Course Details

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

The Day Skipper course is intended to equip a skipper with the theoretical knowledge needed for the Day Skipper practical course. The syllabus covers the knowledge required to navigate familiar coastal waters by day but includes a basic knowledge of lights in case you arrive after dark.
Successful completion requires 40 hours tuition and completion of two assessment papers to a satisfactory standard.
Duration: 40 hours with two exam papers. At the Royal Harwich, this is run over a series of three weekends.
Prior Qualification: None.

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased

An advanced course for more experienced skippers, intended to follow completion of the Day Skipper course and building upon that syllabus to cover the theoretical knowledge required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster practical examinations. The syllabus is focused on navigation, meteorology and the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea but also covers a wide range of knowledge needed by skippers cruising coastal or international waters.
Successful completion requires 40 hours tuition and completion of three assessment papers to a satisfactory standard
The course is demanding and assumes competence in the skills covered during the Day Skipper course. It is strongly recommend that students have recently successfully completed a Day Skipper Shorebased course before embarking upon this one.
Duration: 40 hours and three exam papers. At the Royal Harwich, this is run over a series of three weekends.
Prior Qualification: RYA Day Skipper (Theory).

RYA 5 days afloat courses on sailing yachts

Turning the theory into practice. We offer courses from beginners to aspirant Yachtmasters. The syllabuses for the various courses and any pre-course experience – for Competent Crew and Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper – can be found on the RYA website or in the RYA’s booklet “G/15”. Own boat tuition can be provided on suitably equipped yachts.
Duration: Five Day Course
Prior Qualifications: None

RYA Marine Radio Short Range (VHF) Certificate

The course teaches the basics of radio operation, the correct channels to use, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures. Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facilities are an integral part of all new VHF sets and holders of an ‘old’, non DSC, licence will need to upgrade their qualification to the new certificate before they can use them. The certificate authorises the holder to use, or supervise the use, of a VHF (DSC) radio aboard any appropriately licensed British Vessel.
At RHYC we offer a one day course with prior reading.
Duration: One Day Course.
Prior Qualification: none

RYA First Aid

In a medical emergency a little first-aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers of yachts and motor vessels.
It includes all the usual First Aid topics, relating them specifically to 'on the water' scenarios. The course covers such subjects as minor ailments, including headaches, sunburn and small lesions through to immediate response to serious medical emergencies, in situations that yachtsmen could encounter. There is emphasis on resuscitation techniques, and the primary care of a 'man overboard' victim. Procedures for obtaining outside medical assistance and a helicopter rescue service are covered as well as the correct first-aid stores for your own boat, whether you sail inshore or offshore.
Duration: One day
Prior Qualification: None

RYA Sea Survival

Yachting is one of the safest leisure sporting activities and 99.9% of yachtsmen will never use their Life-raft. However, if you are one of the unlucky few, your chances of survival will be greatly increased if you understand how to use the equipment and how to help yourself. It is a well-proven fact that in the event of an emergency at sea, people with training are more likely to survive.
The Sea Survival course is a genuine life-saver. Designed for small craft users, the course provides understanding on how to use the safety equipment found on small vessels. A central part of the course is Life rafts, the equipment they contain and survival techniques. Other topics covered include the design of life jackets, medical aspects of sea survival, and search and rescue techniques.
There is a practical session in the pool and students are encouraged to experience firsthand the problems of entering (and assisting the entrance of others) an inflated liferaft whilst fully kitted out.
Duration: One day
Prior qualification: None

Suddenly Alone for Non-Skippers - One Day Afloat with an instructor

Course initiated at RHYC. It covers all that anyone sailing needs to know if one of you is absent or indisposed: - first aid, basic care & use of the engine; boat handling & recovery of a casualty from the water. This is a course for both men and women, to focus your mind and make a plan as to how you would handle such a circumstance on your own boat. This is a popular course as RHYC is one of very few to run it.
Duration: one day.

International Certificate of Competence and Code Europeen des Voles de Navigation Interieure Commonly known as ICC and CEVNI

The CEVNI qualification and carrying the CEVNI rule book onboard is a legal requirement on the inland waterways of Europe. The full ICC requires an oral or written test on regulations, safety, pilotage and navigation. This is followed by a practical assessment of boat handling and is completed with the inland rule of the road.
Certificates of satisfactory completion of practical courses and certificates of competence are acceptable as evidence of competence for the issue of an ICC. The CEVNI test would still be required.
ICC Suitable certificates are: Powerboat 2, Helmsman’s course, Day Skipper power or sail, Coastal skipper power or sail, DoT deck officer or military bridge watch keeping certificate, DoT boatman’s certificate or RYA dinghy Instructor and power boat 2.
The application form also shows what is requested for the oral or written assessment and the practical boat handling. An hour should be allowed for the former and two hours for the latter. The CEVNI is a 14 question multi choice answer paper usually taking about 30 minutes.
Duration: CEVNI 30 minutes.
Prior Qualification: None

RYA Powerboat Level 1

We offer this one-day course to children between 8 and 11 years of age. The course will teach them powerboat handling and safety in small powered craft, including man overboard, introduction to IRPCS and the basics of weather and tides. (Children aged 12 and over should do the two-day level 2 course.) 
Duration: 1 day
Prior Qualifications: none


RYA Powerboat Level 2

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence, as well as often being a prerequisite for other qualifications. The course includes close quarters handling, low and high speed manoeuvres and man overboard procedures among other topics.
Duration: 2 days
Prior Qualifications: none


Do let us know if any of the above appeal to you, by e-mail to: or calling 01473 780319.


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