RYA Helmsman Course
2 Day Course: £575.00
Book today and pay your deposit of £150.00
This 2 day entry level course introduces you to coastal motor cruising. Covering elementary seamanship, rope work and basic boat handling skills.
This course can be combined with the Day Skipper practical course, which enables you to complete both courses in 5 days rather than completing them separately, which would require 6 days.
- You will be coached over the full RYA course syllabus as you live aboard our motorboat.
- All meals are provided for the duration of the course including a home cooked wholesome and hearty evening meal, exactly what you need after a day’s our on the water!
- Accommodation on board you are required to bring a sleeping bag with you & you can expect to stay overnight at other local marinas
- Parking - available at Suffolk Yacht Harbour
- All mooring fees, safety equipment, fuel and tuition from one of our experienced RYA instructors.
Maximum teaching ratio - 4:1
Course language - English
EASS Boat: 2 day course starting on Monday morning at 0930 and ending Tusday afternoon.
Own Boat: 2 day course on your own boat at a time to suit you providing your boat is up to safety standards & we have an available instructor.
RYA Helmsmans Certificate.
Holders of this certificate will be able to obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) - this does not validate the coastal water category.
If the weather is not looking great or is forecast to be a bit chilly or windy you can hire wet weather gear from us.
Musto Waterproofs available in S, M, L, XL and XXL. £20.00 for two days.
You are expected to bring the following comfort pack items with you; however if you don't want to bring your best duck down pillow or you haven't got a sleeping bag, don't worry you can hire a comfort pack from us!
A Comfort Pack comprises of a freshly laundered sleeping bag with liner, pillow, pillow case and towel. £15.00 for the course.
Types of Craft
Sports boats, motor cruisers planing / displacement
Types of hull, seakeeping, wash considerations
Engines and Drives
Petrol / diesel
Single / twin screw
Shafts / outdrives, outboard, waterjets
Engine operation and maintenance
Pre-start checks inboards / outboards
Engine checks while running
Routine maintenance checks
Fuel consumption range, reserve and location of cut-offs
Basic fault diagnosis
Safety and Seamanship
Personal safety equipment, lifejackets, buoyancy aids, flares, first aid kit
Anchoring: types, stowage, depth of water, preparation, check holding, weighing
Disable craft, towing
Fire precautions, extinguishers, fire blankets
Rules of the Road
Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS)
Local boating conditions and regulations
Preparation of boat, lines and fenders
Safety equipment, lifejackets, dangers, number in boat
CE marks, loading, effect on handling and performance
Use of kill cords
If trailing - number of people for launching/recovery, slipway condition steep/slippery, wind, tide
Can tie / know use of: bowline, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, single and double sheet bend
Steering, controls, windage
Starting and stopping
Low speed, steering a straight course
Turning in a confined area
Effect of wind on bow
High speed / full power, planning, trim tabs and power trim
S turns, U turns, stopping from speed
Displacement craft - handling ahead and astern
Securing to a Buoy
Preparation of mooring warp and boathooks
Method of approach in various conditions
Preparation and use of lines and springs, fenders, attachment to boat, stowage underway, securing to cleats
Method of approach in various conditions of wind and tide conditions
Making fast - importance of "taking a turn"
Use of springs to leave a berth
Immediate reaction and proper observation of man overboard
Awareness of propellers
Final approach and recovery of man overboard
Motor Helmsman Course
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