Sailing on international waters allows sailors liberties that can't be taken on land, such as marrying a video game, naming a dog a swearword, or rebroadcasting NFL games without the written consent of the league. Go above the law with today's Groupon: for $75, you get $150 toward an At the Helm seamanship class from Confident Captain/Ocean Pros in Newport. This Groupon is for classes only and does not include water time.
A crew of professional mariners at Confident Captain/Ocean Pros prepares students to navigate the earth’s bluest patches with instruction in all facets of boat operation and maintenance. A schedule of classes includes primarily Saturday and Sunday sessions, which take place 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Confident Captain Training Center. Soak up lessons in vessel safety through the At the Helm program. Novice sailors absorb the basics of seafaring equipment, security measures, and barracuda-hunting calls from the Brand New Boater course ($95), and the Competent Crew class teaches the essentials of gear stowing, knot tying, and line tossing ($150).
Families on the Water seminars groom deckhands with training in schooner docking, course plotting, and emergency etiquette—preparing formerly landlocked households and their pets for proper aquatic revelry ($150). Unearth sunken satellites with the Radar Ready class, which expounds on perplexing blips, bleeps, and awoogas with interpretation guidelines ($150). Certification and licensing courses are also available to officialize oceanic zeal.
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Newport, the Confident Captain Training Center is located near a lineup of local vendors who frequently hand out coupons, encouraging newly sea-savvy trainees to mosey along the docks and storefronts after class.