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Oct
17
Wed
2018
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
Oct 17 @ 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?

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Sept-Oct RYA Day Skipper Theory – 10 evenings + 1 weekend (course full) @ RYA Day Skipper Theory Weekend
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This course is run over 10 evenings (18:30-22:00) (Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 5 weeks) and then 1 weekend of revision and exams.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Content 

A comprehensive introduction to navigation and safety, this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.  A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Subjects include

  • Charts and publications
  • Tides and how to use them
  • Weather forecasting
  • Position fixing
  • Use of electronic navigation
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

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.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 40 hours plus assessments and homework
Max instructor ratio 12:1
Cost £350

All training materials, RYA almanac and exams are included.
You will need to bring a pen, 2B pencil, eraser, paper and a Portland plotter and dividers.
We can provide a Portland plotter and dividers for £23. If you would like to order a set please mention when booking your course.

To book

Booking Form

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?

Oct
19
Fri
2018
October Weekend Mile builder @ Equinox Sailing
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm

Equinox Weekend mile building is a great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience.  Sail at night and out of sight of land, experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor. Weekend mile building will allow you to experience the South Coast of England, Northern France and Channel Islands.

It's an ideal opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster. There will be the opportunity to skipper a 60 mile passage under instruction.

Our weekend mile building will start and finish at our home port in Hamble.  Destination will be dependent on weather and tide, but you should expect to complete 100-200 mile throughout your trip.

Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise. Below are some popular destinations for our weekend mile builders.

weekend

Duration 3 days

Cost £275

To book

Booking Form

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or to ask any questions.  Interested in a longer mile builder? Why not look at the other mile builders we offer.
October Weekend RYA Competent Crew @ RYA Competent Crew
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 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 £550

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?

October Weekend RYA Day Skipper @ RYA Day Skipper
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 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 £550

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?

Oct
23
Tue
2018
Sept-Oct RYA Day Skipper Theory – 10 evenings + 1 Weekend Course (course full) @ London office
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This course is run over 10 evenings (18:30-22:00) (Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 5 weeks) and then 1 weekend of revision and exams.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Content 

A comprehensive introduction to navigation and safety, this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.  A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Subjects include

  • Charts and publications
  • Tides and how to use them
  • Weather forecasting
  • Position fixing
  • Use of electronic navigation
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

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.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 40 hours plus assessments and homework
Max instructor ratio 12:1
Cost £350

All training materials, RYA almanac and exams are included.
You will need to bring a pen, 2B pencil, eraser, paper and a Portland plotter and dividers.
We can provide a Portland plotter and dividers for £23. If you would like to order a set please mention when booking your course.

To book

Booking Form

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?

Oct
25
Thu
2018
Sept-Oct RYA Day Skipper Theory – 10 evenings + 1 weekend (course full) @ RYA Day Skipper Theory Weekend
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This course is run over 10 evenings (18:30-22:00) (Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 5 weeks) and then 1 weekend of revision and exams.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Content 

A comprehensive introduction to navigation and safety, this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.  A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Subjects include

  • Charts and publications
  • Tides and how to use them
  • Weather forecasting
  • Position fixing
  • Use of electronic navigation
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

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.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 40 hours plus assessments and homework
Max instructor ratio 12:1
Cost £350

All training materials, RYA almanac and exams are included.
You will need to bring a pen, 2B pencil, eraser, paper and a Portland plotter and dividers.
We can provide a Portland plotter and dividers for £23. If you would like to order a set please mention when booking your course.

To book

Booking Form

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?

Oct
27
Sat
2018
RYA Data Skipper Theory – Exam weekend @ London Office
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm

This is the final revision and exam weekend for the RYA Day Skipper Theory course run over Tues and Thursday evenings for 5 weeks, from 25 Sept.

Nov
3
Sat
2018
November RYA Day Skipper Theory 2 Weekends, 2 Sats Course @ RYA Day Skipper Theory Weekend
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

This course is run over 2 Weekends (3/4 Nov & 24,25 Nov) and 2 Saturdays (10 & 17 Nov).

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Content 

A comprehensive introduction to navigation and safety, this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.  A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Subjects include

  • Charts and publications
  • Tides and how to use them
  • Weather forecasting
  • Position fixing
  • Use of electronic navigation
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

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.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 40 hours plus assessments and homework
Max instructor ratio 12:1
Cost £350

All training materials, RYA almanac and exams are included.
You will need to bring a pen, 2B pencil, eraser, paper and a Portland plotter and dividers.
We can provide a Portland plotter and dividers for £23. If you would like to order a set please mention when booking your course.

To book

Booking Form

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?

Nov
10
Sat
2018
November RYA Day Skipper Theory 2 Weekends, 2 Sats Course @ RYA Day Skipper Theory Weekend
Nov 10 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

This course is run over 2 Weekends (3/4 Nov & 24,25 Nov) and 2 Saturdays (10 & 17 Nov).

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Content 

A comprehensive introduction to navigation and safety, this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.  A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Subjects include

  • Charts and publications
  • Tides and how to use them
  • Weather forecasting
  • Position fixing
  • Use of electronic navigation
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

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.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 40 hours plus assessments and homework
Max instructor ratio 12:1
Cost £350

All training materials, RYA almanac and exams are included.
You will need to bring a pen, 2B pencil, eraser, paper and a Portland plotter and dividers.
We can provide a Portland plotter and dividers for £23. If you would like to order a set please mention when booking your course.

To book

Booking Form

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?