Training program

One of the most important objectives of the Club during the winter months is training. The Club is an RYA recognised teaching establishment and welcomes non-members as well as members on its Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses. These include sessions on navigation, meteorology, boat management and seamanship. The training programme aims to help both inexperienced and experienced sailors gain the qualifications needed to become safe and competent yachtsmen and women.

This year’s Day Skipper and Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper courses will enrol on September 26th 2013 for courses commencing in October. Keep an eye on this page for the announcement of when.  Sessions are held once a week and both courses run for  22 weeks. The cost of the RYA Day Skipper course is currently £250 while Yachtmaster also costs £250, less 10 per cent for club members.  The RYA training packs and charts are included in these figures.  Tutoring will be by experienced yachtsman Graham Bush.

Other specialist one-day courses are also being planned. These will include: Safety at Sea, Radar Operation, First Aid at Sea. We will also provide courses for VHF GMDSS radio operator’s licence, a legal requirement if there is a radio on board. The radio course costs £75 (10% less for members) plus £30* (payable on passing the course) for the licence. New regulations coming into force in January 2014 make this a 2 day course with a different examiner from the tutor, hence price increase pending for the licence*

For further details or for enrolment, contact Training Officer, Graham Bush using our contact form and making sure you’ve selected RYA Training from the recipient dropdown menu.

The Club is also authorised to conduct practical tests for issue of the ICC, International Certificate of Competence, now needed when visiting many countries.

Date Course Cost booking
3rd October Coastal Skipper £250.00* Yes Cancelled
1st October Day Skipper £250.00* Yes Graham Bush
19 October 2013 VHF Radio £75.00# Yes David Dodds

* cost of RYA pack  is included.  10% reduction for members on all courses. #Additional VHF licence cost payable on the day when you pass!