Christmas Present Ideas
We know that choosing a Christmas gift can be tricky regardless of the budget – whether you’re looking to add something to your list to Santa or for an idea for the boater in your life, therefore we hope the list below may provide some ideas. If you’d like to buy a gift but not sure where to start, please contact us. We love talking boats and are happy to offer friendly advice and suggestions based on the budget available with no obligation. We can cater for everyone from beginners to Yachtmasters and whilst we primarily train adults, youngsters are very welcome too, providing we’ve chatted it through in advance to ensure suitability.
If you’ve thought of an idea but can’t see it on our website, just give us a call. We’re also happy to talk in an evening so if that is a more convenient time to chat just let us know. The majority of our courses are taught by one of the partners in the business so we are flexible over dates and times. If you see a course of interest but not a matching date in the calendar, just let us know and we’ll try to accommodate the dates of your choice.
Taster Powerboat (RIB) Driving Session
These are a fab way to get afloat and see the harbour whilst having a go at driving the boat under the supervision of an instructor. If you book for two or three people we will allocate the boat and instructor specifically to your group. If you’ve a couple of people we can often add a course date/time to suit you. Available in two different time slot options. As these are aimed at beginners please note dates are subject to weather and times do include safety briefing and paperwork.
1.5 hr Taster Session – Information (1.5hr Taster)
2.5 hr Taster Session – Information (2.5hr Taster)
RYA Powerboat Level 1 Course
A great day afloat looking at some of the practical skills required to drive a Powerboat. This is a very practical day with most of the day out on the water on one of our RIBs. These are aimed at those who are completely new to the water or who will be driving boats under supervision in the future. It is a relaxed introduction to the water and upon successful completion a RYA Certificate will be awarded. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive course do have a look at our Level 2 Course as you do not have to completed Level 1 first. Youngsters are welcome to attend either a bespoke youngsters course or book with a parent/guardian and we’ll run a course just for you – lovely way to spend some time with a youngster in your life learning a new skill together in a relaxed environment.
Level 1 Adult or Family – Information – L1
Youngsters only Level 1 – Information L1 (Youngsters)
RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course
This is probably our most popular powerboat course as the aim is to produce a self sufficient powerboater by the end of the course and it potentially enables access to an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). It is usually the minimum qualification required for hiring boats and is a fabulous foundation for those planning to get afloat on their own or perhaps later work on the water. We usually suggest this course is taken by those min age 16, if you have someone younger wanting to take the course please contact us for a chat to discuss suitability for the individual. Note that if you book two or more people onto the course we will allocate an instructor and boat exclusively for your group which makes this a great way to spend some time together.
Level 2 Powerboat Course – Information – L2
More Experienced or Boat Owners:
VHF Radio Course (SRC)
One day classroom course or available as an online option this qualification is a legal requirement for those operating a radio on board a boat. It is a great opportunity to practice making calls on our training radios n the classroom before going ‘live’. We present this course in a relaxed an environment as possible with the aim of students finishing the course confident and qualified to use the radio. Please note that in addition to the course fee there is a license fee payable to the RYA – if you’d like to present this as a complete option with both elements paid as a gift just let us know and we’ll organise it for you.
VHF Radio – Information – VHF
We’re able to hop on board your boat (up to 50ft) or come and see us on ours and practice particular skills. Whether the client wishes to focus on ‘parking’ the boat or undertaking a longer passage with an experienced Instructor on board we can provide a bespoke option.
Whether you’re looking to get someone started or develop skills we have a range of course options from Essential Navigation through to Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory.
We offer a range of courses online – VHF, Essential Navigation, CEVNI test, Safe & Fun, PPR, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster
The RYA is the National Governing Body for boating. What they say is …..”Join and we can help you get more out of the boating you do. because we’re for people like you who love being on the water……..” Your gift recipient will benefit from advice and discounts on boating equipment along with a free magazine. There have even been free boat show tickets the last few years! Approx cost £45. RYA Benefits and Joining Information
Breakdown cover for boats on the South Coast. Phone 0800 885500
Books for Youngsters – The RYA have published a range of accessible books by Claudia Myatt for youngsters which have brilliant illustrations (and many adults love the too!). Its a great way to get youngsters involved on board and starting to understand the principals and roles on board.
Practical Powerboat & Motor Cruising Books – The Start Powerboating Book is included with our Powerboat level 2 Course and is a great refresher for those that might have lost their copy. The Powerboat Handbook discusses the topics in more detail and The Dayskipper Handbooks are perfect for those looking to undertake Motor Cruising or Yacht Sailing at Day Skipper Level.
Navigation Books – These are great for those looking to go further afield and need to learn more about planning.
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