RYA VHF Short Radio Certificate (with “Authority to Operate”)

This course is a must for anyone who wishes to become licenced to operate a VHF fixed or handheld marine radio. A radio is vital on board your boat and can save lives. The course is aimed at anyone going afloat as well as our trainee watch-keepers.

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 that has been voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

Course topics include:

• the basics of radio operation

• the correct frequencies (channels) to be used

• distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures

• Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators and training radios

• Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

• Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

• Search and Rescue (SART)

Taught and assessed by qualified RYA instructors Billy Lamb and Carolyn Douglas. For cost and further information on our courses, contact us here

RYA First Aid Certificate

This one day course will cover the usual first aid subjects as well as situations involving a marine environment. It is aimed at anyone going afloat as well as our trainee watch-keepers.

First Aid saves lives and having the knowledge and skills to assist in an emergency can be invaluable.

This certificate fulfils the requirements for:

• Professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including Boatmasters

The course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

The subjects specific to boating include:

• the recovery position in a confined space

• CPR, including the drowning protocol

• cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure

• seasickness and dehydration

• medical assistance or advice by VHF radio

• helicopter rescue

Taught and assessed by qualified RYA instructors Billy Lamb and Carolyn Douglas. For cost and more information on our courses, contact us here

CWS Irvine Unit Watch-keeper Certificate

This course is aimed at Coastwatch (CWS) volunteers so they can develop the skills to become efficient Watch-keepers.

Our volunteers learn new skills by theory and practical experience. We teach the skills that will enable our volunteers to spot potential hazards, to offer assistance in emergency situations, to offer advice when asked about weather conditions, tides, local knowledge etc., to carry out first aid when required and much more.

Our training syllabus includes:

• Distress and signals

• Maps and charts

• Incident reporting

• Weather

• Tides

• First Aid

• Radio

• Lifesaving equipment

• Local knowledge

• Use and care of equipment

• Boat handling skills

Taught and assessed by RYA Instructors Carolyn Douglas and Billy Lamb If you are interested in becoming one of our Watch-keepers and are age 16+, please contact us here