RYA Diesel Engine Course.
This course aims to give awareness and ability to take care
of maintenance and defects onboard a vessel with diesel
engine(s), which do not require workshop support. The course
is part theory and part practical with a engines and
components available. Suitable for modern high performance
motor cruisers, but equally relevant to sailing yachts with
engines, generator sets and / or bow thrusters. Practical
sessions with oil and filter changes, fuel system bleeding
fault diagnosis and rectification etc. Course book included.
Yacht & Boat Electrics Course.
This is a course aimed at sailors who would like to get to
grips with the fundamentals of electrics. It is aimed at
vessels of less than 24m. The course includes theory and
practical sessions based within the classroom, including
wiring, fault finding and upgrading. Both DC and AC systems
are tackled. Comprehensive learning pack on CD is supplied
with this course.
Marine Electronics Course.
This course aims to keep everyone up to date with the latest
electronics for marine use. It covers how instrumentation
works, fitment, calibration, fault finding and legal aspects
of such items as compasses, speed logs and echo sounders,
anemometers, GPS sets, marine radio sets, sat comms,
autopilots, radar, AIS, EPIRBS and SARTS etc etc. Reference
notes on CD included. 1day.
Rigs and Rigging Course.
A one day course covering aspects of spars and rigging for
vessels as diverse as cruising and racing yachts, keelboats
and day boats and racing dinghies. The course includes the
stepping of masts, setting up and tuning of rigging,
comparisons of different types of rigging etc. The extensive
practical sessions include whipping of cordage, properties
and splicing of modern low stretch fibres such as spectra,
and the making of Talurit eyes in wire stays. Comprehensive
notes on CD are included.
Sail Design, Sail making and Maintenance Course.
A course covering all aspects of sail design, manufacture,
repairs and maintenance for all types of sails for cruising
and racing boats. The course includes computer sail design,
shaping and re-cutting as well as all of the required
maintenance, repairs and sail handling.
Yacht and Boat Systems Course.
A one day course covering all aspects of yacht systems not
covered in the above maintenance courses. Includes LPG,
fresh water and salt water plumbing, water makers, air
conditioning, hotel and entertainment systems etc.
RYA Radar users course.
A one-day course giving you an understanding of radar as an
aid to navigation and collision avoidance. Cruising boats
increasingly have radar on board. The International
Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state
that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it. Radar
is probably the most versatile of all electronic navigation
aids, but the best results are only obtained when you know
how to use all the functions correctly. It is not an all
seeing eye, and can easily mislead those who do not
understand its controls, allow for its limitations, or
interpret its picture.
Course topics include: how the radar set works, how its
adjustments and features affect the way it works, target
definition, radar reflectors, types of radar display, radar
plotting, the use of radar in navigation and collision
avoidance. Book and certificates included.
Marine Radio (SRC)
A one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held
marine VHF radio. 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.
This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using
International channels. A radio is an important piece of
safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the
correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block
out a Mayday distress call. All new VHF sets are either
fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to
specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence
(pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you
purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this
one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter
for direct examination. 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) using simulators
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS),
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Search
and Rescue (SART). The course will be taught using radio
simulators and will be examined by a short written test.
£30 extra to RYA for SRC Certificate.
A one-day course for anyone going to sea, providing an
understanding of how to use the safety equipment on board
your boat. A genuine lifesaver. Cruising is one of the
safest leisure sporting activities, and 99.9% of those
afloat will never use their liferaft. However, if you are
part of the unlucky 0.1% 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. An important part of the course is a
practical session in a swimming pool. Experience first hand
the problems of entering an uncooperative liferaft and
assisting others while fully kitted out in wet weather gear
and a lifejacket.
Course topics include: liferafts and the equipment they
contain, survival techniques,
the design of lifejackets, medical aspects of sea survival,
search and rescue techniques. Course notes and certificate.
Offshore Safety course.
Training for recreational and racing skippers and crews who
encounter rough weather and problems at sea. At the end of
the course you will have a good knowledge of the safety
equipment carried on small boats and the seamanship
techniques needed to survive at sea in heavy weather. The
certificate awarded conforms with the eligibility
requirements of section 6.01 of the ISAF Special Regulations
for category 0, 1 and some category 2 offshore races. These
regulations require a percentage of the crew to have taken
personal survival training. Full details of the Special
Regulations can be found in the ISAF website. Course topics
include: the one day sea survival course, half a day of
training in seamanship and emergencies, including heavy
weather seamanship, weather forecasting, fire fighting and
man overboard recovery. Course notes and certificate.