Courageous members must earn a Red Flag, Yellow Flag, or Green Flag skipper rating before taking out one of our boats. In order to earn a rating, you must take both an on-the-water check-out and a written test. During the on-the-water check-out--which is often incorporated into the final session of Courageous courses--an instructor will evaluate your sailing skills (including docking and crew overboard recovery) and ability to tie certain knots. Because you will also need to rig and unrig, allow up to an hour for the check-out; the on-the water portion takes 20-30 minutes. The cruising check-out and orientation take around two hours, possibly more. You’ll be given a flag rating based on how well you perform the skills; if you’re not ready for a rating yet, the evaluator or one of our Adult Program staff will give you suggestions on what to practice and help you plan your next steps.
Each flag rating also includes a written test. Allow 45 minutes each for the Red and Yellow Flag tests. The Red Flag test must be taken at Courageous; the Yellow Flag test can be taken home, or you may request a digital version. The Green Flag test takes considerably longer and can be taken home or done online.
Schedule a check-out by calling or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org a few days in advance; drop by anytime we’re open to take the written test. If you don’t have a chance to review your test with a staff member immediately, we’ll email you results and comments within a week. You may be asked to come in and review your test in person before sailing; please call or email first to make sure an instructor is free.