The 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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.