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Whether it is a refresher course, a taster weekend or a full RYA course, we offer a comprehensive range of courses in the UK.

The Solent, in our view, represents the ideal starting point, thanks to good accessibility from many parts of the country but also protected waters enabling sailing in most conditions plus a great range of options to sail to, from the Isle of Wight to attractive harbours like Poole and Weymouth to the West, or Chichester and Portsmouth harbour to the East. Many of our training trips are across the channel to France and the Channel islands.

Weekend Trips

Embarking Friday evening from 6pm or by 08:30 Saturday morning our weekend tuition includes refresher courses, taster cruises  and the RYA start yachting course. We will tend to sail fairly locally, visiting the isle of Wight, one of the marinas in Portsmouth harbour with Poole being the furthest we go.  Disembarkation is typically by around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

Weekly Tuition

Our 5 day sailing courses  venture further afield with cross channel or coastal voyages as far as Weymouth and Poole. These include refresher courses and mile builder voyages and ICC courses  as well as the standard RYA courses including Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and preparation for the Yachtmaster exam.

Our 7 day courses are usually mile builder voyages  and preparation for Yachtmaster as well as our special Tidal Conversion Course

Private Tuition

Ideal for families or groups of friends or for those whi simply wish to ensure a bespoke course entirely tailored to your needs tuition with private yacht charter will ensure you have your own instructor. Depending on your previous experience, you could undertake any of the RYA courses or simply concentrate on whatever areas have been identified as your further training needs.

General Information

Sailing is a social sport and a sailing course can be an ideal holiday or short break and a way to make new friends. Our RYA instructors have all been chosen for their sociable approach as well as their expertise to make the time you spend with us as much fun as it is a learning experience. The waters of the Solent and English Channel represent and an ideal area to start yachting and learn to sail for both novice and advanced students alike, offering varied conditions and tides, plus an excellent selection of lights, buoys , and situations that will enhance your learning experience as you progress through the RYA sail training programme. Our sea school ethos has always been to put safety first and we hope to empower each of our students by offering simple and patient instruction, in order that they may gain confidence in their own ability as they learn how to sail and to take their first steps as skipper or to undertake longer offshore coastal passages.

Whilst The RYA training programme can be joined at any level from Start yachting to Yachtmaster, we welcome mixed ability and family groups, often combining our RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses, competent crew and Coastal Skipper courses  on the same tuition yacht, so that students might learn from each other. The maximum student/instructor ratio is 5:1, in line with RYA codes of practice.

Students are accommodated in shared cabins with options for sole occupancy also available.

We supply pillows and pillow cases and recommend you bring your own sleeping bags and towels. All Marina fees and fuel costs are included. Tea & coffee, drinking water, provisioning for continental breakfast, light lunches and snacks are supplied whilst on weekend courses, whilst 5 and 7 day courses include provisioning for full board.

On arrival at our base you will be greeted by your instructor and shown to your yacht where you will be given a basic safety brief and are then free to relax for the night or mix with other guests. Our courses start on the following morning and run for 2, 5 or 7 days until mid- afternoon on the final day.

Free parking is available at our base if you are driving, or it is a relatively short cab ride from either Southampton  station or the airport.

You will need to register your car registration number with the marina reception upon arrival – Note that the parking is NOT monitored by the marina, but by a third party company. Parking is secure in the berth-holders and visitors area which is on the right hand side as you enter the marina (opposite Force 4 chandlery).

Seafarer Training is fully recognised by the Royal Yachting Association. Tuition yachts are regularly inspected and comply with RYA / MCA guidelines and Codes of Practice for Sail Training Yachts. All instructors for both RYA and Non RYA courses advertised, are RYA qualified commercially endorsed Yachtmasters and cruising instructors as a minimum.

You can be reassured that safety procedures and equipment are regularly monitored and inspected to comply with both the British RYA and Greek maritime authority regulations.

At Seafarer we ensure that all our recommended courses are both safe and enjoyable offering a high standard of tuition and comfort.

We ensure that:

  • You are under the supervision of an RYA qualified instructor whilst at sea.
  • All our RYA instructors hold the requisite first aid certificates
  • Safety equipment on our tuition yachts complies with British RYA & MCA regulations.
  • All yachts have DSC VHF radios, handheld VHF radios and mobile phones.
  • Slim-line inflatable life jackets, harnesses and crotch straps are provided for each person aboard, with extra spares carried.
  • For your comfort, all yachts are equipped with spray hood, hot water, w.c. with shower, , deck shower, electric fridge, electric heating,fully equipped galley, radio / media player and TV screen.
  • Accommodation on board is in double / twin or  single cabins or you can book a saloon berth. Pillows and pillow cases are  provided and we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag..
  • Instructor / student ratio is maintained at a maximum of 5 students per instructor, in line with RYA codes of practice.

Exploring the Solent

Our range of courses

Many of our clients undertake their training with a view to chartering a yacht on holiday. Whether flotilla or bareboat, the minimum qualification required is the International Certificate of Competence, which can be taken as a course or a stand alone assessment. The RYA Day Skipper course has a broader syllabus and also qualifies you to obtain an ICC certificate via the RYA, either for a fee or as a benefit of joining the RYA.

This course is ideal for beginners to learn the basics and for those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of this 5 day course you will not only be competent but a confident member of the yacht crew and be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines associated with the vessel.

During our Competent Crew course you will spend 5 days aboard the yacht visiting local  harbours and anchorages and have the opportunity to complete a longer passage and to experience some night sailing.

Safety is paramount in all RYA courses and you will learn how to operate flares, life jackets, safety harnesses, life-rafts and how to assist the recovery of a man overboard. At the end you will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew Certificate and be an asset to any crew you join.

Pre-course Requirements: None

Recommended minimum age: 12

Course Syllabus:

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails – sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day-to-day running of the boat.
  • Sail handling – Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails. Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.
  • Rope-work – Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards. Ability to tie the following eight knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot.
  • Fire precautions and fighting – Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire. Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of fire.
  • Personal safety equipment – Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, life jackets and personal buoyancy aids.
  • Man overboard – Understands the actions to be taken to recover a man overboard.
  • Emergency equipment – Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used. Understands how to launch and board a life raft
  • Manners and customs – Understands accepted practice with regard to: use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed. Aware of the responsibilities of yacht skippers to protect the environment.
  • Rules of the road – Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea.
  • Dinghies – Understands and complies with the loading rules. Is able to handle a dinghy under oars.
  • Meteorology – Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort Scale.
  • Helmsmanship and sailing – Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing. Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
  • General duties – Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on decks and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel.

The completion certificate is included in the cost of your course.

Skippering a yacht for the first time can be an intimidating yet exhilarating experience. The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course is designed to teach you how to take charge of a yacht safely and confidently. A skipper does much more than navigate. They are also responsible for the complete safety and well being of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualing, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.

This course gives you the chance to take charge and skipper the boat on short passages, under instruction, with plenty of advice and support from our instructors. Time is spent demonstrating and practicing basic seamanship with emphasis on boat handling skills. We explore the practical solutions to navigation and build confidence during pilotage exercises.

Students live aboard for the duration of the 5 day course in single occupancy or shared cabins and visit many different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques You will complete at least 4 night hours sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights.

Students who have successfully completed the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper Completion certificate. In addition they can apply to the RYA for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is an internationally recognised qualification and ideal for future Flotilla holidays or progression to ‘bareboat’ yacht charter.

Pre-course Requirements: 5 days at sea, 100 miles, 4 night hours. Navigation to Day Skipper Shore-based standard and basic sailing ability.

Minimum age: 16

Course Syllabus:

  • Preparation for sea – Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of gear on deck and below.
  • Deck work – Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions. Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth.
  • Navigation – Taking and plotting visual fixes – Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing – Use of waypoints – Working up DR and EP – Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams – Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift – Knowledge of IALA buoyage – Maintenance of navigational records – Use of echo sounder and lead lines
  • Pilotage – Can prepare and execute pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour – Understands the use of leading and clearing lines – Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage.
  • Meteorology – Knows sources of forecast information – Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
  • Rules of the road – Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
  • Maintenance and repair work – Understands and is able to carry out routine maintenance tasks – Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes.
  • Engines – Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system.
  • Victualing – Understands how to victual a yacht.
  • Emergency situations – Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard – Understands distress flares and how to use a life raft – Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message – Understands how to secure a tow – Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
  • Yacht handling under power – Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Yacht handling under sail – Can bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide – Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.
  • Passage making – Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew.

The completion certificate is included in the cost of your course.

Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake longer voyages.

During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping and preparation for sea. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and longer coastal passages with plenty of night sailing.

At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper on coastal passages safely and confidently by day or night.

Our coastal skipper course gives the chance to complete longer passages from our base to destinations such as Corfu and Zante.

Pre-course Requirements: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. Navigation to Coastal Skipper shorebased standard. Sailing to Day Skipper standard.

Minimum age: 17

Course Syllabus:

  • Passage planning – Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy – Knows Customs procedures.
  • Preparation for sea – Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages – Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
  • Pilotage – Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations – Can pilot a yacht by day and night
  • Passage making and ability as skipper – Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew – Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage – Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends – Is aware of crew welfare on passage – Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
  • Yacht handling under power – Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power – All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Yacht handling under sail – Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space – Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide – Can sail efficiently on all points of sail.
  • Adverse weather conditions – Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds – Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility.
  • Emergency situations – Recovery of man overboard under power and sail – Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the life raft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescue.

The completion certificate is included in the cost of your course.

Please note that from 1st January 2017 the above syllabus will be combined with the existing tidal syllabus to offer a combined tidal syllabi in accordance with changes to the RYA sail cruising scheme. For those students who take a course with us from 1st January 2017 onwards, your certificate will no longer be marked with a tidal / non-tidal option.

We have two different courses on offer, depending on your level of experience. These courses are designed for those with previous experience (former yacht owners, experienced dinghy sailors, etc.) who either have a recognised skippers certificate but are out of practice or alternatively have the knowledge and confidence to formalise these courses with an ICC assessment at the end of the course. Please note that these courses do not in themselves grant you the appropriate documentation to skipper a yacht abroad  (minimum requirement is the ICC certificate).

2 Day Refresher or Pre Flotilla Course

Our two day course is designed as a refresher course for those who would be able to partake in a flotilla holiday with confidence upon successful completion of the course. The course is  run on a yacht very similar in equipment and characteristics to those operated on our flotilla holidays. You would then spend the first three days on the water with an instructor covering the areas of skippering and boat handling required to ensure that you can complete your flotilla holiday in confidence. The contents of the course is very much driven by you – practice the skills that you would like whilst enjoying a weekend on the water.

Pre-course Requirements: 5 days at sea, 100 miles, 4 night hours. Navigation to Day Skipper Shore-based standard and basic sailing ability.

5 Day Refresher or Pre Flotilla Course

Our five day pre flotilla course is designed specifically to take you from having limited or now skippering experience to the level required to safely and competently enjoy a flotilla holiday on board your own chartered yacht.

Pre-course Requirements: 5 days at sea, 100 miles, 4 night hours. Navigation to Day Skipper Shore-based standard and basic sailing ability.

Course Syllabus:

  • The Yacht – Parts of a boat, her rigging and sails.
  • Preparation for sea – Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages – Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
  • Deck work – Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions. Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside or stern to, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside  or stern- to berth.
  • Rope-work – Understanding of the rigging. Practical knowledge of commonly used knots.
  • Sail handling – Basic sail trimming and sailing on all points of sail. Understanding of reefing controls and when to reef.
  • Power Handling – Basic boat handling under power, including anchoring, use of shore lines and “Mediterranean” style stern-to mooring.
  • Pilotage – Can prepare and execute pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour – Understands the use of leading and clearing lines – Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage.
  • Navigation – Simple position fixing, line of sight navigation and GPS familiarisation. Chart reading and chart symbol identification and calculating a course to steer.
  • Safety – Basic safety procedures when moored and under way. Including First Aid, use of flares, fire precautions and man overboard recovery.
  • Communications – Operation of your VHF radio. Radio etiquette and local customs.
  • Meteorology – Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort Scale.

 

Whilst we can offer this certification as part of our practical courses from Day Skipper onwards, it can be achieved as a stand alone 5 day course.
If you are experienced and seeking only the assessment, you can do this as part of a 2 day refresher course culminating in the ICC test

Pre-course Requirements: 5 days at sea, 100 miles, 4 night hours. Navigation to Day Skipper Shore-based standard and basic sailing ability.

Minimum age: 16

Course Syllabus:

All Candidates:

    • Regulations – 1. Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout 2. Can determine a ‘safe speed’ 3. Can recognise a potential collision situation 4. Can identify ‘give way’ vessel in a collision situation 5. Knows what action to take as ‘give way’ and ‘stand on’ vessel 6. Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel 7. Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1,2,3 & 5 short blasts) 8. Can make and recognise visual distress signals.
    • Safety – . Is able to use and instruct crew on the use of: Lifejackets Distress flares Fire extinguishers ‘Kill cord’ (if fitted) 2. Can prepare a boat for use and take sensible precautions before setting out, including: Engine checks – Check fuel for range/duration of trip – Obtain weather forecast – Avoid overloading boat.

Inland Only:

    • Regulations – Understands CEVNI (European Inland Waterways Regulations).

Additionally, For Coastal Waters Candidates:

    • Regulations – 1. Knows rules relating to Traffic Separation Schemes 2. Knows requirements for navigation lights and shapes to be displayed by own vessel 3. Can recognise the following from the lights: Power driven, sailing vessel, vessel at anchor, tug and tow, fishing vessel, dredger 4. Knows sound signal to be made by vessels as in Q3.
    • Pilotage – 1. Can recognise, by day and night, and understand significance of buoys of the IALA system _ 2. Knows sources of information on: local regulations, port entry and departure signals, VTS and Port Operations Radio 3. Can plan a harbour entry/departure, taking account of possible presence of large vessels and avoiding navigational hazards.
    • Navigation – (Chart & Plotting Instruments required) 1. Can interpret a navigational chart, understand significance of charted depths and drying heights and can identify charted hazards 2. Can plot position by cross bearings and by Lat/Long 3. Can determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream 4. Can use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water at a standard port 5. Can determine direction and rate of tidal stream from a tidal stream atlas or tidal diamonds on a chart 6. Understands basic use of GPS.

Practical Assessment:

  • Start – Give safety briefing including use of safety equipment – Has listened to weather forecasts – Pre start engine checks – Start engine – Check cooling – Knows fuel range.
  • Depart from Pontoon – Understands use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon – Communicate with crew – Position fenders correctly.
  • 360? Turn in Confined Space
  • Securing to a Buoy – Communicate effectively with crew – Prepare warp – Choose correct angle of approach – Control speed of approach – Secure boat effectively – Depart from the mooring safely.
  • Man Overboard – Observe MOB or instruct crew to do so – Demonstrate correct direction and speed of approach – Make suitable contact with MOB.
  • High Speed Manoeuvres (if appropriate) – Use kill-cord if appropriate – Choose suitable area – Show awareness of other water users – Warn crew before each manoeuvre – Look around before S and U turns – Control speed on U turns.
  • Handling Under Sail (if appropriate) – Sail triangular course with one leg to windward – Choose suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails – Use sails suitable for prevailing conditions – Show awareness of wind direction – Trim sails correctly on each point of sailing – Warn crew before manoeuvres – Look round before tacking and gybing – Control sails during tacking and gybing.
  • Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon – Communicate effectively with crew – Show awareness of other water users – Prepare warps/fenders – Choose correct angle of approach – Control speed of approach – Stop boat in place required and secure to pontoon – Stop engine.

For your information

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Inland & coastal Waters Committee Resolution 40 (hereafter called Resolution 40) International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (known in the UK as the International Certificate of Competence (ICC)) is documentary assurance from one government to another that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in Resolution 40. It is NOT a qualification. The resolution states that the ICC may be issued by a government to its nationals and residents who are bound for the waters of foreign countries on vessels registered by that government, on condition that it accepts the requirements and conditions set out in Resolution 40. This means that a UK ICC allows UK Citizens and bona-fide UK residents in UK registered pleasure craft (up to 24m in length) to visit the waters of foreign states that participate in Resolution 40,  particularly their national certification requirements which in many cases are compulsory. The UK is one of only a few countries which have fully accepted Resolution 40. Many countries have not adopted Resolution 40, some still apply Resolution 14 which Resolution 40 was intended to replace. Others only apply Resolution 40 in part or with caveats attached. In reality, however, the ICC is more widely accepted as proof of the holder’s competence. Spain, Greece and Portugal for example, have not adopted Resolution 40 but are still likely to ask visitors for an ICC. Some states may accept UK (RYA) ICC as an alternative to their national qualification on their nationally flagged vessels, but this should NEVER be assumed. The onus is on ICC holders to determine its acceptability by foreign states. The ICC was never intended to be an alternative to individual national qualification requirements. The advice to anyone planning to charter abroad is to obtain from the charter company (preferably in writing) details of the certification they require, what cruising area this is acceptable for and that this certification will also meet the requirements of the relevant authorities in the area concerned. The RYA is working towards wider acceptance of Resolution 40 and conformity in its application. Once Resolution 40 is universally adopted, the ICC may then become more like an international driving licence in application for visitors.

Aimed at those who have trained or gained their experience in non-tidal waters such as the Mediterranean, this course aims to develop and enhance a skipper’s ability and experience in tidal waters ensuring both a  theoretical understanding of basic tidal theory and implications for navigation such as tidal heights and streams, as well as acquiring the practical skills required to safely handle a yacht in tidal waters. This includes mastering techniques such as ferry gliding when maneuvering   a yacht in close quarters as well as tidal implications for passage planning.

Pre-course Requirements: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. Navigation to Day Skipper Shore-based standard. Sailing to Day Skipper standard.

Minimum age: 16

  • Revision & Consolidation of procedures and routines to Day Skipper level (as the assumed starting level of the course) in tidal waters
  • Navigation – Taking and plotting visual fixes – Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing – Use of waypoints – Working up DR and EP – Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams – Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift – Knowledge of IALA buoyage – Maintenance of navigational records – Use of echo sounder and lead lines
  • Pilotage – Can prepare and execute pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour – Understands the use of leading and clearing lines – Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage.
  • Yacht handling under power – Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power – All berthing and un-berthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Yacht handling under sail – Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space – Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide – Can sail efficiently on all points of sail.
  • Adverse weather conditions – Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds and tides – Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility.
  • Emergency situations – Recovery of man overboard under power and sail in a ridal stream – Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the life raft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescue.

For those wishing to expand on their leisure sailing abilities and take it to the next level, we offer a range of courses, from yachtmaster prep and organised Certificate of Competence exams to Fast-track Yachtmaster courses to prepare you for entry into the industry. We are always looking for crews for our flotilla and cabin charter programs and possibilities exist for both work experience and seasonal positions following successful completion of your course.

Courses include:

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course

Yachmaster preparation (1 or 2 weeks)

Yachtmaster examinations

RYA SRC (VHF) COurse

RYA First Aid

RYA Shorebased Courses

Introduction

All our online theory courses are delivered by Navathome, an RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.

This option gives you total control of your study time and place and your and rate of progress.  Given that when you study is entirely up to you, it is dependent on some self discipline to ensure that you work systematically towards completing your chosen qualification. You will  be supported by a fully qualified and experienced Navathome instructor who can assist and clarify on issues and questions that may arise. Recommended on line study time is 50 hours, plus some time allowed for revision and practice.

Course Pre-requisites

Whilst no previous experience is necessary for this course, we would recommend practical sailing experience, either dinghy or yacht experience, ideally to Competent Crew level or equivalent.

Duration

The online course takes approximately 40 to 45 hours, given that everyone learns at their own pace. There is an initial 6 months time limit to complete the course with a further 6 month extension available at a cost of an additional £30 fee.

What's included?

  • Access to the online course for a period of 6 months
  • A course pack including a chart, Breton plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter simulator download. Please read the shipping information prior to booking.
  • Email support from one of Navathome’s instructors.
  • RYA certification issued by Navathome upon successful completion of the course, namely the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.

Course Syllabus

  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • 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, lifejackets and liferafts

Registration and Price

Please read the Navathome Terms & Conditions and the Navathome Data Protection Policy prior to booking as they outline all details of the booking with Navathome.

The cost of this course is £295

Introduction

All our online theory courses are delivered by Navathome, an RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.

The Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Advanced theory training course is for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

Course Pre-requisites

Students should be in possession of the practical and theoretical knowledge up to Day Skipper level.

Duration

The online course takes approximately 60 hours, given that everyone learns at their own pace. There is an initial 6 months time limit to complete the course with a further 6 month extension available at a cost of an additional £30 fee.

What's included?

  • Access to the online course for a period of 6 months
  • A course pack including a chart, Breton plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter simulator download. Please read the shipping information prior to booking.
  • Email support from one of Navathome’s instructors.
  • RYA certification issued by Navathome upon successful completion of the course, namely the RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Theory certificate.

Course Syllabus

  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • 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, lifejackets and liferafts

Registration and cost

Please read the Navathome Terms & Conditions and the Navathome Data Protection Policy prior to booking as they outline all details of the booking with Navathome.

The cost of this course is £295

Online + classroom assessment

The VHF Radio is a standard and essential piece of safety equipment found aboard all charter yachts and this course will teach you the correct procedure for its use, both in everyday situations and also in the event of an emergency.

It is recommended for all charterers, but it is a legal requirement for all charters in Croatia for the skipper to be in possession of a international recognised radio operators certificate, as well as an internationally recognised skippers certificate.

The course takes approximately 5 hours (recommendation from the RYA) and after successful completion, you will be required to sit a separate classroom based written and practical assessment. Please note that a £60 licence fee is payable to the RYA on the day of the assessment.

Start date: Anytime Price £75

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This guarantee applies to yacht and accommodation rates on our Beach Club, Flotilla, Learn to Sail and & Cabin Charter programmes operated by Seafarer and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Regular Practical Courses - 2020 Prices

£ Per person
 2 Day Refresher Courses5 Day RYA Practical courses 7 day RYA Courses & Mile Builder Trips
Voyages
April & May£199£525£695
June - November£249£525£695

Combined Theory and Practical Courses 2020 Prices

Combine a Navathome theory course with a Practical course with Seafarer Training
Navathome Course
Practical CourseCombined Price
Day Skipper TheoryDay Skipper Practical£795
Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore TheoryCoastal Skipper Practical£795

Extra & Discounts

  • A 50% supplement applies for single cabin occupancy on the training boat.
  • 3 day courses (25th May) Supplement £100
  • ICC test (within a weekend course) £50
  • Hire of wet weather gear £30
  • Hire of sleeping bag  £10
  • A 10% multiple course discount applies when 2 or more courses are booked for an individual at the same time.

What’s Included On A Tuition Yacht Course

  • Instruction from RYA qualified instructors
  • Provisioning for breakfast & light lunch (weekend courses) or full board (mid week courses)
  • All mooring fees
  • Diesel, water & gas
  • Course completion certificate (if successful!)
  • Free parking at our base at Shamrock Quay Marina, Southampton
  • Automatic 5% discount when booking your next Seafarer holiday

For more information and upcoming course dates for  these and other shore-based courses, pleased give us a call.

Meet the Team

Simon Worthington

Simon Worthington

Cruising Instructor

Simon began sailing dinghies at local clubs in Surrey before progressing to big boats

John Connolly

John Connolly

YMI, Chief Instructor

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