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

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Training CourseAdvanced training for more experienced skippers building on the RYA Day Skipper course.

This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore 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 Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the RYA Day Skipper 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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RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Training 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 Programme

  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience: Day skipper Navigation knowledge
  • Assumed Knowledge: Day skipper Navigation knowledge
  • Course Content:
  • Ability After Course:
  • Duration: 48 hours (16 evenings, 2 weekends or 5 days)
  • Cost: €595 including charts, books, course notes, exercises and tea or coffee.

To get the most out of doing a Navigation course like this it is best to follow it up with either a practical Sail or Power Cruising course. 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 other Skipper Skills.

 

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

 RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship training courseThe courses are designed to help learn the skills of navigation, pilotage, passage planning and meteorology. They are great as stand alone courses, but also complement our various practical courses.

Whether you are a sailor or drive a power boat, our shorebased courses equip would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to go afloat and take charge. The next logical step is to attend one of our practical courses.

Bow Waves provide a unique pack with tools, books and information most others don't provide.

  • Course Type: Theory
  • Required Experience: None
  • Assumed Knowledge: None
  • Course Content:Basic navigation, sailing and seamanship training course
    • How to read, use, and understand charts
    • Chart terminology
    • Anchoring
    • The use of position lines
    • Rules of the Sea
    • Variation & deviation
    • Lights and Shapes
    • Fixes
    • Signals
    • Tides & Weather
    • VHF procedure
    • Pilotage
    • Passage planning
    • Echo sounders and logs
    • Maintaining accurate Logbooks