RYA Specialist Courses

RYA Specialist Courses

RYA Specialist Courses complement our theory and practical courses. The courses provide essential skills for safe sailing; we recommend the courses for all sailors of all abilities. The courses take place over one day or two evenings, they will develop your skills and provide peace of mind for a more enjoyable time on the water.

RYA Specialist Courses run by Equinox Sailing

RYA VHF Radio Course

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This course will teach you how to use a DSC VHF radio and how to send a MAYDAY, a call for assistance and for medical advice – basic essentials for all crew. It is recommended for anyone wishing to complete the RYA Day Skipper qualification or those looking to compete in offshore racing.

More details of this course can be found on our RYA VHF Radio Course page.

RYA First Aid

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. Learn key first aid skills needed aboard a boat, including CPR, the dangers of hypothermia and cold shock and how to treat cuts and broken bones.

More details of this course can be found on our RYA First Aid page.

RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety

The RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course provides training for recreational and racing skippers and crew who encounter rough weather and problems at sea. 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.
More details of this course can be found on our RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety page.

Further Information

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?