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ISSA Keelboat Crew Student Textbook


The Keelboat Crew Handbook is the starter course for absolute beginners and the content is aimed at novice sailors. Safety is our primary concern and is carefully covered in this handbook. The syllabus covers the following topics in carefully illustrated and concisely written notes making the series of three books very useful for the modern keelboat sailor. The handbook covers the following subjects for aspiring Keelboat Crew;

  • Safety
  • Parts of a boat
  • Boat handling under sail and power
  • Berthing basics
  • Tides and currents
  • Simple weather
  • IALA buoyage
  • Sail trim
  • Outboard engines
  • Folding sails
  • Basic knots
  • Environmental considerations

The course is 90% practical and is assessed on water. This is a fun course and the handbook is designed with this in mind.


The ISSA Keelboat Crew handbook is used for supporting on water learning. Its a course that is 90% practical with no formal assessment. We aim to make the experience really enjoyable and this actually makes learning so much more fun.  The books are beautifully illustrated and are accessible and easy to understand. As we say at Sail in Asia – ” Keep it Simple and Enjoy”

We hope we have achieved this with the book, please let us know if you feel we have succeeded in our aim to make the Keelboat Crew Course Handbook accessible to all.

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