Shorebased 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.

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Shorebased Courses

The Joining Instructions below cover all shorebased (classroom) courses.

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 (links are provide in the course details below).

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 are a minority of courses (Short Range Certificate, Advanced Powerboat COC and RYA Instructor Courses which are certified by RYA HQ, and therefore posted to you after your course/exam.  All of our courses require 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, UK COC, Seaman’s Discharge Book or 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 0930-1730 (day 1), 1530 (day 2)
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 Powerboat Level 1 1 day 0930-1700
RYA Powerboat Level 2 2 day 0930-1700
RYA Powerboat Intermediate 2 day 0930-1700
RYA Powerboat Tender Operator 2 day 0930-4 hrs after dusk (day 1)

0930- afternoon (day 2)

RYA Powerboat Advanced 2 day 0930-4 hrs after dusk (day 1)

0930- afternoon (day 2)

RYA Powerboat Advanced COC/Exam 3 day 1200- late if winter time,

1400- late if daylight saving time

RYA Powerboat Instructor 3 day 0930-1730
RYA Powerboat Instructor Skills 1 day 0930-1700
RYA Powerboat Advanced Instructor 2 day 0930-4 hrs after dusk (day 1)

0930- afternoon (day 2)

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 or

2 days & 9 eves

0930-1800

1800-2120

above timings

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” and practical with some short theory sessions between practical sessions. There is no formal assessment. Certification is provided based on course completion and continual assessment.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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.

CIEH FOOD SAFETY

These courses are offered both in the classroom and by webinar (zoom). If you shave booked the webinar option we will emial 2 or so days before the course with login details etc. Both classroom and zoom courses culminate in a multiple choice assessment paper. If you do not pass you can resit for free once 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

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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 charge of £15 and you may have a slightly later finish. Please let us know in advance. The course descriptions can be found at;

HSE FIRST AID AT WORK (FAW) & RE QUALIFICATION

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing (no skirt or dress), as you will be practicing the recovery position. The course includes practical and theory sessions. The Instructor will check you have understood the important principles and there is a formal assessment on the last day. Certification is issued on the last day. You will receive a copy of our FAW First Aid Manual.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • Notepad & Pen
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing (ideally not heels or tight skirt)
  • Packed lunch
  • Your existing FAW certificate if attending the FAW re qualification course

OPTIONAL RYA FIRST AID DUAL CERTIFICATION

On the first day of the FAW course you will cover the syllabus of the RYA First Aid Course if you would like to dual certify then there is a charge of £15. Please let us know in advance. The course descriptions can be found at;

OUTDOOR FIRST AID

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing (no skirt or dress), suitable for outdoor training. 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

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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. Plesea let us know in advance if you require either of these options.

The course description can be found at Outdoor First Aid

OUTBOARD ENGINE 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 Outboard Engine Maintenance Certificate.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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 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 assessment, 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 6-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.

USEFUL PRE COURSE READING

The course description can be found at RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

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)

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.

The course description can be found at RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

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

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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.

RYA ESSENTIAL NAVIGATION & SEAMANSHIP

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 Essential Navigation  Pack, which includes 2 practice charts, a question book and the RYA Course Notes.

WHAT TO BRING

    • Note Pad & Pen
    • 2b pencils, eraser & sharpener
    • Packed lunch

The course description can be found at RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

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

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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 RADAR

RYA Radar (over Zoom)

We will email you separately with login details.  Certifictaion and handbook are posted out after the course.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR RYA RADAR BY ZOOM

  • Notepad & Pen
  • 2B pencil, eraser & sharpener
  • Pair of drawing compasses
  • Plotter and dividers (if you happen to have them)
  • This 10 page document printed before the course
  • Use of a PC, with webcam and the simulator pre installed (we will email you seperatly with your simulator download info).

RYA Radar (classroom)

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 FOR RYA RADAR (CLASSROOM)

  • 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 navigation and of 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 set switched 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.

The course description can be found at RYA Radar.

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)
  • Warm coat (as there will be an outdoor sextant session)

USEFUL PRE COURSE READING

  • RYA Astro Navigation Handbook (Bartlett)
  • RYA Weather Handbook (Chris Tibbs)

The course description can be found at RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Shorebased

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

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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

The course description can be found at STCW Elementary First Aid

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.

The course description can be found at STCW Personal Survival Techniques

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 (one in our workshop and a fire extinguisher session outdoors). 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.

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.

USEFUL (BUT NOT ESSENTIAL) PRE COURSE READING

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

YACHT RIGGING & ROPE SPLICING

The day is a mixture of practical and theory sesisonts.  There is no formal assessment. Certification is provided based on course completition and continual assessment.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Face mask or covering for those drills where you are close to someone else
  • 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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