Shoredbased Courses

Essential Navigation & Seamanship

It offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving. It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice.

Course Content
  • Charts and Publications
  • Engine checks
  • Tidal awareness
  • Pilotage
  • Anchoring
  • Passage planning
  • Safety
  • Buoyage
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Rules of the road
  • Weather forecasts

Price: €450.00

You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.
This course is available in the classroom
In the classroom, the course is taught over 16 hours with exercises to complete along the way.
It can be covered as a series of short sessions or over two full days.

Day Skipper

This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. We are continually updating our courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats. In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office the RYA has developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shorebased course. We have northern and southern hemisphere versions of the training materials. So, no matter where you are in the world, our course can be tailored to you.

Course Content
  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic Charts
  • Position Fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meteorology
  • Tides
  • Collision regulations
  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts
Price: €700.00
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.
This course is available in the classroom
The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers.
It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course.

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. As with the 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.

Course Content
  • 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
Price: €800.00
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the 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.
The course is taught over 60 hours with five exam papers.
It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.
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