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RYA Theory Courses

How do I get underway?

Below is our schedule showing available courses.

To confirm availability, or if you and your friends want to do a course on a date that isn’t listed please use the booking enquiry form here.

We aim to answer all queries within 24 hours.

Having confirmed the booking with us you can pay using Bank Transfer or use the PayPal Button associated with the course.


RYA Day Skipper Theory Course (40 Hours)

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.

This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

For the duration of the Covid Pandemic we have resorted to presenting this course through Zoom Video Conferencing – Safety of where you want to be with direct access to the Instructor and an ability to send questions for answers later on in the session.

The RYA Training pack and Training Almanac is sent to you before the course starts.

Cost of the course is £335.00 – INCLUDES dividers and plotter, 2 x 2B Pencils, eraser, and pencil sharpener – cost is reduced to £305.00 if you have your own equipment.

Maximum 6 students on the course. Course Schedule is summarised below:

Fire Break Lock-Down – RYA Day Skipper Theory Course via Zoom Video Conferencing.
Run over three Sundays 0930 to 1730hrs starting on 25/10/20, together with six evening sessions 1830 to 2130hrs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday over two weeks

4 x Saturdays 0930 to 1730hrs starting on 28th November 2020 and 3 x Wednesday Evenings following 1830 to 2130hrs

All evening lessons – 1830 to 2130hrs – 3 x Tuesdays from 1st December and 3 x Thursdays from 3rd December 2020 followed by 4 x Tuesdays from 12th January 2021 and 4 x Thursdays from 14th January 2021. A total of 14 sessions.

The 0930 to 1730hrs daily lessons start on Sunday 27th December 2020 for five days and finishes New Years Eve.

The lessons for this course are 4 x Sundays 0930 to 1730hrs starting on 10th January 2021 and 3 x Wednesday Evenings following 1830 to 2130hrs

Alternatively we offer 1:1 Tuition for students who have completed the RYA Interactive Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course – Contact Peter for details.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Courses


RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course (48 hours)

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. The fees includes the RYA Training Package. You will need a plotter and dividers (these can be ordered when the course is booked @£25.00), pencil and rubber and some note paper.

The classes take place at Penarth Marina  over 5 long days – Courses will run over the winter months, and subject to demand, call/text/email Peter there maybe something we can do. Booking enquiry form. 

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course

Classroom Based Course       £365.00

RYA Diesel Engine Course – One day classroom based at Penarth Marina


A one-day beginners’ course to help you prevent and solve diesel engine failure. The RYA student course workbook is included the fee. A RYA Diesel Engine Handbook is also available and can be supplied at the beginning of the course.

RYA Diesel Engine Course

Classroom Based Course       £90.00


RYA Diesel Engine Course – 1:1, 2:1, or 3:1 Tutorial Based Course

The course can be completed on your own boat or X Beat II on a 1:1 basis or up to 3 people booking together

1:1 Tutorial Based Course      £125.00

2:1 Tutorial Based Course      £160.00

3:1 Tutorial Based Course      £195.00

Contact Peter to discuss this to ensure all elements of the course can be covered. Booking enquiry form. 

VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Course – (10 hours learning) – Classroom based at Penarth Marina


If you cannot wait for our next course or the dates are unsuitable then consider the RYA Interactive VHF Course.

The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

The learning is broken down into two parts – a 3 hour self-learning package and RYA Handbook are sent on receipt of payment. This is followed by 7 hours in the classroom where you will have ample opportunity to use the training radios.

Arrangements will be made for the assessment to take place directly following the course with an independent RYA Assessor. The RYA Fee for this is £60.00.

RYA VHF Marine Radio (SRC) Course

Classroom Based Course       £90.00

RYA First Aid Course

The one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.Try Cardiff Bay Yacht Club (Course Dates are included in the schedule above) or Swansea Watersports for dates for this course.

RADAR Course –

Under Development – Due JANUARY 2021.

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