These Joining Instructions cover the following One-Day Shorebased Courses


This page does not cover the following shorebased courses, click on the links below if required


Courses meet at the Training Centre at Shamrock Quay Marina (unless specifically stated otherwise). Directions can be found here. Parking is free on site for our customers (as long as you have registered with the marina). 


One day shorebased courses run from 0930 to 1700. The exception being the Short Range Certificate which culminates in an exam and may finish anytime between 1700 and 1830. 


Lunch is not included, you can either bring a packed lunch or eat at the cafe next door. Tea and Coffee is included throughout the course and you can help yourself at the centre.


If you require accommodation you will find a list of some local accommodation at Southampton Accommodation.


Some of our courses have pre requisites, these are not optional they are requirements. If you are unsure what they are please check back against the relevant product page (the links in the list of courses at the top of this page).


Certification is issued at the discretion of your Instructor and the Principal. The certificate is usually issued at the end of the course before you leave. (The SRC certificate is not issued on the day or by us, it is examined by the RYA, please see notes below for exact details).


 RYA Short Range CertificateRYA First AidHSE Emergency First Aid at WorkRYA Sea SurvivalISAF Offshore SafetyISAF Offshore Safety RefresherRYA RadarRYA DieselOutboard Maintenance12V Marine ElectricsYacht RiggingWeather for Yachtsmen
Note pad & pen  X X X X X X X X X X X X
2B pencil eraser and sharpener             X            
Pair of drawing compasses             X             
Old clothes that can be worn in the workshop               X X      
Loose comfortable clothing   X X         X X X X  
Plotter & dividers             if you have them         if you have them 
Swimming Costume       X   X             
Towel       X   X            
Wet weather gear for pool session       X   X             
Lifejacket for pool session       optional (you may use ours)   optional (you may use ours)            
Warm coat for outdoor sessions       X   X      X   X  
Passport photograph of yourself  X                      
 Packed lunch or money for cafe next door Either   Either Either Packed Lunch  Either  Packed Lunch  Either  Either  Either  Either  Either  Either
Cheque or credit card for the RYA license fee Current RYA SRC Exam Fee                      
Your Sea Survival Certificate          X              

Your existing ISAF certificate

 RYA Short Range CertificateRYA First AidHSE Emergency First Aid at WorkRYA Sea SurvivalISAF Offshore SafetyISAF Offshore Safety RefresherRYA RadarRYA DieselOutboard Maintenance12 Volt Marine ElectricsYacht RiggingWeather for Yachtsmen


Prior to your course you should receive the RYA SRC Handbook from us, where possible we send this as an email with a code to the E-book version. This ensures the book will not be lost in the post, it gets to you on time and those booking late still receive it. The E-Book can only be activated by one user so once you have activated it we can not re use it. Please read through the book before your course.

During the day your Instructor will take you through all aspects of VHF, DSC, Navtex, EPIRBs and SART, do not worry if theses terms/abbreviations are unfamiliar at the moment. You will make use of our live VHF/DSC simulators in the classroom. At the end of the day the Instructor will swop places with an Assessor. The Assessor will not be able to start the exam if you do not have a passport photograph and the RYA fee. The assessment is between 30 and 90 minutes and is straightforward once you have completed the training day.

The paper certificate will arrive through the post from the RYA, usually within 7-21 days of your course, however please allow up to 28 days before contacting them.


Please wear loose and comfortable clothing (no skirt or dress), as you will be practicing the recovery position. The day includes practical and theory sessions. The instructor will check you have understood the important principles. RYA and HSE certification is issued on the day. You will receive a copy of our First Aid Manual.

Optional Extra First Aid Certificate(s)

As the above two First Aid Course syllabi are closely aligned we run both courses together, you will cover your own syllabus and the extras components required to complete the other course as well. If you would like to duel certify then the extra certificate is optional at £20 per person


Half of the course is lecture based in our classroom; there is also a practical two-hour pool session and an outdoor flare session. For the pool session you will need to wear your swimming costume and oilskins/waterproofs. We do not provide oilskins for this course, please ensure yours are clean and the pockets are empty. You are welcome to wear your own life jacket or use one of ours. Thermal layers and footwear are not required for the pool session. RYA certification is provided on the day as is the RYA Sea Survival Course Notes. Useful but not essential Pre Course Reading includes;

  • Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson
  • 117 days adrift by Maurice and Maralyn Bailey
  • Essentials of Sea Survival by Frank Golden / Mike Tipton


The day involves a number of discussions led by our instructor as well as some practical sessions (indoors). Assessment is continual, certification is provided on the day and valid for five years. While the day is aimed at offshore race crew the level of content is relevant to all offshore sailors. We can not issue an ISAF certificate unless you have done the Sea Survival course with us or have evidence of having completed the course else where in the last five years. Most students complete the Sea Survival Course the day before this course. Useful but not essential Pre Course Reading includes;

  • Total Loss by Jack Coote and Paul Gelder
  • ISAF Offshore Special Regulations
  • RORC Programme (if you are competing in RORC Offshore events)


The day involves a number of discussions led by our instructor as well a refresher of the two hour pool session and the flare session that were originally covered in your Sea Survival Course. (i.e. this one day replaces the two days you originally completed). Assessment is continual, certification is provided on the day and valid for five years. While the day is aimed at offshore race crew the level of content is relevant to all offshore sailors. Please bring your old ISAF Offshore Safety Certificate with you. 


Training takes place in our classroom, the classroom using PC based Radar simulators so there is plenty opportunity to experiment and practice the skills you are learning, the RYA course book is included in the course fee. While no experience of Radar is required before the course it is useful if you have a basic understanding of both navigation and the International Regulation for Prevention of Collision at Sea. In particular Rule 19, part of which is described below. It will also help if you have at least seen a radar screen on and in action before. 

Extract from Rule 19 - Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility.

(a) This rule applies to vessels not in sight of one another when navigating in or near an area of restricted visibility.
(b) Every vessel shall proceed at a safe speed adapted to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility. A power-driven vessel shall have her engines ready for immediate manoeuvre

(c) Every vessel shall have due regard to the prevailing circumstances and conditions of restricted visibility when complying with the rules.
(d) A vessel which detects by radar alone the presence of another vessel shall determine if a close-quarters situation is developing and/or risk of collision exists. If so, she shall take avoiding action in ample time, provided that when such action consists of an alteration of course, so far as possible the following shall be avoided:

• An alteration of course to port for a vessel forwards of the beam, other than for a vessel being overtaken.

• An alteration of course towards a vessel abeam or abaft the beam.
• Except where it has been determined that a risk of collision does not exist, every vessel which hears apparently forwards of her beam the fog signal of another vessel, or which cannot avoid a close-quarters situation with another vessel forwards of her beam, shall reduce her speed to the minimum at which she can be kept on her course. She shall if necessary take all her way off and in any event navigate with extreme caution until danger of collision is over.


Although our training engines are well looked after please be prepared to get “hands on” and do not wear anything that cannot get dirty. The RYA course book is included in your course fee. The day is divided between some theory session and practical session on the engines. If you have any questions specific to your engine please bring your engine manual.


This course concerns itself with petrol outboard engines. Some sessions are classroom based and some are in our workshop or occasionally outdoors. At the end of the course you will receive the Stormforce Coaching Outboard maintenance Certificate. If you would like to optionally dual certify with the BSAC Outboard Engine Maintenance Certificate it is subject to an extra fee.


The day is divided between some theory session and practical sessions. There is no formal assessment. All students receive the Stormforce Coaching 12 Volt Marine Electrics Certificate. The “Essential Electrics Handbook” is included in the course fee and provided on the day.


The day is divided between some theory sessions and practical session both in the classroom and onboard one of the keelboats or yachts. As some sessions may be outdoors you will need some warm clothing/jacket.


Please print out and bring with you a forecast for the UK for the day of the course, if you are attending as a couple then you should each source a forecast separately so they are not identical. 


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