Here’s a brief overview of all our RYA courses. To find out more about a course click on the course name or its ‘click here’ link. If you are not sure which course is right for you try our short 'quiz'. It is designed to help you select the right course. Click here for more information.
Correspondence courses are not all the same. Tiller’s courses are exceptionally easy to work with and receive very high ratings. Click here to find out why a Tiller course is the best choice.
RYA Correspondence Courses
This course introduces the beginner to navigation and requires no previous experience. It is for those who will use their boats in daylight, in fair conditions and in known waters. It is aimed at day sailors, day fishermen, dive boat masters, race officers and the like. It is also a good course for partners who have no ambition to become skippers but would like to have a little bit of background as to what is going on. Click here for more information.
This course is the right one if you have little or no previous experience. It leads to the RYA Day Skipper shorebased certificate and provides the theory foundation you need for the Day Skipper practical course.
The course introduces you to marine terminology, seamanship, safety, collision regulations, basic meteorology, chartwork, tides, coastal navigation and pilotage. There are two RYA test papers. Click here for more information.
This is an advanced course and you will need some prior theoretical knowledge (Day Skipper or equivalent) to take it. The objective is the RYA’s Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased certificate. The chartwork is more advanced, the collision regulations are fully covered and meteorology is a major part of the syllabus. Three RYA test papers cover Chartwork and Navigation, Collision Regulations and Meteorology. Click here for more information.
Thinking of sailing long distances? This is a very interesting advanced course which assumes the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore level of theoretical knowledge when you start. It leads to the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased certificate and covers astro navigation, worldwide meteorology and ocean level passage planning. There is one RYA test paper. Click here for more information.
This course starts at the very beginning and is ideal if you want to work through to the more advanced level in one study programme. You can also choose it if there are two of you at different levels wanting to study together in the most economical way. It includes all the material from the separate courses but eliminates most duplicated items. This is the most economical way to study both courses. Click here for more information.
For those who can study with a partner and/or friends savings can be made by choosing our Second Student option.
This course provides the theory needed to pass the practical test. It comprises the core subjects of the Day Skipper course.Click here for more information.
Work through the lectures and exercises and send each exercise in to be marked. This course is fully supported like our RYA courses. Ask for the Tiller test paper when you consider you are ready.
For those wishing to use their ICC to take a boat through the French or other European inland waterways you will need a CEVNI endorsement. We can administer the test and can supply the RYA Inland Waterwys Handbook which is escential reading before sitting the test.
Other RYA Courses
This course covers the Global Maritime and Safety System and instructs the student in proper VHF procedures. It gives hands on practice to encourage the use of VHF equipment in accordance with proper procedure and regulations. Part of the course instructs in the use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) both for emergencies and routine calling. It is a one day course run at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Levington, Suffolk. Click here for more information.
A one-day course giving you an understanding of radar as an aid to navigation and collision avoidance. Click here for more information.
This is a one day first aid course covering the basics with particular attention to the problems that could occur on small boats. Click here for more information.