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About the Course

This course delves deeper into the subject and provides in depth knowledge, focusing more on the construction process, servicing and surveying techniques which require additional knowledge and an upgrade in skills. The online course consists of 1 module that must be completed within 6 months.

The module consists of text and pictures to help you with your learning and 20 multiple choice questions which you are expected to pass by 70%. On successful completion of the module you will be rewarded with a Certificate in ‘Sails and Rigs’.

Module includes

Section 1 – Sails


  • Dacron
  • Spectra
  • Moulded Sails
  • 3DL
  • >PBO
  • Cuben Fibre
  • Spectra / Kevla

Sail Inspection

  • Head Sails (Genoa, Jib, Stays’l
  • Main Sails (Main and Mizzen)
  • Spinnakers, Gennakers, Cruising chutes, Chicken chutes, Storm sails

Section 2 – Masts and Rigs


  • Aluminium Masts
  • Carbon Fibre Masts
  • Wooden Masts

Standing Rigging

  • Composite Standing Rigging
  • Stainless Steel, Brass and Galvani Zed Rig Fittings
  • Wire Standing Rigging
  • Rod Standing Rigging
  • Aluminium and Titanium Mast Fittings

Meet the Course Authors

Liam Dowling

Liam started his career on Maxi yachts and sailing superyachts in 1993 and specialised as a rigger in the crew onboard. Since then he has worked both as a specialist rigger ashore and as a Superyacht captain and crew worldwide. More recently Liam has been a project manager in charge of re-fit programs and a Marine Surveyor.

Gareth Griffiths

Gareth is from a solid dinghy racing background that translated well into yacht racing and professional crewing at top international events all over the world. He has been a sailor for ten years, working as a rigger for different yachts and race crews throughout his career. He has worked with many superyachts helping to improve systems and advise owners/captains on the products appropriate to their dream boats. Recently Gareth has set up his own small rigging company (The Notting Hill Rigging Company) specialising in progressing ergonomics, practicality and durability on all types of boat including top Olympic competitors, offshore and inshore race yachts and superyachts.


Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

If you would prefer to complete this as a classroom-based course, please contact us.


How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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