the testing instructor to decide which actions you need to complete on the water. The instructor needs to have a good sense that you will be ok on the water on your own or with a crew who has no knowledge. If the instructor is not confident in your abilities and decides not to pass you. they will tell you which skills you need to improve, and you can either book private lessons with the testing instructor or contact the head instructor about lessons options.
Useful resources to help you prepare for that session can be found here: https://ubcsailing.org/lessons/sail/intermediate/resources