RYA Theory and Skills Courses

RYA navigational theory and specialist skills courses underpin your on water competence.

Navigation courses
We offer RYA Day Skipper and Ocean shorebased courses over 5 days in the classroom, or Coastal/Yachtmaster over 6 days.

The Day Skipper and Coastal/Yachtmaster shorebased courses are progressive steps covering Navigation, Pilotage, Buoyage, Collision Regulations, Weather and much much more. They are also pre-requisite to gaining some commercial boating licenses.

The Yachtmaster Ocean theory course covers astro navigation, voyage planning and world weather routing.

Day Skipper Shorebased – £395 (£1250 1:1 tuition) – 5x days
Yachtmaster Shorebased (Coastal/Offshore) – £495 (£1500 1:1 tuition) – 6x days
Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased – £495 (£1250 1:1 tuition) – 5x days

All classroom courses include training materials, lunch, and tea/coffee.

1:1 classroom tuition is charged at £250 per day, subject to availability. So, if you need a day of focused teaching to firm up any particular subjects or areas, please contact us.

Blended Learningoptions are available, combining online courses with 1:1 tuition:
1) Online Course with 1x day in the classroom – £295/£310 plus £250 = £545/£560
2) Online course with 4x 45 minute sessions (3 hours total) via Skype or FaceTime – £295/£310 plus £120 = £415/£430

Invigilated Assessments can be offered for free to anyone who books an online course with us and who requires an invigilated assessment for a commercial endorsement or as a Master 200 prerequisite.
We can also arrange invigilated assessments at our sites around the country, or elsewhere in the world, at cost.

We also offer RYA Interactive theory courses, with the cost as follows:
£295 for Day Skipper/Ocean
£310 for Coastal/Offshore

Specialist Skills:
To enhance your knowledge in specific areas we offer RYA and MCA certificated short courses.

SRC/VHF Radio Communications Licence – either 1 day in the classroom or online. There is an additional exam fee payable to the RYA
STCW First Aid – 1 day in the classroom and can be used for RYA Instructor qualifications or Commercial Endorsements
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance – 1 day in the classroom
RYA Radar Operator – 1 day in the classroom
STCW Survival – 1 day in the classroom and can be used for RYA Commercial Endorsements
World Sailing Offshore Safety – 2 days in the classroom, incorporating the RYA Survival course

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All RYA courses and tailor made training can be arranged at our base or at a venue to suit you for groups of people.

All our theory and specialist skills courses include  tea, coffee, lunch and training materials where relevant. The Marine Radio (SRC/VHF) course fee does not include the exam fee which is payable directly to the RYA.

RYA books designed to supplement these courses can be purchased through our RYA bookshop page.