Over the past few years, marine communications have been revolutionized by the introduction of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). This system is designed to ensure that ships anywhere can communicate with a rescue co-ordination centre. Whilst yachts and small craft are not required to carry radios, if they do, they are required to be competent and qualified to use it. This one day RYA Short Range VHF (including GMDS) radio users course covers the rules and procedures with practical training and computer simulation. This course can also be taken online. Choosing this option allows you to learn the essentials of using a radio and the GMDSS system in the comfort of your own home and saves you money. On completion you will attend a 2-3 hour exam at our training centre. The cost of the course is £135 and includes the RYA VHF handbook. In addition you will need to pay £60 for the RYA exam fee.
RYA First Aid
This RYA First Aid course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for all those who go afloat, on inland waters or up to 60 miles offshore whatever type of vessel you are in. The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The certificate fulfils the requirements of the MCA Code of Practise for the skippers of small commercial vessels up to category 2 and for all RYA practical instructors. The cost of this one day course is £145 which includes the first aid manual.