Ocean College

Nautical Training


The nautical training takes place mainly during watch. Students will learn about course determination, cartography, steering and sailing, how to keep watch, and machine and safety rounds. Here, theoretical content from the classroom can be combined with its practical application.

Students will use mathematics to determine the ship’s course, using both GPS, and the sextant/state of the sun and stars. Cartography is a central part of nautical education. Here, too, content from geography and history can be applied.

Navigating, steering, and sailing the ship are essential skills, and they require constant attention. To this point, the guards change every four hours. Under expert guidance, the sails are adjusted and the course is held at the wheel. When adjusting the sails, they must be raised by hand, and set and adapted to the respective wind and course conditions. The environment must always be kept in clear view, especially in busy areas of navigation.

Regular safety rounds ensure that everything on board remains in place and that no problems arise. The osmosis system for our drinking water treatment, as well as the water supply must be regularly checked. The machinery on board the Regina Maris must be serviced regularly, so that it can be used during port maneuvers and even the smoothest sailing. Here, students will have the opportunity to get to know how the motor, and other parts of the ship function.

At the end of the trip, students can test and receive a Boating License from SBF See. Theoretical study time is offered on the second half of the trip, to prepare students who wish to take the test.