Training



Course timetables for 2017 are shown at the bottom of this page.

In addition to these formal courses, we also offer a range of informal courses and introductory sessions for beginners. 

Sailing Training Courses

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. 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. 

Successful completion requires 40 hours tuition and completion of three assessment papers to a satisfactory standard.  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 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 www.ryatraining.org or in the RYA’s booklet “G/15”. Own boat tuition can be provided on suitably equipped yachts.

Duration: 5 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: 1 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: 1 day course.
Prior Qualification: None.

Powerboat Training Courses

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 day course.
Prior qualifications: None.

Course Timetables for 2017

 Course Date  Fee - Member / CA / Non-Member
 PBII 25/26 March£125 / £145 / £165 

1/2 April

15/16 April 
  20/21 May 
 3/4 June 
 25 June / 2 July
 29 / 30 July 
  19/20 August 
  26/27 August 
   
 RYA First Aid 28 October £80 / £90 / £100
 


 RYA VHF Radio Course 18 April OR 29 October £150 / £160 / £170
 
 
     RYA Day Skipper Theory     20 - 24 April      £300 / £325 / £350

       4/5 November, 18/19 November and 2/3 December 
   
 RYA Coastal Skipper  11/12 November, 25/26 November and 9/10 December £300 / £325 / £350
   
 RYA Day and Coastal Skipper Practical15-19 May   £510 / £545 / £625
  26-30 May