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Shore based Courses

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Specialist short courses Navigation courses

The RYA's range of theory and specialist courses cover everything from navigation and seamanship to first aid at sea, marine radio, basic survival techniques and more.

As well as improving knowledge, many of our courses meet regulatory requirements and are pre-requisites for higher qualifications such as the RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence, commercial endorsements and RYA instructor training. Find out more about RYA shorebased courses below.

Specialist short courses

Adult Training

Expand your knowledge and skills in specialist areas with one of our short courses. Usually one-day or a number of shorter sessions, they are perfect as a stand alone course or to complement your practical training on the water.

Marine Radio SRC Course and Exam First Aid Course Diesel Engine Course
A course and exam for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio either fixed or hand held. Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. This course is MCA approved and satisfies the requirements for Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster and Advanced Powerboat certificates of competence and some commercial work afloat. A course to help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure. The course will give awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine and the ability to prevent breakdown at sea & rectify defects not requiring workshop support. Mechanical failure is the main cause of lifeboat callouts to yachts. This course includes basic maintenance and engine care which will prevent most cases of engine failure.

Navigation courses

Advance Training

However you prefer to get out on the water, our navigation and seamanship theory courses will provide you with the knowledge to do it safely and with confidence. With various flexible options for classroom, distance and online learning, you'll have no problem finding a format that works for you.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course Day Skipper Theory Course
A basic introduction to navigation and safety for anyone new to boating: sailors, powerboaters, sea anglers, divers and boatmasters. Also useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers. A comprehensive introduction to chartwork navigation meteorology and the basics of seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making decisions on board and if you are considering taking the Day Skipper practical course.


Last updated 18:40 on 6 June 2022

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