YES. If you want to study with a partner, spouse or friend. You share one set of study material, two RYA packs so that each person works towards their own certificate and save 20% on the cost of enrolling the second person.
Two heads are often better than one!
Other discounts are available. If you are ordering two or more full courses to be sent to one address you can save on carriage costs. If you have already completed a course with us and are signing up within 12 months of the completion date you can save 5%. If items from your previous course can be used again then you can also save on their cost.
We ask for written feedback, analyse it and act on any suggestions. Course ratings are always high from those who really know – our students.
Yes. The only exception is that you will require navigation instruments for all our courses - see the ‘Tiller Store’ for these and other items that we can supply.
Lots. We offer a range of competitively priced optional items including navigation instruments. The ‘Tiller Store’ has more information.
Yes, if you live in the UK. We use a ‘next working day’ service for almost the whole of the UK. There are a few exceptions – see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for details.
Yes. First though, let’s be clear. You do NOT NEED a computer to work with a Tiller course. We provide the Tiller CD for those who want to study from a computer. It depends on your personal preference.
Our courses are supplied on both paper and CD. Paper is the medium of choice for many people and this is especially so for topics such as chartwork and tides. The interactive modules on the CD help you with these topics by augmenting the conventional study material. On the other hand some subjects (collision regulations for example) are well suited to computer study. The Tiller CD that we supply covers them and many other topics.
We supply ‘CD only’ courses although there is, inevitably, some paper.
The short answer is 'ask for help'! You can contact us by phone, post, fax or email. Check ‘tiller-online’ first though.
Student experience suggests that you should plan on 40 to 50 hours of study plus time for completion of coursework and exams. There’s more guidance on our course fact sheets. Everyone is different and your speed of learning, current level of knowledge and time available all affect the actual time you will require.
Yes, but we are flexible. Courses should normally be completed within twelve months. For a charge we will normally extend your completion time to two years. We will not extend to a third year unless you purchase a course upgrade from us.
Good! Almost all students who complete a course pass it and are awarded their certificates. As you work through your course we look for evidence that you know and understand the topics at the appropriate level. This is the purpose of the coursework that you send to be marked. Exams can be taken at your convenience at home, provided that you sit them under ‘examination conditions’. You sign a certificate to confirm that you have done so.
Why not give yourself a ‘reward’? One way to ‘force the pace’ is to book a practical course. It gives you a real deadline and a tangible ‘prize’ to encourage your studies.
We have developed and are still developing relationships with a number of sailing schools throughout the UK and will be more than happy to recommend one in your area. Alternatively, click here to browse through our Useful Links and choose your own.
This is our free web based student support system. It is available to all our students from the date that you receive your course until the earlier of completing your course, or one year after you enrol. The system is very easy and straightforward to use. You can check for FAQs and Hints and Tips relevant to your courses and download any updates to your study modules. ‘tiller-online’ also allows you to study online. You can download a module ‘on demand’, work with it and then either save it or discard it and download it again when next you want to study that topic.
The study modules are PDF files that have been encrypted and locked. You can download and print them at will but you cannot copy from them or make changes to the files. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader version 6 (though version 5 should work) to open the files successfully. Interactive modules are packaged as self executing files complete with the right viewing software. This means they run just like any other program. Due to file size limitations you will not find all our interactive material available online.
It contains all the Tiller developed material for your course and other items. We supply it with all our RYA correspondence courses. It contains copies of
- The main study material in the same PDF format that we use for ‘tiller-online’.
- Optional revision and additional study material is available on the CD. We also supply this material printed and ready to use for a nominal charge (see order form).
- The interactive material for your course is supplied on the CD and covers an ever-growing range of topics. Some of the files are very large and this is the best way to use them.
- The necessary Adobe viewing and reading software is also on the Tiller CD.
- NAVRULES shareware collision regulations software.
The Tiller CD therefore gives you:
- An easy way to run the interactive material (some of which runs into tens of megabytes).
- A copy of your study modules that you can use from a computer as an alternative to working from paper.
Email is a very popular and effective way to send us your coursework. We aim to be flexible so the choice is yours and you can send in work to be marked by conventional mail, fax and email. Our rules are simple –- if we can read it we will mark it! Choose the way that suits YOU best.
It is a Tiller correspondence course with the unavoidable minimum of paper. The paper content comprises the RYA’s student pack and practice tables, RYA and other textbooks and some of our Tiller Study Guides. If you prefer to work from a computer then this option could well be right for you.
If your plan is to print the ‘CD only’ course material yourself it is worth remembering that there’s a lot to print; around 400 pages for an RYA course (You will lose a lot if they print with incorrect formatting or colour. PDF files should retain their formatting but we cannot guarantee that your system will print them correctly).
You may actually find that it is quicker, easier and cheaper to let us supply the printed study material. That way you receive your course correctly printed and bound and ready to go ‘out of the box’. You will still receive the Tiller CD.
Tiller follws the RYA recommended marking system which is:
Good: No significant errors
Average: The student has shown that they understand the principal on
which they have been tested, although the work does contain
some significant errors.
Fair: Errors in principal in up to half the answers.
Poor: Errors in principal in over half the answers.