Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register?

You can register any time. Click here to Join the Shark program.

The program usually fills up quickly. Once the progam is full we put people on the waiting list. Once you have applied we will let you know if you can still be included in this year's program, or if we have had to put you on the waiting list. We will let you know as soon as space is available.

When are the sail training sessions?

Training sessions are based on your and the mentor’s availability. Once we know your availability we will match your schedule with our BS&BC Volunteer Mentor. The more flexible your schedule the better chance we have of placing you.

We sail Monday to Sunday with three booking periods:

  • 09:00-12:00
  • 13:00-17:00
  • 17:00-dusk.

You will be asked your availability as part of the registration process.

How many volunteer hours must I do for the Shark program?

All Intermediate members must complete 10 hours of volunteer work within the program. Incomplete hours will be charged back to the member. Each volunteer hour is equivalent to $18.00 and will be charged to the member for any incomplete hours.

Do I need to have a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card to join?

In order to learn to helm the boat you must have your PCOC. In order to challenge the Skipper’s test, you must have your PCOC.

Do I need to have a valid Restricted Operators Certificate to join?

The Restricted Operators Certificate (Maritime) is needed to use the radio. You don't need to have the Maritime Restricted Operators Certificate when you start in the Shark Program, but you need to show your Restricted Operators Certificate when you want to challenge the Skipper’s test.

When can I challenge the Skipper’s test?

You can challenge the Skipper’s test once all skills have been demonstrated competently and signed off by your mentor. Your mentor must recommend you for the challenge.