National Cruising Scheme (Theory)

We offer a wide variety of Theory courses including SRC Marine Radio Course, RYA First Aid Course, Essential Navigation and Seamanship, Dayskipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster, Instructors Course and cater for Watersport Careers. If you have a group of 4 or more and would like us to come to your office or club to run one of the courses please contact us to discuss this.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship

The RYA’s new two day course is aimed at anyone new to sailing or motor boating, including RIBs and other small powerboats, sea angling and diving. It is also useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers. The course can also be a good refresher for others with more experience.

Course Content:

  • Passage planning, charts and position plotting
  • Safety, including engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness
  • Visual navigation and pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Electronic navigation
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts

Cost: tbc

Entry Requirements: No previous experience required

Duration: 2 days

Dates: By arrangement

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RYA Day Skipper / Watchleader Shorebased Theory

A Fun introduction to the RYA cruising scheme. no past experience is necessary. and you don’t have to be a math superstar . This is the RYA basic navigation course and no previous knowledge is assumed. The course covers basic seamanship, yacht parts, equipment, safety procedures and collision regulations.

Students are given a comprehensive introduction to chart work, pilotage, position fixing, tides and meteorology. This course is ideal for students who want to go flotilla sailing in the future.

Maximum 6 students.

Cost: tbc including RYA pack

Duration: 6 days (3 weekends)

Time: 9.00 – 5.00

Dates: By arrangement

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Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory

A follow-on course for Dayskippers or those with practical experience of navigation. The course is the ideal preparation, covering the theory required for you to build your experience taking yachts on longer coastal passages and working your way towards the RYA Yachtmaster Exam.

Maximum 6 students.


Duration: 6 days (3 weekends)

Time: 9.30 – 5.30

Dates: By arrangement

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Short Range Radio Certificate (SRC)

The course trains students to operate a VHF radio fitted With Digital Selective Calling (DSC). Its aim-is to teach (through practical Icom Radio simulation) students to use the Global Marine Distress Safety System (GMDSS). Students’ will be sent pre-course reading and a minimum of 3 hours home study prior to the course is recommended. Assessment is made by an external RYA Examiner at the end of the course.

This is a relaxed and enjoyable course.

Cost: £xx, RYA Exam & Licence Fee £xx

Duration: 1 day

Time: 9.00 to 5.30 class room (3 hours home work prior to the course)

Dates: By arrangement

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VHF – GMDSS Conversion

This course leads to the awarding of the Short Range Certificate For those who already hold a non-GMDSS certificate.

Cost: £45, RYA Exam & Licence Fee £60

Duration: 4 hours

Time: 2.00 – 6.00

Dates: By arrangement

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First Aid Course – RYA Small Craft First Aid

This is the RYA one day first aid course suitable for instructors, yachtsmen and all water users.

Cost: £109

Duration: 8 hours

Time: 9.00 – 6.00

Date: 04/05/2024

(Please note: Other courses can be added so if you cannot make these please contact the centre)

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What our clients say…

It was interesting,enjoyable,challenging and very rewarding – I think it was in large part owing to Chris’ excellent teaching. He has encyclopaedic knowledge, an infectious enthusiasm for the subject and a real (and rare) skill at communicating the information at the right pace and in ways which are easy to understand and remember.

Howard Beal