RYA First Aid Update

12 Month Extension to your RYA First Aid Certificate

Image of the RYA First Aid manual.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives in recent months.  This short online 'video conference' course has been introduced by the RYA to ensure you can refresh your First Aid skills whilst the country is in lockdown.  On completion of the course, you will be issued with a letter confirming your eligibility to extend your RYA First Aid certificate by 12 months.

How to book the online update course:

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RYA VHF Marine Radio Online

Learn how to call for help at sea

Course pack

Many flotilla and charter companies now require this radio qualification.  The online course is the quickest way to get your VHF Radio Operator Certificate of Competence.  Just complete the online course then book a convenient time to do the final practical exam and written paper in person at a training centre.  Bay Sea School have two radio assessors so it should be fairly easy to arrange a time. 

Please note: There's a separate £60 certificate fee payable to the RYA before you can attend the practical exam.

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RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship
A screenshot of a typical page in the interactive online course, showing a navigation chart with clickable links.

Beginners Introduction To Navigation

This short online theory course goes well with the beginner practical courses such as Keelboat Levels 1, 2 & 3, Powerboat Level 2, Competent Crew and Helmsman. It's a great starting point for anyone who goes out on the sea in a boat or canoe.

It takes roughly 6 to 8 hours to complete the course but you can work through the different modules at your own pace. It's a good taster of the more in-depth Day Skipper theory course too.

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Online Workshops

Group workshop

We can't meet in person at the moment but we can meet online via zoom.  So why not refresh your chartwork skills & be ready for when we can all go sailing again?  After our successful series of zoom workshops in January we're planning to run these brush-up sessions on a regular basis. We just need to create an automated booking process first.

A short tutorial on a topic will start each session. You can then practise it yourself with the opportunity to ask questions if necessary.  Worked examples will be graded in level of complexity from very rusty day skipper to yachtmaster!  You can also get together in small groups for some of the time.

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RYA Safe and Fun

Safe and Fun

The Safe and Fun course presents a variety of scenarios you might encounter whilst working with children or vulnerable adults in a club or watersports centre. It looks at issues to do with abuse and bullying and helps you to understand your own obligations.

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