Skills to be developed at Crew Level 1

Sailing Knowledge & Seamanship

Completed On-Board the boat Training

Attended Onshore Induction either online or in person

Know correct terminology and understand instructions given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat

  • Tie the following knots and knows their correct use. Figure-of-eight, clove hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, reef knot
  • Know how to use winches, e.g. correct number of turns, use of self tailers, keeping hands clear
  • Handle ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats
    and bollards
  • Know how to use a sail tie

Know forecasting services and where to obtain a forecast

Keep an efficient lookout and alert helmsman to potential hazards

Can start and stop engine

Safety and Wellbeing

  • Comply with guidance for the wearing of life jackets can help guests fit their life jackets and know how to operate life jacket
  • Own and bring personal safety equipment such as a knife, torch and tape
  • Stay hydrated and protected from sun and weather

Know strategies for preventing and minimizing seasickness

  • Know the location of MOB equipment and understand deployment and when to use
  • Know the location for fire extinguishers and fire blanket
  • Know the location of torches
  • Know the location of flares, hooter, anchor(s)

Understand the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent it

  • Know location of First Aid kit
  • Know location of Defibrillator

Pre-departure boat preparation as per SOP


  • Furling headsail- knows action to take when furling or unfurling
  • Non furling headsail, can attach tack, head and clew
  • Remove, fold and stow boom cover, in correct location
  • Remove boom sway rope, make ready traveller
  • Remove and stow winch and wheel covers
  • Place winch handles in correct pockets
  • Secure in place MOB buoy, throw line and retrieval sling
  • Attach Mob Lifting hook at mast (new line)
  • Secure rope on sling with bowline
  • Secure access ramp as per SOP, use for all WOJ programs
  • Handheld VHF on deck
  • Disconnect and stow shore power cable
  • Remove and stow instrument covers
  • Meet and greet clients
  • Make clients’ name tags
  • Fit PFDs to clients
  • Assist clients boarding


  • Undo springs and stow soft shackles
  • Tidy lines on dock
  • Get back on board when boat moving out of pen
  • One forward and one aft of shrouds
  • Hold fender at the correct height
  • Establish a path on deck for movement
  • Move as required to protect boat

Setting Sail: Mainsail Hoist

  • Undo halyard and ensure it is not tangled
  • Untwist head block
  • Listen for command and coordinate with pit to start hoist
  • Keep halyard clear from spreaders
  • Sweat halyard, showing clients the correct technique

Remove main sail ties only as required as the sail is raised, correctly stow sail ties

  • Coordinate with mast and helm to keep halyard going up
  • Know when halyard has enough tension
  • Figure 8 the halyard and stow down below

Setting Sail: Headsail Hoist

  • Coordinate with mast using clear signals
  • Pull luff of sail to bow ready for hoist
  • Ensure halyard runs correctly
  • Feed luff rope through pre-feeder
  • Pull luff forward during hoist
  • Call jib tension to pit
  • Tension leech lines as required
  • Coordinate with helm and pit
  • Sweat halyard and engage clients in this task
  • Show clients correct method to bounce and keep them safe
  • Coordinate with mast and helm to keep halyard taut
  • Respond to bow call for halyard tension
  • Flake halyards when done
  • Engage clients in tailing and winching
  • Prepare sheet(s) on the correct side
  • Keep sheets free to assist hoist and avoid flogging

Under Way

  • Keep a lookout and alert crew of any hazards
  • Supervise clients on bow, especially through tacks and gybes
  • Skirt sail as needed
  • Flake sail and secure on deck when dropped
  • Relay communications between bow and stern
  • Assist clients moving to and from bow
  • Deploy lazy jacks to correct tension prior to sail drop or reef
  • Assist bow in flaking and securing headsail when dropped
  • Know which rope and clutch is which
  • Operate clutches and winches correctly
  • Winch halyards, outhaul, cunningham, reefing lines as required
  • Assist headsail trimmer whilst sailing
  • Relay communications between bow and stern
  • Release sheets safely to execute a tack and gybe and trim on again
  • Show clients correct techniques and winch safety
  • Prevent sheets from flogging
  • Assist with mainsail drop – correct use of sail ties

MOB Recovery

Point to MOB continuously not getting diverted no matter what

Knows what halyard the swimmer will be on, have it ready for deployment

Knows which halyard to use for casualty and how to deploy

Return and Pack down

  • Secure correct fenders in the right places, at correct height
    with acceptable knots
  • Bring clients to center positions and settle down
  • Keep a good lookout and communicate to helm
  • Secure boarding ramp in correct position
  • Assist clients disembarking
  • Flake sail, leech or luff as required
  • Sail-bag neat and tied correctly
  • Install flopper stopper correctly
  • Bring halyards forward untangled
  • Coil and stow sheetscorrectly
  • Replace boom cover
  • Replace instrument covers
  • Tie steering wheel
  • Replace wheel and winchcovers
  • Stow MOB equipment – strobe not flashing
  • Place ramp in the correct position
  • Check and stow PFDs
  • Hose boat. Clean and tidy below, remove rubbish

MWF Program Knowledge andParticipation

Understand the program’s structure and objectives

  • Work well with others, fun to be around
  • Follow instructions from senior crew, SIC and Skipper
  • Be respectful of clients, teachers and carers
  • Show empathy towards clients without judgement
  • Actively engage clients in activity and conversation
  • Working with the Blind
  • Working with Autism
  • On-dock activities
  • Knows the location of EPIRBS
  • Knows how to use the radio and has a radio operators license
  • Sea Safety Survival Course