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.
The RYA courses are internationaly recognised as a premier standard in competence, and is the gateway for working as aprofessional in the cruising industry and even on superyachts.
The RYA Yachtmaster offshore and Yachtmaster ocean certificates are recognised and respected around the world, unfortunately the same cannot be said for many national providers of qualifications. 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. At present, only the RYA and some European bodies are able to issue an ICC.
The European inland watreways also require the CEVNI recognition, in order to achieve this, you will need ot pass the ICC CEVNI test which requires recognition for the International Certificate of Competence.
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.
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.
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.
The difference is based on how the charts and weather pattern information is laid out. We reccomend doing the theory for your predominant area of sailing. 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. Our courses are dedicated for southern hemisphere residents, and will ship the course material to any location in the southern hemisphere including Australia, South America, Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Seychells, and the Pacific Islands.
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An email reminder of your password will automatically be sent to you.
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?
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.
For ICC, 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.
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.