Frequently Asked Questions

Practical

What is included and excluded from the price of the practical courses?

What time does my course start and finish?

What do I need to bring?

What footwear do I need to bring?

Is there parking available?

Who does the cooking onboard?

Will we be in a marina every night?

Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?

Where will I go on my course?

Do I need to bring my passport?

Can I bring my mobile phone?

Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger?

Is it compulsory to complete the theory course prior to a practical course?

Do your boats meet safety requirements?

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

How many other students will there be on the boat?

Will I have to share a cabin?

Do you take under 18’s on courses?

Do I need insurance?

Will I get sea sick?

Can I smoke onboard?

Theory

What time does my course start and finish?

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

Examinations

What Yachtmaster exams are there?

On completion of the Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence what extra training is needed to gain the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence?

Online Courses

What Online courses do you offer?

What is the process for the online courses?

VHF Course

Which VHF course should I choose?

What is the 3 hours of guided learning prior to the VHF classroom tuition?

 


 

Practical Courses



What is included and excluded from the price of the practical courses?

The following is a list of everything that is included within the course fee:

Use of the yacht and the tuition

All food including breakfast, lunch and dinner (many of those pre-made home cooked meals)

Soft drinks and snacks

At least one overnight mooring in a marina with facilities

Use of charts, books & navigation equipment

Use of waterproof clothing if required

Use of life jackets and harnesses

3rd party liability insurance for the vessel

Gas & Diesel

The following is a list of everything that is excluded from the course fee:

Pillow cases and sleeping bags

Boots and deck shoes

Personal travel insurance

Alcohol

Meals ashore (by mutual consent)

RYA’s “Syllabus and Log book” G15 (but is usually available onboard for purchase)

 

 

What time does my course start and finish?

Practical sailing courses:

Weekend courses are from 19:00 Friday to approximately 16:00 Sunday

Weekday courses are from 19:00 Sunday to approximately 16:00 Friday

 

 

What do I need to bring?

Warm clothes including hat, scarf, sailing gloves and thermal underwear. It is better several thin layers rather than two thick layers. If you are just starting out sailing there is no need to spend huge amounts of money on expensive clothing. Even a cheap set of thermal long johns and vest will keep you warm and don't forget we can supply you with wet weather gear if required. For those considering doing a lot of sailing it would be worth thinking about purchasing a dedicated breathable layer system. This normally consists of a thermal base layer, a mid layer fleece with breathable wet weather gear as an outer layer.  Don't forget sunglasses, sun cream, your wash kit and a towel. Soft holdalls only please, preferably without wheels. You may also need a small amount of spending money for trips ashore.  

 

 

What footwear do I need to bring?

Sailing boots are advisable along with deck shoes or non-marking trainers. It is possible to purchase boots at the chandlery in the marina.

 

 

Is there parking available?

There is a large, free car park here in the home marina where you can leave your car for the duration of your course. Whilst there is 24hr security and CCTV in the car park, we cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to cars or their contents.

 

 

Who does the cooking onboard?

Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. Some main meals provided are pre-prepared, home cooked meals and simply require heating up in the oven and cooking vegetables or rice, etc. If you have a real cooking phobia you can always over compensate with extra washing up!

 

 

Will we be in a marina every night?

Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the sail cruising training you may also spend a night or two on a mooring buoy or a secluded anchorage. After all, sailing is about adventure!

 

 

Are there washing facilities onboard the yacht?

There are heads (toilets) and showers onboard each yacht. When in a marina we generally use the shore side facilities available.

 

 

Where will I go on my course?

You will be sailing in the Solent / south coast which is the ideal training ground for any yachtsman. You may visit some of the well-known harbours on the Isle of Wight such as Cowes or Yarmouth. You may also visit areas such as Beaulieu, Lymington, Poole, Weymouth and Portsmouth, maybe even across the channel if the course and weather permit.

 

 

Do I need to bring my passport?

If you are coming on a Cross Channel trip or Distance Cruise please don't forget your passport. We also recommend you bring an EH1C (formerly E111) available from your local Post Office or online at www.gov.uk

 

 

Can I bring my mobile phone?

You can indeed bring your mobile phone. As many people come along sailing to get away from everyday life or as a holiday, during teaching times we would ask that phones are turned off to avoid distraction unless of course you are expecting an urgent call. Mobile phone coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage on all courses except distance sails and cross channel trips. In an emergency the yacht can also be contacted by radio.

 

 

Will I be able plug in my electrical appliances such as my phone charger?

Our yacht has 12 volt sockets only (cigarette lighter style). The only time we will have the standard 3 pin plug sockets is when connected to shore power which may not be every night. Hairdryers are provided in a number of marinas.

 

 

Is it compulsory to complete the theory course prior to a practical course?

No, it is not compulsory. If you feel that you have sufficient experience to bypass the theoretical course you can. However we strongly recommend you do take advantage of the theory courses so you can maximise your time with practical issues on you course. It is very difficult and sometimes impossible to complete a practical course if your theoretical knowledge is weak. This is not to say you would fail a practical course we would merely be making recommendations or an action plan for filling the gaps in your knowledge prior to gaining your course completion certificate. For further guidance of the prerequisites see the green section towards the back of the current syllabus and logbook (G15 pages 56-69) or see the following links.

Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Dayskipper

Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore

Yachtmaster Ocean

 

 

Do your boats meet safety requirements?

All of our yachts fully comply with the code of practice for small commercial vessels and meet all requirements as set down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. All boats have checks before and after each course and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular basis.

 

 

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

We can only cater for basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians, diabetics and food allergies. When you book your course just let us know if you require any special dietary needs.

 

 

How many students will there be on my boat?

We take a maximum of 5 students per boat on sailing courses. Our boats are capable of taking more than these numbers so there will be plenty of room for everyone onboard.

 

 

Will I have to share a cabin?

It may be necessary for two to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same gender.

 

 

Do you take under 18’s on courses?

We do accept under 18's on courses when accompanied by a parent / guardian over the age of 18 and all our instructors are CRB checked.

 

 

Do I need insurance?

The school carries full public liability insurance for its students, however personal travel / cancellation / accident insurance is strongly recommended.

are specialist insurers who offer insurance for this activity, the “Single Voyages” or the “Annual Bronze Policy” would be suitable.

 

 

Will I get sea sick?

Even Nelson suffered from sea sickness; however it is not common in the Solent due to its sheltered location. If you know you are susceptible, then it is worth buying some motion sickness tablets such as Stugeron from the chemist and bringing them with you.

 

 

Can I smoke onboard?

No smoking is permitted onboard as it is in close confines with other people we would ask that you have consideration for your fellow crew.

 

 

 

Theory Courses

 

 

What time does my course start and finish?

Shorebased courses: 09:00 to 17:30

 

 

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

We can only cater for basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians, diabetics and food allergies. When you book your course just let us know if you require any special dietary needs.

 

 

 

Examinations

 

 

What Yachtmaster exams are there?

There are three levels of Yachtmaster exam available:

Yachtmaster Coastal - Suitable for those who haven’t the experience to undertake longer passages.

Yachtmaster Offshore - Suitable for a cruising yacht on any passage up to 150 miles from harbour.

Yachtmaster Ocean - Suitable for passages of any length in all parts of the world.

 

 

On completion of the Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence what extra training is needed to gain the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence?

The Yachtmaster Offshore exam is based around the premise that someone who has successfully passed their Yachtmaster Coastal exam will have the skills but not necessarily the experience for Yachtmaster Offshore examination. This candidate should then gain the experience by completing the qualifying mileage of 50 days at sea, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles and 5 passages over 60 miles (including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper) prior to examination.   There is no requirement nor a formal syllabus to cover the Yachtmaster Offshore preparation course, but if you have not previously taken RYA courses or just want to sharpen certain skills it can be useful to book yourself in for some tailor-made training to suit your specific needs and to help fill any gaps in your knowledge that may become apparent. You will take advice from your instructor as to the length and depth of your requirements during the course.

 

 

 

Online Courses

 

 

What Online courses do you offer?

Online courses available are:

VHF Radio Short range certificate

Essential Navigation & seamanship

Professional Practice & Responsibility

CEVNI Test

 

 

What is the process for the online courses?

Once SV have taken payment for your online course we will create a user name and password and enrol you onto the course that you have chosen. We will then send this to you with a link to our RYA interactive website. You will be asked to change your password and finalise your details. You can then complete your online course at your leisure.

 

 

 

VHF Courses

 

 

Which VHF course should I choose?

There are effectively 4 pathways to your VHF DSC licence. They are as follows:

Classroom tuition +Examination

10 hours of tuition split between 3 hours of guided tuition at home and 7 hours of classroom tuition with real VHF radios. This is followed immediately by an independent examination.

The course cost is £100 including VHF book, lunch and refreshments. The examination fee of £60 is payable to the RYA on the day. Don’t forget to bring your passport photo on the day of the exam.

Online course +Classroom tuition/practice +Examination

The online course is completed at home, usually taking 5-10 hours. 4 hours of classroom tuition with real VHF radios. This is followed immediately by an independent examination.

The course cost is £120 including the online course, VHF book, lunch and refreshments. The examination fee of £60 is payable to the RYA on the day. Don’t forget to bring your passport photo on the day of the exam.

Online course +Examination

The online course is completed at home, usually taking 5-10 hours. 15 minutes of familiarisation with the VHF radios. This is followed immediately by an independent examination.

The course cost is £90 including the online course, VHF book and refreshments. The examination fee of £60 is payable to the RYA on the day. Don’t forget to bring your passport photo on the day of the exam.

Holders of other licences - Classroom tuition/practice +Examination

For candidates who have had the tuition from another source i.e. Holders of the RYA/MCA VHF certificate or UK aviation radio licence (photocopy required) can have 4 hours of classroom tuition with real VHF radios. This is followed immediately by an independent examination.

The course cost is £80 including VHF book, lunch and refreshments. The examination fee of £60 is payable to the RYA on the day. Don’t forget to bring your passport photo on the day of the exam buy levitra 20mg .

 

 

What is the 3 hours of guided learning prior to the VHF classroom tuition?

Using the VHF Handbook (G31) and the list of channels supplied

Read:     Channel 16 and guard band (page 28), channel 70 and special channels (page 29). Using the channel list as a guide you must be able to recall the main channels in the table on page 29.

Read:     Prowords on page 40 and 41 to gain an awareness of them, we will expand upon this during the classroom session

Read:     Phonetic Alphabet on page 42 to the point where you could use it to spell words reasonably proficiently. We found it useful to practice spelling news headlines or car number plates.