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

ISA Competent Crew

ISA Competent Crew introductory sailing courseISA Competent Crew Training CourseISA 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.

  • Course Type: Practical, some theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge:
  • Course Content: Steering, changing sails, reefing and tying the essential knots.
  • Ability After Course: By the end of this course the successful ISA Competent Crew will have sufficient knowledge and skill to be a useful and able crew member on any sailing yacht.
  • Minimum Duration: 5 Days continuous or 3 weekends

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased

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.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore ShorebasedThis 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.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased CourseCourse 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)

RYA First Aid

RYA First Aid Course First aid at seaThe 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.

RYA First Aid course

  • Course Type: Practical, theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge:
  • Course Content: Based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of Transport.
  • Ability After Course: A working knowledge of first aid for skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven.
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Day

RYA Sea Survival

RYA Sea Survival Course Galway and DublinRYA Sea Survival Training CourseAn 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.

  • Course Type: Practical, theory
  • Required Experience:
  • Assumed Knowledge:
  • Course Content: 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.
  • Ability After Course: RYA/MCA Basic Sea Survival Certificate
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Day
  • Cost: On Enquiry

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance and Engine Care

RYA Diesel Engine Care CourseThis 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.

  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Course Content: Basic maintenance and engine care
  • Ability After Course: Awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. Able to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and rectify defects which do not require workshop support
  • Minimum Duration: 1 Day