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Theory courses

Time spent on the water is key when improving your performance in watersports, but time spent in the classroom can add further skills and knowledge to draw upon.

Time spent off the water learning can sometimes be seen as a waste when you would rather be out doing watersports.  However, these colder months are a great opportunity to spend some time inside increasing your understanding.  We have many classroom courses on offer covering VHF Radio, First Aid, Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory.

We also offer a range of ONLINE courses including VHF Radio, Essential Navigation and Theory, Professional Practices and Responsibilities and CEVNI using the RYA Interactive service.


Day Skipper Theory

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory

Diesel Engine and Outboard Maintenance

RYA First Aid

VHF (SRC) Maritime Operators License

Day Skipper Theory

Day SKipper
Buy the Day Skipper Course Notes

This course is a must for Beginners and Crew who would like to become actively involved in the navigation of coastal waters. The syllabus provides would-be skippers with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. This course is an ideal preparation for the Dayskipper Practical.

The course runs over a 3 week period on Saturdays and Sundays, Students are expected to attend all 5 sessionss.

Dates Times

Saturday 27 January 2018

Saturday 03 February 2018

Sunday 04 February 2018

Saturday 10 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018 


Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £200.00 / Non-Member £250.00

Membership TypePrice Of Course
Peak Performer and Frequent Fitness £200.00
Workout Central, Sports Pass and Non-Member £250.00

Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Theory

This advanced course is for more experienced skippers, providing them with the theoretical knowledge required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Practical Examination. It is recommended that candidates have a prior knowledge to the level of day skipper or equivalent, as the course requires a high level of independent work.  This will prepare students with the navigational theory required to complete the Coastal Skipper Course as well as the Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore practical exams.

The course runs over a 4 week period on Saturdays and some Sundays, Students are expected to attend all 6 sessions.

Dates Times

Saturday 17 February 2018

Sunday 18 February 2018

Saturday 24 February 2018

Saturday 03 March 2018

Saturday 10 March 2018

Sunday 11 March 2018


Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £200.00 / Non-Member £250.00

Membership TypePrice Of Course
Peak Performer and Frequent Fitness £200.00
Workout Central, Sports Pass and Non-Member £250.00
Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition
Buy the Navigation handbook

Mechanical failure is the main cause of rescue call-outs to cruisers. Basic maintenance and engine care will help ensure that you are not part of this statistic.  Most engine problems can be avoided by taking simple precautions, and you don’t need a detailed mechanical knowledge.

Sport and Wellbeing offer the RYA Diesel Engine course as well as a Outboard Maintenance course that we have developed.  These courses cover how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown.

Whether you sail a yacht with an auxiliary diesel engine or are a motor cruising enthusiast, this course could not just save you money, but one day could save your life.

Course topics include:

  • the principles of engine operation
  • the systems and parts of the engine
  • fault finding
  • rectification of common problems
  • bleeding the fuel system
  • changing the impeller
  • routine maintenance
  • winter lay up procedures


Dates Times
ON DEMAND 09:00 - 17:00

Private courses may be run at a convenient time for you.  Please contact us by email at for further details and availability

Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £55.00 / Non-Member £70.00

The RYA one day First Aid course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. It fulfils the requirements for professional skippers working within 60 miles of a safe haven. The course is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and partly satisfies the requirements of commercial work afloat. The syllabus is based on recommendations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the MCA. The course cost includes the provision of a First Aid Handbook. All courses run on a Saturday at the University Watersports Centre.

Dates Times
27 January 2018 09:00-17:00
10 February 2018 09:00-17:00
10 March 2018 09:00-17:00
21 April 2018 09:00-17:00
19 May 2018 09:00-17:00
16 June 2018 09:00-17:00
14 July 2018 09:00-17:00

Costs: Sport and Wellbeing Member £50.00 / Non-Member £85.00

To book call the Jubilee Sports Centre on 02380 592119, come to the centre in person or book online here.

A course for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.  The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

Course topics include:
  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

The SRC course can be taken in our classroom or you may follow an award winning online course. To complete the course and qualify for the licence will have to attend a written exam and a practical test.  If undertaking the classroom-based course your exam will be at the end of the day with a different examiner, if you complete the online course you will need to book an exam as soon as you have successfully passed the end of course knowledge test.  The practical exam does attract an additional examination fee of £60 payable to the RYA.  This may be paid by card or cheque just before you undertake your exam

Classrooom Course Dates:

Dates Times
13 January 2018 09:00-17:00
24 February 2018 09:00-17:00
22 April 2018 09:00-17:00


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

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

To book call the Jubilee Sports Centre on 02380 592119, come to the centre in person or book the classroom course online here.


Course Cancellations/Transfers

We retain the right to cancel a date and transfer your booking or offer you a refund if the weather is unsuitable to run the course on the basis of health and safety. As part of this decision we will be looking at wind, temperature and sea state. Where possible we will give you 24 hours’ notice when a clear and accurate weather forecast comes through.

On the rare occurrence of staff sickness we will endeavour to cover the staff shortage and continue to run the course. This would also be grounds for a refund or date transfer.

The bookee cancelling the booking

Over 7 days before the course: We are happy to offer a full refund or transfer your booking to another date upon request.

Over 48 hours before the course: We will give a 50% refund or a full refund upon the presentation of a current doctor’s note.

Less than 48 hours before the course: We are not able to offer a refund

Please note that the time period stated refers to start of the day, not the start of the course.  All refunds are limited to course fees only.  If you book local accommodation, you may choose to take out cancellation/holiday insurance.

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