Keelboat skipper course
The ISSA Keelboat Skipper course, is a five day, mostly hands on course, for students who are  interested in learning to sail, one of our fleet of Farr designed, Platu 25's.

Our new ISSA Keelboat Skipper Course is set in  Phuket's coastal waters in Ao Yon Bay and the surrounding Islands. This course is one of the most exciting we offer, with a huge amount of time on the water. Affordable and fun, these yachts offer everything you'd find in a larger yacht and more. TIf you learn to sail a keelboat well moving onto a cruising or racing yacht is easy!

  • The course starts with a two day almost 100% Learn to Sail course
  • On Day 3 you learn more advanced techniques such as anchoring, reefing under sail, heaving to, coming up to a mooring under engine and sail and of course, Man Overboard.  The full syllabus is to be found below.
  • Day 4 is spent learning about the vhf short range radio and how to use it effectively for safety and for racing.
  • Day 5 is spent on a final planned Day Trip usually to an island.The great benefit of completing this course is that one can sign up for a Watch Keeper Flotilla Skipper course or be capable of joining a Flotilla holiday course.

Sailing all the way - a practical sailing course!

When you go on Sail In Asia's new keelboat course you'll be entering a new world. Do these yachts behave like dinghies or dinghies that sail like yachts? Well ... the answer is "yes they are", both!  With a keelboat like the Platu 25 you get the best of both worlds. Performance a light feel plus the joy of staying dry and not being in danger of getting wet like in a sailing dinghy.

The Keelboat Skipper Course is really very useful if you want to learn to skipper bigger yachts. We include the popular VHF short range radio course on this course. This enables you to operate a vhf radio and ensures you have a good knowledge of Mayday and pan Pan procedures so you can deal with emergencies. All our yachts are fitted with vhf on expeditions and this course certification is acceptable for advanced yachting courses.

Learning to Skipper the Platu 25

Additional Details:
  • Knots and ropes
  • Rigging a veassel
  • Outboard Engines
  • Steering under power
  • MOB under power
  • Picking up a mooring under power
  • Using Winches and Cleats
  • Tacking
  • Gybing
  • Points of Sail
  • Reefing under way
  • Taking up a mooring under sail
  • Jib Aback Hove To
  • Effective sail trim
  • Understanding Tides and Currents
  • Understanding Weather
  • Safety
  • Rules of the Road
  • Planning a passage - Basic Chartwork and using an iPad or Chart plotter
  • Select and hoist the correct amount of sail
  • First step in racing - using a spinnaker (weather permitting)
  • VHF short range Radio Course and Certification

Previous experience: none required

Duration: 5 days

Qualifications: none required

We can help you with the following on request:
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
  • What to do and where to go in Phuket
Course Dates:
Keelboat Skipper Courses start on

1st - 5th and 15th - 19th  of every month

Not the right dates for you? Contact us, we can often arrange other dates.  Private courses are possible if you give us enough time to schedule them in.

Book 60 days early for a great discount!

This course is only available in Phuket

Private courses are possible if you give us enough time to schedule them in.

This course is only available in Phuket

Course Prices

Location Duration (days) Early Booking Discount Price (THB)
60 Days Before 30 Days Before Full Price
Phuket (TBC) 5 34,000HB 36,000THB 38,000THB
Keelboat Skipper Course

Keelboat Skipper Course

Duration: 5 Days