The Joining Instructions below covers the following One-Day Shorebased Courses;

This page does not cover the following shorebased courses, click on the links below if required

WHERE

Courses normally meet at the Southampton Training Centre at https://chieftain.training/where-is-chieftain-training/ unless your email specifically indicates otherwise or you have booked a private courses at your own home, vessel or premises.

TIMINGS

All one-day shorebased courses start at 0930. NIght School start at 1830

Finish times vary between 1600 and 1715 depending on the actual course. The exception being the Short Range Certificate which culminates in an exam and may finish anytime between 1700 and 1830.

MEALS

Lunch is not included, we recommend you bring a packed lunch. There is a Tescos, a Co Op, a cafe, a pub, a restaurant and numerous take-aways all within a few minutes walk of the centre. Tea and Coffee are included throughout the course and you can help yourself.

PRE REQUISITES

Some of our courses have pre requisites, these are not optional they are requirements. If you are unsure what they are please check back against the relevant product page (the links in the list of courses at the top of this page).

CERTIFICATION

Certification is issued at the discretion of your Instructor and the Principal. The certificate is usually issued at the end of the course before you leave. (The SRC certificate is not issued by us it is examined on the day by the RYA and posted on to you, please see notes below for exact details).

SHORT RANGE CERTIFICATE

Prior to your course you should receive the RYA SRC Handbook from us, where possible we send this as an email code for the E-book version. This ensures the book will not be lost in the post, it gets to you on time and anyone booking late still receives it. The E-Book can only be activated by one user so once you have activated it we can not re-use it. If you prefer a printed book then you must tell us at the point of booking and pay the extra postage fee.

Your Pre course preparation is

During the day your Instructor will take you through all aspects of VHF, DSC, Navtex, EPIRBs and SART, do not worry if theses terms/abbreviations are unfamiliar at the moment. You will make use of our live VHF/DSC simulators in the classroom and our live Navtex set. At the end of the day the Instructor will swap places with an Assessor. The Assessor will not be able to start the exam if you do not have a passport photograph and the RYA form. The assessment is between 30 and 90 minutes and is straightforward once you have completed the training day.

The paper certificate will arrive through the post from the RYA, usually within 7-21 days of your course, however please allow up to 28 days before contacting them.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Passport Photograph of yourself
  • Email from the RYA confirming you have pre paid for the certificate

RYA FIRST AID OR HSE EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing (no skirt or dress), as you will be practicing the recovery position. The day includes practical and theory sessions. The instructor will check you have understood the important principles. RYA and HSE certification is issued on the day. You will receive a copy of our First Aid Manual.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing (ideally not heels or tight skirt)
  • Packed lunch

OPTIONAL FIRST AID DUAL CERTIFICATION

As the above two First Aid Course syllabi are closely aligned we run both courses together, you will cover your own syllabus and the extras components required to complete the other course as well. If you would like to duel certify then the extra certificate is optional at £30 per person

SEA SURVIVAL COURSE

Half of the course is lecture based in our classroom; there is also a practical two-hour pool session and an outdoor flare session. For the pool session you will need to wear your swimming costume and oilskins/water-proofs. We do not provide oilskins for this course, please ensure yours are clean and the pockets are empty. You are welcome to wear your own life jacket or use one of ours. Thermal layers and footwear are not required for the pool session. RYA certification is provided on the day as is the RYA Sea Survival Course Notes.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Outdoor coat for the flare session
  • For the pool session
    • Swimming Costume
    • Towel for the pool session
    • Bin liner or similar for wet kit
    • Wet weather gear or hire ours for £5/person (please tell us in advance)
    • Life Jacket (optional, you may use ours for no charge)

Useful but not essential Pre Course Reading includes;

  • Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson
  • 117 days adrift by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey
  • Essentials of Sea Survival by Frank Golden / Mike Tipton

RYA WORLD SAILING PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES

The day involves a number of discussions led by our instructor as well as some practical sessions (indoors). Assessment is continual, certification is provided on the day and valid for five years. While the day is aimed at offshore race crew the level of content is relevant to all offshore sailors. We can not issue a World Sailing certificate unless you have done the RYA Sea Survival course with us or have evidence of having completed the course else where in the last five years. Most students complete the RYA Sea Survival Course the day before this course. Useful but not essential Pre Course Reading includes;

WHAT TO BRING

RYA WORLD SAILING PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES REFRESHER

The day involves a number of discussions led by our instructor as well a refresher of the two-hour pool session and the flare session that were originally covered in your Sea Survival Course. (i.e. this one day replaces the two days you originally completed). Assessment is continual, certification is provided on the day and valid for five years. While the day is aimed at offshore race crew the level of content is relevant to all offshore sailors. Please bring your old ISAF Offshore Safety Certificate with you.

WHAT TO BRING

RYA RADAR COURSE

Training takes place in our classroom, using PC based Radar simulators so there is plenty opportunity to experiment and practice the skills you are learning. The RYA course book is included in the course fee.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • 2B pencil, eraser & sharpener
  • Pair of drawing compasses
  • Plotter and dividers (if you happen to have them)

While no experience of Radar is required before the course it is useful if you have a basic understanding of both navigation and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. In particular Rule 19, part of which is described below. It will also help if you have at least seen a radar screen on and in action before.

Extract from Rule 19 – Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility.

(a) This rule applies to vessels not in sight of one another when navigating in or near an area of restricted visibility.
(b) Every vessel shall proceed at a safe speed adapted to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility. A power-driven vessel shall have her engines ready for immediate manoeuvre

(c) Every vessel shall have due regard to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility when complying with the rules.
(d) A vessel which detects by radar alone the presence of another vessel shall determine if a close-quarters situation is developing and/or risk of collision exists. If so, she shall take avoiding action in ample time, provided that when such action consists of an alteration of course, so far as possible the following shall be avoided:

• An alteration of course to port for a vessel forwards of the beam, other than for a vessel being overtaken.

• An alteration of course towards a vessel abeam or abaft the beam.
• Except where it has been determined that a risk of collision does not exist, every vessel which hears apparently forwards of her beam the fog signal of another vessel, or which cannot avoid a close-quarters situation with another vessel forwards of her beam, shall reduce her speed to the minimum at which she can be kept on her course. She shall if necessary take all her way off and in any event navigate with extreme caution until danger of collision is over.

RYA DIESEL COURSE

Although our training engines are well looked after please be prepared to get “hands on” and do not wear anything that cannot get dirty. The RYA course book is included in your course fee. The day is divided between some theory session and practical session on the training engines. If you have any questions specific to your engine please bring your engine manual.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Old clothes that can be worn when working on the engine(s)

OUTBOARD MAINTENANCE

This course concerns itself with petrol outboard engines. Some sessions are classroom based and some are in our workshop or occasionally outdoors. At the end of the course you will receive the Chieftain Training Outboard Maintenance Certificate. If you would like to optionally dual certify with the BSAC Outboard Engine Maintenance Certificate it is subject to an extra fee.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Old clothes that can be worn when working on the engine(s)
  • Warm jacket/coat for outdoor session

12-VOLT MARINE ELECTRICS

The day is divided between some theory and practical sessions. There is no formal assessment. All students receive the Chieftain Training 12 Volt Marine Electrics Certificate.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen

YACHT RIGGING & ROPE SPLICING

The day is divided between some theory sessions and practical sessions in the classroom. The Chieftain Training Yacht Rigging & Rope Splicing Certificate is issued on the day.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Warm jacket/coat for outdoor session

WEATHER FOR YACHTSMEN

The course is classroom based. The Chieftain Training Weather For Yachtsmen Certificate is usually issued on the day.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Plotter and dividers (if you have them)
  • A forecast for the Southampton area, Solent, Southern coastline or Southern UK for the day of the course, if you are attending as a couple then you should each source a forecast separately so they are not identical.