The courses aim to provide a good balance between "Teaching" and "Training" with the emphasis placed on "Training".
Training on the lake is the "raison d'être" of Port Revel. Participants sail on it for about three and a half hours in both the morning and the afternoon, making a total of seven hours per day and 35 hours per week. It should be noted that, in view of the time scale, this length of time spent on the lake corresponds to 175 hours in reality. The level of concentration required and the resulting tiredness are hence understandable.
A very large number of exercises is available (around 140). This enables Port Revel to offer both basic shiphandling courses and very specific customized courses.
In the course programme, classroom teaching is kept to a strict minimum of about one hour per day and a total of five hours per week. A manual is given to each participant. Classroom time is spent going over the theory required to fully understand the exercises to take place on the lake, conducting a briefing concerning these exercises and, when appropriate, a debriefing at the end of the day. This debriefing is based on the track recordings taken during the day, which are reviewed in real time in the classroom, giving an opportunity for discussion and feedback sharing.