ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased

ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased Training CourseThe ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased course develops a recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing or motor yacht on coastal passages during daylight and at night.

Shorebased course certificates are course attendance certificates and can only be awarded following successful course completion. Shorebased course completion certificates cannot therefore be issued solely on the basis of assessments completed without course attendance.

The Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased course Certificates are not prerequisites for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore certificate examinations; candidates for either of these exams are however, strongly recommended to undertake the relevant shorebased course or courses.

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  • Duration: 45 hours contact time 

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

The ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course develops the recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing or motor yacht on coastal and offshore passages during daylight and at night. Shorebased course certificates are course attendance certificates and can only be awarded following successful course completion. Shorebased course completion certificates cannot therefore be issued solely on the basis of assessments completed without course attendance.

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased CourseGeneral

The Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course certificates are not pre requisites for the ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased or ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased certificate examinations; candidates for either of these exams are, however, strongly recommended to undertake the relevant shorebased course or courses.

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  • Minimum Duration: 45 hours contact time
  • Cost: On enquiry

 

 

ISA Coastal Navigation for Small Boats

ISA Coastal Navigation for Small Boats training courseThis course provides recreational powerboat users the skills needed to plan and use boats during day light hours, in waters in which they are familiar. It will include the typical skills necessary to enjoy family day trips and longer coastal passages.

ISA Coastal Navigation For Small Boats

  • Course Type: Shorebased
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Course Content: The typical skills necessary to enjoy family day trips and longer coastal passages
  • Ability After Course: Ability to plan and use boats during day light hours, in waters in which they are familiar
  • Duration: 2 Day
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ISA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the ISA Coastal Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on ocean passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore ShorebasedThis course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the ISA Yachtmaster Ocean, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Yachtmaster Navigation shorebased course, the ISA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. Intensive week-long course.

Course topics include:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Course Type: Theory

Required Experience: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation

Minimum Duration: 40 hours (16 evenings or five days)

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prep.

It is recomended that the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation is completed before the exam as this gives the candidate a higher chance of success.

The ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Syllabus - Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Syllabi (ISA MCA) - Candidates may be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge or competence in the areas listed below

In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew. In ISA Yachtmaster Offshore exams the candidate will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.

International Regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea

ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam prep and Exam(Power)Questions will be confirmed to the International Regulations and although Yachtmaster candidates must be aware of the existence of Local Regulations they will not be expected to memorise specific local regulations:

  • General rules (1-3)
  • Steering and sailing rules (4-19)
  • Lights and shapes (20-31)
  • Sound and light signals (32-37)
  • Signals for vessels fishing in close proximity (Annex II)
  • Distress signals (Annex IV)

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Safety

Yachtmaster Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a Motorboat, based either on the recommendations in ISA booklet C8, the Special Regulations of the ORC or the Codes of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Vessels. In particular, candidates must know the responsibilities of a skipper in relation to:

  • Safety harnesses
  • Lifejackets
  • Distress flares
  • Fire prevention and fighting
  • Liferafts
  • Knowledge of rescue procedures. Helicopter rescue.

Boat Handling

Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore exam will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in more complex situations and will also be expected to show a higher level of expertise:

  • Coming to and weighing anchor, under power in various conditions of wind and tide
  • All berthing and un-berthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Recovery of man overboard
  • Towing, under open sea conditions and in confined areas
  • Boat handling in confined areas
  • Boat handling in heavy weather Helmsmanship to best advantage Use of warps for securing in an alongside berth and for shifting berth or winding

General Seamanship & Maintenance

  • Properties, use and care of synthetic fibre ropes
  • Knots
  • General deck-work, at sea and in harbour
  • Engine operations and routine checks
  • Improvisation of jury rigs following gear failure Responsibilities of Skipper
  • Can skipper a Motorboat and manage the crew
  • Communication with crew
  • Delegation of responsibility and watch-keeping organisation
  • Preparing Motorboat for sea and for adverse weather
  • Tactics for heavy weather and restricted visibility
  • Emergency and distress situations
  • ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Prep. Victualling for a cruise and feeding at sea
  • Customs procedures
  • Standards of behaviour and courtesy Navigation
  • Charts, navigational publications and sources of navigational information
  • Chartwork, including position fixing and shaping course to allow for tidal stream and leeway
  • Tide and tidal stream calculations
  • Buoyage and visual aids to navigation
  • Instruments, including compasses, logs, echo sounders, radio navaids and chartwork instruments
  • Passage planning and navigational tactics
  • Pilotage techniques
  • Navigational records
  • Limits of navigational accuracy and margins of safety
  • Lee shore dangers
  • Use of Radar and electronic navigation aids for passage planning and passage navigation
  • Use of waypoints and electronic routing Meteorology
  • Definition of terms
  • Sources of weather forecasts
  • Weather systems and local weather effects
  • Interpretation of weather forecasts, barometric trends and visible phenomena
  • Ability to make passage planning decisions based on forecast information Signals

Course programme

  • Exam Type: Practical may have theory assessment.
  • Required Experience: A restricted (VHF only) Radio Operators Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate. A valid first aid certificate. 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
  • Assumed Knowledge: Navigation, Meteorology, Collision Regulations, Safety and Passage Planning up to Yachtmaster and above standard
  • Exam Content: Navigation, Meteorology, Collision Regulations, Safety and Passage Planning up to Yachtmaster and above standard.
  • Ability After Course: ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Power. Skipper boats up to 200 tonne or 80 foot.
  • Minimum Duration: 8-12 hours for 1 candidate, 10-18 hours for 2 candidates. No more than two candidates can be examined in 24 hours. day and night.

ISA Coastal Skipper

ISA Coastal Skipper training courseThe ISA Coastal Skipper course is suitable for more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to ISA Day Skipper level, a knowledge of; navigation, meteorology, collision regulations safety and passage planning up to ISA Coastal Skipper / ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased standard; and have logged a minimum of 15 days onboard (2 days as skipper), 8 night hours and 300 miles. Additional mileage attained on the course will count towards the minimum pre exam requirements. The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on passages involving more complex decision making, cruise planning, navigation, and pilotage. A passage of longer duration, with particular emphasis placed on watch keeping techniques will usually be undertaken to demonstrate how to manage the yacht on such a passage.

ISA Coastal Skipper training courseIn addition, you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail. Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practised. By the end of this course the successful Coastal Skipper will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a yacht safely on long coastal and offshore passages by day and night, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. This course is suitable those who wish to go on to take the ISA / MCA Coastal Skipper examination. Candidates must also hold the RYA SRC VHF Radio/Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator's Certificate, Short Range Certificate and RYA First Aid/ISA First Aid Certificate or recognised alternatives. 5 Days ISA course completion certificate; plus weekend examination by an independent examiner if the full ISA / MCA Coastal Skipper certificate of competency is required.

  • Course Type: Practical
  • Required Experience: Practical ability to Day Skipper level
  • Assumed Knowledge: Navigation, Meteorology, Collision Regulations, Safety and Passage Planning up to Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shore based standard (ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased)
  • Course Content: Skippering techniques for passage planning.
  • Ability After Course: Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.
  • Minimum Duration: 5 Days continuous

ISA Day Skipper

ISA Day Skipper Yacht Sailing Training CourseAfter completing the day skipper theory course you will put into practice all that you have learned in the classroom when each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short coastal passages. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety. You will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.

  • Course Type: Practical
  • Required Experience: Basic sailing ability
  • Assumed Knowledge: Navigation to Day Skipper shore based theory course
  • Course Content: A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course also includes meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. Night sailing is also undertaken to give you a taste of pilotage in the dark.
  • Ability After Course: Able to undertake short coastal passages by day, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. Successful completion of this course means that you can charter one of our yachts.
  • Minimum Duration: 5 Days continuous or 3 week ends