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Online courses

Sport and Wellbeing recognise that when making the most of your available time it may be more convenient to complete some courses from the comfort of your own home from an internet enabled computer.  Working alongside the RYA Interactive Platform, Sport and Wellbeing are able to offer distance learning opportunities for the following courses:




RYA Safe and Fun

Essential Navigation & Seamanship

How to book

Before attending your SRC/VHF Course exam, you must have either attended a taught course or alternatively have completed the online training course and practice exercises and pass the final online assessment.

An Award Winning Course from the RYA
An Award Winning Course from the RYA

The online course is made up of several modules that you may tackle in your own time, either completing all modules in one day or instead covering over a couple of weeks. Although studying remotely, you will still be able to access help and assistance from our in-house trainer assessors. This course material works alongside the VHF Manual offering further information for the studious student.  The VHF manual is available in a printed version and also as an e-book please make your selection of which version you would like at the point of booking

Having achieved the course completion certificate, you are then ready to book your practical exam and assessment. There is a further £60 charge levied (in addition to the cost below) for the issue of your VHF certificate after successful completion of your practical assessment.


Online Course: Sport and Wellbeing Member £40.00 / Non-Member £60.00

Classroom Course: Sport and Wellbeing Member £60.00 / Non-Member £80.00

Professional Practices and Responsibilities

If you wish to become a commercial skipper and commercially endorse your Level 2 powerboat certificate or your Advanced powerboat qualification following your Advanced exam you need to be able to show that you are aware of your duties as a skipper. This online course created by the RYA and supported by Sport and Wellbeing staff can help you learn of these responsibilities and give you an understanding of which documents you need to refer to, to ensure that you are operating within the limits of the vessel and crew.

At the end of this course there is an assessment to confirm your understanding. Successful completion of the examination will allow you to print out a pass certificate to submit with your other documentation so that you may become commercially endorsed.

Costs:  Sport and Wellbeing Member £25.00 / Non-Member £35.00

If you wish to go boating on the inland waters of Europe it is necessary for you to hold an ICC with CEVNI.

If you wish to go boating on the inland waters of Europe it is necessary for you to hold an ICC with CEVNI. CEVNI is the exam that you need to complete to show that you understand the signs and 'rules of the road' for the busy commercial shipping ways that are the European inland waterways.

Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £20.00 / Non-Member £23.00


Buy G17 - RYA European Waterways Regulations
Buy G17 - RYA European Waterways Regulations

The RYA Safe and Fun Safeguarding course is suitable for anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in an RYA environment. This includes those volunteering or working at recognised training centres and affiliated clubs.

It provides a basic level of knowledge and awareness, put in the context of realistic scenarios that anyone could encounter at their club or centre.

It is a requirement for all newly qualifying Level 2 Racing Coaches, Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Senior Instructors to complete prior to their instructor/coach training course. They must also complete a pre-course worksheet which is accessed within the Safe & Fun course, and take that with them to the instructor course.

Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £10.00 / Non-Member £20.00


The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing our on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £65.00 / Non-Member £95.00

There is a simple process to follow to book onto any of our online courses.

1. Contact the Jubilee Sports Centre reception either in person or by phone on 02380 592119

2. Pay for the course

3. Sport and Wellbeing staff will enrol you onto the RYA Interactive platform and send you a welcome email along with your username and temporary password for the RYA Interactive portal

4. Receive your welcome email from Sport and Wellbeing with your username and temporary password.  Once you have logged into the RYA Interactive portal for the first time, updated your temporary password and competed your profile, you will then be able to start your course

To access help during the course, there are links to contact the course tutors via the online web platform.  We aim to get back to all queries within a 48 hour period, but usually respond soon after receiving your questions and queries 

Please note that if you have already enrolled onto RYA Interactive courses through other training centres, we will need to set you up with a new online account for the University of Southampton RYA Interactive Training portal.


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