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Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited training centre

RYA - Royal Yachting Association

Worthing Beach Office is proud to announce, that it is now an Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited training centre.

We can offer courses in the following disciplines:

Practical Courses:

Specialist Shore Based Courses:

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RYA Training Centre

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Course

RYA - Personal Watercraft course

Whether you just want to have a go on holiday or buy your own machine, our Personal Watercraft course will teach you how to get the best from it. Our course is designed for first time and experienced riders alike. Increasingly our certificate is required for launching in UK harbours, but is also needed if you want to use your PW abroad.

Personal Watercraft course
Pre-course experience None
Assumed knowledge None
Courses content Launching, handling and recovery skills, passage planning and decision making, high and low speed riding skills, essential safety information, collision avoidance and orientation at sea
Ability after the course Self-sufficient in good conditions, aware of limitations of self and craft
Minimum duration One day
Minimum age 12. Certificates for children aged between 12 and 16 will be endorsed to show that they must use Personal Watercraft only under the supervision of a responsible adult
Price £175 (correct as at 1st April 2017)

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Powerboat Level 1

RYA - Powerboat course

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment.

Powerboat Level 1
Assumed knowledge None
Courses content

Launch and recovery (8-11 year olds observe)

Preparation of boat and crew, boat handling, picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed

Ability after the course Able to drive under supervision

Minimum duration One day
Minimum age 8. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate
Price £150 (correct as at 1st April 2017)

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Powerboat Level 2

RYA - Powerboat course

This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Powerboat Level 2
Assumed knowledge None. May be preceded by Level 1
Courses content Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard
Ability after the course Self-sufficient powerboat user in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft
Minimum duration Two days
Minimum age 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate
Price £225 (correct as at 1st April 2017)

Please note if you are taking this course and intend to apply for an ICC, a coastal Powerboat Level 2 course will allow you to apply for a coastal ICC for Power up to 10m. The inland Powerboat Level 2 course will allow you to apply for an inland ICC for Power up to 10m, providing you have also successfully passed a CEVNI test.

For more information and to check the eligibility criteria please refer to the:

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Marine Radio SRC (SRC) - Classroom Course

RYA - VHF SRC - Classroom Course

A one-day course for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

The (SRC) 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 voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the 'old' VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • making ship to shore telephone calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test.


  • £100 (correct as at 1st April 2017)

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Marine Radio (SRC) - Interactive Course

RYA - SRC interactive course

The (SRC) Short Range Certificate Interactive Course has been designed to allow the student to learn and progress through the course at their own speed in the comfort of their own home. The syllabus remains the same and students can opt to take a classroom based course at an RYA Training Centre or take the Interactive Course.

You will receive full email and telephone support from your SRC instructor throughout the course and on completion of a short pre knowledge check exam; you will be eligible to take your full exam at any SRC Accredited RYA Training Centre.

You can find out more about the interactive course and download a taster using the link below:

Note: The online SRC course and taster have minimum technical requirements for your computer or Mac - please see the link above for details.


  • £75 (correct as at 1st April 2017)

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First Aid

RYA - First Aid course

Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages.

In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.

It fulfils the requirements for:

  • professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven, including boat masters;
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to ISAF's regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4).
  • 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
  • helicopter rescue

Prices: (correct as at 1st April 2017)

  • RYA First Aid at sea £75
  • Emergency First Aid at Work £110
  • First Aid at Work (3 day) £200

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AED and CPR Training

RYA - AED course

If a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, there's only one way to get their heart back to its normal rhythm - a life saving shock of electricity. Automated External Defibrillators do just this. They are very easy to use, but also a daunting piece of equipment. Our training will take you through the process of using an AED as well as the vital life support that should be administered alongside defibrillation.

Our AED and CPR course needs four hours contact time with one of our professional trainers, in which we can teach a maximum of eight learners.

The trainer will cover:

  • Heart conditions and sudden cardiac arrest
  • Basic Life Support (including CPR training)
  • Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines
  • AEDs - what they do, how they do it, and how to use them


  • £60 (correct as at 1st April 2017)

2 Hour AED / CPR Refresher

AED and CPR training should be refreshed each year, and this course is the best way to renew it. In just two hours, our expert trainer will recap the skills you've already learnt and make sure your knowledge is as up to date as possible!

Please contact one of the team for course dates and availability.

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Join the RYA (or renew your membership) or buy books at the RYA online store

RYA - Royal Yachting Association

Join the RYA 
(or renew your membership)

The RYA is the British boating association with a international presence.

By joining the RYA as a member you add your voice and help them work effectively on your behalf to help you get more out of the boating you do and protect your boating rights:

Buy books at the RYA online store

You can buy a wide range of books from the RYA online store to accompany the courses you may wish to do, or other books that cover all aspects of boating, sailing, navigation and safety:

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