ISA Competent Crew is the basic ISA introductory sailing course for both the complete beginner and those who have some experience of either dinghy sailing or cruising. The ISA Competent Crew course can be completed by attending either five days or over weekends. The Competent Crew course is planned to give you as much fun and enjoyment as possible. While you learn to sail you will be taught about safety at sea and will be given lots of competent crewing opportunities. Master the ISA Competent Crew skills of steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots. Living onboard throughout the ISA Competent Crew course, each night is spent in new place, allowing you to savour the delights of a real cruising experience.
RYA Day Skipper Combined (Theory and Practical)
Introducing our new combined Day Skipper theory and practical course. This course will take places over 9 days. 4 days of classroom based theory followed by 5 days practical training. Held in our comfortable classes in Galway Harbour Enterprise park, you will be taught by experienced, friendly instructors who will take you through the course with professionalism & understanding. A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, weather & the basics of seamanship.
This is an invaluable course in learning how to start making decisions on board. The course covers navigation around familiar waters by day & gives a basic knowledge of night lights, weather & IRPCS. There are 2 assessment papers during the course to see if you have taken everything onboard. The first is based on chartwork and navigation, & the second is a more generic overview of the subject.
After 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.
To get the most out of doing a Day Skipper course like this also having VHF Short Range Radio, First Aid, Diesel engine or Sea Survival done can be beneficial as you can develop these skill in parallel with your Day Skipper Skills.
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the RYA 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.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
As with the Yachtmaster Navigation shorebased course, the RYA’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:
RYA / ISAF Offshore Safety course satisfies the training required by ISAF Offshore Special Regulation 6.01 for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. It is suitable for skippers and crews of yachts wishing to take part in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The aim of the ISAF Offshore Safety course is to provide skippers and crews of yachts wishing to take part in offshore races with the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with an emergency whilst offshore.
The RYA / ISAF Offshore Safety course is run in two - one day modules which may be taken in any order. Of of the modules is the RYA Sea Survival course. If you have attended the the RYA Basic Sea Survival course within the last five years then you need only attend the ISAF Offshore Safety training Module.
The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven. The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of Transport. Upon successful completion of the course an RYA First Aid Certificate is issued valid for 3 years. This certificate fulfills the requirements of the Department Of Transport Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels in area category 2, 3 & 4.
An interesting and informative day, a must for all sailors and powerboat users. The course will include, safety equipment, knowledge about flares, a practical session of liferafts in a swimming pool and the prevention and treatment of hypothermia. This course meets the RYA/DoT criteria for those seeking a commercial endorsement to their Yachtmaster Certificate.
This course will pay for itself several times over in both time & money! Most RNLI call outs are for easily preventable breakdowns, so you will learn the basics of maintaining your engine & simple troubleshooting procedures to keep you going & the RNLI smiling. Not only that, but you will learn simple maintenance, that can add years to the life of your engine. With a combination of hands on practical & classroom theory, you will go away with the necessary skills to restart a stopped engine at sea & the routine maintenance tasks that keep your engine in top condition.