Leave the Rat Race, Sail the World, and Fund Your Adventures
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Leave the Rat Race, Sail the World, and Fund Your Adventures

Learn how easy and cheap it can be to crew on boats and see paradise as few do.
4.2 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
163 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand he steps to becoming a valued crew member and lay the foundation to owning their own boat.
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  • Nothing. This course starts right at the basics and covers everything on getting started.
  • A desire for life change, or at least a short adventure.
  • Oh, except a sense of adventure.

Do you dream of paradise?

Have you ever wondered what paradise is and how to find it? Is paradise just a state of mind or is it tropical white sand beaches, palm trees, crystal clear water, and a simpler life?

Do you hate your job or parts of your life? Are you living paycheck to paycheck and tired of making ends meet? Are you looking for a simpler, lower cost adventurous life? If you are, you are not alone. It seems the more money you make the higher costs become and can result is a life of simply getting by.

Learn How Easy it Can Be to Choose a Low Cost Adventurous Lifestyle

Many people are leaving the rat race in record numbers, searching for a more meaningful, cheaper, and simpler way to live and many have chosen blue water sailing.

That is exactly what Captain George did 20 years ago when he left his job to be a sailboat crew member. Since then he has logged over 20,000 sea miles across the South Pacific sailing to remote tropical beaches, uninhabited islands, visiting foreign cultures, and more. He started out as a new crew member and now, is a licensed Captain and here to show you how to do it.

Sound appealing? If so, this is perfect for you. We created this course to show you just how easy it is to put the rat race on hold and fulfill your dream of an adventurous, lower cost lifestyle.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to become a crew member, even with no experience.
  • How you can travel to paradise almost for free.
  • What a crew members job is.
  • An overview of a boats inner workings.
  • An introduction to weather and navigation.
  • What to pack and take with you.
  • How you can communicate with family & friends, even from the middle of the the ocean.
  • How to stay safe at sea and on land.
  • What you need to visit foreign lands.
  • Ways to make money.
  • and more.

You might be surprised to know……..

That you can sail and explore tropical paradise for almost nothing? Captain George once enjoyed 3 months sailing in an absolute true PARADISE: along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and his total out-of-pocket costs were $300! Yes, $300 for 3 months!

Did you know you can make money while cruising? Captain George once had a job as Captain of a tour boat at a luxury resort in the South Pacific and his salary was $65,000 per year.

There are many ways to make money as a blue water cruiser and we’ll show you how we and other cruisers do it. So if you do not have a lot of money, don’t worry, this course covers many ways to earn some income to further your adventures in paradise.

This course IS NOT so much about how to sail but instead, how to make life changing decisions and create that simpler, lower cost life you seek. This course also provides you information on where you can get your own Captains certifications for higher paying opportunities.

Are you wondering if you have to give up your current life to do this? No, we cover ways you can leave for the short term or the long term, and have a dream adventure, or the dream life.

What are the course requirements?

  • Absolutely nothing!
  • Oh, except a sense of adventure.
  • A desire for life change, or at least a short adventure.
  • No experience or knowledge is required. We show you in the course where you can get all the experience you need.

What will you get from the course?

  • Unlimited access FOREVER!
  • Udemy's 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE and that is also our guarantee.
  • All future lectures are included in the course.
  • Over 25 lectures, hours of content.
  • An understanding of life at sea.
  • An introduction to boats and features.
  • Learn what you need to take with you.
  • Learn what you need to enter foreign countries.
  • Learn how you can travel.
  • Learn how to find paid crew member positions.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who understands the idea that ‘You will never know, if you never go!’
  • Anyone with a sense of adventure.
  • Anyone looking to try something, no matter short term or long term
  • Anyone who has spent a lot of time daydreaming, and now wants to take action.

It is also IMPORTANT to understand that to be crew you do NOT need:

  • A sailboat or any boat.
  • Lots of experience!
  • A lot of money!
  • A license or certification of any kind.

This course provides many of the important details and removes that Fear of the Unknown by showing how safe the oceans are in our modern world and will help you get started on planning a single adventure or a change in lifestyle.

So don't wait! Life is too short! Signup and take a test drive and understand if it is not for you can take advantage of that 30 day refund policy. No questions asked. And no feelings hurt!

Remember: You will never know, if you never go!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with a sense of adventure who has a love of travel, exploration, and love of the ocean.
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
Introduction to Ocean Hitchhiking and the Cruising Life
5 Lectures 20:09
How to contact me.

In this lecture we look at what is included in this course and this will familiarize you with what you will learn.

Preview 01:42

This lecture looks at crew members, also known as an ocean hitchhiker, and their duties and roles as crew members.

What is an Ocean Hitchhiker?

This lectures describes what it takes to be a crew member with everything you need to know (or how little you need to know) and how you can find a boat looking for crew.

How to Be a Crew Member

Self Assignment: Questions to ask yourself
Planning and Preparation to Sail Away
6 Lectures 29:36

This lecture looks at the steps that may be necessary for some people to put their 'land life' on hold while getting ready to live a 'cruising life.' We look at tropical weather vs. northerly/southerly weather, health issues and sailing, and what to do if you own a home vs. renting.

Starting to Make Your Plans

This lecture looks at the many ways you can take care of your financial business remotely while on an ocean voyage such as auto bill pay and online banking, credit cards, and the need for cash.

How to Handle Money and Bills While Cruising the World

This lecture observes the many ways you can stay in touch with all your family and friends from anywhere in the world. We look at radio options, offshore internet, GPS, and today's amazing technology that allows you to communicate with family and friends.

How to Stay Connected to Your Family, Job, and the World

This lecture examines health concerns, prescriptions, insurance, and how to deal with medical issues while cruising and visiting other countries.

Understanding Health Concerns

This lecture covers the many, or not that many, things you want to take on an ocean voyage. We look at clothing, safety gear, personal items, and everything that would make your trip safe and comfortable.

What Take With You

Self Assignment: Pre-planning to Sail Away
The Captain, the Boat, the Weather, and Navigation
8 Lectures 26:09

Captains are king of the boat and this lecture looks at the Captains role and the crew members role, and how to vet a Captain to decide whether you want to join them as a crew member.

Working with Captains and Boat Owners

There are safety items that should be on a boat and this lecture looks at many of them. Not every boat carries every item, so this lecture shows you what to look for before deciding to join a boat as crew.

Safety Items for the Boat

A Ditch Bag is a safety bag in the rare case of abandoning ship and this document shows what one might include.

Ditch Bag Download

This lecture is an introduction to weather and wind and how to use the online weather resources and tools to plan a safe passage without concern for the weather.

An Overview of Weather

Pilot charts are very valuable to a Captain and show the wind and weather for accurate forecasting. This vide shows what all the symbols and features mean.

Taking a Look at Pilot Charts

When it comes to navigating a boat around the worlds oceans, times have changed. This lecture gives you a quick look at today's amazing technology designed for navigation. You will then have an understanding of what is available and why you want it.

Introduction to Navigation

Navigational charts are still used to aid in navigation and this lecture demonstrates finding the GPS coordinates for a any destination. You can then enter those points into your navigation system and have an accurate route for your voyage.

Navigating by Chart

Self Assignment: Weather and Navigation
Life at Sea: Sailing Off to Paradise
7 Lectures 30:09

This lecture discusses the steps to prepare the boat for setting sail including prepping the sails, putting everything away, and provisioning all the supplies needed for teh voyage. .

Preview 03:53

Once at sea, the crew falls into a routine and shares duties like night watch. This lecture looks at that routine and the crews duties and also covers how the boat works from bathrooms to showers, bunks, and more.

Life at Sea

It is important to understand how to prevent injuries and stay safe at sea. This lecture looks at staying safe on board, piracy (or lack of it), sea life in the ocean, life rafts, insects, and more.

Staying Safe at Sea

Since a boat is moving through the water, it is important to understand how to prevent injuries, seasickness, and other ailments. This lecture looks at preventative measures and remedies for teh most common problems.

Life at Sea Pt 2

This lecture is SO IMPORTANT because it covers cooking and eating, food supplies, and meal planning while at sea.

Life at Sea Pt 3

The places that sailing can take you is what makes it so rewarding and enjoyable, but there are specific steps to consider when visiting a port in a foreign country. This lectures looks at some of the most common steps to entering a country.

Visiting Foreign Countries

Self Assignment: Preparing for life at sea
Making Money and Living a Life at Sea
6 Lectures 41:34

For many cruisers, the need to make money is important and this introductory lecture shows many ways that cruisers earn money an some are very innovative. The hair stylist who lives on a boat, the Varnishers, the mechanics, and more.

Preview 08:20

If you need to make money there are many things ot consider. Do you wish to work in a foreign country or start a business? This is a complex subject and laws vary by country, so this lectures includes how people do it.

Making Money Pt 2

For full time cruisers, blogging is a very valid way to make money and we will look at how to get started.

Make Money Blogging Pt 1

Many bloggers make money from them and this lecture explores some of those successful blogs and the variety of ways you can set yours up to do the smae.

Make Money Blogging Pt 2

erybody loves to photograph and when you combine that with writing, the doors open to many more opportunities and this lecture explores some of them.

Make Money: Writing and Photography

Self Assignment: Explore How You Can Make Money
Course Wrap Up
3 Lectures 02:35

Course wrap up.

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About the Instructor
Charlie Borland
4.2 Average rating
1,361 Reviews
15,427 Students
6 Courses
Professional Photographer for 30+ years and Lighting Master

Charlie Borland has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has traveled extensively for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Cellular One, Early Winters, Camelbak, Columbia Sportswear, and many more.

His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide, including: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women's Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few.

Charlie has taught photography throughout his career and teaches internet courses and location workshops. He has lectured on photography in the US and Middle East . He is co-author of Understanding Flash with Bryan Peterson and author of the eBook: Outdoor Flash Photography available on his website: borlandphoto(dot)com.

Captain Geo Ouell
4.2 Average rating
17 Reviews
163 Students
1 Course
Yacht Delivery Captain

Hey everyone,

Here is a little overview of my experience on the water. I started sailing on the East coast generally within the Long Island Sound. Moving to Santa Barbara, California in 1980, I sailed the Santa Barbara Channel Islands with friends, mostly day sailing and weekends.

I have worked as a deck hand, first mate or captain aboard various boats across the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. I have crewed on private yachts for pleasure and on deliveries. I’ve sailed from Santa Barbara to Mexico on to the Marquesas, the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti/Moorea, and on to Hawaii. I’ve sailed around Fiji to Vanuatu, New Caledonia to Australia. I’ve sailed from Australia to the Solomon Islands, through Indonesia to Singapore. From Singapore I captained a 54ft ketch through the Malacca Straits to Thailand, where I did casual charters out of Phuket.

I hold a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Captain’s license. I have STCW training and am a certified diver. I have a keen interest in all things oceanographic, and a deep respect for the ocean. I am dead serious when it comes to boat safety and navigation, fun loving and adventurous about life.