During all of these practical courses (apart from ICC and Start Yachting) you will live aboard the yacht for 5 days, and sail at least 100 miles and log a minimum of 4 night hours. There will be a maximum of 4 students.
Start Yachting: This 2-day course is for beginners and those who would like to learn basic seamanship. The course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. A further 3-day course can be taken at a later date to gain the Competent Crew certificate..
Competent Crew: This 5-day course is for beginners and those who would like to learn basic seamanship and become active crew members. There is no pre-course knowledge or experience necessary. This course can be taken as 5 consecutive days, 2-day plus 3-day weekends, or 3 weekends.
Day Skipper (Tidal): This 5-day course of navigation and seamanship is widely recognised and necessary for bareboat charterers. It gives you a chance to take charge on short passages under instruction with plenty of advice and help from the instructor. Designed for tidal waters. Ideal for persons with basic navigation and sailing ability and who have spent at least 5 days at sea (including 4 night hours) and have logged 100 miles. By the end of the course you should be able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. Age limit 14 or over. This course can be taken as 5 consecutive days, 2-day plus 3-day weekends, or 3 weekends.
Coastal Skipper (Tidal): This 5-day advanced skippering course is for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation and are usually aspiring towards a Certificate of Competence. Designed for Tidal waters. Aimed at persons with navigation experience to Coastal Skipper shorebased standard and sailing experience to Day Skipper practical standard. Ideally you will also have spent 15 days at sea (2 days as skipper) logging 300 miles including 8 night hours. By the end of the course you should be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night. This course must be taken as 5 consecutive days
Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence: Preparation and Examination. This is a 5-day preparation course, including a 1-day examination, leading to a RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence. An independent approved RYA examiner carries out the examination. Pre-requisites: 30 days at sea (2 days as skipper) logging 800 miles including 12 night hours; Marine radio SRC and First Aid certificates. Age limit 17 or over.
Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence: Preparation and Examination. This is a 5-day preparation course, including a 1-day examination, leading to a RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. This course prepares you for the RYA/MCA examination where candidates have to demonstrate their ability as skipper on an offshore cruising yacht and answer questions on any part of the syllabus for all courses (except Yachtmaster Ocean). An independent approved RYA examiner carries out the examination. The course is aimed at people with substantial sailing ability and experience, including 50 days at sea (5 days as skipper), 2,500 miles, five passages over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper. Other Pre-requisites: SRC and First Aid certificates. Age limit 18 or over.
International Certificate of Competence (ICC): Basic requirement for some overseas sailing. A half-day practical and theory assessment for persons who have a level of sailing ability equal to Day Skipper or above, but without formal RYA qualifications.
CEVNI.(European Inland Waterways Regulations): This certificate is a mandatory requirement for using inland waterways abroad, and consists of a short theory examination on the regulations.
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