What makes the VISC unique is that its members come from all over the world.
That does not mean that training is exclusive to club members only: Guests are more than welcome to participate. And it does not matter whether you are looking for a basic inshore license for Austrian lakes or some advanced Radio or Radar training – all the courses organized by the VISC are held in English.
As a beginner you can join the BFA-Binnen License Course. Together with the Hofbauer Sailing School, the VISC has invested a lot of time and effort to create an English version of the BFA-Binnen – the former A-Schein (renamed in 2009). With the BFA-Binnen license you are allowed to rent boats on lakes in Austria (and probably lakes in other European countries).
This course at Hofbauer Sailing School is composed of three parts – theoretical, practical and (optional) exam. Besides learning the basics of seamanship in class you are also encouraged to undergo practical sailing lessons. The course (including the reading material) and the exams are both in English.
The next English language theory course will start after April 2020. Please contact the Rear Commodore Training for any information.
The next step in Austria would be the FB1, FB2 or FB3 license, which are for coastal waters within a certain mile limitation. Instead of translating all the reading material we recommend that you follow an existing foreign sailing program (e.g.: RYA, US Sailing, CYA, FFVoile, etc.).
For the coastal license you will have to go abroad anyway. We do have good relations with different offshore training schools and many members of the VISC prepare themselves for those trainings through respective correspondence courses. Feel free to contact us for further information.
The VISC is now working on a regular onshore program provided on ISAF (International Sailing Federation) and/or RYA (Royal Yacht Association) standards. On a yearly basis we will offer courses in:
- RYA SRC (Short Range - Certificate)
- RYA Radar
- World Sailing Approved Offshore Personal Survival
Interested RYA certified instructors are welcome to contact us for further (other) training opportunities here in Vienna or abroad. We are currently looking for an RYA First Aid Instructor coming for a weekend to Vienna.