Category: FAQs

Powerboat Refresher Training

Q: I have an RYA Level 2 certificate but haven’t had chance to practice my skills and am a bit rusty – do you run refresher courses? A: If you haven’t had chance to use your L2 skills and are a bit rusty we offer a 3 hour session every month with one of […]

Do I need a VHF Licence?

Q: Do I HAVE to have a Licence to operate a VHF Radio? A: It is a legal requirement to hold the correct licence and the OfCom Enforcement Team can issue and on-the spot fine of up to £5000 or enforce a six month prison sentence. You can see […]

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

We 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. It is a legal requirement to hold the correct licence and the OfCom Enforcement Team can issue and on-the spot fine of up to £5000 or enforce a six month prison sentence.

International Certificate of Competence

Q: How do I get an ICC and do I need one in the UK? A: The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is documentary assurance from one government to another that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in something called Resolution 40 (a UN resolution […]

First Aid certificates for Instructors

Q: I am thinking of becoming an RYA Instructor – Do I need to hold  First Aid Certificate to attend an Instructor Course? A: All RYA Instructional Qualifications require you to hold an acceptable First Aid certificate prior to attending your Instructor Course. The most commonly accepted is the RYA […]

Waterproofs & Lifejackets

Q: Do I need to bring my own waterproofs, lifejackets etc for practical courses? A: We have a large range of waterproof clothing in various sizes that we supply, free of charge, to our students. We offer spray suits for warmer weather, flotation suits for cooler weather and dry suits […]

Where is our RYA Regional Training Centre?

Q: Where are your practical and theory courses run from? A: The majority of our courses are run from our Regional Training Centre here in Portishead (see sidebar for more details). We have a large free car park, student coffee area (free tea and coffee throughout your course), 2 classrooms […]

RYA Advanced Powerboat Course Prerequisites

Q: Do I need to have completed an RYA Intermediate Course before I attend an RYA Advanced Powerboat Course? A: Whist it isn’t a pre-requisite to hold an RYA Intermediate certificate you are required to be competent to the standard of the Intermediate Powerboat Certificate with a thorough knowledge […]