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RYA Academy

At Driven by Nature, we’re not just about teaching you to sail; we’re about crafting seafarers. We’ve hoisted our standards sky-high, and quality is the wind in our sails. Our vessels aren’t just boats; they’re finely tuned symphonies of high-performance sails and top-notch gear. It’s like setting the stage for a grand nautical ballet, and you’re the star performer.

Our crew? Oh, they’re the creme de la creme, the seasoned salts of the sea who’ve ridden the waves and danced with the wind. They’re not just instructors; they’re your mentors, guiding you with a wisdom that only comes from years at the helm.

Now, let’s talk about our six-day voyage – a journey that turns landlubbers into sailors. We keep it cosy, just four souls per course, ensuring you get the attention you deserve. It’s like having your own nautical tutor, someone who’ll nurture your sea legs and hone your skills till you’re as sharp as a tack.

Onboard, it’s a life of simplicity and focus. The galley’s stocked, and the recipes? Easy as pie, so you can whip up a feast without missing a beat of the action. And when it’s time to bunk down, you’ll find the comforts of home waiting for you. It’s all part of keeping your mind where it matters – on the art of sailing.

What’s more? Transparency is our watchword. The price you see is what you pay, all-encompassing and straightforward. Forget about hidden fees, additional mooring charges, or creeping fuel costs. It’s just you, the vessel, and the pure, unadulterated thrill of sailing.

So, come aboard for a spellbinding six days with Driven by Nature, where we turn the dream of sailing into a glorious reality, with every detail finessed for the perfect sailing experience. It’s not just a course; it’s a passage to a lifetime on the waves.

The RYA, or Royal Yachting Association, is a prominent national body for boating in the United Kingdom. Established in 1875, it has grown to be one of the most respected and recognized organizations in the world of sailing and boating.

1. Training and Education
World-Class Standards: The RYA is renowned for its training schemes in sailing, powerboating, and other water-based activities. Its courses are globally recognized and highly respected, setting the standard for training at all levels, from beginners to professional skippers.
Wide Range of Courses: The RYA offers a comprehensive range of courses, covering practical skills and theoretical knowledge for sailing, powerboating, yachtmaster certification, navigation, safety at sea, and more.

 2. Safety and Regulations
– Promoting Safety: The RYA is a leader in developing safety standards and procedures for boating. They provide guidelines and advice on safety matters, influencing both leisure and professional boating.
– Regulatory Influence: The RYA plays a significant role in representing the interests of UK boaters at a national and international regulatory level. They work with government bodies and international organizations to ensure that regulations and legislation are fair and practic

 3. Environmental Advocacy
The RYA is also committed to protecting the marine environment. They advocate for sustainable boating practices and work towards minimizing the environmental impact of boating activities.

4. Support and Resources
– Membership Benefits: RYA members have access to a wealth of resources, including expert advice, discounts on services and products, and the latest information on boating.
– Community and Events: The organization supports a thriving community of boaters and organizes events, competitions, and boat shows.

5. International Recognition
– Global Standards: RYA qualifications are recognized and respected worldwide, which is crucial for those seeking careers in maritime industries or looking to charter yachts internationally.

Conclusion
The RYA’s relevance lies in its commitment to maintaining high standards in boating education and safety, advocating for the rights and interests of boaters, promoting environmental stewardship, and fostering a vibrant community of maritime enthusiasts. Whether for recreational sailing, professional development, or simply being part of the boating community, the RYA plays a pivotal role in the maritime world.

How Does the RYA Training System Work in Relation to Certification?
The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) training system is structured into various levels of certification, each based on three core educational levels: ‘Knowledge of’, ‘Understands’, and ‘Can’. These levels define the learning objectives and competencies that students must achieve to be certified at each level.

Important to Know:
Each certification level within the RYA system builds upon the previous levels. This means that students must first lay a solid foundation of basic knowledge and skills before they can progress to more advanced levels. The certification recognises that the student has not only acquired theoretical knowledge but also the understanding and practical skills to sail safely and effectively at their level of certification.

Examples of How This Works:

1. Competent Crew Certification
– Knowledge of: Students learn basic sailing terms and safety procedures. For example, they learn about different parts of the ship and how basic safety equipment works.
-Understands: They understand how and why certain sailing techniques are used. For example, they understand why it is important to apply the correct sail trim.
-Can: Students demonstrate practical skills in sailing manoeuvres. For example, they can show how they tack or jibe.

2. Day Skipper Certification
– Knowledge of: Students gain knowledge about advanced navigation techniques and meteorology.
– Understands: They develop a deeper insight into pilot planning and decision-making on board.
– Can: Students demonstrate the ability to lead and navigate a ship in daylight and in familiar waters.

3. Yachtmaster Certification
– Knowledge of: Extensive knowledge of complex navigation, advanced sailing techniques, and maritime legislation.
– Understands: Deep understanding of long-distance passage planning, leadership, and crew management.
– Can: High level of proficiency in navigating and managing a yacht under various and challenging conditions, both day and night.

Here’s an another example of the MOB procedure and the intended skills per certification level:

Man Overboard (MOB) Procedure

1. Knowledge of (Start Yachting/Competent Crew Level)
– Basic knowledge of the first steps in an MOB situation.

2. Understands (Day Skipper Level)
– Deeper understanding of different MOB techniques.
At the Day Skipper level, students are expected to be able to pick up an MOB using the engine. This includes performing the correct manoeuvres to safely return to the person overboard and efficiently get them on board.

3. Can (Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Level)
– Proficiency in executing an MOB manoeuvre under different conditions. At the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster level, students are expected not only to be able to perform the MOB procedure on engine but also to be able to pick up the MOB using sail. This requires advanced sailing manoeuvres and the ability to effectively steer and stop the yacht under sail, taking into account wind and current conditions, to safely get the person back on board.

However, it’s important to note that in a real-life MOB situation, the primary objective is to retrieve the person overboard as quickly and safely as possible, and using the engine is highly recommended. The ability to perform MOB recovery under sail is a valuable skill, particularly in situations where the engine may not be operational. It’s a testament to a sailor’s proficiency and adaptability, but in practical terms, the engine is often the most efficient and effective means of returning to a person overboard swiftly.

Yes, theory courses are crucial in learning to sail and are mandatory for certain levels of practical courses, as they impart essential knowledge for safe and effective sailing. While RYA theory courses are recommended, the primary concern is that students possess the necessary theoretical knowledge. In some cases, a theoretical admission test can be used to assess if a student has sufficient knowledge, potentially allowing them to bypass the theory course if they demonstrate adequate understanding.

Before undertaking the Competent Crew course, it is recommended to complete the Essential Navigation theory course. This can be done online through modular self-study, providing flexibility and convenience.

For the Day Skipper practical course, adequate theoretical knowledge is required. It is advised to complete the Day Skipper theory course, which is available in a classroom setting over 5 days or a weekend plus 8 evenings. Additionally, this course is offered online, allowing for learning through modular self-study. This approach ensures a comprehensive understanding, essential for the practical aspects of sailing at the Day Skipper level. The

Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory Course follows a similar structure, catering to more advanced levels of sailing expertise.

All-inclusive offers convenience and value. Everything from meals and drinks on board to accommodations and course materials is included, allowing you to fully concentrate on learning and enjoying the sailing experience. Additionally, our research indicates that clients find hidden costs very annoying and sometimes experience stress due to escalating expenses. We believe this is not conducive to an intensive learning environment. Therefore, we find the transparency and clarity of an all-inclusive approach better suited to the quality education we offer. This includes all food and drinks on board, bed linen, towels, final cleaning, fuels, harbor fees, gas, water, and tourist tax, ensuring a hassle-free experience where all necessary expenses are covered.

The typical demographic of those who join our sailing courses ranges in age from 25 to 70 years old, with an equal mix of men and women. Most of our crew members join solo, but we also warmly welcome groups. Additionally, we offer the option of whole boat charters for those interested in a more private or group-specific experience. As for sailing experience, it varies widely among our participants, ranging from complete beginners to those with some experience, though most are usually ‘rusty’ and looking to refresh their skills.

Essential Travel Documents It’s obvious but essential for any trip: bring your passport or ID card, any additional identification, and all necessary travel documents for your booking. Here’s a list of the most important documents:

  • Passport or ID card and a copy of it (in case of loss or theft)
  • Visa (if required)
  • Healthcare or national health insurance card, possibly supplemented with international health insurance
  • Personal Logbook
  • Cash (in the currency of your destination) for groceries, restaurants, mooring, and harbor fees, etc.
  • Debit card and/or credit card

Clothing Onboard Trip Clothing Essentials: When packing for a sailing journey, consider layers that dry quickly, sturdy shoes and boots with good grip and white soles, and a reliable sailing suit.T-Shirts

  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Rain or wind jacket
  • Short and possibly long trousers, skirts, and/or dresses
  • Swimsuit, bikini, or swim shorts
  • Shoes for shore excursions, like flip-flops and/or sandals
  • Boat shoes (closed, with light soles, saltwater-resistant, quick-drying, light and airy)
  • Sailing gloves (or other non-slip, fingerless gloves)

Don’t Forget: Sun Protection and Body Care

  • Sunscreen: Bring enough UV protection. Use sunscreen without harmful ingredients to protect the environment and the sea.
  • Sunglasses plus strap to ensure they don’t slip off during activities.
  • Lip balm (UV).
  • Bring a cap or bandana. Make sure it fits well, won’t blow away in moderate wind.
  • Clothing: extra sun protection, as do swim shirts with long sleeves and UV protection for the upper body when swimming.

Against Insect Bites

  • Mosquito repellent.

Toiletry Bag and Medication

  • Toiletries: Bring all your necessary personal hygiene items, but don’t overpack. Space on board for storage is limited. Preferably use environmentally friendly toothpaste without microplastics and biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Medication against seasickness: If you’re prone to seasickness, consider bringing travel tablets. Special acupressure wristbands can also help quickly without side effects.

Useful to Have

  • Drinking and thermos bottle: Bring your own bottle to refill from larger water bottles to avoid plastic waste. A stainless-steel thermos bottle or cup keeps contents cooler longer and slows down ice melting.

In our sailing courses, particularly during the RYA courses, we operate with a shared cabin system. This means that while our boats accommodate a maximum of four students, it is often necessary for participants to share cabins.

The arrangement for cabin sharing is designed to be as convenient and comfortable as possible. The two remaining cabins on the boat are shared among the students, with two people per cabin. Typically, couples and friends choose to share a cabin together. However, if you are traveling alone, you should be prepared to share a cabin. In such cases, we ensure that you share the cabin with another participant of the same gender, maintaining comfort and respect for privacy.

This shared cabin system not only fosters a sense of camaraderie among the participants but also ensures that everyone can comfortably enjoy their sailing experience while learning and honing their skills.

Yes, you can book your own cabin, subject to availability and the specific type of course you are enrolling in. Please contact us for more detailed information and to check cabin availability.

Yes, our yachts are equipped with a heads (toilet) and a shower. Although the shower is compact, it is fully functional and serves well when we are out at sea or anchored. When docked at a marina, you have the option to use the marina facilities. But while at sea or anchored, having the yacht’s own heads and shower is very convenient and beneficial.

You will certainly spend several nights in a harbor, where you can visit one of the picturesque harbors. However, to get the most out of the sailing course, we will, if conditions permit, spend one or several nights at anchor.

Adding an extra day to our course at DrivenbyNature is a strategic decision aimed at ensuring we not only meet but exceed the RYA syllabus requirements. We recognize the highly competitive nature of the market and our commitment to distinguishing ourselves by delivering only the best training experience.

Considering the complexity of the material and the varying pace at which learners grasp new concepts, it’s clear that thoroughly covering all syllabus components within the standard five-day framework can be overly ambitious. We must acknowledge that not every student will immediately understand all the material, necessitating additional time for practice and reinforcement.

Moreover, the unpredictable nature of weather conditions can further complicate the comprehensive coverage of the syllabus within the allotted time. By incorporating an extra day and evening into our schedule, we provide a buffer that allows for the accommodation of unforeseen delays or extended training sessions as needed.

This proactive approach ensures that we can cover the entire syllabus comprehensively, affording us the flexibility to adapt to each cohort’s needs and the prevailing weather conditions. The added day is not merely about completing the curriculum; it’s about enriching the learning experience, allowing for deeper understanding, and ensuring that our students are well-prepared for both the theoretical and practical aspects of sailing.

In essence, the additional day is a testament to our dedication to excellence and our commitment to providing an unparalleled educational experience. It reflects our understanding that true mastery of sailing extends beyond the confines of a syllabus, requiring time, practice, and personalized attention to develop the skills and confidence necessary for success on the water.

Sailing requires a certain level of physical fitness and stamina. You will be expected to participate in various tasks such as hoisting sails, steering, anchoring, and docking. You will also have the opportunity to explore different destinations on foot, which may involve a short hike. Therefore, we recommend that you have a moderate level of fitness, mobility, and good health before joining our expeditions.

If you are unsure about your fitness level, there’s no need to worry. You can always work on improving your fitness in the months leading up to your departure by following a straightforward exercise routine and maintaining a balanced diet. Additionally, we will provide you with guidance and support along the way to help you prepare for your adventure.

If you have any doubts about your fitness levels, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

For RYA Courses participants must be over 16 years old, but there is no upper age limit. However, if you have any underlying health conditions, it’s important to inform us either before or at the time of booking. This is to ensure that your condition is covered under our insurance policy. We prioritize the health and safety of all our travelers, and having this information helps us provide the best experience for you.

Yes, it is advisable to take out travel and cancellation insurance. This ensures protection against unforeseen circumstances that may impact your trip.

Yes, you are welcome to bring your mobile phone on board. Many people choose sailing as a way to escape from everyday life or as a holiday, so we ask that during teaching times, phones are turned off to minimize distractions. This is unless you are expecting an urgent call. It’s important to note that mobile phone coverage typically extends up to approximately 10 miles from land. This should generally provide coverage on all courses, except for distance sails and cross-channel trips. In case of an emergency, the yacht can also be contacted via radio.

Our shore-based courses commence at 08:30. Finish times may vary from one course to another, but our aim is usually to conclude by 17:00 at the latest.

Sailing courses are residential, so you’ll board the yacht mostly at 16:00 on the first day and stay on board until 16:00 at the latest on the last day. This schedule can vary depending on the weather.

Joining details will be emailed to you before the course, providing specific information for your course.

If you have any specific questions about a course you’ve booked or are considering booking, please get in touch with us.

‘Cook Together’ is an interactive meal preparation option where participants collaboratively prepare meals onboard. DbN provides all the groceries along with recipes for each meal, making the process easy and enjoyable. Participants can enjoy the communal experience of cooking and dining together.

Other options DbN offers include:
a) All inclusive (chef on board)
– where all meals are prepared by a professional chef.
b) All inclusive (cook together)
– a blend of meals prepared by participants.
c) Half board (cook together)
– similar to ‘Cook Together’ but for either breakfast and lunch or dinner.
d) Course & Bed (meals organized by the crew)
– where the crew organizes meal preparation, but participants may also be involved.

These options range from a fully catered experience with a chef onboard to more hands-on involvement in meal preparation, depending on the chosen package.

Regarding organic food, while our adventure sailing voyages are designed to be a culinary delight, our RYA courses emphasize the learning environment. We strive to incorporate organic food into our meals, offering simple yet nutritious recipes to keep participants energized and ready for their lessons.

If you have dietary or medical concerns, it’s important to address them before booking your sailing course. We are able to accommodate most dietary requirements, as long as they are not excessively restrictive. Vegetarian options are readily available, and minor allergies can usually be managed. However, if you have an allergy to a common ingredient like onions, which are fundamental to many dishes, it could pose a challenge.

For those with severe allergies, participating in the course may not be advisable due to the shared living and cooking spaces on the yacht. Similarly, if you have medical conditions that might require urgent medical assistance, the nature of being at sea could make it difficult to provide immediate care.

In all cases, if your dietary needs or medical conditions are unusual or require special attention, we strongly advise discussing them with us before making your booking. This ensures that we can assess whether we can meet your needs and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for you and all participants.

Once you have booked your place on a course, you will receive an email confirming your booking along with a receipt. Additionally, you will be sent joining instructions that include a comprehensive list of kit you need to bring and an online medical form that must be completed. These instructions will also provide information on how you can prepare for your course.

If you need to change your trip, we strive to accommodate your needs as flexibly as we can. However, please be aware that with a limited number of only 4 participants on board, managing last-minute changes can be particularly challenging. We highly recommend that you thoroughly review the terms and conditions before making your booking. Should you have to cancel, we will make every effort to resell your place, although this cannot be guaranteed.

To reach the Yachtmaster level, there are four levels of training. We offer courses most weeks of the year, allowing you to plan well ahead and select times that best fit your schedule. It’s also feasible to complete more than one level of training consecutively over a longer period.

Therefore, the training schedule is indeed quite flexible. The courses are designed to be modular, giving you the liberty to tailor your own program. If you aim to pursue the full Yachtmaster program, we are committed to providing intensive guidance and support to help you effectively plan and execute your training program. This flexibility ensures that your learning journey can be adapted to your personal needs and time constraints.

In our sailing courses, particularly during RYA courses, we have a unique accommodation system that prioritizes both comfort and the effectiveness of instruction. Our boats accommodate a maximum of four students, with a shared cabin system in place. However, the instructor has their own separate cabin. This arrangement is not just about privacy and comfort; it’s a crucial aspect of our commitment to providing high-quality instruction.

Having their own cabin allows our instructors to focus and prepare for each lesson. Teaching sailing is an intensive task, requiring concentration, planning, and a deep understanding of individual student needs. By giving instructors their own space, we ensure they have the time and tranquility to prepare thoroughly for each session.

This approach to accommodation underlines our dedication to offering the best possible learning experience. While students share cabins, typically two people per cabin, our instructors’ ability to retreat to their own space is vital for maintaining the high standards of instruction that we are known for. Whether you’re travelling alone or with a partner or friend, you can be assured of a well-organized, comfortable, and highly educational experience on our courses.

At our RYA Recognized Training Centre (RTC), we take immense pride in offering top-of-the-line boats that not only meet but exceed the highest safety standards. Our commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of our fleet.

  1. Safety and Standards: Each of our boats is meticulously maintained to comply with the rigorous safety norms set by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). We understand that safety is paramount in sailing, and our adherence to these standards is unwavering.
  2. Advanced Equipment Onboard: We equip our yachts with state-of-the-art equipment. This includes advanced navigation systems, safety gear, and communication devices, ensuring that every journey is as safe as it is enjoyable.
  3. Regular Maintenance for Peak Performance: After each voyage, we rigorously inspect and service our yachts to ensure they remain in top condition. This meticulous attention to detail guarantees that our fleet is always ready for the next adventure, providing reliability and peace of mind for all sailors.
  4. Focus on Performance and Enjoyment: Sportiness is a key aspect of our sailing experience. We pay special attention to sail trim, optimizing performance to enhance the sailing experience. This focus ensures that our yachts are not only safe and reliable but also agile and responsive, offering a thrilling experience on the water.
  5. Versatility for Different Conditions: Recognizing that sailing conditions can vary, we provide multiple sails for our yachts. This variety enables us to adapt to different weather conditions, ensuring that even in light winds, the sailing experience remains engaging and enjoyable.

Our dedication to maintaining a fleet that embodies quality, safety, and performance reflects our commitment to providing an exceptional sailing experience. Whether it’s a leisurely cruise or an exhilarating adventure, our boats are equipped and ready to make every journey unforgettable.

A sail wardrobe refers to the collection of sails onboard a sailing vessel, including mainsails, genoas, spinnakers, and other special sails. The choice of sails depends on the weather conditions and the sailing plan. Our vessels are equipped with a spinnaker, gennaker, and code zero, in addition to a sporty mainsail with 3 reefs and a 120% roller genoa.

Yes, sail trimming is an essential part of our courses. Within the RYA syllabus, basic sail trimming is included, but it is not the primary focus. We also organize special trimming courses and training with spinnaker or gennaker for those who want to delve deeper into advanced sail trimming techniques.

Yes, we do sail in strong winds, but always within the bounds of safety and the skill level of the crew. Safety is of utmost importance, and decisions to sail are taken considering the weather conditions and the crew’s safety. Therefore, we only proceed if the instructor deems it safe and all participants are willing to give it a try. We head out, and if anyone finds it uncomfortable or unsafe, we promptly return to the harbor.

If you experience seasickness or illness while onboard, it’s important to remember that not everyone is affected by seasickness, and for many, any discomfort tends to subside within the first 24 hours. To help manage seasickness, it’s beneficial to stay hydrated and eat regularly. These simple measures can significantly alleviate symptoms.

Additionally, your Onboarding Pack will contain valuable information regarding health and fitness onboard, which can be a helpful resource in managing seasickness or any other mild ailments you might encounter. If your seasickness persists or you have concerns about your health while on the course, our crew is trained to assist and ensure your comfort and safety.

The Yachtmaster Ofshore exam from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is one of the most respected and challenging qualifications in the sailing world. The exam tests a wide range of skills and knowledge necessary for the safe and competent handling of a sailing or motor yacht in coastal and offshore waters, both during the day and at night.

Yachtmaster Exam Requirements
1. Practical Skills: The exam assesses practical sailing skills, such as man overboard maneuvers, docking, undocking, navigation, and helmsmanship.
2. Theoretical Knowledge: Candidates must have a thorough understanding of navigation, meteorology, COLREGs (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea), safety, seamanship, and boat management.
3. Experience: Before taking the exam, a candidate must have logged a certain number of sea miles and experience as a skipper.

Prep Week
The Yachtmaster prep week is an intensive training week that immediately precedes the exam. This week is designed to sharpen the candidates’ skills and prepare them for the specific demands of the exam.

1. Revision and Practice: During the prep week, crucial navigation and sailing skills are reviewed and practiced. This often includes complex navigation exercises, night sailing, and advanced sailing maneuvers.
2. Feedback and Instruction: Experienced instructors provide targeted feedback and instructions throughout the week to enhance the candidates’ abilities.
3. Simulated Exam Situations: The prep week often simulates exam situations to give candidates a realistic idea of what to expect.

The Exam
The Yachtmaster exam is conducted by an external RYA examiner and can last several hours to a full day, depending on the specific level (Coastal or Offshore) and conditions.

Importance for Candidates
Successfully passing the Yachtmaster exam is a significant milestone and is often regarded as proof of high competence in sailing. It is not only important for personal achievement but also essential for those pursuing a career in the professional sailing world.

Prior to Going to Sea

– Preparation of Boat and Crew:
Conducting all safety checks, equipment preparation, and mental and physical readiness of the crew for the journey.

Leaving/Entering Harbour:
– Boat Handling: Maneuvering in confined spaces, docking, using lines and springs, and anchoring procedures.
– Pilotage: Navigating in coastal waters using depth readings, landmarks, and navigational lights.

At Sea:
– Seamanship and Boat Handling: Safe and effective management of the yacht in various conditions, including sail setting and trimming, man-overboard procedures, and the use of navigational instruments.
– Passage Planning: Developing a detailed plan for a safe passage.
– Navigation and Chartwork: Comprehensive understanding of traditional and modern navigation methods.

Specific Subjects:
– International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS): Thorough knowledge of the rules and their practical application.
– Meteorology: A strong understanding of weather patterns, interpreting weather reports, and applying this knowledge for safe navigation.
– Knowledge of Diesel Engines: Basic understanding of diesel engine operation and routine maintenance, as well as troubleshooting common issues.
– Troubleshooting: The ability to diagnose and solve common onboard problems.
– Radar: Understanding how radar works and its use for navigation and collision avoidance, including interpreting radar images and using radar in limited visibility.
– Automatic Identification System (AIS): Knowledge of AIS operation, its safety and navigation benefits, and understanding how to interpret AIS data.
– Electronic Navigation: Proficiency in using modern electronic navigation aids such as GPS, chart plotters, and other navigation apps and software.
– Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS): Familiarity with the basics of GMDSS, including the use of equipment such as VHF DSC radios, EPIRBs, SARTs, and NAVTEX.
– Cold Water Rescue: Techniques for rescuing individuals from cold water, considering the risks of hypothermia and the best methods for protecting and treating victims.
– Cold Shock and Hypothermia: Knowledge of the physiological effects of cold shock and hypothermia, how to prevent and treat them, both for oneself and others.
– Emergency Signals (Flares): Correct use of emergency signals, including different types of flares, and when and how to use them in emergency situations.
– Helicopter Rescue: Procedures for preparing the yacht and crew for a helicopter rescue operation, including communication and safety measures.

Overall Ability as Skipper:
– Leadership: Effective management and leadership of the crew.
– Decision Making: Making informed decisions under pressure.
– Responsibility: Overseeing the safety of both the crew and the yacht.

Driven by Nature (DbN) actively strives to reduce its carbon footprint by adopting various sustainable practices. Besides using eco-friendly materials and promoting responsible sailing techniques, DbN encourages the use of local and organic products. Additionally, DbN often prepares vegetarian dishes, advocating for a more environmentally friendly diet. Recognizing the importance of water conservation, DbN urges the consumption of water from well-maintained onboard tanks. The organization also promotes carpooling to reduce emissions related to transportation. Constantly seeking improvement, DbN has appointed a dedicated individual to focus specifically on environmental sustainability, ensuring ongoing enhancement of DbN’s ecological practices.

After completing the online coursework, candidates typically need to attend a practical assessment at an RYA Training Centre to obtain their certificate. This certificate is widely recognized and often a requirement for various maritime roles.

The SRC exam fee for the RYA Short Range Certificate is £70. This fee covers the cost of the examiner and the administration of processing and issuing the certificate.

It is important to note that this fee is separate from the training course fee and is payable directly to the RYA.

The SRC exam fee is directly payable to the RYA because they are responsible for the administration and quality control of the certification process. This includes appointing examiners, processing exam results, and issuing the official certificates. By centralizing the payment with the RYA, it ensures a standardized and efficient handling of these administrative aspects, maintaining the integrity and recognition of the certification.

At our sports club, we aim to create not just a community of like-minded sports enthusiasts but also to offer unique benefits and opportunities that set us apart. These include:

  • VAT Exemption: Thanks to specific regulations, our members can enjoy sporting activities without the added burden of VAT, offering a direct financial advantage.
  • Sea Miles Bonus System: As a member, you benefit from our exclusive Sea Miles bonus system. For every activity you participate in, you earn points that can be redeemed for discounts on future activities, merchandise, or exclusive events. It’s our way of thanking you for your engagement and loyalty.
  • Special Offers: Members gain access to special offers not available to non-members. This includes discounts on courses, equipment, and access to premium content and events.
  • Input on Milebuilders: We highly value our members’ input, especially when planning our adventure voyages, known as milebuilders. Members have a unique opportunity to help decide on destinations, routes, and themes, making each adventure truly your own.
  • Special Features in Member Profile: Our members enjoy advanced features within their member profile, including personal progress tracking, access to exclusive content, and the ability to connect with other members. This personalized platform enriches your experience and aids in tracking your sporting journey.

By becoming a member of our club, you join a community that shares your passion for sports and supports you in your personal and athletic development. We invite you to join us on this journey and explore these benefits firsthand.