Online Courses

Online courses for Superyacht crew, skippers, deck hands and powerboaters world wide

These training courses are just the same as in the classroom. You have all the information delivered to your door by courier and or online. This is ideal learning if you have spare time and can work through the training and questions unsupervised. The courses include Day skipper, Coastal Skipper, Yachtmaster Offshore, VHF / SRC Marine Radio and the Commercial Professional Practices and Responsibilities online course.

Online / home-based learning for crew and skippers of yachts of all sizes, both sail and motor

These courses support the practical courses and your overall development. They offer the advantage of doing the courses at home, during lunch at work or when you’re on the move. We offer direct support. Send an email with your question and normally within a few hours you will have the answer.
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Here are some great reasons to do these courses with us
  • Take your time to complete the course. Really get to grips with the subject at your own pace.
  • The online assessment can be taken when you choose in the relaxed atmosphere of your own home.
  • Feedback dedicated RYA instructor, for the duration of your course.
  • Immediate access to corrected answers to check your work.
  • Tried and tested teaching methods that really do work.
  • Interesting animated diagrams that bring the course to life.
  • Free course plotter and dividers with RYA Day Skipper courses.
  • Speedy responses providing feedback, personal help and instruction.
  • RYA certification on satisfactory completion of the course and assessment.
  • Accessible all over the world, convenient and successful.
  • 6 months to complete each course with optional 6 monthly extensions until you pass.

The courses


RYA Day skipper course Shorebased or Online5 days from R6500 (R5800)

Day Skipper

This course is available in the classroom and online.

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.
day skipper 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.

We are continually updating our courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.

In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office we have developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shorebased course.

We have northern and southern hemisphere versions of our training materials. So, no matter where you are in the world, our course can be tailored to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:
  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

How long is the course?

In the classroom, the course is taught over 40 hours with exercises to complete along the way. It can be covered as a series of short sessions or over five full days.

Online the course will take around 36 hours, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like.

How to take the course

We offer the course at our training centre or online. The online course has many advantages as it can be completed at your own speed at home office or on the move. Make sure you check that the tester works on your computer / browser / internet connection. Before paying / downloading the full course.

The class room cost includes the training pack R 6500
The online course includes the training pack, online instructor support and courier delivery R 5800

Drop us an email and we will get you connected. This course is hosted by Navathome the leading distance learning provider for RYA theory courses

How to take the exam if you are progressing to a commercial certificate of competence
Online course's only; you can take the exam at our centre or at a venue of your choice. The exam has to be invigilated by a teacher / doctor / lawyer or person of similar standing.

Online T&Cs

Online course's only; The following T&Cs apply. Online courses are run in conjunction with Navathome Australia. Where we refer to "Training Centre" it includes Sail and Power SA and Navathome Australia.

What's included.

Day Skipper theory course includes a Breton type plotter, RYA Day Skipper course notes, charts, the RYA almanac, the RYA plotter simulator, access to the Training Centre online Day Skipper course and online support and tuition.

Coastal Yachtmaster includes the RYA course pack with RYA Yachtmaster course notes, charts, RYA plotter simulator, access to the Training Centre online Coastal Yachtmaster course and personal online support.

The course and exams are based on the RYA Southern hemisphere packs.

Privacy Statement

The Training Centre is committed to protecting your privacy whilst using our online course materials.

The Training Centre will collect personal information relevant to providing your course specifically name, address and email. This is only used for the purpose of providing the course and is not passed on to third parties.

Your private information is only used to deliver the course to you that you have purchased and is not used for any other purpose.

Non identifying course information is maintained for the purpose of audit of the schools programs by Royal Yachting Association from time to time.

The Training Centre will disclose your personal information if required to by law, or to protect the rights or property of the Training Centre or under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of the Training Centre or the public.

Terms and conditions.

Sail and Power SA is an RYA recognised training centre and Navathome is a RYA / Yachting Australia recognised training centre.

All Courses must be paid for prior to commencement.

Refunds will only be provided if course materials are faulty at time of commencement.

All course materials and access codes to the online teaching program will be forwarded within 24 hours of receipt of payment.

I understand and agree that the Training Centre (or its instructors, owners or employees) are not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever to any student or other person or any property of any student or other person arising from the conduct of this course.

I hereby waive any claims that I may have for loss or damage against the Training Centre or its owners, instructors or employees arising from any act or omission on its part or their part in connection with this course.

The course is to be completed within 6 months of receiving access to online course materials. Courses may be extended on payment of a fee of R600

.

You undertake not to provide access to the program or course materials to a third party unless you have prior agreement in writing from the Training Centre.

The Training Centre reserves the right to alter course materials to comply with the requirements of the Royal Yachting Association.

The Training Centre or its owners shall not accept claims and shall not be liable at any time for claims or expenses caused by circumstances beyond its control including sickness, accident travel delays, weather, strikes, war or civil unrest.

In the event The Training Centre or its owners cancel a course we shall be liable only for the full refund of fees paid. No payment will be made for incidental costs.

Completing a booking payment signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

All online material has been written and is under copyright to Vic and Lyn Punch.

No part of the online documents can be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) or for any purpose, without the express written permission of Vic and Lyn Punch.

Course material should be treated as for any copyrighted material.

RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased or Online5 days from R6900 (R5800)

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore

This course is available in the classroom and online.
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.
yacht shoreThis course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA's specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:
  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad
  • It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.
You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

How long is the course?

In the classroom, the course is taught over 40 hours with exercises to complete along the way. It can be covered as a series of short sessions or over five full days.

Online the course will take around 36 hours, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like.

How to take the course

We offer the course at our training centre or online. The online course has many advantages as it can be completed at your own speed at home office or on the move. Make sure you check that the tester works on your computer / browser / internet connection. Before paying / downloading the full course.

The class room cost includes the training pack R 6900
The online course includes the training pack, online instructor support and courier delivery R 5800

Drop us an email and we will get you connected. This course is hosted by Navathome the leading distance learning provider for RYA theory courses

How to take the exam if you are progressing to a commercial certificate of competence

Online course's only; you can take the exam at our centre or at a venue of your choice. The exam has to be invigilated by a teacher / doctor / lawyer or person of similar standing.

Online T&Cs

Online course's only; The following T&Cs apply. Online courses are run in conjunction with Navathome Australia. Where we refer to "Training Centre" it includes Sail and Power SA and Navathome Australia.

What's included.

Day Skipper theory course includes a Breton type plotter, RYA Day Skipper course notes, charts, the RYA almanac, the RYA plotter simulator, access to the Training Centre online Day Skipper course and online support and tuition.

Coastal Yachtmaster includes the RYA course pack with RYA Yachtmaster course notes, charts, RYA plotter simulator, access to the Training Centre online Coastal Yachtmaster course and personal online support.

The course and exams are based on the RYA Southern hemisphere packs.

Privacy Statement

The Training Centre is committed to protecting your privacy whilst using our online course materials.

The Training Centre will collect personal information relevant to providing your course specifically name, address and email. This is only used for the purpose of providing the course and is not passed on to third parties.

Your private information is only used to deliver the course to you that you have purchased and is not used for any other purpose.

Non identifying course information is maintained for the purpose of audit of the schools programs by Royal Yachting Association from time to time.

The Training Centre will disclose your personal information if required to by law, or to protect the rights or property of the Training Centre or under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of the Training Centre or the public.

Terms and conditions.

Sail and Power SA is an RYA recognised training centre and Navathome is a RYA / Yachting Australia recognised training centre.

All Courses must be paid for prior to commencement.

Refunds will only be provided if course materials are faulty at time of commencement.

All course materials and access codes to the online teaching program will be forwarded within 24 hours of receipt of payment.

I understand and agree that the Training Centre (or its instructors, owners or employees) are not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever to any student or other person or any property of any student or other person arising from the conduct of this course.

I hereby waive any claims that I may have for loss or damage against the Training Centre or its owners, instructors or employees arising from any act or omission on its part or their part in connection with this course.

The course is to be completed within 6 months of receiving access to online course materials. Courses may be extended on payment of a fee of R600

.

You undertake not to provide access to the program or course materials to a third party unless you have prior agreement in writing from the Training Centre.

The Training Centre reserves the right to alter course materials to comply with the requirements of the Royal Yachting Association.

The Training Centre or its owners shall not accept claims and shall not be liable at any time for claims or expenses caused by circumstances beyond its control including sickness, accident travel delays, weather, strikes, war or civil unrest.

In the event The Training Centre or its owners cancel a course we shall be liable only for the full refund of fees paid. No payment will be made for incidental costs.

Completing a booking payment signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

All online material has been written and is under copyright to Vic and Lyn Punch.

No part of the online documents can be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) or for any purpose, without the express written permission of Vic and Lyn Punch.

Course material should be treated as for any copyrighted material.

RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio1 day from R1600

RYA/MCA VHF SHORT RANGE CERTIFICATE

This course is available in the classroom and online. The exam on this course has to be paid extra direct to the RYA. The exam must take place at our training centre.
short rangeThe RYA/MCA Short Range Training course / exam and certificate is the qualification wanted by International Captains on Yachts. Crew need to be able to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Equipment on Commercial vessels fitted with a SRC radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels. All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels.

Almost all crew will need to use the vhf radios, on the Yacht, tenders, support vessels and PWCs. This is a must have for Superyacht crew. The course is split into: pre course reading, followed by a one day practical course and separate exam by a RYA appointed examiner. The Examiner cannot be your trainer.

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. This course will teach you the basics of operating and understanding a VHF radio on board a yacht. If you own a marine radio hand held or fixed set, you are required by law to hold an operator’s license – learn the procedures for operation and gain the qualification on this one day course. You will need to do at least 3 hours course reading which is moderated prior to the course.



Course Content:

  • The basics of radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)
The exam is a written and practical test on the skills you learned. The exam fee is paid direct to the RYA via credit card details. Remember to bring a ID photo for you certificate. The course price does not include the RYA exam fee.

How long is the course?

In the classroom, the course is taught over one day, plus some pre course learning.

Online the course will take around one day, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like.

How to take the course
We offer the course at our training centre or online. The online course has many advantages as it can be completed at your own speed at home office or on the move. Make sure you check that the tester works on your computer / browser / internet connection. Before paying / downloading the full course.

The class room cost includes the vhf book and classroom course R 1600

The online course includes the VHF book and online instructor support £ 99.00

Exam payable direct to the RYA £ 60.00

Drop us an email and we will get you connected. The online course is hosted by Mendez Marine one of the leading provider for RYA online courses.


 

RYA Professional Practices and ResponsibilitiesOnly Online £39

Professional Practices and Responsibilities 

A compulsory online course for new and revalidating RYA Commercial Endorsement holders.
My personal take on this course:
I completed this course and exam a short time ago. Do not try to learn how many lifejackets or what kind of qualifications the skipper needs. Instead learn how to find the information in the provided extracts. This course and exam is based on researching information from the provided extracts. Do work through the modules and take at least 2 practice papers in each section.

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I found Firefox worked well. Remember to download the taster so you know it all works before loading the main course.

Taster video

Who this course is for

Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. You could be doing anything from delivering a new 35' yacht or driving a workboat with lifting and towing gear, to running a superyacht in the Med. whatever your job is on board, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer. As such, you are no different from the captain of a cruise liner – you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.

The course is broken down into four modules:
  • Commercial environment - how you fit into the professional maritime world.
  • People – the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
  • Vessel – the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures. ·
  • Purpose – making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.
Following the modules there is a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment.

We estimate users will take around 6 to 8 hours to work through the four course modules. The graded end of course assessment is split into two sections, totalling 2 ½ hours.

Exemptions from this course

If you hold an MCA Deck Officer's Certificate of Competence as Officer of the Watch, Master 200*, Master 500 or above you do not need to take the PPR course. Please send a copy of your MCA certificate with your application or renewal form for your commercial endorsement.

* Please note the 'Master 200' referred to here is the MCA Master 200gt STCW qualification. This is not the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ qualification.

Updating your PPR certificate

Once you have taken your first PPR course, at subsequent renewals of your commercial endorsement you will need to take a reduced version of the course and a short test to make sure you are still up to speed with the subject.

Note: If you are over 65 and subject to more regular medical fitness examinations, you do not need to take the PPR course each time you renew your medical. You will simply need to take it when your commercial endorsement is due for renewal (normally every five years).

How long is the course?

Online the course will take around one day, but the beauty of it is that you can work through it at your own speed, whenever and wherever you like. The online exam has time controls but should be achieved providing you have completed the modules and practice papers.

How to take the course

We offer the course only online. The course has many advantages as it can be completed at your own speed at home office or on the move. Make sure you check that the tester works on your computer / browser / internet connection. Before paying / downloading the full course.

The online course is paid for direct to Mendez Marine and cost £39.00 UK pounds

Drop us an email and we will get you connected. This course is hosted by Mendez Marine one of the leading provider for RYA online courses.

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