Latest news from the Aigua Sea School team - Palma de Mallorca

It's Yachtmaster season ..and what a great start!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:07

It's Yachtmaster season again and we've enjoyed a great start with a 100% pass rate over the first weekend of exams. We thank the trainers who did an amazing job in preparing the candidates to achieve success. We had a lot of fun with the crews too ...a bunch of characters who were great to teach and dedicated to the task in hand.

We put a lot of effort into preparing the school for this new season of Yachtmaster .. a lot of little things that often go unnoticed; stuff like we had all the air conditioning units serviced and cleaned ready to provide fresh, cool air in the training room; the whole office and classroom enjoyed a spruce up paint-job over the summer months; we invested in new sets of dividers for the 'nav packs' and the new Aigua note pads arrived just in time. New signage arrived for outside, and on the boats, and there's a comfy bench for the students to relax on during their breaks. It's the little details that add up to a better experience. We care about you, not just in your ultimate goals of exam success but the training you receive under our care.

We are thrilled that, due to demand, we are adding additional courses to the schedule. More and more people are choosing Aigua, for lots of reasons. Remember that we close a course at four full Offshore students, we're just not a 'pack 'em in' kind of school, never have been, never will be. In addition, we do not mix course levels .. Yachtmaster train with Yachtmaster. Our examiners are well chosen and we invite a number of examiners to the school as it's important for us to continually check the standards of preparation. As our Yachtmaster exam pass rate is over 93%, using over 14 different examiners so far this year then, arguably, we are preparing the candidates well? Oh yes, and we are completely transparent with our training fees. There won't be any of those additional, unexpected costs like examiner travel expenses. It's all included in the Aigua Sea School training fees so you can be sure of what you are paying from the start. 

One thing I need to remind all new Yachtmaster candidates ...knuckle down, do your prep and work hard. Yachtmaster is not a zero to hero course. You don't achieve the Certificate of Competence as Master of Yachts just for showing up each day. You receive so much support from Aigua Sea School, from pre-course information to free-of-charge theory workshops; take advantage of everything we provide for you. We've been looking after Yachtmasters for 12 years ...we know what you need!

Aigua Sea School ... it's all about YOU. 

Message from Linda, the principal

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:56

As we start a new website build, I have a rummage around our existing site and sadly see that it hasn't been serving you well. There is so much going on at Aigua Sea School and if you are a website browser, then you've been not been provided with our updates.

As I write we are preparing for our busy Yachtmaster season. The Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased navigation training starts on Monday and we look forward to welcoming a full course of Yachtmaster exam candidates for both sailing yachts and motor cruising. In advance of next week's course we are running a Yachtmaster theory workshop tonight, Wednesday 6th September, from 17:30hrs ... I introduced the idea of free-of-charge theory workshops way back in 2008 when I realised that many exam candidates just didn't have the theory knowledge to the standard they required before starting the Yachtmaster exam prep. By offering my time, and school resources, free of charge there was no excuse not to attend and many people realised they had to get 'into the books' if they were to be ready for what lie ahead. 

We have continued with the workshops, every year, since then. Many schools have tried to copy yet never really followed through, perhaps they just aren't as committed to your success as we are? 

Whether you are joining in with Aigua Sea School for Yachtmaster, or for leisure courses, or for powerboat driving or for instructor training, you are guaranteed our commitment to your training and success.   

Aigua Sea School ... it's all about YOU. 

 

Survival at Sea .. increasing your chances

Monday, 05 September 2016 12:58

It is a privilege to be able to run this essential RYA Sea Survival course. Training you for your best chances of survival in the worst case scenario. It's a great course to teach: theory first then transfer to the pool area for the 2-hour wet drill. You'll be fully geared up in life jackets (oh yes, and swimming caps dont worry we'll provide these for you) and learn the skills and drills of abandonment leading to rescue. Join in for this one-day course. 

We love the summer, don't you? That free n easy, shorts and flipflops feeling. We use July and August to relax (a bit) but mainly to plan, prep, propose and develop. One of our new initiatives for the coming season is to take our famous, free-of-charge, nav theory workshops out of our training room and on to the road. Aigua is going 'roadshow' and we're pretty excited about it. The workshops are relaxed, informal, informative, entertaining, beneficial and free-of-charge (although you are encouraged to make a donation to the 'charity of the night' as we will be supporting a variety of island-based charities through our efforts). The workshops are open to everyone who is interested in navigation theory, whether an absolute beginner, or intending to train for Yachtmaster; leisure or professional. We run through the basics, from chart familiarisation to buoyage and pilotage. Like our Facebook page to receive and location details. The first workshop will run on Wednesday 31st August at LAB bar on Sant Magin in Santa Catalina. Join in from 6pm

if you know Aigua Sea School you know it's all about YOU. We have been asked many times as to why we don't run Yachtmaster training in July and August, Here's why ... I have been training Yachtmasters for 12 years; it is with this experience I can tell you that, in my opinion, the summer months of July and August are not conducive to training for exams. It is hot: the heat is tiring;  the sea is busy with tourists: difficult to provide space for sailing on/off anchors and mooring buoys when there's jet skis whizzing by and anchorages are packed with charter boats. We want you to be trained by the best instructors .. the best instructors are taking a break to refresh themselves after the busy spring/early summer Yachtmaster season, and preparing themselves for the autumn/winter courses. So, yes, we pause in our training for Yachtmasters. The courses are available to you now, on our website. Also please note that we are the only training centre in Palma that provides dedicated Yachtmaster training; we do not mix Yachtmaster candidates with Day Skipper students.  It is not a business decision, as a small sea school would surely benefit from the additional course incomes, it is a student welfare decision. You are our priority. Trust in us and we look forward to training you from early September.  

I write this on a Sunday morning at the end of our spring season for Yachtmaster exams. This weekend we celebrate the success of our Yachtmaster students, following training courses running on three boats, with three superb and professional instructors, in preparation of being assessed by three thorough, yet fair, examiners and now, here we are, the results are in and we are not only ahead of last year's figures, in terms of exams completed, but also in our percentage pass rate. Our Yachtmaster training will now rest over 'the silly season' to be ready to start again, refreshed and revitalised, in early September for our autumn/winter schedule. Join in with Aigua; the only school in Palma that runs dedicated training for Yachtmaster candidates. 

Due to a yacht having to leave Palma earlier than planned, one of the students booked on to this Sunday's Powerboat level 2 course has had to pull out, therefore we have one place left.The course will run on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th June in Palma. If you'd like to take the place please contact us for a last minute deal. 

To become an RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor is a worthy, and let's face it impressive, title to hold! The courses are run over three days, four if you require the Proficiency Certificate, with highly qualified trainers from the RYA in the UK. Aigua Sea School is running a three-day 'Jet Ski' instructor course next week, starting on Wednesday 8th June. We have a couple of places left if you'd like to improve your CV and add another notch to your awesome belt of experience. 

One last Personal Watercraft Instructor training course before the summer and we have two places left. Starting on Wednesday 6th June. Training in Port Adriano with great PWs, great trainers and all the support from the Aigua Training Team. A worthwhile qualification on your CV as this certificate is very much in demand by the superyachts. 

VHF marine radio exams running this week

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:42

We have two places available on our VHF marine radio exams scheduled for this Thursday, 26th May. Starting at 17:30hrs we will commence with the written exam paper, then familiarisation with the radio sets (there will be two different training radio sets ready for you) before we start the practical assessments, to include routine calls, safety and urgency and then, of course, the Mayday call. Please ensure your pre-exam knowledge check has been completed online. We look forward to twiddling knobs and pushing buttons with you. 

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