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Shore Based Courses



Sea Survival
The Sea Survival course is designed for all small craft users. The importance of having the knowledge to survive if you end up in an emergency situation at sea is crucial. It is a well proven fact that people with appropriate training are more likely to survive. Liferafts, the equipment they contain and survival techniques form the central part of the Sea Survival course. You will be taught about how to launch rafts, what the initial and subsequent actions in a raft are and receive some sound advice on longer term survival. Other topics covered include the design of lifejackets, hypothermia and Search and Rescue techniques.

1 Day Course. For further details, kindly send an email on: info@boatcarelimited.com

VHF Short Range Certificate
This one-day SRC/VHF Radio course teaches the basics of VHF radio operation, the correct frequencies (channels) to be used and distress, emergency & medical assistance procedures. We use real radio equipment rather than simulators so you can become confident in using the various controls and DSC (Digital Selective Calling) functions. The VHF radio network has undergone great change with the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress System (G.M.D.S.S.) and these changes are discussed in depth. Your instructor can also advise you as to the best equipment for your own boat.

At the end of the SRC/VHF Radio course students are prepared to take a short exam. The exam is not difficult and has a high pass rate. After the successful completion of this exam you will be issued with the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate". There is an exam fee payable on the day.

1 Day Course. For further details, kindly send an email on: info@boatcarelimited.com

Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course
The Essential navigation and Seamanship Course aims to introduce the basic concepts of inshore navigation and safety in an easy to understand and enjoyable format. During the course you will be introduced to the basics of navigation including tidal awareness, charts, almanacs and the use of electronic navigation aids such as GPS. You will be taught about harbour entry and departure pilotage including knowledge of buoyage and a basic understanding of the Collision Regulations so you know who has right of way! Time will also be spent looking at sources of weather information and what impact this could have on your passage. Towards the end of the course you will put all this information together to plan an actual passage. You will also learn more about what safety equipment you should carry and how it is used.

2 Day Course. For further details, kindly send an email on: info@boatcarelimited.com

Coastal Skipper/Offshore Theory
The Coastal Skipper/Offshore theory course is an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the shorebased Day Skipper course. It 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 Coastal Skipper or Offshore practical exams.
It is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques including - position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge including secondary port calculations, navigation in restricted visibility, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment. The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are dealt with in detail and you will also learn more about yacht stability and safety offshore.

It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending.
During the course students sit three exams and will be awarded the Coastal Skipper/Offshore Theory Certificate

40 Hour Course. For further details, kindly send an email on: info@boatcarelimited.com