Two-day course for all boaters, starting this Sept

The RYA are launching a new two day Navigation and Safety Course giving an introduction to general navigation and boating safety.

It will be available from RYA-recognised training centres across the UK and abroad from September.

The course is designed for motorboaters and sailors, aimed at crew members who don’t necessarily want to be skipper, but who do want to get more involved in the running of the boat than just pulling on ropes, tying fenders or fixing G&Ts.

Students will learn how to plan a passage, read charts and plot positions, and how to use a GPS.
They will also learn about basic safety onboard, including engine checks, visual navigation, recognising buoyage and anchoring techniques. There will be continual assessment throughout the two days, rather than having an exam at the end of the course.

The course was piloted earlier this year the course and the RYA say it received favourable reviews from participants.

The course is also meant as a refresher for those who completed a navigation course many years ago – for instance a Day Skipper or Yachtmaster navigation course – but who are a bit rusty.

James Stevens, RYA Training manager said: “Taking a course such as this only adds to the enjoyment of being out on the water. It will give people the confidence to get the most out of their boating whilst making them aware of the risks and how to be prepared for them.

“The two day format works extremely well and we are seeing an increased demand for courses of this length.”

Contact the RYA for more.
Tel: 0845 345 0384.
Email: training@rya.org.uk
www.rya.org.uk/courses