Club members interested in improving their skills can become mate candidates. MC’s learn a variety of skills for safely managing all aspects of the sail. Click here to see Mate Training Handbook.
Oasis Sailing Club (OSC) Mate Candidate’s Program
Welcome to the Oasis Sailing Club. We invite interested and qualified members to participate in the Mate Candidate’s program to expand and enrich your sailing experience by becoming an OSC Mate. The primary activity of the Mate is to support the Skipper and act in the Skipper’s place when the Skipper is unable to perform his/her duties. Each OSC sailing must have a Skipper. Having a qualified Mate on board is highly encouraged and has been club practice but the final decision is at the skipper’s discretion.
Under the guidance of a “Mentoring Skipper” and other OSC Skippers, Mate Candidates learn and demonstrate knowledge of sailing ability, nautical rules of the road, boat-handling skills, docking, and general seamanship. As experience is gained, and verified, they are ‘signed off’ in the OSC Mate’s Manual by your Mentoring Skipper, and other OSC Skippers. The Manual provides a step-by-step guide to becoming a Mate. This includes items such as:
In addition to being an experienced sailor, the Skipper is a leader who has the skills to organize and direct the crew, respond quickly and adequately in times of emergency, and is a member of the club’s Board or Directors. Therefore, in addition to the objective criteria of the Mate’s Checklist, Mate Candidate’s are evaluated on such criteria as: the ability to organize & lead, judgment, good seamanship, and crew compatibility. Mate Candidates also participate in special “Seaworthy Training Sessions” focusing on Anchoring, Crew Overboard (MOB), Docking/undocking, etc.
While not all Mate Candidates become Mates, and not all Mates become Skippers, no one becomes an OSC Skipper unless first becoming a Mate. Hence, Mate Candidates are the future of our club.
Since there is no additional cost to participate in the Mate’s program, it is a great way to build upon your skills while sailing and working on your Mate’s certification, and if desired & qualified, to ultimately be certified as an OSC “Skipper”.
If you are interested in becoming a Mate Candidate, below are the steps to get started:
Stan Espenship – Training Officer
Bob Gaido – Mate Candidates