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Training Courses

The Royal Motor Yacht Club is a recognised RYA Training Centre for both Sail and Power. The courses on offer are as follows:


Level 1 to 4, Seamanship and Assistant Instructor.
These courses are normally offered to young persons during Sail Training Week which traditionally takes place at the end of July, using instructors from various clubs. Due to organisational difficulties, we do not at present offer these courses outside Sail Training Week.


Level 1, 2 and Safety Boat Coxwain.
Level 1 – Start Powerboating – courses normally take place for young persons during Sail Training week.  This course is an introduction to boat handling and safety in powerboats which is ideal for young persons (minimum age is 8 years) or to provide a ‘taster’ type course for adults. Duration is one day, which for young persons is made up of 2 half day sessions. The pupil/instructor ratio is 3:1 and the course normally takes place in one of the clubs Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS).

Level 2 –  Powerboat Handling – This course is often referred to as the ‘Powerboat Driving Licence’. It teaches boat handling and seamanship together with other topics such as basic navigation, launch and recovery and emergency procedures. This course is equally suitable for novices or the more experienced requiring a nationally recognised qualification. The duration is 2 days with a pupil/instructor ratio of 3:1. No previous experience is required to undertake this course and it is not necessary to undertake the level 1 course first. Minimum age requirement is 12 years. It is also the minimum requirement for anyone helming the club RIBS.

Safety Boat Course – Safety Boat Coxwain – This is a specific course to teach the requirements for safety boat crews covering both sail training and racing aspects. It covers topics such as race management, rescuing persons from the water, offering assistance to capsized dinghies, windsurfers and other craft and rescue from a lee shore. This course is mandatory for Safety Boat Coxwains during Sail Training Week and recommended for those who wish to helm the club RIBS during club racing.

International Cruising Certificate – As an RYA recognised club, these can be issued if the member meets the required criterion. Please note that if you have Powerboat Level 2, an ICC for powerboats up to 10m can be automatically issued by the RYA. There will be a charge if you are not an RYA member.

Powerboat Intermediate and Advanced courses are not at present offered by the club but we have arrangements with local commercial training establishments who offer these. Please speak to the office if you are interested in undertaking one of these courses.

Supporting Courses

RYA First Aid
This course covers all aspects of maritime first aid including drowning and cold water shock. It is equally valuable in daily life.  Duration is one day.

Radio Short Range (VHF) Certificate
Due to recent changes in procedures for the course and exam, it is no longer viable for the club to offer this course.  However, we do have arrangements for members to undertake this course with a local commercial supplier.

Course booking procedures

First aid courses take place throughout the year and are shown on the course calendar, using instructors who are club members.  Approximately two months before the course a form will be displayed on the club noticeboard.  Please append your name or contact the office.

Powerboat Level 1,2 and Safety Boat – please complete a Powerboat Booking Form and return it to the office.  Whenever possible, we use instructors who are club members but on occasions it may be necessary to use external instructors.

Payment for courses
Course fees will be invoiced by the office in the same way for other events.  Please note that the club reserves the right to charge the full fee in the event of late cancellation or ‘no shows’, especially when expenses such as external instructors have been incurred.

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