The Basic Navigation and Safety course has been renamed to Essential Navigation and Seamanship.

This course is an introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty skippers and crew. It is a great course for beginners and occasional water users, personal watercraft (PWC) users, keel boat sailors, sea anglers, wind surfers, canoeists, dinghy sailors, etc. Course topics include:

  • Charts and publications
  • Safety
  • Engine checks
  • Bouyage
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • GPS Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning

DAY SKIPPER THEORY  Duration • 5/6 days.

 A comprehensive introduction to navigation and cruising for new or inexperienced skippers. 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. Course topics include:

  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • GPS Navigation
  • 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, life jackets and life rafts


 Building on the knowledge gained on the Day Skipper Theory course, this course will take you to the next level of navigation techniques. The aim of this course is to equip you with the knowledge to allow you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. Course topics include:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • GPS Navigation
  • Taking and interpreting weather forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

MARINE RADIO (VHF) SHORT RANGE CERTIFICATE (SRC) COURSE Duration • 10 hours (3 hours home study 7 hours classroom + 1 hour exam)

The Marine Radio Short Range Certificate is an essential one day course for anyone who owns & uses a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. We use real radios & computer simulators for this course. Course topics include:

  • The basics of radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

RYA FIRST AID COURSE Duration • 1 day

The skills gained from this course could save some ones life! This is a one day course that covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, river estuaries or on cross-channel passages. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save a life, especially where immediate professional help is not available.

The certificate is valid for 3 years and fulfils the requirements for:
  • The MCA Code of Practice for skippers of small commercial vessels up to category 2, including boatmasters.
  • A first aid certificate for offshore racers subject to ISAF regulations on first aid training (OSR: 6.05i ).
  • All RYA practical instructors.

The course is recommended by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The subjects specific to boating include:

  • The recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR, including the drowning protocol
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and / or exposure
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • Helicopter rescue

To book a course  or if you require further information please call

07770 817 341

or e-mail us.