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.
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 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.
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.