We are changing...Di Hickman - Sunset 2

After years of teaching how to live with the sea, we are adapting North to the changes in sailing life. With our years of specialised knowledge, we are developing a source of resources to support you. Bear with us whilst we make these changes.

We still want to offer our usual bank of RYA learning resources and we will soon be updating it with a subscription service to help you with your RYA study needs.

We have some kit to sell-off. So contact us if you have any questions about our hardware, sails, shackles and gear. Go here to bag yourself a bargain.

We are recommending the right resources for you to pass your RYA courses.

Don't spend so much money; ALL YOU NEED TO PASS IS HERE.

 

RYA Course Level Table

Foundation Courses

Course

Pre Course Knowledge

Ability After Course

Start Yachting
Practical

None

First steps to becoming a knowledgeable and useful crew member

Competent Crew
Practical

None

Knowledgeable and useful crew member

Basic Navigation & Safety Course
Shorebased

None

Basic introduction to navigation and safety which is aimed at users of small day boats and RIBs

Day Skipper Theory
Shorebased

Some practical experience desirable

Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology

Day Skipper
Practical

Basic knowledge of navigation to the level of the Day Skipper Theory Course and basic sailing ability. 5 Days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours.

Skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

Intermediate Courses

Course

Pre Course Knowledge

Ability After Course

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
Shorebased

Practical experience desirable. Navigation to Day Skipper theory standard.

Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology.

Coastal Skipper
Practical

15 Days (2 days as skipper), 300 miles, 8 night hours
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard, sailing to Day Skipper standard

Can begin to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Coastal Skipper Prep + MCA/RYA Exam
Practical

30 Days (2 days as skipper)
800 miles, 12 night hours
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard
VHF/SRC licence
First Aid certificate

Has the knowledge and ability to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but not necessarily the experience needed to undertake longer passages. Has the same theoretical knowledge as a Yachtmaster but not as much practical experience to enable him or her to perform as smoothly or consistently

Advanced Courses

Course

Pre Course Knowledge

Ability After Course

Yachtmaster Offshore Prep + MCA/RYA Exam
Practical

50 Days (5 days as skipper)
2500 miles
5 passages over 60 miles
(including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper)
Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard
VHF/SRC licence
First Aid certificate

A Yachtmaster is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from a harbour

Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Shorebased

Coastal and offshore sailing
Navigation to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory standard

Has the theoretical knowledge of astro navigation, ocean meteorology and passage planning to undertake an ocean passage


Intermediate Courses

RYA on-line

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Testimonials

"Thanks again for everything - I couldn't have wished for a better teacher.  I was really worried about doing the course or rather, worried about not being able to do the course!  and you made the whole experience a positive one and a fun one." 

Cathie (Cartmel)

"First, and most important, a very big thank you again for getting me through the Day Skipper exam.  You are a really excellent teacher and I know I wouldn't have made it without you.  Do please keep in touch and let me know if you are going to run a Yachtmaster course later in the year."

John (Grange Over Sands)

"Many thanks also for all the hard work you put into our education - sometimes I know we all looked a little confused but as I mused to myself whilst walking to work the day after the exam, if that paper had been put in front of me at the outset of the course I would have got nil point! - so we came a long way in a relatively short space of time thanks to your efforts."

Martin (Bowness on Windermere)

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your course.  It was great fun and I think that you went at about the right speed.  Thank you very much."

Simon (Kirby Lonsdale)

"Hi , just thought i would let you know that Sarah and I have just got back from Gibraltor where we planned a passage and sailed to morrocco in a force 7 going 8 knots, wow and we ended up exactly in the right place. After numerous man overboard practices, berthing etc and buying our skipper gin and tequila we both passed and have our certificates !!Both really pleased , thanks for teaching and hope to " bump" into you in morecambe bay!"

Kathryn (Kirby Lonsdale)

"For me, my students make it worthwhile. I think teaching is so rewarding I wish everyone could experience it: a handful of learners; a subject you love; and a clear route through. It's such an immense subject, with planets and geography and maths - it just makes me feel good to teach. "

Di Hickman – Instructor