Courageous Flag Ratings
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 at least 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. 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 Green Flag takes considerably longer and can be taken home.
Give us a call at 617 242 3821 to schedule a check-out in advance to ensure that we have an instructor on hand to evaluate you; drop by anytime we’re open to take the written test. Your corrected written test will be emailed back to you within 3 days, and an instructor will be available to give you more detailed feedback if necessary during “Office Hours,” held after each Group Practice class.