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RYA Helmsman Course


  • Course Aim

    To teach boat handling and safety within a defined area

  • Duration

    2 day boat handling course

  • Prior experience required

    None - this course is particularly suited to beginners and new owners of motor cruisers.

  • Minimum Age

    Minimum age for award of the certificate is 14 years.

  • Course Content

    Theory session:
    • Types of craft
    • Engines & drives
    • Engine operation & maintenance
    • Safety & seamanship
    • Rules of the road
    Practical session:
    • Boat preparation
    • Boat handling
    • Securing to a buoy
    • Berthing alongside
    • Man overboard
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