shore basedShore-Based Courses

We run all RYA shore-based courses on a regular basis. Like our sailing instruction and motor cruising courses, we put a lot of effort into providing you the very best of what you can expect from a comprehensive RYA Training Centre.

We have a purpose-designed classroom in Brixham with individual computer screens, chart plotters and equipment tailored to giving candidates a hands-on experience. We limit our numbers so that courses run efficiently and candidates can receive the undivided attention and expertise from our instructors.

CEVNI Test (Inland Waterways ICC) - £30 

Code Européen des Voies de Navigation Intérieure (CEVNI) is the code governing navigation on the interconnected European inland waterways. Signs, rules and procedures for navig

ating many of the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI. Pleasure craft on many of the inland waterways of Europe, which in places are heavily utilised by commercial traffic, are expected to know the CEVNI as this is the basis of many of the various countries' own regulations.
The RYA ICC CEVNI test is a multiple choice paper and can be taken at our school or as an online course.

Price is for the test only. Text books for self-tuition available on request.


RYA Sea Survival Course (1 day) - £120   

The Sea Survival course takes place over one day and is for anyone going to sea to gain an understanding of how to use the safety equipment on board the boat. The course is mainly theoretical but involves physical activity in the swimming pool in order to simulate conditions when abandoning from a vessel to a life raft. We have a pool session which lasts up to 2 hours; You will be involved in various types of survival drills for about ½ of this. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer on arrival confirming your physical ability to cope with the mild exercise involved.

Course topics include:

• liferafts and the equipment they contain
• survival techniques
• the design of lifejackets
• medical aspects of seasurvival
• search and rescue techniques

Price includes handbook, tea/coffee provided and a practical session in a heated pool.


VHF / SRC Course (1 day) - £120 

The VHF course takes place over one day in our Brixham classroom. We have fully working marine radios to practice with, in order to familiarise yourself with radio procedures and equipment. 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 includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

Course topics include:

• the basics of radio operation
• the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
• distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
• making ship to shore telephone calls
• Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
• Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
• Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
• Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

There are course notes provided for this course, there is a requirement for 3 hours pre-study, we recommend you focus on the Phonetic Alphabet and the voice Mayday Procedure. Course content will include, Short Range Certificate (SRC) requirements, Licence requirements, Operating procedure, Mayday, Pan Pan, Safety, Routine Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Price includes tea/coffee & light refreshments. A £60 licence and exam fee is payable to the RYA on top of the course price.


RYA Radar Course (1 day) - £120  

The Radar course is a one day course which takes place in our classroom in Brixham.

We will give you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance. The International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea state that if you have a radar, you must know how to use it.
There are course notes provided for this course. Course topics include a brief history of RADAR development, Primary components, System operation, Relative Velocity, Navigation by RADAR and International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions relevant to RADAR. This will be covered in theory, with some manual plotting and RADAR simulator operation

Price includes tea/coffee & light refreshments.


Diesel Engine Course (1 day) - £120

This one day beginners' course helps candidates prevent and solve diesel engine failure.

Diesel engine

Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic. Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don't need a detailed mechanical knowledge. This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

Course topics include the systems & parts of the engine, routine maintenance, fault finding and rectification of common problems.

Please be aware that although we use clean props and the course is completely classroom based, there may be some residual oil or fuel in some parts and we recommend you wear clothes which won't spoil if stained.

Price includes tea/coffee & light refreshments.



RYA First Aid Course (1 day) -£120

Our one day course covers all the usual first aid subjects but from a boating perspective. Our course is taught by active medics from the Paramedic & Nursing professions.

The course is a mixture of theoretical and practical and will involve you acting as a casualty and administering first aid to other students who are acting as casualties. You will learn about bone breaks and splinting, bleeding and bandaging, burns, hypothermia, drowning, resuscitation, using a defibrillator etc.

Price includes tea/coffee & light refreshments.


Day Skipper Shore-Based Intensive (5 days) - £474

This comprehensive 5 day course is an introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. We equip 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.

Day Skip Theory


The RYA chart plotter has been developed specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shore based course in our Brixham classroom.

Course topics include:

• the basics of seamanship
• the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
• chartwork
• electronic charts
• position fixing
• plotting a course to steer
• weather forecasting and meteorology
• tides
• collision regulations
• construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
• emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts
Price includes tea/coffee & light refreshments.

Coastal / Yachtmaster Shore-Based Intensive (6 days) - £540

This 6 day theory course gives advanced training for more experienced skippers, building on the Day Skipper course. We equip you with the skills to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages and take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA's specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Course topics include:

• position fixing
• course shaping and plotting
• tidal knowledge
• use of almanacs and admiralty publications
• electronic position finding equipment
• taking and interpreting forecasts
• plotting weather systems
• weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
• collision regulations
• customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Price includes tea/coffee, course workbooks & charts. Free loan of navigation instruments if required. You will need to bring a notepad and pen with you and sometimes a calculator is useful.

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