RYA Day Skipperstudents in a rib

A course for aspiring small Yacht or Powerboat skippers in unfamiler waters by day.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

This course is in two parts. The first being the knowledge and theory training in subjects such as Collision Regulations (Rules of the Road), Pilotage Techniques, Navigation and meteorology; the second being the practical side side of skippering, including Boat Handling, Practical Navigation and Pilotage, Passage making and Crew Management.  Note this topic list is not inclusive.


 Duration: 5 days | Cost: £295:00 | .. course summary



 RYA Coastal Skipper 

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course requires some pre-existing experience and knowledge. 

This is a five day practical course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore expected students will have the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtymaster shorebased theory course prior to the practical course with a view to practicing these skills on the water.


 Duration: 5 days | Cost: £295:00 | .. course summary



RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Theory

This is a pre requisite to both the Coastal skipper and Yachtmaster practical courses and build upon Day Skipper knoweldge and experience.

This theory course will take you to the knowledge level of Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ required for the practical exams.  You will study Advanced Navigation including Position Fixing, Course Plotting, Tidal theory, Electronic Navigation and Position Finding as well as use of relevant marine publications.  You will also study Meteorology including Barometric pressure, Weather Systems, Understanding and Interpreting Forecasts, Prediction and Observation.  Finally there will be a section on Collision Regulations.  This course covers both Northern and Southern Hemispheres taking into account regulations in other countries. 


  Duration: 7 days | Cost: £400.00 | .. course summary



RYA Essential Navigation

However you decide to take the course, it offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing our on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.


 Duration: 2 days | Cost: £150:00 | .. course summary


RYA Powerboat 2

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.


 Duration: 2 days | Cost: £275:00 | .. course summary



RYA VHF Radio (Short Range Certificate)

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing an SRC exam conducted at one of Argyll College centres. 

*Please not there are 2 versions of this course - On-line: cost £60.00 or Face-toFace: cost £90.00. 
The cost of the exam fee/certification is an additional £65.00 for both.


 Duration: 10 hours | *Cost: course  £125.00  or £155.00  | .. course summary



STCW Courses

STCW Elementary 1st Aid (EFA)

The Elementary First Aid course forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers and gives those intending to go to sea a basic knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency aboard ship.

  Duration: 1 day | Cost: £100:00 | .. course summary


STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

This STCW approved mandatory course is for anyone working as core crew aboard a merchant vessel and covers the basic induction training for safety awareness and accident prevention, and provides new seafarers with an insight into working conditions aboard a ship.

 Duration: 1 days | Cost: £120:00 | .. course summary


STCW Personal Survival Techniques (PST)

This 1 day course forms part of the mandatory training required for those in the merchant navy and those looking to work afloat and provides essential education and training in personal survival techniques..

 Duration: 1 days | Cost: £120:00 | .. course summary