The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), is the UK National body for all forms of boating. The RYA scheme is widely regarded as the worlds leader for international maritime qualifications and are recognised worldwide. Aegeas Yachting is a recognised Training Centre and is approved by the RYA to conduct all levels of sailing courses up to Yachtmaster® qualification. The Yachtmaster® qualification is internationally recognized and will allow you to seek work within the yachting industry worldwide. Whether you are taking your first step aboard or if you are already an experienced yachtsman we have courses at every level to develop your knowledge, seamanship and safety while at sea.
RYA Sail Courses you can have with Aegeas Yachting:
Competent crew course
This 5 days course introduces the beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and basic helmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew on a yacht. There is no minimum age limitation.
During that 5 days course you will be taught pilotage, navigation boat handling and seamanship up to the standards required to skipper a cruising yacht mainly by day in non tidal waters. The RYA Day Skipper course will show you the difference between being crew and being the person in charge. The course introduces the problems and responsibilities of being in charge of a yacht and how to cope with common difficulties. It is the course that most candidates ask for and can be combined with a competent crew level course at the same time. Minimum age to award a certificate is 16.
Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake longer coastal passages by day and night. Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations but concentrates on night cruis-ing and handling heavy weather.
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal – Exam Preparation
The aim of this demanding course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. Previous experience of 30 days at sea, 2 of them as a skipper covering 800 miles and at least 12 hours at night are required in order to be accepted in that course. Also a First Aid Certificate, a Sort Range Operator’s Certificate and a minimum age of 17 are required to be awarded with that qualification. An independent examiner different from your instructor will test your skills after the course Syllabus. During this course our already experienced candidates will be trained on advanced passage planning by day and night in more demanding areas and weather conditions. They have to learn how to cope with emergencies and conduct the write crew management. The boat handling under sails or power has to be on very high standards in order to be ready to deal with any circumstances.
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Preparation
The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is internationally recognised throughout all the yachting industry. This is a minimum legal requirement for seeking work in the industry. If you want to work in charter business as a competent and reliable skipper, do long deliveries, or are seeking crew work on mega yachts, then this is the way to prove your skills. A Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is gained by examination, conducted by RYA Yachtmaster Examiners who are completed independent from our Training Centre. There is no syllabus prescribed for the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. The preparation course is for the very experienced sailors who already hold a SRC radio operator and a First Aid Certificate. Also 2500 miles of seamanship are required half of them in tidal waters on 50 days being at least 5 days as skipper day and night. These requirements are set in order to help you ensure that you can enjoy your preparation for the exams. The exams have a minimum duration of 8-10 hours per candidate and are really a challenge for your skills and seamanship.
Power boat level 2 course
This 2 days RYA Practical Powerboat course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery, collision regulations and basic navigation.
Shore based courses
RYA SRC (Short Range Radio)
A course for anyone who owns or uses a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC). This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels