Over 2 days, we were taught on the basics of being a Coxwaine during a dragonboat activity. After a day and a half of training, we were individually assessed in a practical session where we had to lead the team around a course.
In preparation for our individual PPCDL practical tests, we had a practical lesson at Poly Marina, which will be the actual test site.
In addition to doing keelboat maintainance, we practiced keelboat sailing under the guidance of Peiming. This included learning how to rig the sails, and how to tack and gybe.
On 24th Dec, 2 of the BBBS volunteers and I followed up on the theory lesson we had 2 weeks ago with our instructor at Constant Wind Seasports and Sailing School. We mainly practiced the man-overboard drills and how to berth & unberth the powerboat from a pontoon.
These drills will be tested during the PPCDL Practical Test at RSYC.
For skills, I will be focusing on developing to be a competent keelboat crew/skipper. This will be to prepare for a possible 4D3N sail expedition at sea.
Keelboats are much bigger and heavier than the dinghy sailboats that most of us BBBS are used to. However, it is not practical to sail on dinghies during long expeditions are sea. Thus, we will be taking our sailing skills further by being competent to sail a keelboat.
Since most larger keelboats are additionally fitted with engines for propulsion, one of the first steps in being competent is attaining the Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL). These keelboats also have to follow the Rules of the Road at sea. This is is taught as part the PPCDL curriculum.
We had our theory class conducted by Major Tan at the National Sailing Centre from 10AM -5.00PM. After passing the Theory Test, we will follow up for practical lessons.