This is a comprehensive course for those looking to develop their theoretical skills and begin working towards skippering a vessel. It equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day, and a basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.
The RYA are continually updating the course content to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.
Course Content: The basics of seamanship, the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations. construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat, emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts
Course Pre-requsites: None. Some candidates with less experience may find that taking the Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course beforehand is a benefit.
Assessment criteria: There are two exams assessing general knowledge and chartwork.
Course Duration: 6 days (taught over 3 weekends, or in a week block).
2021 Course Dates:
Week Long course: 25-30th January
3 Alternate Weekends – 13/14th Feb, 27/28th Feb, 13/14th Mar
When booking weekend courses please just select the start date of the course. The subsequent weekends will be added to your booking afterwards
RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster offshore
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
Course Content: Position Fixing, Course Shaping and plotting, tidal theory, use of almanacs, electronic position finding equipment, interpreting weather forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions, collision regulations, customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad.
Course Pre-requsites: Equivalent Theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper theory standard
Assessment criteria: There are three exams assessing general knowledge, chartwork, and passage planning.
Course Duration: 7 days
Course dates 2021:
22nd-28th February 2021
RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC)
The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and is obtained by successfully completing an SRC exam.
Candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC training course prior to taking the exam. The RYA SRC training course may be taken in the classroom or online. There is no age limit for taking the SRC training course but exam candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam.
The SRC course can also be taken as an online training course.
SRC training course subjects include:
Routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
Correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
Ship to shore communication
Practical use of Marine VHF DSC training radios
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
The Exam: The exam following the training course is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be 16 years or older on the day of the exam. Exam slots are chosen at time of booking, and are usually directly after the training course.
Please note that there is an additional exam fee which is payable directly to the RYA, and this must be completed online prior to attending the exam. To complete and print the form follow this link.
RYA Marine First Aid
Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.
In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.
It fulfils the requirements for:
Professional skippers working under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially;
Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4);
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work.
The subjects specific to boating include:
Recovery position in a confined space
CPR, including the drowning protocol
Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
Seasickness and dehydration
Obtaining medical assistance or advice by VHF
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
A one-day course to help prevent and solve diesel engine failure.
Mechanical Failure is the main cause of rescue call outs for vessels at sea, and the majority of these are simple problems that could have been solved by preventative maintenance or basic diesel engine knowledge. This course might not just save you money in the event of a breakdown, but might also save your life if you can get the engine started again to get yourself home.
The principals of how an engine works
The systems and parts of an engine
Rectification of common problems
Bleeding the fuel system
Winter lay up procedures
RYA Sea Survival
A one-day course for anyone going to sea, providing an understanding of how to use the safety equipment on board your boat.
99.9% of those afloat will never use their liferaft or much of the safety equipment carried on board your boat. However, if you are part of the unlucky 0.1% your chances of survival will be greatly increased if you understand how to use the equipment and how to help yourself.
It is a well-proven fact that, in the event of an emergency at sea, people with training are more likely to survive.
An important part of the course is a practical session in a swimming pool. Experience first hand the problems of entering an uncooperative liferaft and assisting others while fully kitted out in wet weather gear and a lifejacket.
Course topics include:
Liferafts and the equipment they contain
Medical aspects of sea survival
Search and rescue techniques
RYA Radar Course
This is a one day course which gives you an understanding of radar, and how to use it as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance.
Boats increasingly have radar on board, and the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it. Radar is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know how to use all the functions correctly.
Course topics include:
How the radar set works
Types of radar display
The use of radar in collision avoidance