Shorebased Courses Joining Instructions

Thank you for choosing us for your training, we are looking forward to your course and we will do everything we can to make it memorable, interesting, fun and educational. Please take a few minutes to read the pre course information below.

These Joining Instructions cover all shorebased (classroom) courses. For E-learning courses please visit the E-Learning / Online Joining Instructions Page.

WHERE

Click on one of the following 4 links to view map, directions etc.

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/course description.

CERTIFICATION

Certification for most courses 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. There re a minority of courses(Short Range Certificate and Advanced powerboat COC wis h are certified by RYA HQ, and therfre posted to you after your course/exam.The SRC certificate and the Advanced Certificate of Competence 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).All of our courses requite 100% attendance. For STCW and AEC courses we can not certify if you if you have not brought an accepted photo ID (passport, driving license, UKCOC, Seaman’s Discharge Book, national ID).

MEALS

Tea and coffee is included. Meals are not included, we recommend you bring a packed lunch.

DETAILED INFORMATION

Now please click on the relevant course title below for course specific information

COURSE DURATION TIMINGS
12 Volt Marine Electrics 1 day 0930-1630
CIEH Food Safety Level 2 1 day 0930-1600
CIEH Food Safety Level 3 3 days 0930-1600
HSE Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 1 day 0930-1630
HSE First Aid at Work (FAW) 3 days 0930-1730 (day 1), 1630 (day 2), 1530 (day 3)
HSE First Aid at Work Re Qual (FAWRQ) 2 days 0930-1630
Outboard Engine Maintenance 1 day 0930-1630
Outdoor First Aid 2 day 0930-1730
Rigging & Splicing 1 day 0930-1630
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased 5 days or

12 evenings

0930-1800

1800-2120

RYA Diesel 1 day 0930-1630
RYA Essential Navigation 2 days 0930-1630
RYA First Aid 1 day 0930-1800
RYA Radar 1 day or

2 evenings (zoom)

0930- 1630

1800-2120

RYA Sea Survival 1 day 0930-1700
RYA Short Range Certificate 1 day 0930-1830
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased 5 days or

12 evenings

0930-1800

1800-2120

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased 6 days or

14 evenings

0930-1800

1800-2120

STCW Elementary First Aid (EFA) 1 day 0930-1700 (Registration from 0900)
STCW Personal Survival Techniques (PST) 1 day 0900-1730 (Registration from 0830)
Weather for Yachtsmen 1 day 0930-1700
World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival 1 day 0930-1630
World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Refresher 1 day 0930-1715

12-VOLT MARINE ELECTRICS  (LEVEL 1 & 2)

The two days are very “hands on” practical with short theory sessions between practical sessions. There is no formal assessment. Certification is provided based on course competition and continual assessment.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Warm clothes as the workshop can be cold, even on a warm day
  • Packed Lunch

The 12 Volt course descriptions can be found at 12 Volt Marne Electrics Level 1  and 12 Volt Marine Electrics Level 2.

ESSENTIAL NAVIGATION

During your course you will be introduced to navigation, seamanship, IRPCS, electronic navigation and meteorology. While the course is based on continual assessment and attendance, there are two assessment papers taken towards the end of the course. Your instructor will outline the course programme to you on the first day/evening.

There is no specific preparation required before this course, although there will be homework during the course. At the start of your course we will issue you with the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased pack which includes 2 practice charts, a question book and the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Note Pad & Pen
  • 2b pencils, eraser & sharpener
  • Pair of Drawing compasses
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Laptop or Mac Book (if you have one)

FOOD SAFETY

These courses are classroom based. At the end of the course there is a multiple choice written assessment. If you do not pass you can one resit for free within 12 months. All students receive their CIEH certificate by email the same day (or occasionally the next working day). Students taking the Food Safety at Sea Courses will receive a second certificate shortly after the course. A handbook is include in the course fee

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen

The course descriptions can be found at

 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. 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 RYA FIRST AID DUAL CERTIFICATION

As the RYA and HSE First Aid Course syllabi are closely aligned we can run both courses together, if you would like to dual certify then there is a c charge of £15 and you may have a slightly later finish. Please let us know in advance. The course descriptions can be found at;

OUTDOOR REMOTE EMERGENCY FIRST AID

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing (no skirt or dress), as you will be practicing the recovery position. There is likely to also be some outdoor session so please dress appropriately for the time of year and bring a coat/jacket. You will also need footwear that is suitable for grassy and possibly muddy areas. The course includes practical and theory sessions. Assessment is continual. You will receive a copy of our First Aid Manual.

WHAT TO BRING

      • Notepad & Pen
      • Packed lunches

OPTIONAL FIRST AID DUAL/TRI CERTIFICATION

During this 16 hour course you will cover the content of the RYA First Aid Course and the HSE Emergency First Aid Course as well as much more. You have the option therefore to dual certify (extra £20) with either of them or tri certify (extra £35) with all three certificates without any further training.

OUTBOARD MAINTENANCE

This course concerns itself with petrol outboard engines. Some sessions are theory but most are “hands on” with the engines. At the end of the course you will receive the Chieftain Training Outboard Maintenance Certificate.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Wear old clothes or overalls that can be worn when working on the engine(s)
  • Bring warm clothes as the workshop can be cold even on a warm day

The course description can be found at Outboard Maintenance.

RYA COASTAL SKIPPER/YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE SHOREBASED

On the first day/evening you will be issued an RYA pack, practice charts, exercise book and RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Course notes. On the first day/evening, your instructor will start with the Day Skipper Chart work exam, containing 4 questions (position fix, estimated position, course to steer and a tidal heights/curve problem). This is intended as a refresher. You should be familiar with these topics before the course starts. During the course you will cover advanced coastal and offshore navigation, IRPCS, meteorology and safety; these subjects will all make you a better skipper. Assessment is based on attendance and overall understanding. There are three assessment papers.

Before your course you should learn the IRPCS (night lights and day shapes). Although your instructor will go through them, there is not time on the course to learn them from scratch. You should arrive ready for the IRPCS Assessment paper. Students attending night school will have time during the course to study. Please ensure that your overall standard of navigation is to the level of Day Skipper.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Note Pad & Pen
  • 2b pencils, eraser & sharpener
  • Pair of Drawing compasses
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Laptop or Mac Book (if you have one)

You will also require Chart 5011, a Training Almanac, Dividers and a Plotter. For 5-day and split weekend courses we will lend you this equipment (however it cannot be taken away between weekends). Night school students however will need to purchase these items so they can complete any home work, you can do this from us on the first evening or through a chandlery.

RYA DAY SKIPPER SHOREBASED

During your course you will be introduced to navigation, seamanship, IRPCS, electronic navigation and meteorology. While the course is based on continual assessment and attendance, there are two assessment papers taken towards the end of the course. Your instructor will outline the course programme to you on the first day/evening.

There is no specific preparation required before this course, although there will be homework during the course. At the start of your course we will issue you with the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased pack which includes 2 practice charts, a question book and the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Note Pad & Pen
  • 2b pencils, eraser & sharpener
  • Pair of Drawing compasses
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Laptop or Mac Book (if you have one)

You will also require Chart 5011, a Training Almanac, Dividers and a Plotter. For 5-day and split weekend courses we will lend you this equipment (however it cannot be taken away between weekends). Night school students however will need to purchase these items so they can complete any home work, you can do this from us on the first evening or through a chandlery.

RYA DIESEL COURSE

Although our training engines are well looked after please be prepared to get “hands on” and do not wear anything that must not 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
  • Packed Lunch
  • Wear old clothes that can be worn when working on the engine(s)
  • Bring warm clothes as the workshop can be cold, even on a warm day
  • Steel toe cap boots (if you have them), no flip flops or open toe shoes

The course description can be found at RYA Diesel.

OUTBOARD MAINTENANCE

This course concerns itself with petrol outboard engines. Some sessions are theory but most are “hands on” with the engines. At the end of the course you will receive the Chieftain Training Outboard Maintenance Certificate.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Packed Lunch
  • Wear old clothes or overalls that can be worn when working on the engine(s)
  • Bring warm clothes as the workshop can be cold even on a warm day
  • Steel toe cap boots (if you have them), no flip flops or open toe shoes

The course description can be found at Outboard Maintenance.

RYA FIRST AID

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. 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 HSE EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK DUAL CERTIFICATION

As the RYA and HSE First Aid Course syllabi are closely aligned we can run both courses together, if you would like to dual certify then there is a charge of £15 and you. Please let us know in advance. The course descriptions can be found at;

RYA OCEAN YACHTMASTER SHOREBASED

On the first day/evening we will issue with the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Pack. You will find an accurate watch useful for the outdoor sextant session. During your course you will learn how to use the sextant and navigate by the celestial bodies. The course also covers ocean passage planning, safety and worldwide meteorology. The course is based on continual assessment and one paper at the end of the week.

With regard to astro-navigation, the course will start from basic principles. In terms of preparation please ensure the following subjects are not rusty; estimated position, variation, deviation, chart projections and latitude and longitude. An understanding of the running fix will also help greatly.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Note Pad & Pen
  • 2b pencils, eraser & sharpener
  • Pair of Drawing compasses
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Laptop or Mac Book (if you have one)
  • Warm coat (as there will be an outdoor sextant session)

RYA 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 can provide oilskins for this course (if you pre book them, see below), 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

COMMUTING TO THE POOL

The pool is off-site, generally students car share however if there are not enough cars in the group then expect to use a taxi. Please be prepared to either drive or to contribute to either parking or a taxi if necassary.

The course description can be found at RYA Sea Survival.

RYA 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 (depending on numbers) 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/us.

The course description can be found at RYA Short Range Certificate.

WHAT TO BRING

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

STCW ELEMENTARY FIRST AID (EFA)

Registration starts promptly at 0900. You will need to provide reception with your photo ID before the courses commences at 0930. Acceptable IDs are listed below. Certification is issued at the discretion of Chieftain Training  and is conditional on both 100% attendance and successfully completing any assessments.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Photo ID- one of
    • Passport / National ID
    • Driving Licence
    • Seaman’s Discharge book
    • UK Certificate of Competence
  • Note Pad & Pen
  • Packed lunch
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing for the classroom

STCW PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES (PST)

Registration starts promptly at 0830. You will need to provide reception with your photo ID before the courses commences at 0900. Acceptable IDs are listed below. Certification is issued at the discretion of Chieftain Training  and is conditional on both 100% attendance and successfully completing any assessments.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Photo ID- one of
      • Passport / National ID
      • Driving Licence
    • Seaman’s Discharge book
    • UK Certificate of Competence
  • Note Pad & Pen
  • Packed lunch
  • Existing Certificate (if you are attending an update)
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing for the classroom
  • Towel and Swimwaer and a bag for wet clothing.
  • Long trousers and a long sleeve top to wear in the pool

We recommend that you do not bring any valuables with you.

COMMUTING TO THE POOL

Be aware that the practical element of this course is off-site and we will ask the group to drive there. You must therefore budget for a taxi fare or parking. More details about the location of the pool will be given on the day.

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.

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 taken 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 or day after this course.

Useful but not essential Pre Course Reading includes;

WHAT TO BRING

The course description can be found at World Sailing Personal Survival Techniques.

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 a further 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

COMMUTING TO THE POOL

The pool is off-site, generally students car share however if there are not enough cars in the group then expect to use a taxi. Please be prepared to either drive or to contribute to either parking or a taxi if necessary.

The course description can be found at World Sailing Personal Survival Techniques Refresher.

YACHT RIGGING & ROPE SPLICING

The two days are very “hands on” practical with a several  short theory sections. There is no formal assessment. Certifiua action is provided based on course completition and continual assessment.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Notepad & Pen
  • Warm clothes, as the workshop can be cold, even on a warm day
  • Packed Lunch

The Yacht Rigging course description can be found at Yacht Rigging & Rope Splicing.

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