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Mar
2
Sat
2019
RYA First Aid Course – 2 Mar @ Dockland Scout Project, HQTS Lord Amory
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The RYA First Aid Course covers basic first aid, but concentrates on it from a boating perspective. 

A little first aid knowledge and immediate action can help save lives, especially on board a boat. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

Subjects specific to boating

:
  • The recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR- including the drowning protocol
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • Helicopter rescue

The RYA First Aid Course fulfils the requirements for:

  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boat Masters
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers for races such as the Fastnet.

The RYA First Aid course is recommended by the MCA and includes the latest edition of the RYA First Aid Manual.

Course Details

Previous experience required None

Duration 1 day or 2 evenings

Max instructor ratio 12:1

Cost £90

To book

Booking Form

If you are new to sailing have a look at what other practical and theory courses we offer, or if you're interested in brushing up your sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Mar
16
Sat
2019
RYA First Aid Course – 16 Mar @ Dockland Scout Project, HQTS Lord Amory
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The RYA First Aid Course covers basic first aid, but concentrates on it from a boating perspective. 

A little first aid knowledge and immediate action can help save lives, especially on board a boat. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

Subjects specific to boating

:
  • The recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR- including the drowning protocol
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • Helicopter rescue

The RYA First Aid Course fulfils the requirements for:

  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boat Masters
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers for races such as the Fastnet.

The RYA First Aid course is recommended by the MCA and includes the latest edition of the RYA First Aid Manual.

Course Details

Previous experience required None

Duration 1 day or 2 evenings

Max instructor ratio 12:1

Cost £90

To book

Booking Form

If you are new to sailing have a look at what other practical and theory courses we offer, or if you're interested in brushing up your sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Mar
20
Wed
2019
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Before booking your RYA VHF Exam students should have completed an online RYA course and passed the pre-exam course knowledge check or have attended a classroom course and obtained a signature from your course instructor.

Candidates may be of any Nationality or residency, although the exam will be conducted in English. The minimum age for examination is 16 years old on the day of the exam.

You will need to bring your original application form either signed by your course instructor or your original online course certificate with a passport photograph and payment of £60.  Payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card; cheques should be made payable to the RYA.  You will not be able to sit your exam unless payment is made.  A partial resit can be taken for up to 6 weeks at an additional cost of £15, after this time you would have to rebook your whole exam.

The RYA VHF Exam will include a practical and theory exam.  Students will be given 20-30 minutes to familiarise themselves with the radio simulators.

Practical Exam

The practical exam will be based on scenarios given to you by your assessor and should take around 30 minutes, these will include the following.

Distress Situations

  • Be able to identify a distress situation.
  • Be able to initiate a DSC distress alert, with position and time input manually or automatically.
  • Send a distress call and message by voice.
  • Respond to a distress alert, call and message, including relay of a distress message.
  • Know the procedure for cancelling a DSC distress alert sent in error.

Urgency Situations

  • Be able to identify a urgency situation
  • Be able to initiate a DSC urgency alert
  • Send and urgency message by voice.
  • Respond to an urgency message.

Safety Situations

  • Be able to identify a situation in which a safety message is appropriate
  • Be able to initiate a DSC safety alert

Routine Communications

  • Be able to initiate a routine call using DSC, and select an appropriate working channel
  • Establish communications and exchange messages with other stations by voice.
  • Enter a group or individual MMSI number
  • Use the international Phonetic Alphabet.

In addition students should be aware of the following

  • How to deploy and EPIRB and SART
  • Know how to test a VHF radio by use of a radio check
  • How to maintain an appropriate watch on DSC and working channels

Theory Paper

The theory paper is a 30 minute closed book exam, if it has been some time since you completed your course, it is advised that you spend some time refreshing your memory.

Course Details

Available Dates

Available dates

To book

Booking Form

Which course is right for me?

Unsure which course is right for you? We will attempt to explain the broad, and sometimes confusing, range of sailing courses available.If you are new to sailing have a look at what other practical and theory courses we offer, or if you're interested in brushing up your sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Mar
23
Sat
2019
March Race Training weekend I @ Equinox Hamble
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm

The first of two weekend courses early in the the year to start brushing up your skills in sail drills, sail trimming, tactical and strategic navigation.

RYA First Aid Course – 23 Mar @ Dockland Scout Project, HQTS Lord Amory
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The RYA First Aid Course covers basic first aid, but concentrates on it from a boating perspective. 

A little first aid knowledge and immediate action can help save lives, especially on board a boat. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

Subjects specific to boating

:
  • The recovery position in a confined space
  • CPR- including the drowning protocol
  • Cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical assistance or advice by VHF
  • Helicopter rescue

The RYA First Aid Course fulfils the requirements for:

  • Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boat Masters
  • The Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers for races such as the Fastnet.

The RYA First Aid course is recommended by the MCA and includes the latest edition of the RYA First Aid Manual.

Course Details

Previous experience required None

Duration 1 day or 2 evenings

Max instructor ratio 12:1

Cost £90

To book

Booking Form

If you are new to sailing have a look at what other practical and theory courses we offer, or if you're interested in brushing up your sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Mar
30
Sat
2019
March Race Training weekend II @ Equinox Hamble
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm

The second of two weekend courses early in the the year to start brushing up your skills in sail drills, sail trimming, tactical and strategic navigation.

Apr
1
Mon
2019
April RYA Coastal Skipper Practical @ RYA Coastal Skipper
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm
Learn to skipper a yacht by day and by night, complete more challenging passages.

RYA Coastal Skipper Course Content

Building on previous experience, you will learn to prepare and plan coastal passages, and how to navigate at night and in restricted visibility. Develop your boat handling skills under sail and engine with more challenging situations. Learn to handle a boat in adverse weather and how to recover a man over board under sail.

Join the boat on the first day, meet your instructor and crew, and after a safety briefing set off returning on the last day.

After your course

Gain the confidence and skills required to skipper a yacht by day and night, and take on more challenging coastal passages.

Course Details

Previous experience required 15 Days (2 days as skipper) 300 miles, 8 night hours. Navigation to Yachtmaster theory level

Duration 5 days

Max instructor ratio 5:1

Cost £575

To book

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 2 evening meals. An RYA Log book is available for a nominal fee.

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete your RYA Yachtmaster contact us for more details

Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

Learn more about what it takes to become a yachtmaster.

Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Early April RYA Competent Crew @ RYA Competent Crew
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm

New to sailing, spent some time on a yacht and don’t know your bow line from your bowline? Then this could be the course for you. The RYA Competent Crew course is an ideal introduction for those new to sailing or dinghy sailors who wish to progress into the RYA Cruising scheme.

If you would like a more detailed look at the RYA Competent Crew syllabus then please have a look at Is the RYA Competent Crew course right for me?

RYA Competent Crew Course Content

Experience living on a yacht and visit different ports each night. Learn the fundamentals of handling a boat under sail and under engine. Learn to handle sails, tie knots, and become a useful member of crew.

Join the boat on the first day, meet your instructor and crew, and after a safety briefing set off returning on the last day.

Useful literature

The RYA Competent Crew Skills is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

Discounted course when booked with RYA Competent Crew

Book your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course for £50 instead of £99.

After your course

You will have an understanding of sailing and how to be a useful member or crew, gaining a recognised certificate.

Course Details

Previous experience required None

Duration 5 days

Max instructor ratio 5:1

Cost £575

For more information please visit our RYA Competent Crew page

To book

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.

Already completed the Day Skipper Theory? Have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.

Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer.

Or perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Early April RYA Day Skipper Practical @ RYA Day Skipper
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm

Becoming a skipper is a challenge. Managing your crew, planning your passage and making the correct decisions become easier with practice.  By taking your RYA Day Skipper practical course you can learn the skills necessary to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters.

 

For a more detailed look at the course please have a look at Is the RYA Day Skipper course right for me?

RYA Day Skipper Course Content

Put your theory into practice and learn to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day. Learn to leave and return from your berth safely, anchoring, picking up a mooring buoy, recover a man over board, navigation, and safety on board a yacht. Hone your sailing skills, experience sailing at night and enjoy sailing to a different port each evening.

Join the boat on the first day, meet your instructor and crew, and after a safety briefing set off returning on the last day.

Useful literature

The RYA Competent Crew Skills is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

After your course

You will be able to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters. Upon successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper course you will have gained a recognised qualification which is accepted in a number of countries as confirmation of your competence to charter a boat.

Course Details

Previous experience required Basic sailing and theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard

Duration 5 days over 2 weekends

Max instructor ratio 5:1

Your certificate will be gained after 5 days over 2 weekends.

Cost £575

To book

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.

Short on time?

If you're short on time, why not try our Intensive Day Skipper course that combines RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical into one course.

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory course.

Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Apr
6
Sat
2019
RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety @ Equinox Sailing
Apr 6 all-day

The RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course provides training for recreational and racing skippers and crew who encounter rough weather and problems at sea.

RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course Content

It combines two one day courses, the RYA Sea Survival and the ISAF Offshore Safety course.  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 on the ISAF website.

After your course

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.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 1 days
Cost £120

To book

Booking Form

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.

Already completed the Day Skipper Theory? Have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.

Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer.

Or perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?