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    Sailing training/ courses

    Hi all,

    I would like to learn sailing and did some research on where to do sailing classes in Hong Kong. I came across various private clubs (e.g. Aberdeen Boat Club) that mostly demand a membership fee or otherwise charge high prices on the lessons.
    However I also found reasonably priced courses that are offered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) in one of their 5 water sport centers.

    Can anybody explain what is the difference between the LCSD and membership clubs (except the price). Where would you take sailing lessons when you are a beginner.

    Thank you!


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    Since this thread was started, I'll also ask my questions about sailing training courses.
    I got the German "Sportbootführerschein See" license, which is pretty useless. There was a higher-up level course, where you have to pass a test for navigation, and which evidently would make it possible to rent out your standard 4-cabin sailing boats abroad. I would like to continue my training so that one day me and my partner could rent a boat and go sailing for a few days on our own. Any ideas or suggestions for where to go for this and what kind of qualification to get?


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    LCSD courses are in Cantonese (mostly) while the club courses are in English (mostly). I say mostly as you may find the rare instructor that teaches in the other language but its rare.

    You do *NOT* need to pay membership dues to join the courses at most clubs. Check out :
    Aberdeen Boat Club http://www.abclubhk.com/
    Royal HK Yacht Club http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/
    Hebe Haven Yacht Club http://www.hhyc.org.hk/

    Last edited by HowardCoombs; 31-07-2013 at 12:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    Any ideas or suggestions for where to go for this and what kind of qualification to get?
    The qualification you want is this one:
    http://www.sailing.org.hk/pleasure-v...g-courses.aspx

    However, you will find renting a pleasure boat quite difficult in Hong Kong. Most (if not all) come with a skipper and I dont know of anywhere that rents bareboat yachts in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    The qualification you want is this one:
    http://www.sailing.org.hk/pleasure-v...g-courses.aspx

    However, you will find renting a pleasure boat quite difficult in Hong Kong. Most (if not all) come with a skipper and I dont know of anywhere that rents bareboat yachts in town.
    Thanks! Wouldn't want to rent one in HK -- would want to rent one somewhere like Thailand... plenty of Germans head over to Thailand to do this. I'm wondering, actually, if there might be some intensive training course/holiday package in Thailand or somewhere nice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    Thanks! Wouldn't want to rent one in HK -- would want to rent one somewhere like Thailand... plenty of Germans head over to Thailand to do this.
    Or at least that's what they tell their wives ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock:
    Or at least that's what they tell their wives ;-)
    Their wives go with them, and they all get naked! (*shiver*)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    Thanks! Wouldn't want to rent one in HK -- would want to rent one somewhere like Thailand
    In that case I would discourage you from going for the HKG licence; it will be pretty useless for you.

    There are a large number of outfits offering RYA/ISS type of courses all over Asia. Thailand & Malaysia are full of them.

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    Thanks for spending the time to write that excellent overview of the courses & process.

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    That's the kind of post the system should bookmark and be top of the search for future people. I find the search normally turns up drivel that's years out of date! My thanks too for the excellent post.


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