Courses

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All of our courses are based on a proven, progressive learning curve, aiming to make your sailing safe and enjoyable.

Some courses now have the added benefit of interactive, on-line learning resources - your way, your pace.

Practical Courses

 

Course Pre-Knowledge Course content & Ability / Qualification Gained
RYA Start Yachting

None

This 2 day course is a for the absolute beginner to learn the basics and enjoy the delights of sailing aboard a cruising yacht ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA START YACHTING

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This course is aimed at the complete novice who would like to try sailing for the first time before signing up to do Competent Crew or something similar. The weekend is run by friendly instructors who understand you may be apprehensive. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment and we are sure you will not want to leave at the end of the course.

Your instructor will guide you through the safety procedures and make sure you are comfortable and at ease aboard your yacht before you set sail. He or she will show you all the basics and will be there to support you at every stage, but by the end of your first weekend aboard you will have accomplished so much;

You will be able to steer a yacht, handle rope work, sail a basic course and be aware of safety onboard. You may find you're a natural and hooked for life.

This course is ideal as a gift experience.

RYA Competant Crew

None

This 5-day course is an ideal stepping stone for dinghy sailors into yachting and for those who have already done some crewing but wish to learn more ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA COMPETENT CREW

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RYA Competent Crew is the essential starting point for your RYA training. The course introduces the absolute beginner to the delights of sailing aboard a cruising yacht. It is also an ideal stepping stone for dinghy sailors to try yachting and for those who have already done some crewing but wish to learn the right way. At the end of the 5 days you will have become, as the name suggests, a competent (and confident) member of the crew. The course is designed to provide as much fun and enjoyment as possible in a safe and reassuring environment.

You will be taught the fundamentals of crewing such as knots, nautical terms, sail handling and helming, as well as how to "live" in the environment of a cruising yacht. During the RYA Competent Crew course you will spend all 5 days aboard the yacht visiting many harbours and anchorages as the weather allows, complete a longer coastal passage. With a maximum of 4 students per course, we have plenty of time for your individual needs. Safety is paramount in all RYA courses and you will learn how to operate flares, lifejackets, safety harnesses, liferafts, how to assist the recovery of a man overboard and participate in at least four hours of night time sailing during the course.

You will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew Certificate and be an asset to any crew you join.

RYA Day Skipper Basic knowledge of navigation to the level of the Day Skipper Theory Course and basic sailing ability.
5 Days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours

This 5-day course is designed to teach you to 'Take charge' safely and confidently. An RYA Day Skipper does much more than navigate; you'll be responsible for the complete safety and well-being of the yacht crew; in fact everything from weather forecasting to pilotage ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA DAY SKIPPER

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Skippering a yacht for the first time can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience. The RYA Day Skipper practical course is designed to teach you to "Take Charge" safely and confidently. A skipper does much more than navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety and wellbeing of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.

We will teach you these skills and you will put them into practice as you skipper the yacht on short passages around the Coast. There is particular emphasis on boat handling for Day Skippers and during the course you will practice mooring under various conditions. Students live aboard for the duration of the course and visit many different beautiful harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques which, like boat handling, is an essential skill for the aspiring skipper. You will complete at least 4 night hours sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights.

At the end of the RYA Day Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day.

Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate.

This course will also enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This qualification is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat. The ICC, obtained by presenting your RYA Day Skipper certificate, will cover sailing yachts up to 24 metres in length in coastal waters. If you are looking for a commercial endorsement you will also need to complete the PPR course (See our Interactive and One-Day Support Courses).

RYA Coastal Skipper 15 Days (2 days as skipper)
300 miles, 8 night hours
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard, sailing to Day Skipper standard
This 5/7 day course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA COASTAL SKIPPER

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This course is an ideal bridge between Day Skipper course and the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal examination course. The course is designed to give an experienced RYA Day Skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch keeping systems.

Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. During the RYA Coastal Skipper course we will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and have at least 4 hours night sailing. Weather permitting the yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.

At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently

 

 

Shorebased (Theory) Courses

 

Course Delivery of course Course content & Ability / Qualification Gained
RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

One-To-One
Interactive


This Interactive course is a basic introduction to navigation, seamanship and safety, for any one interested in Sailing, Motor Boating and venturing out to sea ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA ESSENTIAL SEAMANSHIP & NAVIGATION

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This course is a basic introduction to navigation, seamanship and safety and falls below Day Skipper Theory within the RYA training scheme. It is ideal for users of small boats such as RIBs and dayboats such as those used by anglers. Its also a great course for those who are currently crewing on yachts and want to learn a little more before eventually progressing to the full Day Skipper courses.

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course aims to introduce the basic concepts of inshore navigation and safety in an easy to understand and enjoyable format. During the course you will be introduced to the basics of navigation including tidal awareness, charts, almanacs and the use of electronic navigation aids such as GPS. You will be taught about harbour entry and departure pilotage including knowledge of buoyage and a basic understanding of the Collision Regulations so you know who has right of way! Time will also be spent looking at sources of weather information and what impact this could have on your passage.

Towards the end of the course you will put all this information together to plan an actual passage. You will also learn more about what safety equipment you should carry and how it is used.

 

Interactive / One-To-One / FaceTime - £125


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RYA Day Skipper

One-To-One
Interactive
Aboard
Navathome

This theory course is a prelude to the Practical Day Skipper and equips the aspiring skipper with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. This course can be tailored to suit you based around home learning and one to one mentoring........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA DAY SKIPPER - SHOREBASED

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The contract is between Navathome.com and the student.

In the Day Skipper theory course, students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, understanding weather forecasting, a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. The first time you safely navigate to a new destination will give you an immense feeling of satisfaction. As well as navigation, the RYA Day Skipper theory course will give students an understanding of different yacht types and the equipment they carry, as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and liferafts.

During the course, students sit two exams and on successful completion of both will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate.

We offer this course through Navathome - an RYA recognised training programme, dedicated to providing brilliantly successful online RYA theory courses, resulting in RYA shore based theory certificates. This enables you to complete the course in the comfort of your own home and at your leisure.

In addition to the online learning we offer within the price, a maximum of 4 hrs one to one tuition aboard Yorvik Star in Hull. The course is based on 40 hrs Course Study plus Exams, this can be completed on your own with expert advice at the end of a phone/e-mail. The course is broken down into simple modules for you to complete.

For full details please get in touch; 07850 747015
nigel@yorviksailing.com


44 Hours - £290.00

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RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster

One-To-One
Interactive
Aboard
Navathome

This advanced theory course builds on the knowledge gained on the Day Skipper course. This course can be tailored to suit you, based around home learning and one to one mentoring ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA COASTAL SKIPPER/YACHTMASTER
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The contract is between Navathome.com and the student.

This course is aimed at sailors and motor boaters who are looking to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night. This course is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

It is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques including - position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge including secondary port calculations, navigation in restricted visibility, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment. The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are dealt with in detail and you will also learn more about yacht stability and safety offshore. 

It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending.

During the course students sit three exams and on successful completion of all three will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Certificate.

We offer this course through Navathome - an RYA recognised training programme, dedicated to providing brilliantly successful online RYA theory courses, resulting in RYA shore based theory certificates. This enables you to complete the course in the comfort of your own home and at your leisure.

The course can be either in the comfort of your own home or aboard Yorvik Star. It is based on 40 hrs Course Study Plus the exams, this can be completed on your own with expert advise at the end of a phone/facetime with a minimum of 8hrs private tuition. The course is broken down into simple modules for you to complete.

For full details please get in touch; 07850 747015
nigel@yorviksailing.com


44 Hours - £310.00

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One-Day Support Courses

 

Course Delivery of course Course content & Ability / Qualification Gained
RYA SRC/VHF Course

Interactive

This Interactive course that covers the use and legal requirements for a VHF/ DSC radio set along with other means of communication at sea ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA SRC VHF

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The VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment onboard a small craft and can be used under the supervision of a licensed operator. It is important to note that any person operating a VHF radio without the correct certification is liable for prosecution and can have the equipment confiscated.

This Interactive RYA SRC/VHF Radio course teaches the basics of VHF radio operation, the correct frequencies (channels) to be used and distress, emergency & medical assistance procedures.  The VHF radio network has undergone great change with the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress System (G.M.D.S.S.) and these changes are discussed in depth.

At the end of the RYA Interactive SRC/VHF Radio course students will be issued with a certificate enabling them to go forward and sit the SRC/VHF Exam. This can be taken at a time to suit you with Yorvik Sailing. There is an exam fee of £60.00 payable directly to the RYA.

After the successful completion of this exam you will be issued with the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate".

This course is a pre-requisite for candidates taking either their RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence examinations.

 

Below is the RYA taster video

 

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£110.00

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RYA SRC/VHF Assessment Classroom This assessment is carried out after the completion of the Interactive course ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA SRC/VHF ASSESSEMENT

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This can be taken at a time to suit you with Yorvik Sailing.

There is an exam fee of £60.00 payable directly to the RYA.

After the successful completion of this exam you will be issued with the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate".

This course is a pre-requisite for candidates taking either their RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence examinations.


2 Hours £60.00

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RYA PPR Course Interactive Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course This interactive course is for new and re-validating RYA Commercial Endorsement Holders ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA PPR COURSE

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This is the new online course for new and re-validating RYA Commercial Endorsement holders.

Each year around 4500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. From April 2012 anyone wishing to re-validate or apply for the endorsement must complete the online PPR course first. This applies to the following certificates:

Yachtmaster Ocean
Yachtmaster Offshore
Yachtmaster Coastal
Day Skipper practical (tidal)
Day Skipper practical (non-tidal) supported by Day Skipper shorebased
Advanced Powerboat Course Completion Certificate (only if issued before 1st Jan 2005) • Powerboat Advanced Certificate of CompetencePowerboat level 2 

During the course you will cover the legal framework that commercial operators need to adhere to - whatever vessel they work on. While we can't teach the specific rules for every type of operation, the course will help you understand and execute your duty of care, and give you principles, guidance and techniques to help make the right choices and decisions.

The course is split into 4 sections;
      1. 1. Commercial environment - showing how you fit into the professional maritime world
      2. 2. People - explaining the importance of correct manning, keeping skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels
        3. Vessel - teaching about the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment, and how to create an implement risk control and operating procedures
        4. Purpose - making sure the vessel is suitable and legal for the work, obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness

At the end of these four training modules will come two online assessments.

The course is run by Yorvik Sailing through the RYA eLearning website ryainteractive.org. We will be on hand to help with queries during the course.

To book this course who will set up an online account and register you for the PPR course on ryainteractive.org .

Please note: Yorvik Sailing has to set up the account for you. When this is done you will be able to access the course from the email that will be sent to you.

 

£39.00

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RYA CEVNI Interactive This Interactive course is an ICC. endorsement for the European inland waterways ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA CEVNI

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CEVNI test. This test is a multiple choice questionnaire on the various rules and signs seen on inland waterways. It is required if you are sailing the internal waterways of Europe. The knowledge required for this test can be best learnt by purchasing the RYA book of European Waterway Regulations (G17). 

The course / test can all be completed online then added as an endorsement to your ICC ( International Certificate of Competence) Please note that this certificate can only be awarded to UK citizens or permanent residents.

 

£40.00

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RYA First Aid Course Aboard
Yorvik Star
This basic first aid course for small craft users with particular emphasis on CPR, Drowning and Hypothermia ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA FIRST AID COURSE

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The RYA First Aid course is designed to teach you exactly what to do in an emergency medical situation. From the minor ailments such as headaches, sunburn and small lesions through to the immediate response to serious medical emergencies. 

This course covers the situations that a yachtsman is likely to encounter. There is particular emphasis on resuscitation techniques and the "first care" of a man overboard victim. We will explain the procedures for obtaining outside medical assistance such as "pan pan" and the helicopter rescue service and can advise you on the correct first aid stores for your own boat.

The guidance is particularly related to difficulties of administering first aid within the confines of a small boat away from land and you will have the chance to try actions such as CPR and the recovery position on a yacht. 

This course is a must for all who sail, and skippers should encourage their crews to attend. Remember it may be you who needs attention!

At the completion of the course you will be issued with the RYA Small Craft First Aid Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 years from the time of issue and is a prerequisite for those taking the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Examinations.

N.B. This course takes place aboard Yacht Yorvik Star, enabling 'real world' scenarios that a class room can never truly replicate.


8 Hours - £145.00
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RYA Diesel Maintenance Aboard
Yorvik Star
The course covers the operation, maintenance and basic repair of a modern marine diesel engine ........CLICK FOR MORE

RYA DIESEL MAINTENANCE

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The RYA Diesel Engine course is designed to teach yachtsmen to be more self-sufficient. The one-day course teaches the principles of diesel engine operation, the systems and parts of the engine, fault finding and rectification of common problems, routine maintenance and winter lay up procedures. 

You will have the chance to see exactly how a diesel engine works by way of a cut away demonstration engine as well as get some real hands on experience with a real engine on a yacht.

This course is a must for all yachtsmen – a sound knowledge of diesel engines may not just save you money – it may one day save your life!

At the completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Diesel Engine Course Certificate.

 

8 Hours - £145.00

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