Earlier this year, we posted a piece called "Safety First!", which detailed the experience that some members of Team Trekr had when we took the STCW course at the Marine Professional Training school in Fort Lauderdale. It was meant to show you that we value your safety and are doing what it takes to be ready for anything.
Our Treks are experiences that most people would be lucky to have once in a lifetime. Nearly all of our previous customers have already gone on a second trip or are signed up for it. That's because it is a load of fun and Team Trekr does a lot of work on the back end to ensure a stress free experience for all of our Trekrs.
Doing a weeklong sailing trip can be a daunting task, especially for a first time sailor. Most of our first-time customers have never sailed before and can attest to all of the initial questions that come to mind: who will skipper?, what are the cabins like?, where do we get food?, do we need to know how to sail? and many more.
Interestingly, we don't often get asked about safety. It is standard for any charter to have a safety briefing before ever getting underway. What is not typical for a charter is to have skippers that have been actively working to improve their skills so that we can create and preserve the environment for our customers to enjoy themselves as much as possible.
In addition to the safety certifications mentioned above, there are additional steps that Team Trekr has taken to gain valuable experience that translates into a more meaningful and safe experience on a Trek.
Members of Team Trekr have received some of the finest private training possible by a highly respected instructor from the American Sailing Association. This allowed for individual attention to supplement the training that would normally be afforded in a large class experience.
Team Trekr has also sought other opportunities to grow our expertise and build our skills. For instance, we have taken up racing as a means of learning how to sail under pressure and time constraints. In addition to competing in the internationally acclaimed BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Featival, we seek out other opportunities to race in the local level. Other members of Team Trekr took a ten day job on a boat that crossed the Florida Straits, went around Cuba and stopped at Grand Cayman before returning to Miami. The experience provided training at running a galley, night sailing, staffing a night watch, towing a boat, charting courses, replacing rigging, working on the engine, sailing in rough seas and learning about the way electricity is wired on a boat.
Other members of Team Trekr bought a sailboat in Fort Lauderdale and are currently sailing it up to Annapolis by way of the Intracoastal Waterway as well as legs on the ocean open.
All this is to say that we take a holistic approach to ensuring the safety and fun of our Trekrs. There is a common saying among boaters of all kinds, "something will go wrong, it's just a matter of when". They key is having the experience to handle whatever comes up so that the experience of a lifetime being had by all goes uninterrupted. We value our customers and will always do what it takes to make them happy.
As always, never hesitate to reach out to anyone on Team Trekr to learn more about any aspect of our trips. We want to share these amazing experiences with you!