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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.  The University of Southampton runs a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Training Centre (RTC) which offers and runs all of our RYA training courses.  All certificates issued for courses run will be issued from the "University of Southampton" RTC.

We have many Royal Yachting Association (RYA) 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.

 

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 as well as a course certificate issued by the "University of Southampton" RTC. All courses run on a Saturday or Sunday at the University Watersports Centre.

Maximum Student: Instructor Ratio: normally 6:1 in our Watersports centre Classroom

To book onto individual sessions, please contact us at southamptonsport@soton.ac.uk, and let us know which of the below sessions you would like to book. 

DateTime
24th September 2022 09:00-17:00
22nd October 2022 09:00-17:00
19th November 2022 09:00-17:00

Costs: 

Membership TypePrice of Course
Southampton Sport Member £53.00
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student* £71.00
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-Member £89.00

*In order to claim the student discount you will need to provide proof of your student status. Please email proof that you are currently enrolled on a course in the current academic year at the University of Southampton or Solent University to watersports@southampton.ac.uk

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 (8hr taught plus 3hr pre-course self learning) 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. A separate Exam will take place after the course and the exam will include a short written test as well as a practical assessment using the equipment you have been using during the course.

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 must be paid by card before you attend the course and subsequently undertake your exam.

Maximum Student: Instructor Ratio: 8:1

Dates and Times:

In order to book individual sessions, please contact us at southamptonsport@soton.ac.uk, and let us know which of the below sessions you would like to book. 

DateTime
25th September 2022 09:00-17:00
23rd October 2022 09:00-17:00
20th November 2022 09:00-17:00

Costs:

Membership TypePrice of Course
Southampton Sport Member £63
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Member* £63
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-member £84

*In order to claim the student discount you will need to provide proof of your student status. Please email proof that you are currently enrolled on a course in the current academic year at the University of Southampton or Solent University to watersports@southampton.ac.uk

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.

For most of our watersports courses we have a minimum ratio of 1:3. Where possible we will always endeavour to run a course but if we are below ratio we may have to transfer you onto a future booking.

 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 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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