The PISC Training Section is overseen by the Training Officer who has primary responsibility to ensure that the training provided across all disciplines is of an agreed and acceptable standard, taking into consideration course content, safety and qualifications of the instructors, and in the case of externally provided courses that the provider is accredited. Details of the PISC Training Organisation can be found  here.

Training requirements are constantly reviewed and collated into the Annual Training Programme (ATP). The ATP for 2018 can be found here. A record of all training provided to members can be found here.

The training offered covers basic courses for those new to the sport of sailing or power boating and also advanced courses for more experienced persons. All the courses adopt many of the procedures used by international organisations plus some additional procedures to cover the peculiarities of boating in the Agios Georgious sea area.

Overview of training courses offered

The following are CYSAF Accredited courses for which successful participants will receive a CYSAF certificate: 

CYSAF Level 2 Dinghy Senior Instructor - 3 day course. This is the penultimate qualification in the Instructor scheme. It is arguably the most important qualification as without an SI accredited sail training cannot be offered by any CYSAF club. The SI qualification brings with it certain responsibilities and expectations and candidates will be assessesd throughout the course based on their demonstrated skills, attitude and flexibility to any changing priorites or circumstances. The syllabus covers Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, teaching adults and children plus teaching those with learning difficulties and disabilities.  The SI is the independent assessor of students whilst also ensuring Instructors teach to the expected standards.  The SI is authorised to train and appoint Assistant Instructors and award CYSAF Learn to Sail certficates. A pre-course study booklet will be issued to each candidate. Course syllabus can be found here.

CYSAF Level 1 Dinghy Instructor - 3 or 4 days. This is the second stage in the Instructor scheme. The course involves on-water practical exercises, theory and land based demonstrations. Candidates will use two person and single handed dinghies to demonstrate personal capabilities and on-water group control. The course assumes candidates are capable and competent to sail in Force 4 conditions. There is no pre-course study but candidates are expected to know the syllabus of the CYSAF Levels 1 - 4 and Crew Endorsement courses as detailed below. Course syllabus can be found here.

CYSAF Assistant Dinghy Instructor - Participants must be able to sail comfortably in Force 4 conditions and demonstrate good boat control and competence throughout the course. Training includes land drill procedures and practical exercises with all aspects based on tried and trusted methods with emphasis on the 5 Fundamentals at all times. Students are required to have a good understanding of the syllabus in each of the CySaF Learn to Sail Levels 1 to 4 courses plus the Crew Endorsement course. The AI course syllabus can be found here.

CYSAF Learn to Sail Level 1 to 3 – A four days course that takes a complete novice through the basics of dinghy sailing including theory lessons, land drills and practical water sessions. By the end of the course a student will be able to sail confidently in wind speed up to 10 knots around a triangular course without an instructor. 

CYSAF Learn to Sail Level 4 – Introduces additional skills such as basics of racing, lee shore landing, full inversion capsize recovery and a basic understanding of weather. By the end of the course students will be able to sail confidently in wind speeds up to 15 knots.

CYSAF Learn to Sail Dinghy Crew Course - Learn how to rig, launch and recover a dinghy, how to trim the jib on all points of sail, understand the jib slot, what is meant by the 5 Fundamentals and making best use of them plus the importance of teamwork within a two person dinghy.

Youth Sail Training - PISC in partnership with TLC Private School provides sail training to TLC students aged 14 years and above. Training is given each Thursday afternoon during shool term time only. All details are contained in the YST Sailing Instruction that can be found here.  

The following are arranged as PISC in-house courses for which successful participants will receive a PISC cerficate:  

Advanced sailing – A course for the more experienced sailor who has at least four seasons of recreational and race sailing. Theory and practical sessions includes spinnaker handling, understanding the effect of each control within the boat, boat tuning and race tactics, sailing a triangular course without a rudder, sailing without a centreboard and backward sailing.

Patrol Boat Crew Course – A one day course that teaches how to be a more effective member of the Patrol Boat team. Includes boat preparation, launch and recovery, dropping tying off and raising race course marks, MOB recovery, towing, anchoring and basic VHF radio use. Course pre-requisites and a full course syllabus can be found here.

Patrol Boat Helm Course – This is a one day course for holders of a current RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification and 2 days for all other applicants. The course concentrates on boat handling skills and skills required for being in control of a Club Patrol Boat. Note: As a pre-requisite for this course it is essential to be in possession of a High-Speed Small Vessel Operators Licence (HSSVOL) which can either be a Learner’s or an Operator's licence issued by the Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping. Course pre-requisites and a full course syllabus can be found here.

Further Helm Training – This is an experience gathering phase to bridge the skills required to pass the Helm Course and those required before taking the Patrol Boat Coxswain Course. The full training syllabus can be found here.

Patrol Boat Coxswain Course – A two-day course that primarily concentrates on boat handling skills in more arduous situations such as the recovery of a fully inverted capsized dinghy, recovery of a dinghy from a lee shore and towing. As a pre-requisite for this course, it is essential to be in possession of a HSSVOL Operator's licence. Course pre-requisites and a full course syllabus can be found here.

Progression from Patrol Boat Crew Member to Patrol Boat Coxswain – Information and how to progress from one qualification to the next, and a full breakdown of Patrol Boat courses and course pre-requisites can be found here

Classroom based training is also offered in the following subjects:

RYA Day Skipper & RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Shorebased courses. These courses are provided by Latchi Watersports and held in the clubhouse. Each course is of 40 hours tuition and include end of course examinations which if successfully completed lead to the award of the appropriate RYA certficate. 

VHF Radio – Learn the correct procedures, radio etiquette, phonetic alphabet, emergency procedures.

GPS - Learn how to use a GPS, plot waypoints, measure distances between marks, taking bearings, SOG, COG.

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) - Assess an incident & prioritise actions. Example of topics include CPR, action for choking, bleeding, shock, and minor injury. In addition it covers secondary drowning, hypothermia and hyperthermia and use of a defribillator. An additional module will be included for those who require the issue of a RYA First Aid certificate.

General information

The cost per student varies according to the type and duration of each course. For some of the dinghy sailing and powerboat courses it is mandatory to demonstrate being able to swim at least 50 metres. Some courses involve undertaking the capsize recovery procedure which is taught as part of the course.

Dates for courses are not declared until instructor availability and safety boat cover is confirmed and sufficient students have registered their interest. To add your name to a course it is essential first to send an email to the TO stating the course in which you are interested, contact details and dates when you are not available.  Every effort will be made to allocate a course accordingly.