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Jan
16
Thu
2020
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
Jan 16 @ 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?

Apr
9
Thu
2020
Easter Weekend April RYA Competent Crew @ RYA Competent Crew
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – Apr 13 @ 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 £600

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?

Easter weekend RYA Day Skipper Practical @ RYA Day Skipper
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – Apr 13 @ 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 £600

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?

May
31
Sun
2020
Hamble to Scotland Mile Builder @ Hamble
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 11:45 am

The Equinox Solent-Scotland mile builder is a great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and enjoy some excellent sea passages.  Sail at night and out of sight of land, experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor.  En route to Largs we will sail along the South coast of England, the Irish Sea and the West coast of Scotland to Largs.

The trip will be an opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their  RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster Qualifications. There will be the two opportunities to skipper a 200 + mile passage under instruction, or shorter passages between stopping ports.

This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links from Largs, by plane, bus or train.

Your skipper will be an experienced professional skipper so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 600 nm with stop-overs in Scotland, Wales and the West Country.


Equinox Solent – Scotland Mile Builder 

Itinerary

We plan to stop en route, the stopping points will be decided by the skipper and based on weather but may include Jura, the North coast of Ulster, Holyhead and Falmouth.

Total mileage – 600+ nm

All meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Travel to and from Hamble and Largs is not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Jun
7
Sun
2020
Hebridean adventure cruise – Largs to Largs @ Scotland Mile Builder
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 11:30 am

Sail from Largs to the Outer Hebrides returning to Largs after cruising and exploring this beautiful area.
This trip will be an opportunity to sail through the spectacular Highlands, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides; with its stunning scenery and wildlife, this trip will appeal to bird watchers, photographers and adventure sailors.
Besides the relaxing cruising this is an opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and work towards the next level RYA qualification. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
The trip will start and finish in Largs. Due to the nature of the area we will be sailing, heavy weather options are planned if required.
Your skipper will be a very experienced professional skipper so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over the week.

Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The exact itinerary will be dictated by the forecast, but we plan on visiting as many different ports as possible during the week.

Meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Flights or transfers to/from Largs are not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Jun
14
Sun
2020
Hebridean adventure cruise – Largs to Largs @ Scotland Mile Builder
Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 11:30 am

Sail from Largs to the Outer Hebrides returning to Largs after cruising and exploring this beautiful area.
This trip will be an opportunity to sail through the spectacular Highlands, including the Inner and Outer Hebrides; with its stunning scenery and wildlife, this trip will appeal to bird watchers, photographers and adventure sailors.
Besides the relaxing cruising this is an opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and work towards the next level RYA qualification. There will be opportunities to skipper a passage under instruction.
The trip will start and finish in Largs. Due to the nature of the area we will be sailing, heavy weather options are planned if required.
Your skipper will be a very experienced professional skipper so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over the week.

Adventure Cruise Itinerary

The exact itinerary will be dictated by the forecast, but we plan on visiting as many different ports as possible during the week.

Meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Flights or transfers to/from Largs are not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
Jun
21
Sun
2020
Scotland-Solent Mile Builder @ Scotland Mile Builder
Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 28 @ 11:45 am

The Equinox Scotland-Solent mile builder is a great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience and enjoy some excellent sea passages.  Sail at night and out of sight of land, experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor.  En route to our home marina in Hamble we will sail along the West coast of Scotland and the Irish Sea, then South to Lands End and along the South coast of England.

The trip will be an opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their  RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster Qualifications. There will be the two opportunities to skipper a 200 + mile passage under instruction, or shorter passages between stopping ports.

Rho will be completing a number of summer cruises around the Highlands and the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links in to Largs, by plane, bus or train.

Your skipper will be an experienced professional skipper so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 600 nm and we expect the trip to take 7 days, including stop-overs in Scotland, Wales and the West Country.


Equinox Scotland-Solent Mile Builder 

Itinerary

We plan to stop en route, the stopping points will be decided by the skipper and based on weather but may include Jura, the North coast of Ulster, Holyhead and Falmouth.

Total mileage – 600+ nm

All meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Travel to and from Largs and Hamble is not included.

Cost £700

Contact Us

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don't have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.
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