Category: Course Information

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course – £325 – 2 days plus a night exercise

If you are looking to undertake more adventurous powerboat trips by day and night then the RYA Advanced Powerboat Course is for you. This 2 day course includes navigation at planing speed by day and night, weather and other aspects of skippering powerboats on more challenging passages in coastal waters. Anybody undertaking this course must have the practical skills of the Intermediate course and knowledge of navigation to a minimum of the standard of the Day Skipper shorebased course ideally you will already have completed the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachmaster Theory course.

Looking for some more Powerboat Experience?

If you have recently passed your Level 2 or are feeling a bit rusty we have 2 options for you to improve your skills. We offer Slow speed handling sessions to get to grips with parking the boat in different configurations and for those who are looking for more miles we have our new mile builder sessions. From £60 to £120 we can suit all budgets.

Yachtmaster Shorebased – Dec 14

CONGRATULATIONS to our 3 newly qualified RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased students Helena, Rob and Ben. After a long 6 days over 3 weeks they all successfully passed their Chartwork, Meteorology and IRPCS exams to the required standard. IMG_0962

The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course is an advanced course and is aimed at sailors and motor boaters who are looking to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night. This course is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

afloat river avonThis weekend we had 2 students looking to master Advanced Powerboating skills to ensure that they can operate safely at night, find both lit and unlit marks and master more advanced close quarter handling skills such as ferry gliding. To find out what they got up to over their 2 day course and go afloat in our new course video then read on….

VHF-SRC Radio Courses – Do you have to have a Licence?

IMG_2229We offer 2 ways for students to study for their VHF-SRC Radio licences either through our one day classroom based course or using the RYA Interactive Online course. SRC logo resizedClick here for full details on how to book and to view our interactive course video. Some of our students like to work through the interactive site in their own time but many prefer the classroom based training so that they can maximize the time spent practicing all of their routine, urgency and distress calls using real life training radios.  So what does the course entail and how scary is it to use the radios??? Read on for our FAQs covering Licence requirements, previous knowledge, course duration, VHF-SRC Exams, Course content and practical training.   

RYA First Aid at Sea – Chew Valley Sailing Club

Compass sea School First Aid Instructors have been busy last weekend conducting an RYA First Aid at Sea 1 day course for 12 students from Chew Valley Sailing Club. Students were a mix of dinghy sailors and club volunteers learning the basics of administering First Aid through a variety of highly practical scenarios. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. 

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course – Sept 14

We had 6 students this weekend all looking to master the art of driving one of our 6.5m Powerboats at both high and slow speeds, and learning the skills required to be a good and safe skipper. Students started in the classroom with an introduction to personal and vessel safety equipment -an opportunity to see our wide range of clothing from simple spray suits, flotation suits and dry suits, to examine a life jacket and safely practice with our dummy flares and EPIRBS.