Couples Therapy for Cruisers

If a cruising sabbatical is in your future, consider taking a couple's cruising course before you go.

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If a cruising sabbatical is in your future, consider taking a couple's cruising course before you go.Courtesy of the Gonsalves Family

Geared to sailing couples, the Cruising Club of America’s “Safety for Cruising Couples” class will be conducted in multiple locations over the course of 2016. The goal of the one-day seminar is to build the confidence of the less ­experienced partner in preparation for an unexpected test of his or her skills.

Topics include the fundamentals of VHF radios, the basics of navigation, engine operation, medical situations, safety equipment and man-overboard recovery. There’s also on-the-water hands-on training, including chart plotter fundamentals and a demonstration of how to use a life sling in a man-overboard situation.

This month, the seminars will be conducted at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, and at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax. Future locations include New York’s Shelter Island Yacht Club; the York River Yacht Club in Gloucester, Virginia; the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Mount Vernon, Virginia; and the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake and the Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland.

Tuition is $155 per couple or $85 per person, and it includes lunch and a course workbook.

For additional information, including dates, visit the CCA website www.cruisingclub.org.