Frequently Asked Questions
The Day Skipper theory course is an ideal starting place for all students who have never completed any theory training as this assumes no prior knowledge. This course will gradually build up your knowledge and confidence as you progress. If you have the ultimate goal of achieving your yachtmaster, then we would reccomend considering the fastrack course that provides all the theory you need to get your yachtmaster qualification. This format is the most cost effective way of achieving your required qualifications.
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The RYA Yachtmaster offshore and Yachtmaster ocean certificates are recognised and respected around the world, as amongst the highest standard. In Australia and New Zealand the RYA yachtmaster scheme has replaced that of Australian Sailing and Yachting New Zealand due to the higher quality of the course. The RYA yachtmaster can also be recognised for commercial work on Australian and New Zealand flagged commercial sailing vessels. This is in part due to the very high standards the RYA has set for its training centres and its independent examiners. An RYA qualification process can lead to getting an International Certificate of Competency, a mimnimum requirement for some bareboat charter companies in Europe. European inland waterways also require the CEVNI recognition, in order to achieve this, you will need to pass the ICC CEVNI test which requires recognition for the International Certificate of Competence.

In Australia, the only qualification that can be use to obtain the propopsed Sailing master under AMSA is the RYA Yachtmaster qualification
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We are always here to help with your course. You can email or call us at any time if you need help. We are only too happy to help go through any questions.

We do offer the students to have private, zoom tutorials where you can get dedicated help to go through any aspects of the course. These are an additional option and do incur a small cost if you want that extra level of help. However, for some students, these personal discussions really help support our exisitng online courses. With our course material and our excellent support, you will get a first class result.
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Both the schools use the same course structure and animation teaching methods. The schools operate in partnership and are both owned by the Punch family. The difference in that NAVatHome Australia exclusively provides the Southern Hemisphere syllabus, whilst NAVatHOME focuses on the Northern Hemisphere. The differences in the syllabus focus on chart work, time zones and weather patterns, with the southern hemisphere course using Oceania time zones, Latitudes and longitudes. The NAVatHOME Australia course also includes information specific to sailing in Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and South East Asia such as variation in bouyage, UV exposure and protection of equipment and meteorology history.
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The differences in the syllabus focus on chart work, time zones and weather patterns, with the southern hemisphere course using Oceania time zones, Latitudes and longitudes. Our suthern hemisphere syllabus also includes additional information specific to sailing in Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and South East Asia such as variation in bouyage, UV exposure and protection of equipment and meteorology history. We stronly reccomend that you select a course where you will predominantly be saiing. Not where you intend to visit or to do a practical course. The RYA does accept a southern hemisphere theory with a northern hemisphere practical, as the knowledge is transferrable, and all schools and charter companies do not mind which hemisphere you were trained in. However, working in the hemisphere that you are used to makes it alot easier to master the concepts. It may not seem like much, but with all the new information we will give, you, not having to reverse left and right will make things easier first off. what do we mean by left and right, well when you do the course you will find out.

If you live in Australia, but are planing to do a practical course in Europe, it would be more beneficial for you to complete the Southern Hemisphere course. if you think you may want to work in Europe in the future, it is still more benefical to do the course in your home area as you can apply the knowledge to what you experience daily. It then becomes alot easier to adapt to the northern hemisphere. Get in touch if you have more questions.
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The southern hemisphere course does not restrict you in anyway. You are perfectly free to complete a practical course at any one of the great sailing locations that RYA schools are present around the world. The certificate at the end of the course is recognised by all RYA schools. You can do your theory with us and then head to somewhere exotic to fnish your course. Not trying to put ideas in your head, but it becomes a part of a great sailing holiday. The southern and northern syllabus earn you the same RYA qualification and can be commercially endorsed in the same way. We do reccomend that you complete the syllabus appropriate for the location that you predominanly sail in. The southern hemisphere course is perfect for Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Pacific Islands, and South Africa.
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Once you start your course, we will send you contact details for a tutur. They will be able to talk you through any issues you may have. Wwe are hoping to introduce group video conferencing tutorials in 2021 where we students can present common issues and attempt to work through them together or with the tutor.
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No, unlike other providers we include a plotter and dividers within the theory packs for the following courses: Essential Navigation, ICC, Day Skipper and Fastrack to Coastal/Yachtmaster.
We do not include a plotter or dividers for the Coastal/Yachtmaster and Ocean Yachtmaster courses as students already at these levels of theory would usually have have their own from previous courses.
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Not at all, we have a sophisticated marking system which not only stores your results in your results file but also provides you with instant feedback on your answers. You will no where you have to focus your efforts, and if you can't work it out for yourself, give us a call.
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Occasionally we get this one. We are specialists in online courses, and as a result we script the entire course in house and we do not engage with a third party learning providers. What does this mean?
  • We are not restricted by the widgets that are available in a commercial learning platform. We can take initiative and come up with different techniques that are suited to each topic.
  • We have animated and interactive sessions that no other provider can offer.
  • Because we don't have a third party provider, we do not have to pay a per student hosting fee which means we don't have to charge you a per-student hosting fee. Our saving is your saving.
  • Our development costs are significantly less than those with a third party platform, primarily becuase our courses are developed by progammers who are sailors. Not a programmer who is developing the course for someone else and therefore needs to be constantly re-written.
  • We can update our courses quickly, without engaging with someelse who may not understand the material.
By having a development team who love the ocean, it means that our course can be presented using more methods and ways than those who either don't program or don't sail.
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The only data which is held by us, is that which is necessary to run your chosen course and for us to deliver your course materials. This information consists of; Your name, address, email and details relating to your chosen course. You may request for this information to be removed at any time, but this will mean that access to your theory/revision courses will no longer be possible. In addition, we would not hold any records of your course completion should you need to replace your certification in the future.
We do not have access to your payment information at any time during your booking process. This information is handled only by the secure payment servers according to your chosen payment method. We hold no record of your payment information.
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Please visit the password page, by using the access link to your course, enter your course access email address and then click the lost password button. An email reminder of your password will automatically be sent to you.
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You have initial access to the course for 6 months. After which, you can extend it for as many further 6 month intervals as you wish. We do recommend for students to complete the course in a short time thus keeping the knowledge gained from the lessons fresh in mind. Each lesson does build off the previous lessons and you may have to go back and revist your course more than you expected if your memoy has become like ours?
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Of course! We are here to help you to achieve your goal and if you complete the course, we will make sure you have the required knowledge to pass the assessment. If you by chance do fail, we will look at the areas you need help and work through those and then you can resit your exam.
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For Day Skipper, Coastal/Yachtmaster and Fastrack the answer is yes. You can begin studying some parts of the course immediately. Sections such as; Safety, Collision Regulations and Buoyage can all be started before you receive your RYA pack. For the ocean theory you do need to wait for the RYA pack to arrive because it contains all the tables which are needed for the course.
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You have 5 days once booking your course to ask for a refund, no questions asked. If we have sent you the RYA pack already, your refund will be processed only when you return the unopened pack.
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NAVatHOME Australia have partnered with a number of RYA sailing schools who would like to share our great content with their students. Schools either deliver the content using our online material, or we provide the course to the student on behalf of the school. Depends on the agreement that we have in place. The courses are exactly the same and we support all our students the same way in achieving a first class pass. Some oother schools also offer on line training, however be wary that they are not offering zoom based courses, or pre-recorded courses that do not allow you to move back and forth between topics. Our courses have evolved over 15 years and have the combined input of instuctors from all over the world. As we script our courses rather than use a third party platform, we are able to customise each scenario to the best learning approach and we are not forced to pay a per student hosting cost. This means we can offer a better quality product at a lower price. If you want to do an online course with a practical school as part of a complete package, it is worth ensuring that the course uses the Navathome learning environment.
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