Courses

We have a range of National Governing Body awards and Qualifications available. We are an RYA (royal yachting association) accredited Training centre and a British canoeing training centre. Take a look at the courses we have to offer below. If you require more information Please give us a call and we will end ever to help.

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Foundation Safety and Rescue

The FSRT course is designed for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline. You can choose to do this course either bank based or boat based.  This is an 8 hour course designed to give you the skills needed t operate safely and deal with emergencies in a sheltered water environment.

Paddle start, discover and explore

Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices. Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need.This award recognizes your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. There are no pre requisites for this award.

Canoe award (old 3 star)

The Canoe Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making when journeying. You will be confident in planning and undertaking canoe journeys on the water in winds up to and including force 3 taking place on grade 1 rivers with simple eddy lines. Your award is a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with the Progressive Canoe Award.

Whitewater award (old 3 star)

You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on moving water with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Progressive White Water Award holders.

Sea Kayak award (old 3 star)

you will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks or sit on tops, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.

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Powerboat Level 2

The PB2 is a beginner powerboat course, The course is a 2 days. It is designed to develop safe driving and handling skills for short day trips in powerboats. The RYA Powerboat Level 2 course covers the theory and practical skills that are needed to be a competent powerboat driver.

You will learn how to manover a small RIB (Rigid inflatable). the sylabus covers the following handling skills. you will take part in 30% theory and 70% practical. 

  • Launching and recovery

  • Boat handling under way (including high speed)

  • Securing to a buoy

  • Anchoring

  • Man overboard

  • Leaving and returning to pontoons

  • Basic navigation

  • Collision prevention regulations

 

No prior experience required although participants are required to be at least 12 years old. 

Qualifications:

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certification (Please bring a passport photo with you for your licence.) 

VHF

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Training for the VHF Short Range Certificate must be 10 hours in duration and you have to sit an examination by an independent SRC assessor. ​ We meet the minimum 10 hours tuition criteria by sending you a learning pack so you can carry out three hour's self learning before the course. 

Throughout the day we will work through a set syllabus and have lots of practice using VHF radios to enable you to use the radio with complete confidence.. We believe that a practical course is essential with hands interactive training.

Course subjects include:

  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling

  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication

  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures

  • ship to shore communication

  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)

 NB. Test and Licence application and fee: From the 1st February 2018, you must also pay for your exam and licence direct to the RYA . The fee is £60. Go to www.rya.org.uk/go/src. and look for the link to apply and pay. The application form will then be sent to you by the RYA as confirmation of payment. You need to print out the form, sign it and bring it along with a passport photo to the exam.

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